Help me not give him a tie (again).
December 5, 2011 4:39 PM Subscribe
What experience-intensive but local (NYC) gift can I get the Best Spouse Ever? I’d love suggestions for activity-focused things that can be acquired/done in NYC. (Note, these can be pure experiences, or they can be items that are used for some activity).
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis to Shopping (16 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
In pondering this year’s Christmas present for my amazing husband, I’ve thought back over previous successful and non-successful gifts and realized that most of the really good ones involved some kind of experiential component rather than just being objects. The best two things I’ve ever given him were tickets to a fighting robot competition and the basic equipment for home coffee roasting.
On the other hand, my attempts to cater to his hobbies usually fall flat. For example, he really loves to garden and he’s quite good at it, but mostly this involves trying to sprout weird seeds he acquires on walks and consulting the internet when he has a specific question. I’ve gotten him gardening books that have remained totally unread and a potted tree that was a bit better received but not really beloved the way the plants he grew from found seed are. Similarly, he’s a terrific cook but mostly likes to noodle around in the kitchen and try things that strike his fancy. He never uses cookbooks. Gifts of kitchen equipment get polite thanks but don’t make him light up.
He is late 30s, self-employed professional. Interests are cooking and gardening as above, Minecraft and some of the other slightly more cerebral MMORPGs, like EVE. We do not have any gaming consoles, and I do not play any online games myself.
Things I’ve thought about: skill-focused cooking class (like a knifework class), array of various stinky cheeses to experiment with, board or card games (this would be a last resort for me because he loves games and I haaaaate them).
Things I don’t want to do: fancy restaurant (this is our standard birthday/anniversary gift), trips that are more than 1-2 hours outside NYC (we have a toddler), DVDs (trying to pare down physical media), gift certificates (cop-out). My cooking sucks. I sew pretty well but lack the time or private space for any really complicated craft (as it is some of my handmade Xmas presents are likely to be recategorized as festive MLK Day gifts).
Budget is flexible, but let's say <$250 US as a ballpark.