Why yes, it IS that time of year again
November 24, 2012 7:45 AM Subscribe
In need of gift ideas for my newly-Canadian parents!
posted by masquesoporfavor to shopping (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My parents moved from Atlanta, GA, USA to Vancouver, BC, Canada this summer. This will be our first Christmas apart in many, many years and I'm super sad about it. Usually I'd buy my mom something from Bath and Body Works (she's a candle-holic) and some kind of kitchen gadget or cool ingredient for my dad, but I don't have anything particular in mind this year, and I don't know how big of an ass-pain shipping to Canada is because I haven't done it yet.
I'd love any ideas for great presents for my parents' first Canadian winter, which is also their first Christmas sans kids (my sister is in the Peace Corps in Cameroon). I would like to avoid spending too much money (under $200 total including shipping), but any gift category is fine. My parents are in their early 50s, they both work, my mom is in school (majoring in Women's Studies), and they are intellectual hippies, for lack of a better term. They love food, art, movies, music. They already have an iPad and laptops. They have a small dog and they live on the 31st floor of a high-rise building.
I am open to gift cards instead of physical gifts, or even something cooler like "We made reservations for you at ____ and your meal is already paid for." In college my dad did that for one of my birthdays and it was awesome. Also for my most recent birthday, my mom emailed me to say I should go to the Wal Mart and there'd be a present for me at Customer Service (it was a Wii!). Basically they are super thoughtful, amazing, people and I want to make their holiday as nice as possible.
Thank you for your help!