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Birthday gift for mid-20s guy
May 25, 2006 11:56 AM   Subscribe

I have no clue what to get my boyfriend of four years, who is turning 26 in two weeks. I’d like to give him something fun, like an experience, but all of the “experience” websites cost way more than I’m looking to spend. Here’s the details: we live in the DC/Baltimore area and he’s into piano, karate, and listening to jazz/funk music. Looking to spend less than $100, as I already bought a ticket to fly home with him for his birthday so he can see his family. Also, it has to be a “family-safe” gift since he will probably open it in front of them.
posted by ml98tu to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
 
If he is in to jazz/funk, why not give him some music CDs of related music? Say some of the nifty African music that is cousin to booth? The Rough Guide to World Music has some cool suggestions. (I'm used to the book, not the web site, which appears to have Foxfire issues).
posted by QIbHom at 12:08 PM on May 25, 2006


Take him to some music at The Strathmore, which is gorgeous. Went over big for my ex-gf's birthday.
posted by callmejay at 12:13 PM on May 25, 2006


Tickets to see Ben Folds (with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) at the Merriweather Post Pavillion? Ben is a genius on the piano, and puts on a highly entertaining show. Tickets are about $55 + fees.
posted by geeky at 12:23 PM on May 25, 2006


When you say "into karate" do you mean he takes classes and actively practices? If so, a couple of private lessons with the Sensei would probably go over extremely well, and cost about $100.
posted by COD at 12:28 PM on May 25, 2006


If he is into Jazz how about some lessons on an instrument he has always wanted to play. Or if he plays an instrument, how about sheet music and lessons for you so you can play together.
posted by zia at 12:53 PM on May 25, 2006


Tickets to an All Mighty Senators show, plus matching superhero outfits for the two of you. Wear your outfits out and about before and after the show. That'd be an "experience" in itself.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:55 PM on May 25, 2006


Ken Burns' Jazz (DVD set). Costs about what your price range is, and it'll be deeply appreciated, because it's awesome.
posted by ikkyu2 at 5:29 PM on May 25, 2006


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