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!
I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him. [more inside]
One of my oldest friends is getting married this summer and moving to Guam a few weeks later. As this is a big move, most of the traditional wedding gifts (e.g. housewares) don't make sense. What could I get her for a meaningful wedding gift?
Over the next year, my friend will be doing a lot of air travel with her one-year-old child in tow. What are some useful products that will make the whole airport/airplane process easier for both of them?
My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
I want to make homemade candy for holiday gifts but am traveling from a semi-humid place to a quite humid one. Help me avoid a sticky mess! +other travel-with-candy tips. [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]
What small 'bon voyage' gift should I buy a good friend and her husband who are relocating to Vancouver, BC from Australia for 18 months? [more inside]
What would teachers in Poland like from North America? [more inside]
My mother went to Vancouver a few years ago and loved it. Her birthday is coming up, I'm visiting in a week, and I want to get a souvenir as a gift - something she'll like, around $40 or so, that's definitely evocative of Vancouver but without being a dumb t-shirt. I'll have a couple hours to go get something in downtown on a Tuesday afternoon. Ideas?
I am returning from Chicago to NY on a foodie's birthday. What, if anything, can I bring back for him? Limitations/details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for Valentine's Days ideas for my girlfriend of 7 years. The complication is that we are traveling this year, leaving Feb 1. [more inside]
Gift ideas for a friend who is on the road constantly? [more inside]
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]
What's the perfect small Christmas gift for a co-worker (from the U.S.) who's spending 5 months working/traveling in New Zealand. [more inside]
Holiday gift ideas for my Munich-bound best friend? [more inside]
My father's birthday is coming up and he's always dreamed of going to Australia (he lives in the US). I'd like to make that happen. The catch: I don't know when him and my mother will actually be free in order to take the trip. What's the best way to give him this gift? [more inside]
Genius MeFi Brain Trust: my very sweet, very sharp fiancee will be conducting the bulk of her PhD research on a Fulbright in India this year (Delhi and points beyond TBD). She's been once before for a couple of months and she's asked me to get her a birthday present that helps remind her of home and her family. [more inside]
My younger brother (late 20's, American ex-pat living in Sydney) is planning a solo motorcycle trip across Australia then up through South Asia to Russia (skipping China). What should I give him for his upcoming birthday? [more inside]
Gift ideas for a mid-20s woman embarking on an adventure to India, and moving from the east coast of the US to the west coast after her return from India? Would like to mark the occasion and tell her how awesome it is that she's fearlessly following her own path. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for hotel room gift basket for our out-of-town wedding guests (in July). Bonus for Minnesota/Twin Cities-themed items. [more inside]
For his birthday, my boyfriend has suggested that we set up some sort joint savings account so that we can put money in it as our gifts to each other (birthdays, holidays, etc.) to later spend on travel - a passion of both of ours. I like the idea of somehow starting our little "travel fund" for our next trips and keeping it going through the years (and avoiding spending the money on "stuff" that we don't appreciate as much as the experiences we share together when we travel). How can I fulfill this great gifting idea that we can use for each other without feeling nervous about the non-married money-sharing aspect? Seeking either alternative ideas or advice on the shared bank account route? [more inside]
My mother is coming to visit me in Poland from our home in California and has asked me what foods she can bring me from Trader Joe's that are worth her bringing over. I have some ideas, but as I've been away so long (over a year), I want to make sure we land at the intersection of still-in-the-storeness, luggage space allowance, practicality and deliciousness. [more inside]
I have a 20-something friend who's leaving on the 22nd of this month, he plans on traveling for a whole year throughout Europe and South America. I want to get him something that is useful/meaningful for the journey, any ideas? For example: A watch? A Compass? (good or bad?)
What are some useful items I can give to my friend as a gift for when she leaves to study abroad in Zambia? [more inside]
GiftFilter: What send-off gift to give an intern headed to Cambodia? [more inside]
What would be a nice gift for a family in Teahupo'o, Tahiti? (They'll be hosting my friend for a week; he's flying in from Italy via L.A.) [more inside]
What can I buy my sister that she can use on her trip to Italy this Spring? [more inside]
Boss's Birthday meets Traveling Work Bag Essentials Filter: I need to give my boss something more than just a handful of zip-ties...help [more inside]
What going-away gift should I give to my 21-year-old friend who will be spending the next seven months in Egypt/Germany? [more inside]
Friends are going to Belize in December. I want to give them $30-40 Christmas gift that they might use/need while there. Any suggestions?
How do I give an airline ticket as a Christmas gift? [more inside]
Non-alcoholic travel-friendly Thanksgiving gift ideas? [more inside]
Ideas for a care package for a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan? I'd like to keep it open for many different types of suggestions, but perhaps the fact that he is 24 year old male from Northern California is relevant. Anyone know what kinds of things he'll be missing while he's stuck there for two years?
Symbolic academic gifts for visiting scholar? [more inside]
Please help me be a gift-giving genius. I think I want to arrange a lovely but not-too-expensive lunch or dinner for my friend in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he is now living. I've never been there, know nothing about the town, and don't speak Italian. [more inside]
I need a good, creative Christmas gift idea for my dad. He's really into travel by air and rail--not the vehicles themselves so much, but their schedules, the logic behind putting a particular model on a particular flight, etc. [more inside]
What should I give my mother for her upcoming trip around the world? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any martial arts learning opportunities (camps, workshops, lessons, etc) in Asia that an 18 year old would enjoy? My nephew in the US is a karate brown belt and he would like to travel to Asia when he graduates from high school this year. I am trying to help him find some interesting travel opportunities which relate to karate. He loves karate and has been searching for something to do in Japan or India for Summer 2008 but we haven't found anything yet. Thanks for any tips.
What booze to give the Greek relatives? [more inside]
I need a great gift for my most excellent friend, who travels five days a week as a consultant. [more inside]
Please help recommend a vehicle GPS unit suitable for old geezers (my parents). [more inside]
What is a classic American Souvenir? [more inside]
Any interesting gift ideas for a hip mom travelling to Greece? [more inside]
Need help with a gift for my spouse. She likes to read memoirs (not biographies) focused on food and/or travel. She's mined this category heaviliy, so titles published this year are a plus.