In a fit of limerance I told my new dating partner that I would make them a birthday cake of their choice since their birthday falls on Christmas Eve and they never get one. They want something chocolate and decadent. I used to bake all the time so I have the skills but life stress has zapped my energy. What are your easiest and most decadent chocolate cake recipes so I can please her in the spirit that I intended?
For my friend's birthday I want to send the most absurd, ostentatious thing possible to her office in New York. What is that thing? [more inside]
I have a milestone birthday coming up soon and my situation is pretty rough, any suggestions to make an unpleasant situation a little more palatable? [more inside]
As a small birthday gift for a friend, I want to make a mix of birthday songs. I'm looking for rap, hip-hop, R&B, and upbeat pop/dance songs that reference birthdays. I have some already, but not enough for a worthwhile mix cd, which is where I need Mefite help. [more inside]
Know of any fun activities for the weekend of 11/22-11/24 somewhere around NYC? [more inside]
I need to find a present for my sister's 30th birthday and I have no idea where to start. We're not very similar and now that I'm living far away, I have even less of an idea. It also needs to be easily shippable. [more inside]
My girl is turning 8 and we're having her party at the local Michael's. Unfortunately the sales people there haven't been real helpful in terms of making recommendations for what crafts the girls can do; and I'm completely overwhelmed when I look on the Internets. So here's the question: what are some really fun crafts that can be done in an hour and a half, and are messy? (Because that's the whole point of having it at the store instead of in my house, right. Otherwise I'm wasting that $50.) Is marbling paper fun? Is tye-dying fun? What else haven't I thought of? [more inside]
My daughter's first birthday is coming up in two weeks, and we're having a party. The invitations emphasized "one", so that's the theme. What "one"-themed things can I do, for food or decorations? [more inside]
My niece celebrates her eleventh birthday soon. She loves to read. She lives in Canada; I live in the UK: for convenience’s sake I’d like to buy her books from Amazon.ca as a gift. Besides reading, her previous interests have included princesses, ballet and cupcakes—the latter leading me to order to some volumes from The Cupcake Diaries as last year’s gift. What’s new and cool in the world of books if you’re Canadian and eleven?
OK, here's the deal: My sister's birthday is Saturday and I need to get her something awesome and fun because her birthday happens to be the day of my grandmother's funeral. Awful, I know. [more inside]
Sending a child's birthday gift by Tuesday! We have had awful problems on a variety of German sites because we are sending this gift through a UK address! Help! [more inside]
Lastminutegiftsfilter: My boyfriend's birthday is coming up soon, and I have no idea what to get him! We're both geeky but his interests run far more deep than mine do in terms of comic books and gaming and things like that. The problem is: he owns everything already! I plan on consulting with his roommate, who shares many of his interests, but I'd love some input from the hivemind on this. For reference, he's 28, works at a video company and we both live in Los Angeles. [more inside]
So my nephew is turning 7 in a few weeks. We live at quite a distance from each other, but have good contact via FaceTime, etc. im flying up to be at his birthday and want to get Hume THE BEST PRESENT EVER! He's very into science, and has said that he wants to win the Nobel prize when he gets older. So... I need advice on the best thing he could ever want. Steer me in the right direction!
I am going to be away from home on business travel during my wife's birthday this year. I would love to get some ideas on any surprise/gift that I can get delivered to our house on her birthday. [more inside]
My dad is turning 60 on Saturday. Yay, good for him! I left it way too late this year and I have no ideas - he is very tough to shop for. My price range is $40-80, lower is better (could swing up to $100 if I really thought he'd like it). [more inside]
I'm completely at a loss for what to buy my sister for her upcoming birthday. She's in her early 20s, lives in upstate NY, works on a farm, and likes anything farm/outdoors/sustainability/anthropology related. She's interested in anything, really, but doesn't like materialistic "bought at the mall" type stuff. So nothing mass-made. I need some special little something that she would find useful and not silly or frivolous. [more inside]
A quick question about Korean culture and receiving gifts. [more inside]
Looking for a vendor to make me a metal case for a pack of floss as a gag gift. Importantly, it is for a new beau. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
I'm new to Seattle and about to celebrate a milestone-ish birthday after a super hectic year - help me figure out how to plan an amazing day! [more inside]
I need ideas for an outdoorsy/active October 40th birthday weekend getaway from Boston. [more inside]
My golden birthday is coming up, and since you only get one, I'd like to do something special. But I'm pretty much broke. [more inside]
My brother's turning 18 on Aug 30. Any thoughts on what to get, appreciated. [more inside]
I’m currently expecting my first child, who is due around Halloween. I have some minor and probably totally inconsequential—yet nagging—worries about her expected birthdate, and would love if those of you who are late fall babies OR a parent of a late fall baby would come in and assuage my concerns. [more inside]
We discussed Goldie-Blox back when it was just a Kickstarter, and I was wondering whether any MeFites have since obtained it for their kids. [more inside]
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]
Facebook Filter: Possibly beanplating the etiquette of birthday wishes on social media. Details within. [more inside]
My SO just got an iPhone 5! We are possibly the last people in the world to get smartphones (maybe second last) and have no idea what it can do. Also, his birthday is coming up. Can you suggest great apps or hardware that I might be able to get for him? He already has a case and headphones, and I don't think I want a docking station, though am ready to be convinced otherwise. His interests are hiking, climbing, gardening, cooking and photography. Thanks all!
I need to break up with my long-term partner but there is never a good time to do it. Is it a good idea to break up with him on/near his birthday or better to postpone? [more inside]
My baby girl is turning one in a couple of months and her father is adamant that he doesn't want to throw her a party. What are some other way special ways we can celebrate? [more inside]
I'm throwing the hubster a roast for his 40th birthday. I have some specific jokes written, but I need to fill in the gaps. A little background about him... 1. He's overweight. 2. He is very handy, almost McGuyver-like. 3. He is politically conservative (loves Reagan). 4. He owns a business. Any ideas are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help!!
Fiancee blew up over my birthday gift-giving faux pas and can't seem to get over it, is this situation salvegable? Lots more below [more inside]
My Dad is turning 70 in a few weeks and I would really like to buy him something special that was made in 1943. I have looked around and there are a few ridiculously expensive vintage wines and some very kitschy coin collections but I have not been able to find anything that really fits. [more inside]
I had surgery this morning to remove another kidney stone. Tomorrow is my birthday and 4 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Any ideas on how to have a special day in the house? More info inside... [more inside]
I don't mind getting older, but planning a birthday party for myself gives me severe anxiety. [more inside]
Relationship frustration, party-planning edition: Help me have a great party even though the circumstances are annoying. Details below the fold. [more inside]
I'm spending my 40th birthday in Paris (early August). I want to have a memorable evening with my husband. Help me pick a fabulous restaurant, a great place for a dessert (either at the same restaurant or elsewhere) and an activity. [more inside]
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]
A relative of mine's great-grandmother is having her 90th birthday party this Sunday, in New Orleans. She's expressed a wish to have each of the 25-30 guests receive a small present, up to $15 each. Any suggestions? It has to be something I can obtain and wrap before Sunday afternoon.
Help me decide what to do for my 40th birthday! I am turning 40 in mid-August and would like (love!) to do something a bit special and experiential rather than receive something material. I’m also in a massive rut and would love to do something new and different that I haven’t thought of. I crave new experiences and ideas and these have been in short supply due to various personal and medical pressures over the last 12 months. I’ve had a few thoughts, but none of them have really made me think YES that’s EXACTLY what I want to do. AskMe, can you offer some inspiration, either around my existing ideas, or something completely fresh I haven’t considered? [more inside]
We're throwing a camping-themed birthday party for a co-worker next week. I need to bring some treats! [more inside]
My husband is turning 30 in about 2 months and I need to plan a party for him in the Seattle area. I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
I'm taking my daughter to NYC for her 13th bday gift around the end of June. She is going to be so excited!! I'm trying to plan some great things for a Mom and a 13 yr old to do but I'm getting overwhelmed.... We will do a broadway show for sure...but any other suggestions? Help me decide what is really cool and worth doing and what would be just "meh". She loves the arts and creating and cooking and falls on the nerdy, quirky, funny side of life. She's perfect!! We will be there 3 nights and 4 days. Staying in SoHo but can Uber Car pretty much anywhere. I also have a very dear friend who lives there and will be with us to help navigate. He loves my daughter and will be up for anything but has no clue what 13 yr old girls of her ilk are into so he hasn't been much help....Thanks all!
My awesome wife will be turning 40 soon. Help me plan a surprise weekend trip, probably to Florida! [more inside]
My nephew is turning 18 in a week. He is graduating from high school in June. He has no idea what he wants for a gift for either event. tl;dr: What might a socially active gaming-nerd turned forestry major find useful or enjoy before or during his first year away from home? What do you get for the guy who's pretty content with anything he gets? [more inside]
I will be giving a newly minted 9-year-old gentleman of my acquaintance a wallet for his birthday. I was thinking of printing and laminating a card full of important reference information for a young man of his age. Sort of an ultra condensed Schott's Original Miscellany. What should I put on it?
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]
Looking for unique, fun, cost effective ideas for Harry Potter themed 31st Birthday Party. [more inside]
What's a good place for a Saturday evening laid back birthday get-together in Brooklyn? [more inside]
I've been invited to a new (<3 months) friend's 40th birthday supper. What can I bring him? [more inside]
Distance prevents me from being with my boyfriend on his birthday. Any idea on how to make it special? He will be at work most of the day and make to his hotel later on in the evening. I've sent cupcakes, but would also like to do something else to surprise him. Thanks!!