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outside of the everyday life experiences?

I'm short on resources this year, so instead of gifts for the holiday, I'm trying to come up with a list of unexpected/fun/silly/special/uncommon experiences-- which I will then attach a small gift card to with instructions to use it on something from the list. However, I need help coming up with more than the handful I've thought up... (MA locals are especially encouraged to respond.) [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Nov 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Baby, it's cold outside: Gift help edition

I am looking for suggestions for an appropriate winter gift for a currently 6-month old baby who lives in South Dakota. [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Nov 27, 2015 - 12 answers

Board games for boring old people

I want to buy some board games for my parents to keep at their house, to play by themselves or with their adult kids or young grandkids, but I don't know anything about new games that might be out, and would love some recommendations. Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by Safiya on Nov 26, 2015 - 34 answers

An office gift that keeps on giving

I have a staff of 25 and I'm looking for a holiday gift that will give everyone a little lift every day they are at the office. In the past, my go-to gift was gift cards, but they seem so impersonal and forgettable. Some ideas that come to mind are: - new Keurigs and stock an assortment of coffees, teas, and ciders - snack cabinet and stock it with snacks and drinks - personalized stationery [more inside]
posted by jraz on Nov 25, 2015 - 30 answers

20 People pitching in for gift: best way to collect the $ easily?

20 or so people are pitching together to get my husband big ol' tattoo for his birthday in a few weeks. Yay! Does anyone have any recommendations or ideas on the best way to collect money from these folks, which live all over the place? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Nov 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Gift for fixer-upper?

Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 19, 2015 - 30 answers

Best $50 gift for someone who loves camping?

In my family secret santa exchange, I have been chosen to buy a gift for my sister who is a 31-year old lawyer, married with no children. She loves to go tent camping with her husband, usually at drive-in (rather than hike-in) camp sites. I would like to get her a camping-related gift that is awesome but which she is unlikely to already own. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 11, 2015 - 27 answers

Fun, Inexpensive Baby Shower Gift?

Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2015 - 20 answers

Your mission, should you choose to accept it....

For my dad's birthday, I am planning to take him to dinner and a movie--the new James Bond. I am planning to make him a whole mission dossier, like something 007 would get. I was already planning to have him meet me at a rendezvous point (the restaurant) with Moneypenny (my mom) where he would have to...hand off...something? To get the tickets? What fun details can I add to his mission? What Bond-y items might I want to include? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Nov 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Team wedding gift

I need to buy a wedding gift for a member of my staff. Please help me shop. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Godfather gift?

I'm going to be the godfather for my good friends' little girl. What would an appropriate gift be? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Nov 2, 2015 - 20 answers

Arduino/RaspberryPi starter kit for adults?

I am looking for a good "kit"-style box set containing an Arduino, RaspberryPi, or other computer-on-a-board device. This is a gift for an adult who is pretty technically capable, so the kit needs to be somewhat challenging in order to engage his interest. It also needs to be relatively complete, as he doesn't have easy access to the Internet to buy additional components. And I would rather that it was not very expensive. [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Nov 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Recommendation for gift classes/experiences in Tucson?

My parents spend the month of January in Tucson. Can you recommend a Christmas gift idea for a class or experience? Caveats within... [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Oct 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Gift for two year old

What gift will blow my two year old's mind? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 26, 2015 - 34 answers

Awesome gift for a weather and meteorology fan.

My honey is discovering a new interest in weather, clouds, and general meteorology (having moved from a land of year-round sun to the more climatologically exciting upper midwest). What would be a good birthday gift to support and encourage his new hobby?
posted by airguitar2 on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 answers

help me pick book & movie gifts for teenage zimbabwean girls

In 10 days I'm going to visit a friend in Harare who is a foster mother to seven girls between the ages of 11 and 16. They all live on a farm in the suburbs and watch movies, play cards, sometimes read books in the evening. What are some enriching and inspiring books and movies for teenage girls to read and watch that I can bring for them? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Gifts for wedding helpers?

We need to get gifts for the wonderful team of people who are helping us get married. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 13, 2015 - 12 answers

I need a fabulous gift for my future in-laws

During my upcoming trip to Japan, I will be staying with my boyfriend's parents. Please help me get them a gift that says "thank you for taking the trouble of having me, and I'm the perfect daughter-in-law." [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Housewarming gift for a friend in Burlington, VT?

A friend of mine, a woman in her late fifties, just moved from NJ to Burlington VT, post-divorce. What might she like or need in her new home? Should I just get 50 lbs of road salt, or can anyone come up with something better?
posted by islandeady on Oct 1, 2015 - 14 answers

What's a good UK specific gift for an American dog?

My friend lives in the US and has a dog. Said dog is pretty awesome, I'd like to give him a gift. I'm looking for something he'd like, food or otherwise, that is UK specific. Any ideas?
posted by gadha on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Wedding gift for disconnected relative

Need a gift for a couple in their 40s that appears thoughtful, though clearly it isn't as I need it this week. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour on Sep 20, 2015 - 35 answers

Gift for 13-yr old Boy Who Needs Nothing

Please help with your best gift recommendations for a smart, thoughtful 13-yr old boy whose interests have included superheroes, LEGOs, computer games and sports. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Sep 13, 2015 - 28 answers

ISO birthday gift ideas for relative/stranger

I'm seeking gift ideas for a 30-year-old male I'll be meeting for the first time at his birthday celebration. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Sep 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Gift for friend who has everything

Last year I left the SF bay area, leaving behind 98% of my possessions in a storage room in the area. I finally decided to move my things up here to Oregon and asked a friend of mine to meet with the estimator from the moving company to let him into the storage room. She agreed and spent maybe an hour with him. Now that my move date is set I'm driving down to the bay area to supervise my move. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Noncluttery present for London-bound bro?

My brother has to go to London on short notice, and his trip promises to be a long and stressful one. I'd like to give him a going-away present, but not clutter or something to haul around. He already has an Oyster card, which was my first thought. What else might be nice to have if you suddenly found yourself in London and in a rush?
posted by theatro on Aug 26, 2015 - 28 answers

Please help me come up with a great $50-100 baby shower gift!

I came down with a cold and missed my friend's baby shower. I'd like to get them a nice gift, maybe around $50-100, but their registry only has burp cloths left. I know that they already have a car seat and baby monitor and that they will be using cloth diapers. Parents: what items/services in that price range have you found to be really useful?
posted by robstercraw on Aug 24, 2015 - 36 answers

What would you want in your gift bag?

You are travelling to a different city, which you may or may not have visited before, on business. You check into your hotel to find that someone from your office has prepared an awesome gift bag for check-in. What's in there?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 20, 2015 - 28 answers

Architects love ????

I'm looking for suggestions for a nice gift that could be given to clients of a large building company- most of the clients are architects. So architects of Mefi- have you ever received something really cool that was perfect for your tastes and relevant to your trade? [more inside]
posted by catrae on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I print and bind a document in a way that is gift-worthy?

I am looking for a pretty/creative way to print/publish/bind a document to give to my friends as a gift. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Aug 17, 2015 - 6 answers

I want to do something nice for travelers to Palm Springs. Help!

My neighbor has been awesome to us lately, and he and his wife are going to Palm Springs in a couple weeks. We want to do something nice for them while they're there. Snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Giving the gift of cash

My sister had a baby. My brother and I are giving her a larger-than-normal for our family chunk of cash for her birthday. Please help me write a card that doesn't make me sound superior, or her obligated. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jul 30, 2015 - 29 answers

What do I do with this money?

I find myself in possession of $2500 that isn't mine, and due to a series of events I'm not sure what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2015 - 26 answers

How Does One Thank A Lawyer Who Works For Free?

A family acquaintance (he and my parents belong to the same hobby group but are not particularly close) is a lawyer who is negotiating down debt for me after an extremely expensive medical issue was not covered by insurance. He has been exceedingly generous with his time, and refuses any payment. But just saying 'hey thanks' and going on my way feels awful. [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Jul 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Gift to Wedding Officiant

The priest from my church will be marrying us. He is not asking for a fee, so we'd like to make a contribution to the church and a gift to him. Any thoughts on what would be appropriate? [more inside]
posted by noonday on Jul 22, 2015 - 15 answers

What do I send to a new baby in India?

My friend is an Indian woman living in India who is having her first baby in a couple of weeks. I'd like to send something for her new baby when he or she arrives. [more inside]
posted by Maisie on Jul 11, 2015 - 14 answers

What's a good mixed-skill, active gift?

GiftFilter: what active/outdoorsy gift can I give my athletic boyfriend to use together with my wannabe-active self? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jul 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Quick/fun birthday gift ideas for new boss

I need to get a birthday gift for my new boss (I've worked there just a couple of months and this is the first office birthday since I started). I'm told we do gifts around $10 plus lunch for the birthday person. Extra layer of difficulty: the birthday is early next week. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jul 9, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the name of this book?

My brother just had a baby (the first in our family). And I would like to give him the same book to read to his son that my father read to us as children (in the later 80s). Unfortunately my memory is unclear on many things related to the book. So, hopefully someone with a good memory can help out! [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Jul 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Déclassé, gauche, or acceptable?

I'm going into the hospital soon for surgery. Recovery time will be a while. When my friends find out (and they're very dear friends) they'll say, as people do in these situations: "oh, no! What can I do to help?" [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Jul 6, 2015 - 39 answers

How to Give the Fado?

My friends will be in Lisbon in October on their honeymoon, and I'd like to treat them to a night at a Fado restaurant. I've done some research and found a few places that look great, but I'm not sure how the logistics would work in terms of my paying. I know that there are theaters where you can hear Fado music, but I'm looking for a more traditional restaurant setting None of the restaurants I've seen advertise gift certificates or another obvious way of my paying for them. How can I do this?
posted by benbenson on Jul 6, 2015 - 2 answers

What to give an aspiring mixologist?

Mixologists: What is a really awesome and useful (read: not gold-plated $75 shot glasses) bartending-related gift I can get for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Jul 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Triple gift-giving conundrum

Hi AskMe! Can you help me give a gift to my boyfriend and maybe his parents? [more inside]
posted by jouir on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

What gift should I bring to a lunch?

My new acquaintance has invited me for lunch with his wife and 11-year-old son next Saturday. What should I bring? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jun 21, 2015 - 25 answers

A great grad gift experience in London, please

My girlfriend is graduating university and she's heading to London for a well-deserved holiday later this month. I'm looking for a great gift idea of a fabulous experience that she can have while there! [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Jun 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Wedding etiquette for interfaith courthouse reception

I'm invited to the courthouse part of an interfaith wedding of a relative of my girlfriend. I've scoured metafilter and the rest of the internet for the etiquette concerning gifts, but couldn't find anything applying to the situation. What would be appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Triton on Jun 4, 2015 - 12 answers

What's a fun experience type present I can get for my mom's birthday?

What's a fun gift I can get my mom for her birthday? It has to be something she can do in the Hudson Valley, NY area (New Paltz/Kingston/Woodstock etc). [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jun 3, 2015 - 16 answers

How to receive a gift that embarrasses me

My parents are about to give me an embarrassing birthday gift. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2015 - 35 answers

Gift ideas for boss

My boss's birthday is coming up and our small team always gives gifts. I am struggling with what to buy her. I know her well, but I don't want something too personal. Here is some background: We work in mental health crisis. She also lives on a hobby farm where she takes in animals who are in crisis (sick, dying, or on their way to the slaughter house) and has a heart of gold. She loves her chickens and horses. She is a soon to be empty nester. She also enjoys cooking and baking. So far, my only thought is a magazine subscription to the Modern Farmer, but I am not 100% on it. Any thoughts or suggestions?
posted by LinneaJC on May 20, 2015 - 22 answers

Bar Mitzvah giftiquette - long distance edition

Much to my pleasant surprise, today in the mail I received an invite from one of my oldest friends to his son's Bar Mitzvah celebration. They live thousands of miles away, I'm sure they don't expect me to make an appearance, but it seems . . . . . inadequate . . . . . to just check the "no" box on the RSVP card. More context below, but the TL;DR is -- what, if anything, would be an appropriate Bar Mitzvah gift for a young man that I barely know? Or should I just send a card to sort of the whole family? [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 on May 14, 2015 - 17 answers

Mother's Day and Father's Day for parents-to-be?

Is it normal to celebrate these holidays before you have a baby? Partner and I are expecting. We're excited but this was a surprise. Baby is due in July. Would it be normal or customary to celebrate a partner on Mother's Day or Father's Day in these circumstances? We won't really be a mother or father until next year. Am I likely to disappoint my partner if I don't get a gift or card or something this year? What have you done or seen done? I could ask them, but this seems like one of those things that would lose its luster if I have to ask. I'd rather just get it right.
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 16 answers

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