I have a very good friend who is getting married - I am her maid of honor. She is having a destination wedding, and told guests that she and her husband do not want any gifts, as us making the trip is gift enough. I got a couple small, sentimental things for her that will be meaningful, but I also want to get a nice gift for the couple, especially since they got us some generous gifts from our registry when we got married. More inside... [more inside]
posted by emily37
on Aug 16, 2013 -
I'm looking for ideas for anniversary gifts for 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 year marks for employees my company. I work in a very blue collar maintenance field. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty
on Aug 14, 2013 -
I'm throwing a surprise party for my wife's 40th birthday this Thursday evening. One of my wife's friends volunteered to have the party at her house. She's also helping to arrange catering from her dad's restaurant (I'm paying for it, but at a steeply discounted rate--and she worked out the menu).
So ... I'd like to give our friend a hosting gift. [more inside]
posted by agog
on Aug 12, 2013 -
I have a friend who is very proud of her tattoos.
I would like to get her a special gift. My first thought was a photography session, but her brother is a photographer and has already given her such sessions in the past.
I had a crazy idea and I was wondering if there's any reality to it: Is there any such thing as scanning tattoos?
For instance, like pressing the body part with the tattoo against a flatbed scanner and creating a high-quality artistic print of the tattoo itself?
Or does this separate the tattoo for the reality of its place on her body in such a way to invalidate the whole purpose of it?
If this is a stupid idea, can you suggest others?
posted by jefficator
on Aug 12, 2013 -
I have a friend moving to a sketchy part of town (and living without a roommate for the first time). I want to get her some sort of security "thing" as an apartment-warming gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
on Aug 10, 2013 -
A couple of administrators at work have gone so far above and beyond the call of duty to help me in a crunch that I want to thank them with gifts. Help me choose the right way to express my thanks. [more inside]
posted by third rail
on Aug 9, 2013 -
My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by schmoo
on Aug 9, 2013 -
Alright, we're down to the wire and I'm stumped for an anniversary present for my husband. The "traditional" material for this year is bronze. [more inside]
posted by drlith
on Aug 4, 2013 -
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]
posted by supermedusa
on Jul 31, 2013 -
A friend of mine is going to move to Sweden next month. I would like to give him a book with vegan/vegetarian Swedish (or Scandinavian) recipes. The book can be in English, German or Swedish.
PS. In relation to this question what is the best place to buy Swedish books. It seems like there is nothing like Amazon over there.
posted by jfricke
on Jul 30, 2013 -
My brother and his boyfriend are getting married in two weeks. What Seattle-area experiences/meals would be appropriate for two tech-y, slightly bookish vegan gay guys in their early 30s? I'd rather give an experience (or consumables) than a thing; they probably have enough things. Budget tops out at $250ish. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure
on Jul 27, 2013 -
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 -
My best friend is flying over to the US next week to have a very small wedding ceremony with her beloved and some family, before they both come back to England to live. It was all pretty late notice and none of her friends from over here will be attending. She's said she doesn't want a big fuss made and they will probably have a party over here next year to celebrate, but I'd still love to give her a little something to take along so that she knows I'm thinking of her. Ideas please! [more inside]
posted by thegirlmaxtous
on Jul 25, 2013 -
Some friends are road-tripping from Seattle, WA to visit family for a couple weeks in Lincoln, NE starting next weekend, and trying to save money where possible. I'd like to give them a gift of a meal or something else they can use along the way or during their stay in Nebraska. They are 2 adults, 2 kids around 10 (give or take) and an 18-month-old. I need to be able to buy it in Seattle or buy it online and print it out. Budget $40-50, but that can stretch for the right need. Click here for snowflakiness: [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt
on Jul 22, 2013 -
What's the etiquette, practicalities and social norms of sending a piece of artwork to a society as a gift? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Jul 20, 2013 -
My awesome father in law has amassed a huge collection of 45 records. He would really like a dedicated 45 player (so he can play them without using a converter). His birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. How can I find him a player that works, and how much should I expect to pay for it?
posted by wearyaswater
on Jul 16, 2013 -
My two good friends are getting hitched in September. Both are going to be present at the 'wedding shower'. I'm trying to come up with a good gift to give them that is outdoor/nature themed. My original idea was to get them something like a double person sleeping bag (way too expensive though.. $200+) and now I'm still trying to put something together.
I will probably add in a giftcard with $20 on it for them to purchase midnight snacks, smores ingredients.
As their wedding gift I will be getting them the National Park Annual Pass which is why I'm hoping their gift now can be used during their camping/hiking adventures.
They have all the typical gear like tents, boots, etc.
Any other clever ideas out there?
posted by melizabeth
on Jul 15, 2013 -
My sweet kitty
died today. He passed away before we could get him to the vet, quickly and, I hope, painlessly. He's been sick since the beginning of the year and we've spent a lot of time at the vet; they've been terrific. I'd like to send them something as a token of thanks. What's appropriate? Chocolates? Incredible Edibles? Just a card? Any other ideas?
posted by Wet Hen
on Jul 14, 2013 -
For boring, complex, tax-related reasons, I have more than $4,000 which must be spent on goods or services in the next week. What vouchers, memberships, services or products should I buy to put the money to good use and hopefully make the next year awesome? (In Sydney, Australia or online).
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posted by embrangled
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I make a gift for our wedding anniversary every year. This year I need to make something out of / involving leather, but the amount of work/resources needed to craft leather seems quite daunting. Any ideas or cool alternatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Help me create a list of mailable, share-able, care-package items from all the U.S. states/DC for my college student son and his friends. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver.
Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
posted by dosterm
on Jun 18, 2013 -
Trying to put together a streaming Netflix queue for Father's Day. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by fishmasta
on Jun 15, 2013 -
My nephew is graduating high school and is headed to Washington DC for college! What would be a unique and useful gift to give him? [more inside]
posted by antonymous
on Jun 12, 2013 -
My 74-year old father just eloped, and I have no idea if I should get a gift for him, and if so, what it should be. More dysfunctional family details inside. [more inside]
posted by sazanka
on Jun 3, 2013 -
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]
posted by peachfuzz
on May 22, 2013 -
We have a very awesome landlord whose house we're moving out of. We'd like to get her something to show our appreciation. [more inside]
posted by pised
on May 19, 2013 -
My neighbor is a big cricket fan, which is a challenge in Brooklyn when it comes to watching games on television. ESPN's app for the XBox is not very good, but it offered coverage of the West Indian teams he was most interested in following, so I've hosted him a few times to give him a chance to watch. I've gained some appreciation for the sport myself, mostly because his enthusiasm is infectious. His birthday is coming up, and I'd like to give some cricket related gift. Searching the internet suggests that cricket doesn't spawn apparel and other merchandise like other sports do. Is that true? Are there test match team jerseys or anything like that? Other ideas for gifts that might please a cricket fan?
posted by layceepee
on May 17, 2013 -
My lawyer did an awesome job for me on a case. He's late 30s/early 40s, male. Need ideas for a "thank you" gift. Catch: we live in Springfield, IL so lots of more "urban" upscale options are nil. [more inside]
posted by arniec
on May 11, 2013 -
I got engaged - yay! He didn't get me an engagement ring, which is fine with me because it was a mutual "how about it?" discussion... [more inside]
posted by scuza
on May 8, 2013 -
A fairly wealthy client has invited me and my boss over for dinner. I'd like to take a gift to say thank you. The catch is, he doesn't drink booze and can't eat sugary foods.
Any ideas what I could bring? Food and non-food ideas welcomed. Looking to spend not more than $30.
posted by Conductor71
on May 8, 2013 -
My Mom used to love using bath beads, but we haven't been able to find them for ages (We used to get them at a little red shop instead of a bigger store; I think it was a body shop inside of a Sears or Bay or something like that?) Anyway, I figured I would get her some for mother's day. This is turning out to be a lot more challenging than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by Canageek
on May 7, 2013 -
We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by look busy
on Apr 18, 2013 -
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]
posted by cessair
on Apr 18, 2013 -
Assume you had $25,000 to spend on schooling or other professional training certification, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld
on Apr 9, 2013 -
I'm planning a trip to stay with a friend and his family in Dublin next month, and would like to bring them something to enjoy from the US that they'd have a hard time finding in Ireland. [more inside]
posted by exogenous
on Apr 3, 2013 -
I have a puzzle box...a little box with a puzzle you must solve in order to open it. The opening inside is a cylinder about 2.5" in diameter by 3" in length, so, big enough for a standard plastic gift card if you bend it a little. I want to give a gift that is more interesting than a gift card, so I need your ideas! [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on Mar 29, 2013 -
I've been invited to a new (<3 months) friend's 40th birthday supper. What can I bring him? [more inside]
posted by Prairie
on Mar 25, 2013 -
Our housemate is moving to Boston for work. I'd like to get him something that will be immediately useful to him - museum card, gift certificate for takeout when he comes home exhausted etc. Thinking of spending around 50 euros (we're in the Netherlands). Any ideas?
posted by nerdfish
on Mar 22, 2013 -
My 8 year old son is in a high school play and I don't know what to give him afterwards. I know flowers for performers are customary but is that the case for boys as well? To be honest, I'm not sure he'll be thrilled with flowers. Any other ideas? Also, do I give the gift on opening night or closing night? Or every night?
posted by gfrobe
on Mar 21, 2013 -
A regular customer at the coffee-shop where I work just lost her dog. She is a lovely, somewhat lonely seeming older woman. She and her pup were attached at the hip and a familiar presence in the cafe every morning. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I live in the Midwest (if it matters) and I have a friend going home to India. He's offered to bring me back something. I don't want to miss an opportunity to get something I can't get in Iowa. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen
on Mar 9, 2013 -
When my partner started dating his now ex-wife, his first Hanukkah gift to her was an well-intentioned but ill-received doll that has become an ongoing joke for over 20 years. Now I want to see if I can have another doll made in the same manner, but I don't know where to look to have this done. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara
on Mar 7, 2013 -