I need a little inspiration, hoping you can help. My 2 nieces-in-law (?) have birthdays within 2 days of each other. After a particularly tough year in which they lost their Mum and there has been a lot of family drama, we've all become quite close. These girls mean a LOT to me and I consider them both good friends, but I need some help in deciding what "special" gift I can get for both of them for their birthdays in October. [more inside]
My best friend's birthday is at the end of this month. We are going to see Adele in concert next month in NYC. I wanted to get her either Adele or concert related gift to begin the excitement. She is early 30's and her interests include all things pink, concerts and Broadway shows, 90's music and boybands, makeup. Dislikes include trying new foods, sports, driving.
A beloved person turns 21 tomorrow. Will be seeing said person this weekend. But would like to acknowledge this milestone on actual day. Difficulty level: said person is in Stockholm (suburb) and I'm in California. Stockholm is 9 hours ahead. Swedes: Can I get a Lilla My mug delivered? Flowers? Ideas welcome. Under $100. Thanks!
I'm in med school right now, and my best friend in my class is about to have a birthday (during our last week of classes before our last summer break ever). I'm looking for some help brainstorming potential gift ideas. Information about his interests inside. [more inside]
One of my friends is learning to play bass, I've been helping him out with some basic stuff as I play guitar, but I don't know much bass specific stuff. It's his birthday soon, and I'd like to get him something bass related. Is there a book, a piece of kit or anything really that you'd recommend? The stuff we're going through is mainly blues/rock. Thanks.
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]
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]
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]
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]
I took us indoor skydiving for his 39th birthday and now I am completely stumped as to what I give him for his 40th, and was hoping for suggestions to make the Big Day (31 Jan) special. [more inside]
Surprising my boyfriend with a man-weekend. What does that mean? [more inside]
I don't know the guest of honor. Should I buy a gift for a 50th birthday party? [more inside]
I am looking for help locating a large souvenir coffee mug coveted by a close friend. [more inside]
what would be an appropriate birthday gift for a new fella? [more inside]
A very good friend of mine has a birthday right before both of us will be in New York with a group of mutual friends. I thought it would be fun to gift him some sort of experience or activity in the city, but I'm trying to stay away from stuff that's "too tourist". I'm looking for something more unique- I've been to the city many times, but have yet to live there. Bonus if you are a a current or past resident!
My lifelong New Yorker spouse would like to take a helicopter ride for his September birthday. Have any of you done this, and could recommend a company?
Last minute help needed for a birthday and mother's day gift for my mom and dad - fancy alcohol advice needed. [more inside]
My niece celebrates her eleventh birthday soon. She loves to read. She lives in Canada; I live in the UK: for convenience’s sake I’d like to buy her books from Amazon.ca as a gift. Besides reading, her previous interests have included princesses, ballet and cupcakes—the latter leading me to order to some volumes from The Cupcake Diaries as last year’s gift. What’s new and cool in the world of books if you’re Canadian and eleven?
Sending a child's birthday gift by Tuesday! We have had awful problems on a variety of German sites because we are sending this gift through a UK address! Help! [more inside]
I need ideas for an outdoorsy/active October 40th birthday weekend getaway from Boston. [more inside]
My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be. [more inside]
Ack, I need birthday gift ideas for my sister. She's turning 27, working in her first office job, is across the country from me. She loves...uh, organizing and cleaning things? And working out, I think? And...she has a dog and a new house? help [more inside]
What would be the perfect birthday gift for a 17 year old guy who loves soccer? (Non-soccer gift ideas would also be appreciated. A book gift that he wouldn't hate would be the most amazing suggestion imaginable.) [more inside]
I've been invited to a new (<3 months) friend's 40th birthday supper. What can I bring him? [more inside]
My husband is going to turn 30 in a couple of weeks. We don't usually give gifts on birthdays but since this is a big one I want to get him something special. I could use some help deciding what that could be! Details about him within. [more inside]
What are some good Birthday gift ideas for new mothers.... [more inside]
Went to birthday thing at a restaurant/bowling place for a work friend. There were 6 of us here. I consider the people there work-friends, in that I generally don't hang out with them outside of work. I was surprised that 3 of the friends gave gifts to the birthday girl, while the other guy bought her drinks and food. I tried to offer to pay for part of the entertainment cost but was begged off. So I felt like I didn't contribute much to the birthday celebration and possibly commited a faux pas in not getting a gift. I was under the impression that people at work who weren't that close don't give birthday gifts to each other. Did I commit a faux pas? Should I give a belated gift?
help me buy myself a birthday present! a generous family member gives me cash for my birthday every year, but i'm not allowed to spend it on occasional manicures and lattes, i have to buy myself a gift with it. [more inside]
My dad is turning 60 - any great gift ideas? [more inside]
My boyfriend is a very spiritual devotee of Krishna (via ISKCON). Before we were dating he lived in an Ashram for a while, and has been involved with the temple since he was in early high school. I'm happily Jewish, and not personally disposed toward that sort of devotion, and I think sometimes my inability to understand comes off as skeptical or disapproving. His birthday is coming up in about a week, and I'd like to get him something, or do something for him that will demonstrate a commitment to his spirituality - or at least something that shows I'm trying. I'd love your suggestions. More details beyond the fold. [more inside]
What should I get my mom for her birthday? [more inside]
Help me plan an awesome and affordable surprise birthday trip for my pregnant wife between Christmas and New Years. Details inside. [more inside]
Help me cheat to think of a themed birthday present. The theme is Los Angeles. [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas for a gift for a couple jointly celebrating their 40th and 50th birthdays. [more inside]
One of my friends' sons is turning 12. Help me find him a present. [more inside]
Impromptu birthday invite...but not really a party, should I take a gift? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to word the birthday party invitation for my daughter. [more inside]
My friend is turning 30 and thinks he's old. I'm getting him an old man starter kit: hard candies (Werther's Originals of course), Metamucil...what else should I include?
My boyfriend wants a piñata full of condoms, nips (airline-sized bottles of alcohol), and fireworks for his birthday. How do I make a piñata shaped like a T-Rex holding a can of PBR? Where do I find (plastic!) nips in Chicago? How do I go about obtaining fireworks when they're illegal in Illinois? [more inside]
What to get for a very bright four year old girl? [more inside]
What should we get our 90-year-old grandma for her birthday? [more inside]
How can my coworkers and I surprise our awesome receptionist on her 50th birthday? [more inside]
He's an ornery, suit-wearing, Iron Maiden superfan in his early thirties- and he's about to get a little older. Help me find a gift for my weird best friend! [more inside]
Help me find the perfect birthday gift for a fan of cryptozoology and spooky things! [more inside]
A friend of ours is going to be in Africa for a month this summer. During that month, he is going to be turning the big 5-0. What is something we can get him for his trip that would be particularly useful. I assume he already has a great camera.
Gifts for a manly boyfriend's 30th birthday - to be mailed to him. Ideas? [more inside]
Help me find a specific Caribbean souvenir mug that I saw while visiting St. Lucia in January. [more inside]
Looking for places in the US where you can race a car, sail a boat or do some other adrenaline-filled activity for a weekend. This is for a birthday gift in April. [more inside]
What can I send to a female colleague in the US? [more inside]
Birthday gift for mother-in-law with ALS? [more inside]