I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday. [more inside]
The Spousal Unit knows I like to be made a fuss of on my birthday and is happy to oblige, but this year we're low on cash, and he's a little lost. I'm trying to compile a list of fun, cash-free (or very cheap) things to do, so he can pick a couple and run with it. We are in Portland, Oregon, and mostly homebodies. I'm a voracious reader, and lover of all things spooky, and general ideas are great.
Mom's birthday filter: Mom is suddenly all about beading and gems and rocks. Any ideas for a cool, "every-rock-necklace-making-beading-enthusiast-should-have-this-___" present? [more inside]
I need help finding an observatory in the New York/ New Jersey area that I can take my boyfriend for his birthday to view the stars for a good hour or more. Any suggestions?
Help us wow our mother for her 60th birthday in November. She loves natural beauty, travel, her granddaughter, watching music and dance, massages, and antique/carpet/porcelin/etc. shopping on the cheap. I'm in NY, my siblings are in TX, and she's in Los Angeles. We want to make this special, and might consider travel, but we only have three days. Suggestions?
Good birthday gifts for someone moving from a townhouse to a single family home? [more inside]
Celebrating my mom's birthday in Disney World....help me surprise her! [more inside]
I just bought Spore on disc, forgetting completely that my disc drive is broken. The case has been opened and the game is now non-returnable. What are my options? [more inside]
Two weeks after my girlfriend treated me to the most thoughtfully-indulgent birthday weekend imaginable, I broke up with her. Just a week has passed since we went our separate ways, but that means two weeks until what would have been our three-year anniversary and three weeks until her birthday, upon which I would otherwise be reciprocating her generosity. Is there anything I can do or say or give to mark the occasion appropriately? [more inside]
Help me find a birthday gift for my sister, who was recently hired as fashion designer... [more inside]
Gift guessing filter: help me think of what this could be. [more inside]
It's been a bad summer, what to do for birthday? [more inside]
My nephews have some numerically coincidental birthdays coming up, anyone have any clever ideas that we can use for the occasion? [more inside]
Meta Oenophiles... Should I open my '86-vintage fine French grape? [more inside]
Buffy Birthday Gift Filter: Ack! I got my dates mixed up, and my friend's birthday is this Saturday, not next! Help me think of Buffy The Vampire Slayer themed (not necessarily branded) gift ideas. Looking for stuff that'd be easy to find in the next day or so. Here's what I've got planned so far... [more inside]
My wife's battled depression for a while, and though she rallied and had a decent few months, she plunged back into the depths of it for the few weeks around her recent birthday (which seems to happen every year, but this year was the worst yet). She had us cancel any birthday plans, cake, etc -- didn't even want anybody to say "happy birthday". After asking a few times and receiving this same answer, I went along with it; it was her birthday, after all. Her mood has lifted since then, but she still doesn't want her presents -- says to return everything, and shuts down when I bring up the subject. Fine, I can return them, except for one, a custom order meant as a present from our four-year-old (call her "Olivia"): a set of coasters printed with Olivia's scanned artwork. What do I do with them? [more inside]
I had a shitty birthday today that seemed to confirm all my suspicions about my friendships, and my life in general, and now I'm not sure how to rebound. [more inside]
[KaraokeFilter] Karaoke night tonight and one of the group has a birthday at midnight. Help me find something special to sing! [more inside]
It's my friends birthday tomorrow, and she's extremely low on cash and trying to figure out if there are any decent places (hopefully better then Denny's) around Oakland/Berkeley that give out free or greatly discounted food on birthdays. Any suggestions?
Please help me and my friend develop a water gun target for a 5 year old's birthday. [more inside]
As a Dad I want to get something very special for my daughters first birthday. I've found some answers but nothing that quite hits it as these are for nephews/cousins/friends [more inside]
Chicago hive: any ideas for a 40th birthday celebration that includes dinner on a Saturday night for about a dozen people but is more fun than just doing dinner? [more inside]
How can I help my parents celebrate their 30th anniversary of emigrating to Canada from Britain? [more inside]
How do I get famous rock star/celebrity autographs for my teenaged son? [more inside]
I'm moving to san francisco, where I don't know anyone yet, right before my 21st birthday. Any meaningful/memorable ways to celebrate by myself? [more inside]
GirlfriendFilter: What should my almost-but-not-quite girlfriend of two months and I do to celebrate her birthday? [more inside]
Best day spa near Bayside, NY? For my grandmother who just turned 90!
Birthday gift recommendations: this will be the last birthday before he starts getting Father's day presents too. [more inside]
Can you help me make an impression and/or leave my mark (literally)? [more inside]
I'm looking for gift ideas for my daughter's sixteenth birthday. She's not into the traditional Sweet 16 routine but still, I feel like the gift has to be more significant than a regular old B-day gift. About her: musical hippie type (has good guitar and equipment already), California girl relocated to Moscow Idaho two years ago; mellow, sweet girl. ANY ideas greatly appreciated.
I'm looking for a good deli that delivers in Los Angeles, Beachwood Canyon to be precise. I need a website or very patient people. [more inside]
My friend is getting her molars removed on her birthday - what can we do to make it better? [more inside]
Next Sunday is my friends son's 1st birthday, what can I get the little tyke that would be a great gift for about $50, it hopefully would be something that is not a stuffed animal, that will last until the time he has the ability to remember it.
My wife's birthday is May 18th (not this Sunday but next). I have gotten her a Mac laptop. I should receive it today via Fedex. Should I give it to her this weekend or wait until the official day? We don't have a party planned, ie it'll be just us. I could give it to her early and give her smaller gifts (e.g. a music CD) on the 18th. or I could wait ....
I am throwing my first birthday party ever, for my pre-teen niece. Needless to say, I'm completely out of touch when it comes to kids' birthday parties (having not attended any since the 1980s) and don't know what's considered typical and usual. Please share your experiences and advice. [more inside]
Help me plan my 30th birthday Unlike previous ask MeFi's I don't want to go away. I have travelled so much lately that I'm considering staying at home. My birthday is also a holiday (day after Christmas) so it's near impossible to get people together for a party. How can I celebrate this milestone in a low key way, and make it a day to remember? [more inside]
What is an appropriate birthday gift to give to someone you've only just started dating? [more inside]
My kid is going to be six next month and he wants a party. We are very short on cash. Suggestions? [more inside]
Help me think of a kickass gift for my grandmother's 100th (!!!) birthday. [more inside]
How to make a giant cake out of box mix brownies? [more inside]
Can you please suggest pranks, stunts, and tricks that fall under the category of "physical challenges"?
Can you please suggest simple pranks, stunts, and tricks that fall under the category of "physical challenges"? For example: Offer 2 kids a piece of newspaper, and challenge them to find a way for both to stand on the paper at the same time, without ripping it, such that neither kid is able to touch the other. [more inside]
Unique gift ideas for surprise birthday/care package for female friend in the UK for under $50 (not including shipping)? [more inside]
What to get a geeky male for his 21st birthday? [more inside]
I need a venue for a 4 year old's birthday party in Seattle. [more inside]
Birthday party etiquette question: Would it be in bad taste to invite my son's preschool classmates to his fifth birthday party? [more inside]
I'd like to buy my one year old nephew some Plan City cars for his birthday - will he choke to death? [more inside]
I have a birthday coming up and I want to get friends together to do something besides a house party or going to the bars. I've done karaoke for my birthday in the past. Any suggestions? I want to keep it small this year, probably around 10 people and ideally it would be something where one could drink or at least go to the bars later in the evening. Also, looking for something on the night of March 28 or 29.
I'm planning a birthday which I celebrate enthusiatically only once every 7 or so years...anyways...I'm planning on baking lots of sweet things and feeding all my friends. I need to start baking early to get it all done and would like suggestions for small(portioned) sweet treats that can be made in advance and transported easily. [more inside]
What activities, in or around Boston, would create an amazing birthday evening for my delightfully nerdy, almost-27-year-old boyfriend? [more inside]
A friend and I are turning 23 this weekend. We're making a pinata! What should we fill it with? [more inside]