December 25, 2007 11:06 AM Subscribe
What sweet, silly gift can I give to a sweet, silly boy? This question isn’t as cliché as one might think.
posted by fiasco to human relations (45 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I am losing time and sanity trying to come up with a gift for a unique situation. I know it would mean more if I came up with the perfect idea but I think my brain died.
Several days ago while at work, a guy presented me with the gift of a hollowed out coconut full of red skittles. Although seemingly crazy, it was actually very sweet. I was in fact, floored. The back story to such a gift is as follows: one day I was joking around with a co-worker and posed the question, “If you could only pick five people from work to be stranded on a deserted island with, who would you choose?” After she selected her top five people, I listed mine, which included the aforementioned boy. I designated my people with “duties” like fire starting or fishing and hunting (mine personally was arts and craft). The boy’s duty was coconut picking, as he is incredibly tall. I informed him of my little list and we had a laugh about it. A few days later, he offered me some skittles but I jokingly informed him I only eat the red ones, as I am kind of an elitist.
Thus was the birth of his handmade present. He prefaced the gift with the explanation that firstly, he had not realized how hard coconuts were and secondly, he had not realized how few red skittles were in a bag. He asked me on a date and we’ve been in contact via phone since (he’s out of state currently).
Everything is going swimmingly except for the whole return present for him. I thought about making a mixed CD or tape but my friend informed me that 1992 called and wanted the mix back. I was thinking about a snow globe with a tropical island and coconut tree inside but my searching was met with failure (I don’t want a specific island’s name printed on it). We had talked about our wanderlust and love of randomly and spontaneously road tripping for days. We also talked about our desire to play “Survivor” out in the woods for a month or so. I thought those two things could possibly be expanded on (some type of equipment.. a compass?), but I am really clueless. I’d prefer if it was homemade but despite my assigned island duty, I am far from crafty. I want it to be silly, sweet, fairly inexpensive (10-20 dollars), and related to above inside joke.
The only other thing that I was thinking about is an excerpt I read him about using birds in our bodies as an excuse for anything terrible or good that we did (“I’m sorry I missed your mouth, the sparrows were beating their wings behind my teeth… I’m sorry I never loved you enough. There’s this sweet hysterical raven in my heart.”). He’s going through a rough patch (friend’s death) and has been very candid about certain difficult situations that he has endured over the past few months. I was thinking of maybe getting him a wooden bird or something.
Like previously stated, I am completely clueless and fairly awkward about coming up with gift ideas. Any and all suggestions are completely welcome. Thanks!
(Also, if you are the boy and read this question, I am terribly sorry that I am not only soliciting the help of others but that I am revealing your absolutely amazing gesture to me. I mean this with the best of intentions.)