My wife and I will be going to Florida on vacation for a week at the end of February. We bought a condo earlier this year, and one of our neighbors is an older couple that has a winter home near Orlando. Their place has a semi-separate one-bedroom living space, and they very generously offered to allow us to stay there while we're on vacation, which will save us a few hundred dollars in hotel costs. [more inside]
Looking for an awesome thank you gift for a coworker. [more inside]
I'm planning to give all of my teaching assistants a present for Christmas. Would it be rude to not give a present to the managerial staff? I've also heard that it's rude to give people higher up the same present. Please help me understand appropriate gifting. [more inside]
What are some good <$200 experience or gastronomical gifts from Portland? [more inside]
Hi. A friend of mine received a gift at work and has no idea what it is. Can you help us out? [more inside]
I am looking for an interesting card and a little box or envelope big enough to give something the size of a silver dollar. The gift is for an illustrator so I am feeling self-conscious about getting something they will really appreciate. Handmade, beautiful, interesting, well designed would be notes I want to hit. Ideally in NYC but mail order could be OK too.
He's in his mid-20s. Lives with his parents. Just started his first part-time job. He likes video games, board games, sports, circuses. He's a bit of foodie. He prides himself on being up for any (small) challenge. His favorite things to read are Wikipedia, IMDB, Ripley's Believe It or Not. [more inside]
Within my family, a professionally framed piece of paper, such as a diploma or an old 'artifactual' letter is sometimes given as a gift. In other words, framing a 'piece of paper' that has special meaning for the gift giver and recipient in a way that preserves it. This is straightforward for a single one-page piece of paper printed on reasonable quality paper. How can I do this with a set of really meaningful e-mails? [more inside]
So in the vain of this question .... Whats is the best gift guide? New? Unique? What are you giving this year? What should I get my step mother who I have nothing in common with?
I want to get my weirdo niece something for Christmas that will make her snort-giggle. [more inside]
I want to give an ultra-thoughtful gift to a formally healthy and work-focused family member who suffered a stroke. He is only 38 but he can’t currently leave his home due to extreme vertigo. [more inside]
My girlfriend wants a smaller dog to live in our suburban house with fenced in yard, to get along with our 4 year old Border Collie, and we're not sure which breed would work best. [more inside]
I'm choosing a drone for a Christmas present and I could use some input. Total budget is $550-600 and that is a pretty hard limit. The intended use would be aerial photography, flying for fun and just poking around looking at things from above. The recipient is a novice and does not already have a GoPro or similar camera. They would be comfortable with minor repairs (props, battery, etc) but not with a complete DIY option. [more inside]
My brother and his wife just had their second child, and as a Christmas gift I'd like to be able to help out with some of the food prep. We have some great "take and bake" options near where we live, does anything like that exist near them? [more inside]
An older relative with a daily train commute has requested a music player for the holidays - but they don't want anything with extra features, novel menus, or - if it can be helped - a shuffle feature. All they want is the ability to listen to an entire album (from a selection of about 20) with very clear and easy to understand menus and buttons. They were given a Zune for this purpose a few years ago and returned it saying it was confusing and had "too many settings". What should I buy? [more inside]
Difficulty level: She doesn't drink, doesn't eat sugar, and has seemed indifferent to flowers & plants in the past. [more inside]
This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
This year, I found this awesome spice mix recipe from Nom Nom Paleo. It saved me heaps and it's a thoughtful DIY gift that I know my friends will really like. I'm thinking ahead to next year, but I'm drawing a blank on gifts like this. What creative gifts have you made for others that were thoughtful and didn't break the bank? [more inside]
I would like a way of playing an audio recording when a Xmas gift is opened/the gift revealed. Need some ideas of how to make this happen; I'm sure it's possible, there are tons of greeting cards that have the mechanism that when you open, they play some corny song. I would like to something similar, but for a box. [more inside]
He loves fiddling with switches, buttons, knobs, etc. and taking things apart. He also loves throwing his toys across the room, so whatever I give him should not be so hard/heavy that it breaks windows or injures people upon impact. I've already tried Legos and Lego-like building toys with no luck. Ideas?
I'm planning this year's company holiday event with a White Elephant gift exchange included as part of the festivities. I’d like to encourage fun, unexpected items through an appropriately open-ended theme. Themes such as those suggested in this previous Ask MeFi comment are exactly what I’m looking for. Please help me come up with the Ultimate White Elephant theme for our snowflakey crew! [more inside]
My husband is a programmer/developer. He has expressed a great deal of interest in the two of us programming a video/computer game together. Help me figure out how to "gift" this experience! [more inside]
So, I have a clever but cautious 3.75 year old daughter. My wife would really like to get her some kind of bicycle-like object to start on for Christmas. What would you recommend? [more inside]
I usually buy my daughter one larger gift each Christmas, one that we can set up as the big surprise Christmas morning. The challenge is that our house is fairly small so whatever we buy should be able to fold up and be put away, either up on a shelf or in a closet. [more inside]
What would be a good/interesting food- or cooking-related gift for someone who would be happy eating chicken literally every day? [more inside]
I'm looking to put together an assortment of accessories for my dad's beloved cast iron pans as his Christmas present this year. I've already thought of one of those silicon heat-protecting handle covers and a bottle of flax seed oil (let me know if I should be going with another kind) for seasoning. What else should I include? [more inside]
Help me find (or make) the perfect Christmas gift for my 3-year-old daughter: a collection of interesting scents. [more inside]
It's that time of year when my family and I trade lists of things we could get for one another if we haven't already found something on our own. We usually just do a running email thread, and it devolves into sub threads excluding the person of interest, where all the other family members claim what they're getting or have gotten for the person who isn't on the cc:list. Until of course someone (Mom) replies on the wrong thread, and spills the beans. ;) [more inside]
It is my niece's very first Christmas this year, and I want to use her image and make personalized gifts for everyone: Mugs, Shirts, Calendars, phone cases, etc. I've used Walmart to make personalized mugs, but they were expensive and really annoying to order from (I'm ordering from Ontario, Canada). Can anyone recommend a reputable personalized-gift website that can take orders online? It would be great if they had a wide variety of items to personalize. Thanks in advance!!!
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]
I am looking for suggestions for an appropriate winter gift for a currently 6-month old baby who lives in South Dakota. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I need to buy a wedding gift for a member of my staff. Please help me shop. [more inside]
I'm going to be the godfather for my good friends' little girl. What would an appropriate gift be? [more inside]
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]
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]
What gift will blow my two year old's mind? Thank you! [more inside]
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?
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]
We need to get gifts for the wonderful team of people who are helping us get married. Please advise. [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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]