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Yes. I like giftcards or even more so straight up cash so I can buy what I want. It's the thought that counts for Christmas obviously never got either a joke gift that was in bad taste like a sex toy for the wrong sex while your single in order to "get you a man" (how would that work in a way I'd get someone not totally creepy/nympho) or a singing fish 8 yeaes after the fad because your "stuck on the past" and then are like "why are you bitter it was just a joke and at least I wasn't a gift card after I gave them like a 50 dollar gift card to one of their fave stores or restaurants.. . also prolly never got clothes that were so ugly even your closet rejected them and they'd be in the guess room closet for years til you remembered them. Mind you, I love the thought of clothes for Christmas, but I prefer giftcard cause (1) don't wanna cramp my style B) and (2) shopping for the clothes is half the fun! Other types of giftcards are fine too. Even the most "not me" places have something I'd be okay with. I mean places like Omaha Steaks sell side dishes for a reason. Never know when someone might find out someone is vegetarian/vegan in this awkward way... Thus, people should never feel guilty for copping out (though this may depend of how much is on the gift card... not much you can do with 5 dollars and a junk joke gift would actually cost more even, ruining part of my point about why giftcards can be more thoughtful at least.
Kudos to making your mom a gift! But maybe you should practice learning how to pick a lock and then make your mom's gift.
It depends if OP has neighbors or not regarding if it would not do much better opening the garage door or not (which has to be possible. even electronic ones which use the trigger trinket you store in your car, there is a manual override inside the garage.. iirc). As I am pretty sure OP'S neighbors would have a phone OP could borrow to call for help... but I somehow people would rather sit in a garage rather than having to talk to their just to avoid any awkwardness/discomfort. In either case, unless OP'S house has no neighbors for miles, I can't see this FML as anything else but a YDI.. though I do sympathize with perhaps wanting to avoid awkwardness as I'm not the best at being social myself... but it would beat panicking about being locked in a garage... I guess there is also a chance that OP'S garage was changed into a storage room and the garage door was replaced with a wall and they just call it the garage because that is what it /was/. Just a thought to add. I'd definitely be way more sympathetic then!