Electronic-only European gift-giving ideas
July 29, 2014 8:46 AM Subscribe
I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized.
His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him.
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total)
Any physical object he'd have to lug around Europe for 6 months probably isn't a good idea unless it's something so incredibly useful, well, I can't even imagine how useful it would have to be or why he wouldn't already own it.
He is not the least bit homesick. He is totally loving it there, although he's posting photos of places and things he doesn't know how to label, because language barrier. I'd get him a guidebook or dictionary or something, except he won't be where he is much longer, and it's unclear which country he's going to next.
I'd love to not pay for shipping, so if I could send something electronically, that would be perfect.
I probably don't want it to be food-and-beverage-related since he has a generous per diem to cover that.
My go-to gift in the past has been A Book I Have Read And Thought You Might Like, but I don't want to send a physical book because I don't want him having to schlep a physical anything, and he is vehemently anti-e-book. I just don't think he'll read from a Kindle app or similar.
Can you gift apps? Is there a guidebook app or multi-language translation app that's worth it? I'm Apple; he's Android. So how would that work?
Ideally, I'd like to get him something thoughtful that will enhance his trip. I'm hoping the hivemind can help with that. Thanks!