Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.
December 15, 2012 2:27 PM Subscribe
Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD?
posted by kat518 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (10 answers total)
I love my little brother. He is three years younger than me and I think he is the best. He is working on his PhD in atmospheric science and will be wrapping it up in May.
Every year, he jokes that for every time of clothing that he receives for Christmas, he will kill a kitten. However ... he kind of needs clothes. Most of his clothes are old, fraying at the sides, don't fit right, etc. And AFAIK, no kittens have died at his hands. I have gotten him silly t shirts and hoodies before and he has loved them.
Since he is going to be looking for jobs soon, I thought that I would like to buy him clothes but I don't want to make him sad. I already got him a funny t shirt but I don't know what else to get him. I thought if I did get him dressy clothes, I'd go for stuff that he doesn't have to dry clean so maybe the wrinkle free shirts and pants? I also don't want him to hate me.
Also, complicating factor - he's a big guy. I think his pants size is 40 x 30 and he's maybe 5'10" so I worry that part of the reason he doesn't like shopping for clothes is because it is really not fun when you're a bigger person which I totally get. But he needs clothes. His girlfriend is great and I'm sure she would help if I got him something that was tolerable but just a size off.
I'd also like ideas that are nice for ABDs generally - I thought something like a business card holder but I don't know that guys use them? I have a really hard time seeing him using cufflinks or tie tacks. I think someone got him a nice portfolio thing.
TL; DR: Interested in buying clothes for a 27 year old future doctorate who hates clothes. Help?