My boyfriend is a very spiritual devotee of Krishna (via ISKCON). Before we were dating he lived in an Ashram for a while, and has been involved with the temple since he was in early high school. I'm happily Jewish, and not personally disposed toward that sort of devotion, and I think sometimes my inability to understand comes off as skeptical or disapproving. His birthday is coming up in about a week, and I'd like to get him something, or do something for him that will demonstrate a commitment to his spirituality - or at least something that shows I'm trying. I'd love your suggestions. More details beyond the fold. [more inside]
Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
What should I get my mom for her birthday? [more inside]
My lovely girlfriend has been throwing me fantastic birthday parties for a few years, and this year (in November, in Los Angeles) I want to return the favor in kind. She lived in Hawaii in her youth, and has visited every year except this one, so I thought I'd try to bring the big island to her for her birthday party. I'm thinking 25-30 people, suggestions for any level of fancy from not fancy at all up to very posh appreciated.
I need tips on making the ultimate blanket fort. [more inside]
Help me plan an awesome and affordable surprise birthday trip for my pregnant wife between Christmas and New Years. Details inside. [more inside]
Help me throw an awesome birthday party for an about-to-be seven-year-old. [more inside]
Just received a postcard from Sephora informing me that they have a free birthday gift waiting for me in the store. Which other companies offer free gifts or deals if they know it's your birthday?
Help me come up with a loooong list of newly-available opportunities conferred upon one's 18th birthday in the US beyond the obvious biggies. My niece is celebrating her 18th birthday with me, wants to take advantage of her new adult status, and I want to present her with a ludicrously long and goofy list of "celebratory options." [more inside]
Help me cheat to think of a themed birthday present. The theme is Los Angeles. [more inside]
Which is the best Portuguese or Spanish restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ? [more inside]
Help me deliver a bacon-peanut butter-honey-and-banana birthday donut to someone in Washington, D.C.!
I would like to surprise a friend in Washington, D.C. for his birthday with a special treat; however, it's a donut made in a mom-and-pop store here in Dallas, and I won't be flying up there anytime soon. Can you help me figure out a hack for this? [more inside]
Need a great birthday cake for my dad! [more inside]
I thought it might be fun to race around like giddy kids with my wife for her birthday. she loves Formula one and has expressed an interest in racing go-karts. We both can drive but do not own a car as we live in brooklyn and have no need. Any ideas on where to race go-karts near nyc? (I found this place: gpny.com, and it seems to fit the bill..but are there other options?) Anyone else had any similar experiences trying to find place to race? Extravagant test-drive a real car on a track option? f1 model kit? (thank you as always) -birthday panic!!
Birthday idea filter: need creative birthday ideas for a wonderful gal. As you might've guessed, it's coming soon - Wednesday to be exact. Difficulty: we're living in South Korea. [more inside]
I thinking of giving this as an 80th birthday present. But can it really be OK? I realise that in spite of being called 'vin doux naturel' it is fortified - but eighty years? [more inside]
Traveling to Paris next week with family, and looking for ideas for something special for my mother's upcoming 60th birthday... [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas for a gift for a couple jointly celebrating their 40th and 50th birthdays. [more inside]
Urgent birthday present vintage fashion help: Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull. [more inside]
My wife wants our daughter to have a makeover party for her 8th birthday. Manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and all that. Am I being overly-sensitive in thinking it's a bad idea? [more inside]
Birthday etiquette question involving siblings, one of whom shares my birthday. [more inside]
I'm looking for a fun, whimsical birthday present for my girlfriend. I'm looking along the lines of this question, but for someone I know. Something unexpected, beautiful, and fun. My budget is about 100 dollars. She is a sports fan (basketball), a former journalist, loves to read, isn't really into music, loves gardening, and has a rabbit as a pet. She's thirty, turning 31. Any ideas would be most welcome.
What is something unique and awesome we can do for my friend's 30th birthday party? DC specific suggestions welcome. [more inside]
My daughter is planning her 16th birthday party, which will happen in late July. She wants an overnight trip, preferably near the Oregon coast or someplace else with a beach. Since many beach houses expressly forbid teen parties, we're probably looking at camping or... I don't know, a remote cabin maybe. There will be three or four parents in attendance. I've already said that we'll have to have a budget (though I don't know what to plan for realistically), that only parents will drive there, and that the guests have to be people I know. 1) What are other suggestions for a party that is memorable, yet avoids things that are dangerous, illegal, or grounds for a lawsuit? And 2), Oregon folks, can you recommend a place that will be okay with late night music/dancing and about 15 teenagers?
Where can I find or have made 6-sided dice with one color for 1-2 and another for 3-6? [more inside]
Birthday gift filter: What to get a sibling running for local public office? [more inside]
What was the best teen (+- 15) girl birthday party you had/remember? We live in Los Angeles. [more inside]
My friend's birthday is coming up, and she loves white bread. What white bread related gifts can I give her? [more inside]
I'm unemployed and broke, and my husband's big 30th birthday is right around the corner. He went all out for my 30th, so I feel horrible that I can't afford anything nice. Suggestions? [more inside]
As host, should I pay? Should I even I bring it up? [more inside]
One of my friends' sons is turning 12. Help me find him a present. [more inside]
London Mefites: Help! It's my birthday this Thursday, but my SO is away and my friends are all working. I want to do something fun in London for the day, but what - on a probably rainy day, and at such short notice? [more inside]
Should I do something for my birthday? [more inside]
Birthday blues - issues with a specific friend. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
In search of nerdy birthday bash one (or two) liner. [more inside]
Help me find a great puzzle-type gift for my aunt. A snowflake is falling. [more inside]
What should I get my 25 year old roommate for his birthday that's $20 or less? [more inside]
Impromptu birthday invite...but not really a party, should I take a gift? [more inside]
In Chinese culture 88 is considered to be an auspicious number. Are there any special presents, food, or activities that are considered particularly appropriate for an 88th birthday? [more inside]
Help me come up with a party favor for a four year old's birthday party. [more inside]
Can you help me come up with alternative ways to say happy birthday? I'm tired of writing the same old things when I send friends birthday cards/texts/etc. Looking for creative, thoughtful, and/or poetic ways to send someone birthday wishes. Bonus points for literary references or foreign language translations that have a slightly different connotation than "Happy Birthday"
It's my close friend's 30th birthday on Friday. She's in Asheville, NC. I'm in Brooklyn, NY. What should I get/do/order as a gift? [more inside]
Has anyone here traveled to Punxsutawney, PA to celebrate Groundhog Day? Does anyone live there? What kind of stuff is there to do? What are the sites to see? Places to eat? [more inside]
I'm in need of penguin themed birthday wishes! [more inside]
Looking for a great place to ring in my 30th birthday--without spending days flying back and forth from Denver. In mid-March. Got some great ideas for me? [more inside]
My brother surprise birthday party is in a few weeks. He's an avid chess player. What is the dream chess set for the chess lover ?
What should I get my 81-year-old father for his birthday? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
Great ideas/places/activities for a surprise birthday party (for a 29-year-old guy) in Seattle? [more inside]
GiftFilter: Memorable experiences that are a day trip out of Los Angeles? [more inside]
I want to spend my 30th birthday doing 30 things I've never done before. Can you help me think of some things? [more inside]