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Christmas In July! DIY gifts for family & friends

Due to family tragedy, last Christmas felt more like a never-ending marathon than a fun and meaningful holiday. I resolved that Christmas 2014 would be a more mellow, loving holiday that didn't involve hundreds of dollars flushed down the drain on disposable gifts. What are your ideas for meaningful Christmas gifts for family that take some time to make (or not!), don't cost much and might be actually appreciated and used? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Brisbane Christmas Gift Help - Dificulty Level: Antipodes

My brother is going to depart for Brisbane (the one that isn't near San Francisco) to do a postdoc in invertebrate biology about 15 minutes after Christmas and is pretty much taking everything he's going to take as check luggage. While the $100 note has that cool Lyrebird graphic and is easy to pack, it seems somewhat unimaginative. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Help with gift for Dad

I need help finding a Christmas gift for my dad. I'm looking for: - Something that requires occasional hands on -- a project, but not a full-time project - Something a little science-projecty and geeky, but that does not involve a computer (he's 72 and not terribly computer literate; he does have an iPad, though) - Something that has a definable end result - Something he can attend to while my folks spend three months in their RV this winter - Most likely something plant-related More... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for science-minded 11-year-old boy

Another gift-question, but I didn't find anything in the archives that's exactly applicable, so here goes: I'm looking for a Christmas gift for my 11-year-old cousin. He's pretty into science and math, and according to my aunt, already has tons of toys/games/kits. So it seems like she would prefer for him not to get another one of those, but her only other suggestion was to give him "coupons" to play card/board games with me. I'd be happy to do that except frankly I'm not sure he'd actually appreciate it - fwiw we rarely see each other, and I'm ten years older and female. I'm thinking a good book might be nice, but I don't know exactly what he's already read and liked, other than the typical series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc. Any suggestions - either lesser-known books or other options I might not have thought of? My max price range is probably $25-30 but I can be a little flexible.
posted by st elmo's fire on Dec 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Superman toys for a four-year-old

Ayo- My four-year-old niece thinks Superman is pretty bitchin', and I'm thinking about maybe getting her Superman-related toys for Xmas. Are there any good Superman toys for someone her age that might be educational? Failing Educational, what about Superman toys that are just rad beyond belief?
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 11, 2013 - 11 answers

2013 gift guide guide

I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Dec 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Tell me about your experience buying an iPad for an elderly person

My mom, who recently sold her home and moved into senior housing, has expressed interest in owning some sort of computing device. She's basically computer illiterate, has never been on the internet, and has trouble using my TV remote control sometimes. Am I crazy to even consider getting her an iPad? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 2, 2013 - 35 answers

Amusing, surprising, and cheap stocking stuffers for the whole family

Every year, each of my (8 or so, all adult) family members buys the same small gift for the rest of us and gives the gift anonymously (and to themselves, to preserve anonymity). With Christmas a month away, what silly or useful stocking stuffers can I give out to each of my family members across a wide variety of ages? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Best way to get a weird and wooden object framed?

How best can I frame a wooden star that has survived since the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

A Christmas present for my sister who is travelling in Asia

I am trying to find a great Christmas present for my sister. This year there are complications. [more inside]
posted by Laura_J on Nov 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Biology Gift Idea

Iam thinking of gift idea for the scientifically minded specifically Biology, even better Microbiology. It's for a SO who just enrolled in Phd program in a reputable university. She already has the microbe/parasite pillows. Any suggestions?!
posted by radsqd on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Tiny Advent Gifts

I made my boyfriend an advent calendar for Christmas and I'm looking for tiny (but quality!) gifts to fill it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Best Wireless Digital Photo Frames?

For Christmas, I'd like to purchase digital photo frames for family members that would allow me to update the photos wirelessly. The reviews for several of the digital wi-fi frames are awful on Amazon. Do you have any recommendations for digital photo frames that specifically come with wi-fi? Or another digital photo frame that would be easy enough for non-tech-savvy people to use? Thank you.
posted by melodykramer on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Christmas Hamper Help Needed - Wholefoods Edition

I pride myself on being the best gift giver ever and I think I have nailed the idea for my Secret Santa this year, a Wholefoods Cookbook with accompanying produce. The thing is, I don't really know what wholefoods are, and the book is a week or 2 away (being sent from OS). I need this gift in the post around mid November so want to start my shopping for the produce now. Please help me, what kinds of awesome things can I put in the hamper? It can be snacks and grocery type things for cooking. Nothing that needs to be refrigerated. Im thinking dried beans, wholemeal pasta, that kind of thing. The book is 'Cooking with Wholefoods: A guide to healthy natural ingredients, and how to use them with 100 delicious recipes... by Nicola Graimes.' Thank you.
posted by Youremyworld on Nov 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Yes, thinking about Christmas already. Sorry.

My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 18 answers

What are some creative gifts for kids?

I end up in these situations where I need to buy a gift for a kid in the extended family, but the idea of just buying regular toys always seems lame. I like being a creative gift-giver. Can you give me some ideas for unique gifts for kids that would go over well? [more inside]
posted by dosterm on Jun 18, 2013 - 29 answers

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?

I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

How to present surprise gift to grandparents

For Christmas, my family is endowing a college scholarship in my grandparents' name. My grandparents have no idea. How should we present this gift to them? [more inside]
posted by pear on Dec 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Last Minute Amazon Gift

Your idea for ~$125 gift exchange gift that can be bought using Amazon Prime today for arrival tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Dec 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Gift/Activity ideas for Dog

Christmas gift/activity ideas for my dog? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Careless Whispers

[GiftFilter] I need a gift for my brother. Difficulty: Estranged siblings who talk 4 times a year at best. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Dec 18, 2012 - 22 answers

The Lazy Gift Giver

This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.

Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 15, 2012 - 10 answers

We're not usually helicopter parents, but this time...

Please hope us to find a remote controlled helicopter? [more inside]
posted by peagood on Dec 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom?

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Dec 14, 2012 - 26 answers

I NEED A LOOUUDDD AM/FM RADIO!!!

Help me find a small, loud, and possibly even stylish outdoor AM/FM radio for use in a tailgating situation. Preferably under or around $50. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Dec 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Great stuff for a preschooler's Amazon wishlist?

Populate my kid's Amazon wishlist: what are some great, sure-to-be-loved games/ toys/ objects/ clothes/ accessories that I can suggest for gifting to a preschool-aged child? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 11, 2012 - 28 answers

What to buy my weather-obsessed niece for Christmas?

I have a bright, funny 12-year-old niece who is in love with two things: One Direction and meteorology. I'd rather buy her something related to meteorology than Harry Styyyyyyles!!!!!!, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good idea of what to get her. Help! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Dec 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Help to be become a better xmas shopper

How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Spread some seasonal mirth

My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Halo mugs without getting mugged.

Looking for unique and cost effective gaming related Christmas gifts in Canada for a teenager. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 1, 2012 - 4 answers

I want a robote. I want a toye bat man. I want a Batman helykoptr.

My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Holiday Project Time!

Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Christmas gift for girlfriend to buy now

I need a unique Christmas gift for my girlfriend that I can purchase now (and have it mailed closer to the time). Help? [more inside]
posted by RaynDrops on Nov 5, 2012 - 16 answers

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully?

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 19, 2012 - 42 answers

The Perils of Visiting the ThinkGeek Website In the UK on December 22nd

Help me think of an awesome movie and/or geeky christmas gift for my brother! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Dec 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Did we anger our letter carrier with our gift?

My wife and I moved into a new house this year, with a different mailman and a different UPS driver. Since we just had our first baby, all of our holiday shopping has been online. To express our thanks for their efforts, we bought some gourmet chocolates from a local chocolate shop for them, and left a nice card attached to both. Neither was accepted, just left sitting where we left them. Did we run afoul of some UPS and USPS regulation, or was it a crappy gift?
posted by tkerugger on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me make someone's Christmas

I'm looking for gift ideas for an elderly blind person. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Dec 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Last year she asked for a dragon scale...

My daughter has asked Santa for a "rubber pound coin" for Christmas, and with the delightful phrase of "Santa can get anything" we can't find anything in the UK. I'm open to suggesstions, with the caveat I'm a bit useless at arts and crafts, [more inside]
posted by ewan on Dec 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find the porn I'm looking for

I want to get my husband an online subscription to a porn website for Christmas. But I don't have the wherewithal to sift through all the google results that will likely appear if I try to google to find what I want. Please help me find what I'm looking for! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Can you help me find a neato secret santa gift?

Hivemind, I need your best ideas for an awesome $10 workplace secret santa gift! Details within! [more inside]
posted by karizma on Dec 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Alternative to gift-giving?

What's a good alternative to exchanging Christmas gifts? We both have plenty of stuff. [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Dec 13, 2011 - 15 answers

What should I get my kid's teacher for Christmas?

Giftfilter: Teachers, tell me what gifts you most like to receive from your (elementary school) students at Christmas and the end of the year. [more inside]
posted by looli on Dec 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Engineer me a great gift.

UK Giftfilter: My mid-20s younger brother is currently teaching himself about workshop stuff and electrical & mechanical engineering. Help me find the perfect christmas gift for him on my minuscule budget! More detail? There's more inside... [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Dec 12, 2011 - 14 answers

What do babies really want for Christmas.

My 10 month old daughter is at the age where she will be more interested in ripping up wrapping paper than the gifts she will get this Christmas. So, in that spirit, what baby-safe things can I set up for her that she'll really want on the 25th, messes be damned? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Dec 9, 2011 - 18 answers

We're gonna zoom zoom zooma zoom. Or maybe macro, I dunno.

My wife has a Canon DSL (Canon-EOS Digital Rebel XTi) with only the stock lens that came with it. I'd like to get her a new lens but I know very little about DSLRs. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 9, 2011 - 25 answers

All she wants for Christmas is to crush her enemies, see them driven before her, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

My eight-year-old daughter has asked Santa for a sword for Christmas. Please help me find the right one. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Dec 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me not give him a tie (again).

What experience-intensive but local (NYC) gift can I get the Best Spouse Ever? I’d love suggestions for activity-focused things that can be acquired/done in NYC. (Note, these can be pure experiences, or they can be items that are used for some activity). [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Christmas in Prague gift ideas

Please help me find a nice Christmas gift for someone living in Prague [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Dec 5, 2011 - 6 answers

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