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Christmas In July! DIY gifts for family & friends

Due to family tragedy, last Christmas felt more like a never-ending marathon than a fun and meaningful holiday. I resolved that Christmas 2014 would be a more mellow, loving holiday that didn't involve hundreds of dollars flushed down the drain on disposable gifts. What are your ideas for meaningful Christmas gifts for family that take some time to make (or not!), don't cost much and might be actually appreciated and used? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Gifts for liberal, active, outdoor peeps?

I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Which waffle maker is the best waffle maker?

It's time to buy a new waffle maker. It will be a Mother's Day gift. I want to give the best waffle maker in the world to the best wife and mother in the world - which waffle maker should it be? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Apr 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Yinzer Gifts!

I need some gifts for my best friend that scream "Pittsburgh!". [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Jan 14, 2014 - 21 answers

2013 gift guide guide

I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Dec 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Do professional bakers like receiving cooking tools as gifts?

I have a person that I know fairly well for a secret Santa gift exchange that has a soft 30 dollar cap on it. I have a few routes I can go down, but she's a baker by profession. She works at a grocery store's bakery department, and does some side work for weddings on occasion. For people who work as bakers / cooks, would you want to receive some sort of gift related to this or is that the last thing you want to think about after you're done with work? If no, then what's an awesome ~30 dollar gift that someone could give you?
posted by codacorolla on Nov 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Amusing, surprising, and cheap stocking stuffers for the whole family

Every year, each of my (8 or so, all adult) family members buys the same small gift for the rest of us and gives the gift anonymously (and to themselves, to preserve anonymity). With Christmas a month away, what silly or useful stocking stuffers can I give out to each of my family members across a wide variety of ages? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Gifts from a "birdie"

My partner (m) and I (f) are celebrating our fifth-year anniversary this month. I am looking for inexpensive gift suggestions (or suggestions for romantic experiences) inspired by my pet name "birdie". [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Oct 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Gift basket suggestions for a man, possibly delivered near Seattle?

I am in the doghouse with my boyfriend. I want to send him a gift basket. Something to do with beer, snacks, Seahawks, or any combination of the three. A local Seattle touch would be nice, but if there are unique gift baskets for men online that would have him smiling, I would love to know about them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Gift ideas to celebrate creative thinking

My boss asked me to purchase gifts that celebrate "out-of-the-box" thinking. His suggestions were "a brass sculpture" or "a mousepad." I thought MeFi could do better. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz on Jul 26, 2013 - 34 answers

Good gift ideas for new moms?

What are some good Birthday gift ideas for new mothers.... [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?

I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Elegant slanket = hopefully not an oxymoron

Is there such a thing as a "luxury" or "elegant" snuggie/slanket? If so, where can I buy it? I want to buy one for my grandmother but she will not appreciate bright colors, NFL logos, smiley faces, or similar. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Pandora bracelets for my nieces, or ...?

Silver Pandora bracelets for teen nieces: Great idea, or old fogie fail? The girls are 14 and 16, in the US. Would this be something cool for them, or is there a new hotness along these lines that would more appreciated? (I'm working from thousands of miles, a different continent – and quite a few decades – away!) [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 10, 2012 - 32 answers

Sending gift baskets to the UK?

Can you recommend any gourmet gift basket companies that ship to the UK? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Best of the Best: Your Best Gift Guides

I'm looking for more gift guides like these. What do you have? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Help to be become a better xmas shopper

How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I make a loan to a friend work?

I'd like to loan someone some money (a few thousand dollars). A friend needs it to finish school, and they don't have any good, low-interest options. I don't mind losing the money and forgiving the loan if they fall into hardship, but it would be a financial blow that I want to avoid; making it a straight up gift from the getgo is not appealing. Is it possible to have a bank or credit union draw up the loan and service it for a flat fee? Any other ways to make the whole thing impersonal, legal, and low-hassle for me, while keeping it forgiveable at my discretion without impacting my friend's credit? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Need a gift for a really nice guy!

Help me find a gift for a generous co-worker. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch on Nov 17, 2012 - 7 answers

No more gifts please!

Would it be acceptable if we ask people to deposit money into an account for our son's education instead of giving gifts? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Nov 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me make this gift as cool as possible!

Creative-gifty-diablo3 filter: What else could you put in a DVD/game case where the CD/game usually goes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully?

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 19, 2012 - 42 answers

gift help

Secret Santa help: My work does Secret Santa every year (small group of 8 people). The limit is $25 I have no time during normal business hours so I have to be able to pick this up before 10am or after 8pm before Thursday the 23rd. My co-worker likes musicals, Firefly, and is gluten free. Thoughts? I'm local to NYC.
posted by edbles on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

What do you give your very conservative, 40-something sister for Christmas?

What do you give your very conservative, 40-something older sister for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by theletterfour on Nov 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Awesome and practical Etsy gifts?

What are some practical and reasonably-priced Etsy shops and/or gifts? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Nov 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Don't let the dog eat the bunting - rude or informative?

I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Need a Mother's Day gift for grandma

I need a great mother's day gift for my new baby's wonderful grandmas. [more inside]
posted by bq on Apr 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Lacking knickknacks for backpacking

I'm leaving tomorrow from Boston for a round-the-world trip - what easily packed knickknacks should I bring to exchange or give away to new friends? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme on Apr 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Book Mark

How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Nov 23, 2010 - 70 answers

Practical but wonderful gifts?

'Tis the season, yet again. Please recommend some lovely holiday gifts I can give that are useful, not wasteful. Picky specifics inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 25 answers

To make a man happy...

Someone I care for deeply is splitting up with his wife and moving into his own apartment. They have been together for 8 years, and he was married before as well, so he hasn't lived on his own very much in his adult life. I'd like to send him something incredible. [more inside]
posted by nosila on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me buy a gift in Melbourne over the internet

Melbourne MeFites – help me find a gift I can buy online for a Melbourne-dwelling friend. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jun 20, 2010 - 14 answers

How best to gift printed photos?

My boyfriend took a ton of nice photographs while visiting India this summer. I'd like to get many of them printed. How best to present multiple photographs in an attractive, inexpensive way? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Feb 15, 2010 - 9 answers

We Had a Great Gift, but We Ate It

What are some possibilities for host gifts while we backpack around Europe? Must be: small, light, and nonedible! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Happy Feet slippers around Austin?

Where can I buy Happy Feet slippers in or near Austin, TX? Alternatively, where can I buy other fun/novelty slippers for kids in or near Austin? [more inside]
posted by sentient on Dec 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Giving the gift of deliciousness

In previous years I've made a lot of cookies to give away to friends and family around the holidays. This year I'd like to do something a little different, but still make it a gift of food. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Nov 5, 2009 - 42 answers

Gifts of an "Adult" Nature

What kind of stuff does a 20-something "grown-up" not know he needs/wants? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 26, 2009 - 44 answers

Ideas for a graduation gift for a psychology student

Graduation gift for a psychology student [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 29, 2009 - 14 answers

Mass Online Gifting Suggestions

Gifting en masse. Looking for non physical holiday gift ideas that can be ordered online for 40+ people scattered throughout the world. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Dec 18, 2008 - 9 answers

Book-Hungry Mother

[Xmas Filter] I'm doing my Christmas shopping, and I'm a bit stuck on what I need to get my mother. She likes culinary-cultural history books, preferably with recipes. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Dec 9, 2008 - 40 answers

Gifts for strangers?

Gift ideas for a 14-year-old girl and 69-year-old woman we've never met? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on Nov 23, 2008 - 10 answers

What do you wish you had when you graduated?

What (item) do you wish you had when you graduated from college? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Aug 29, 2008 - 20 answers

awesome present for an awesome kid?

What present should my mother get for her 13/14 year old nephew? Complications within. [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Wedding Gifts

Please help me find something decent to get my sister & brother-in-law as a belated wedding gift. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jun 17, 2008 - 18 answers

Gifts for someone finishing law school

My brother is graduating from law school soon and my sister and I are looking for a gift or gifts. We usually spend around $50/person for things like this, although we'd be wiling to go a little higher. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Apr 30, 2008 - 10 answers

How to report tax info I don't have?

What date acquired and cost basis should I put for two items reported on a 1099-B, when there are several unknowns? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Apr 10, 2008 - 8 answers

What to bring for symbolic gifts for academics?

Symbolic academic gifts for visiting scholar? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommendations for buying a potter's wheel?

I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Creative ways to give coins as a gift

What are some creative ways to give rolled coins as a gift? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Dec 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Memorable Christmas gift for fashion maven girlfriend?

Memorable Christmas gift for fashion maven girlfriend. Is a tennis bracelet tacky? Would a necklace be better? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Dec 18, 2007 - 26 answers

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