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How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

How to appreciate my boyfriend

I'm having a bit of difficulty figuring out what I can do to appreciate and care for my new boyfriend. What are some things you do to make your significant other feel good? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jun 20, 2013 - 33 answers

Feeding the Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Lunch. What goes with submarine sandwiches, potato chips, and pasta salad? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 2, 2012 - 23 answers

How to show appreciation for a miracle?

Our favorite parakeet (a 5 year old little sweetie who came to us as a rescue) just spent 48 hours as a wild bird, and three people were instrumental in returning her safely to us. Please help us decide on the perfect gifts of appreciation. [more inside]
posted by cakebatter on May 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Ballet Appreciation for Dummy

I'm going to see my first ballet on Saturday. What should I expect, how can I appreciate it, and what should I look out for? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

A young couple sing their love for eachother under the stars.

I would like to have a deeper appreciation of operas, musicals, and regular 'plays'. If I had the money, I would simply go to a ton of them. But I don't - so I ask for your assistance! [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Dec 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Piemaker, PhD

I have warm fuzzy feelings and inclinations to do nice things for people. Does this make me unprofessional? How do I talk myself out of it, if so? I'm in academia. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 31, 2011 - 39 answers

Help me find a housewarming gift that I can travel with...

Help me find a housewarming gift that I can travel with... [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on May 10, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I make epic treasure on a budget?

The world is boring. It needs more buried treasure. What things could I bury as treasure - things with great and lasting value, yet could be obtained cheaply? (Eg, a spirits/wine chest could be inexpensive to buy, but eventually become a treasure worth finding after enough years have passed. Superstar backstage passes are useless as treasure (they expire), but are an example of something of great value that doesn't cost much money to obtain - if you can find a way to obtain them.) How can I assemble epic genuine treasure on a budget? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Thanks for the generous favor

How to thank parents-in-law for a gigantic, monumental favor (of a financial nature) they've done for us? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Mar 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Showing appreciation for a classmate who has passed away?

A classmate of mine has passed away following a horrifying accident, leaving behind a wife and infant daughter. What sort of gesture would it be appropriate for my classmates and I to make, if any, to show our appreciation for this person and to let his family know that we're thinking of them during this difficult time?
posted by killdevil on Nov 27, 2009 - 19 answers

If you were a circus director spending lots of time and effort on a n00b, what would you appreciate?

What can I get as a thank-you gift for my circus directors? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 18, 2009 - 4 answers

What is the gift/token of appreciation etiquette for teacher recommendations?

My oldest, a HS senior, is applying to college and we are asking teachers to complete recommendations. Would it be permissible to include a note and small token of appreciation for each teacher in advance of the recommendation? [more inside]
posted by KWittman on Oct 1, 2009 - 22 answers

How to tip my therapist?

How to tip my therapist? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn on Aug 18, 2009 - 30 answers

How do I show a fantastic friend that I appreciate her?

Help me do something sweet for a friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Souvenirs for project well done?

Team appreciation / project mementos: just got done with a 6 month long project involving a team of about 30 people. I have somewhere in the range of 10k to 15k to spend on an outing and (suggested by mgmt) some kind of memento. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by ajohnson1200 on Mar 21, 2009 - 20 answers

"One more time! Yeah!"

For those of you like me who still insist on listening to entire albums: How long does it take you to realize how awesome that album really is? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Feb 16, 2009 - 19 answers

I'm changing teams at work. How do I show appreciation to my old team?

My department at work is restructuring, and it was just announced today that I am moving to another team. How can I show my team that I've loved working with them, and that I truly appreciate everything that they have taught me? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

How to give gifts to people who don't like getting gifts?

How do I give gifts to two friends in dire financial straits, so that they won't be offended? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 10, 2008 - 21 answers

You have been looking at that painting a bit too long and it's making me feel like a nube

Appreciating the visual arts: what should I be looking at? What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me appreciate movies!

Help me appreciate movies! [more inside]
posted by arrowhead on May 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Music Education 101

I would like to be more passionate about music. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 21, 2008 - 29 answers

What gift to thank an advisor?

What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 10 answers

How to best show my appreciation.

Should I get a gift for someone I worked for for 3 days who tipped me generously? [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada on Feb 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Professional Appreciation

My doctors have been beyond amazing and I'd like to get them a token of appreciation, but I'm not sure what to get. [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Sep 9, 2007 - 24 answers

How does one "show" appreciation for their child's care takers?

My children go to a day care where the parents rotate responsibilities to show 'appreciation' for their child's care takers. Intent is to do something 'special' to express (however remotely we can demonstrate the scale of appreciation) how much we appreciate our care takers/teachers. These appreciation days rotate on a bi-weekly basis in my infant son's room and I have this Friday. The class has three teachers and their charges are all kiddies age 6-12 months. (continued...) [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jul 24, 2007 - 31 answers

How do I say thank you to my mentor, ten years later?

A woman I greatly admire gave me a pep talk about all the potential and promise I had and how I'd go out into the world and do something with myself. Being incredibly insecure and full of self-doubt, I didn't believe her. That was 10 years ago... [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce on May 9, 2007 - 26 answers

Seeking employee-appreciation gifts that don't suck

Please help me figure out a great gift to give our employees at the company party! [more inside]
posted by vytae on Apr 18, 2007 - 46 answers

Can I learn to love rubbish whisky?

I'm drinking some rubbish whisky bought as a present that I am enjoying more each time I drink it- can it ruin my palate and appreciation of fine malts? On a wider note the same question but with wine, food etc. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades on Apr 13, 2007 - 25 answers

The gift that keeps on giving

Can you recommend a good introductory wine appreciation course in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... on Nov 25, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the best way to appreciate gin?

What's the best way to appreciate gin? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Nov 3, 2006 - 36 answers

Staff appreciation event on a (tiny) budget

What would you do if you were asked to plan the following event for 250 people on a budget of $500?: "... a staff appreciation event celebrating the past year's accomplishments and anticipating future directions. Includes the following tasks: scheduling event, reserving location, setting agenda, arranging for speakers, ordering and purchasing refreshments, publicizing event, and handling setup and cleanup." [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese on Oct 17, 2006 - 27 answers

Agent appreciation

How can I appropriately go the extra mile to show my literary agent (and his assistant) how much I appreciate their hard work? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 7, 2006 - 4 answers

What gesture is equivalent to a week of free meals?

How do I show my appreciation for housemates who've cooked me several nice meals in a row, when I can't cook and I'm too poor to take them to dinner? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 9, 2006 - 18 answers

Gift for a contractor?

We are having a fairly major renovation done on our house by a friend. Do we get him a gift at then end and if so, what could it be? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Jun 20, 2005 - 9 answers

Online Appreciation?

I was wondering if there is a way for a group of people to give thanks online. [more inside]
posted by theFlyingSquirrel on May 14, 2005 - 3 answers

What's a good 'thank you' gift for a couple of vegans?

What's a good 'thank you' gift for a couple of vegans? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jul 12, 2004 - 15 answers

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