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Manly Cat Paraphernalia?

My partner is basically a "cat lady", except he's a dude. I'd love to get him a male version of some of the many cat-related gifts, attire, and paraphernalia that exist for women. Where do I go to genderfuck or disrupt the concept of the "cat lady"? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Starter Toolkit as a Gift?

My sweetie recently moved into her own apartment after living with her parents for a while (screw you, Great Recession!). As part of the coming holidays, I’d like to gift her a starter tool-kit that supports both basic maintenance and our geeky building-stuff-together hobbies. It's been close to twenty years since I bought a starter toolkit, so I’m a bit overwhelmed by choice. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 2, 2016 - 34 answers

Choosing a sewing machine for a Christmas gift

My wife has requested a basic sewing machine for Christmas. I have a maximum budget of about $300 (Canadian) but would rather go closer to $150-200. After some research I have narrowed down the choice to about 3 models but I am out of my depth and need some help. [more inside]
posted by piyushnz on Dec 1, 2016 - 28 answers

Little drummer boy

I want to buy my partner a beginner's electronic drum kit. I know nothing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Dec 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Sending a gift to Mexico

My partner's mother should have a gift, and I'm worried about sending it to her in Mexico. She hosted us in Mexico (SMA) during the Thanksgiving break. My understanding is sending it is fraught with difficulty, and it would be nice if she were not subject to form-filling-out and other exercise to receive it. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Nov 30, 2016 - 3 answers

If I can't get the shoes, how about a nice um-ber-ella?

For Christmas my wife is interested in a pair of the upcoming Puma by Rihanna velvet creepers. I know that the previous releases in this line have sold out in hours. Now that it has been named Shoe of the Year and this release is dropping in primo holiday shopping season (December 8th) I assume this new set will be even harder to get. My questions are (1) How can I increase my chances of snagging a pair of these shoes online as part of the official sale? and (2) If strategy (1) fails, are there sneakerhead resellers where I can buy a pair after the fact for not too much of a premium on the purchase price? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Is there such a thing as a science kit for adults?

I want to get my girlfriend something crafty or hands-on for Christmas. I know she has a secret fascination with geology, and we've talked about how she wishes she'd been able to play with science kits when she was a kid. So I really want to get her a science kit now, ideally something geology-related, but is it possible to get one that's maybe one a little more engaging for a woman in her 30s? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Nov 29, 2016 - 27 answers

Looking for Sci fi book gift

Hello! I need a book (possibly movie, but better a book) recommendation for a feminist leaning speculative fiction fan. What's new this year? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 29, 2016 - 19 answers

Gift for the exceptionally cool 13 year old dude

I need to come up with a Christmas/birthday gift for an exceptionally cool, hip, mature 13 year old dude. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 29, 2016 - 21 answers

Nonfiction book for multi-generational gift swap

I've settled on bringing a book and a thematically relevant trinket to my family's gift swap this year. The family consists of my grandparents (80s), my mother and her siblings (50s) and the grandkids (undergraduate/twenty somethings) with a few overlapping interests and I'm looking for a book that will be intriguing to as many of the attendees as possible - but particularly my grandparents who usually have the most trouble finding something interesting at our swaps. [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Nov 27, 2016 - 25 answers

Secret Santa: Baker edition

You: A person who loves to bake as a hobby. Me: Your secret santa with $30 to spend. What 2 to 3 gifts would make your baking more fun? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 27, 2016 - 32 answers

gift idea future bro-in-law

What should I get my future brother-in-law for Christmas- he's a farmer, it's my first time at the family Christmas. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Nov 24, 2016 - 22 answers

What is an appropriate thank you gift for a personal trainer?

My trainer for the last year and a bit is moving to a new job. What should I get him? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Nov 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Best NY Times digital subscription?

I have received requests for holiday gift ideas from loved ones. Having appreciated the reporting done by the New York Times during the election, I've been considering asking for a digital subscription to the outlet. Can you clarify the advantages of the different subscription types? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Nov 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Art recommendations for a gift to a math student?

My boyfriend's birthday is approaching and I want to get him a piece/a series of art to hang in his almost entirely blank room - he does appreciate art, just doesn't go out of his way to collect adornments of any kind. He's deeply interested in computer science and pure math and I have very little background in either. I'd like to select a work that resonates with him, that he can admire compositionally and that in some way reflects the concepts that he studies. < [more inside]
posted by reedfields on Nov 13, 2016 - 24 answers

What should I put in the Christmas hamper?

I'd like to make a Christmas hamper as a gift to my parents' household. Do you have products you would suggest? [more inside]
posted by tippy on Nov 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Christmas Present for New Grandparents

We had a baby this year (yay!); she is the first grandchild for all four of her grandparents and they are all nuts about her. For Christmas, I'd like to get my parents and in-laws something related to her. The problem is, we send photos every day so I don't want just to give them more pictures and they don't want stuff so no mugs or t-shirts with her picture. Ideas appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 2, 2016 - 19 answers

Looking for a small bon voyage gift for the Antarctica/Falklands bound

One of my dearest friends and his husband are going to Antarctica and The Falklands in a few weeks and I would like to get them a small going away gift. If you have been to these places, is there a small thing you wish you had with you? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 28, 2016 - 12 answers

What should we send to Mexico?

A man at a car dealership in Mexico did us a huge solid today. We were very lost, and he called us a cab and let us sit with him at his desk. We had a really pleasant chat while we waited. He wouldn't take the money I tried to give him. We want to send him a thank-you box of goodies from the USA. What might go over well in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Oct 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Creating a grandparent journal... for someone else.

Help me help my aunt and uncle create a memory journal for their grandkids. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Oct 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Hamilton Chicago Playbill

I just bought tickets to Hamilton in Chicago as a Christmas gift for my significant other. Since Ticketmaster won't deliver tickets (e-tickets at that) until shortly before the show, I'd like to get a playbill from the Chicago show for them to open on Christmas morning. I have no idea where to look to get one. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Loan or gift?

Someone we met earlier this year needs help. He has asked for a loan but we can easily afford to give the money to him. We're not sure whether it's better to lend it to him or just make it a gift. [more inside]
posted by Skaffen-Amtiskaw on Oct 22, 2016 - 22 answers

Wedding gift ideas for quirky grad student

Can anyone think of some good wedding gift ideas for a very literary, offbeat, humanities grad student that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on Oct 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking to buy or make a flask shaped like a gavel.

For Reasons, I have decided that the perfect Christmas present for my dude would be a wooden gavel that doubles as a flask. Surprisingly, the internet is not providing for me here. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Oct 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Gift ideas for someone with a new motor home

What can I gift my dad to help my parents' motor home experience? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Seeking suggestions for a sonorous selection

This is kind of the definition of a problem of plenty, but I was recently gifted $1000 with which to buy a musical instrument for myself, and I have no idea what to buy. I already play a number of instruments, and between my girlfriend and myself (mostly her) we have a small selection of instruments already. I would love to hear any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Oct 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Is this cool? Are you a 5 year old boy?

The coolest 4 year old nephew is turning five in a few weeks. Grandma says he's into Star Wars these days, and goes everywhere with his "life saver." I'm thinking of getting him a collection of action figures like this. Would a five year old think this was cool?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Ideas for 2 special Gifts

I need a little inspiration, hoping you can help. My 2 nieces-in-law (?) have birthdays within 2 days of each other. After a particularly tough year in which they lost their Mum and there has been a lot of family drama, we've all become quite close. These girls mean a LOT to me and I consider them both good friends, but I need some help in deciding what "special" gift I can get for both of them for their birthdays in October. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Sep 29, 2016 - 21 answers

What should I ask my mom to get me in Scotland?

My mom is flying to Scotland today for a long business trip. She texted me asking if there is anything I wanted from there. She used to always get me tea on these trips, but I'm cutting it out of my diet. What should I ask for that's not too expensive? Something I can't get in the U.S. Midwest.
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather on Sep 17, 2016 - 21 answers

Cultural membership ideas for someone in NYC for one semester

My sister-in-law, originally from Europe, is a visiting student in NYC this Fall. For her upcoming birthday, I thought a cultural membership or NYC experience would be fun. Maybe something her student budget would not ordinarily be spent towards. Based on this question and other threads, I thought membership to MoMa, Whitney, or New Museum may be options. The only issue is that she is only here from now till December 2016 and the memberships are for 1 year. Or maybe a trapeze class. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Sep 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Family member has cancer

I am looking for ideas to support and comfort him. It's stage IV prostate cancer, which will give him several more years, at least with treatment. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Sep 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Ideas for "home library" kit as a wedding gift

A couple of literary friends are getting married, and I'd like to indulge their bibliophile tendencies. What are some ideas for gifts that would make practical additions to a home library? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 27, 2016 - 25 answers

Grownup camp care package

My 42 year old sister is going to camp. I want to send her a care package appropriate for a kid at camp in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 20, 2016 - 39 answers

Birthday gift: BFF edition (bonus points if Adele related)

My best friend's birthday is at the end of this month. We are going to see Adele in concert next month in NYC. I wanted to get her either Adele or concert related gift to begin the excitement. She is early 30's and her interests include all things pink, concerts and Broadway shows, 90's music and boybands, makeup. Dislikes include trying new foods, sports, driving.
posted by allthingsconsidered on Aug 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Food/gift ideas to bring to family in Denmark & Sweden?

We'll be visiting cousins and their kids (toddlers thru tweens & a teen) in Denmark and Sweden in August. We're coming from upstate NY. We've got books & comics plus some gross US candy for the kids, but are stumped on anything to bring to the adults. We're packing very light, so small is good. What's novel, or amusing, or tasty that comes from the US and is uncommon in Scandinavia? Extra or alternate kid gift suggestions are also still welcomed!
posted by chr1sb0y on Jul 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Need a nerdy, ball-shaped gift for a testicular cancer survivor

My friend is celebrating his five year testicular cancer-free diagnosis in December, and I'd really like to get him something amusing and wonderful as a gift. He's a pretty big nerd with a wonderful sense of humor about being post orchiectomy, so I'd love to get him something that's both commemorative and slyly hilarious - something he'd see and smile at every day that doesn't scream Lance Armstrong's missing testicle. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jul 15, 2016 - 30 answers

Gift delivery in Seoul

A friend's parents hosted my child and I for a few days in Seoul and were very generous as hosts. I'd like to have a gift delivered to them to thank them. I'm thinking flowers or fruit. I need to be able to order from the US, in English. Taking suggestions for what would be appropriate.
posted by k8t on Jun 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Gift idea for colleague with insomnia and very loud neighbours

My lovely colleague's birthday is this weekend, and i want to gift her something nice for around 15-20$. She's in her 50's, and recently ( possibly menopause related ) has been sleeping really poorly which in turn makes her super cranky. She lives above a restaurant and the noise insulation is terrible, and that's not helping her sleep. She's in an ongoing fight with the restaurant owner about the noise and is looking to move out as soon as possible, but that might take another year. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Jun 14, 2016 - 8 answers

A thoroughly modern magi

A young heterosexual couple in San Francisco try to give each other gifts for their anniversary. They give up something of value to themselves to buy each other a gift, but when the exchange occurs they realize that what they bought for the other is dependent on something the other has already given up. What have they given each other, and what have they lost? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 11, 2016 - 22 answers

Gift for a Polish doctor going back to school?

I've been working with a Polish MD for a few years (as a secretary) and he is now going a different way, I am hoping to give him a gift to remind him of me, or at least leave him with a good impression. [more inside]
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood on Jun 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for beach-friendly rugged analog radio under $75

I'm looking for a father's day gift - a durable, water-resistant radio with a long battery life. Analog radios are a thing of the past, so my choices are really limited.... [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Jun 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Gift ideas for a poet

My best friend recently had her poem published for the first time (and got paid!). I'm very excited for her! I'm seeing her tonight for dinner and would like to give her a nice congratulatory gift. I was planning on a simple bouquet of flowers but I'm wondering if there are other ideas? Ideally something I could pick up after work and give tonight but I would also consider something to give her later if it was special enough to wait for. [more inside]
posted by daisies on Jun 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Gifts for my gay husband

My husband is a gay man. I am a straight woman. This is not a problem. Finding a birthday present is the problem. [more inside]
posted by chausette puppette on Jun 9, 2016 - 27 answers

Scandinavia related gift ideas for Father's Day

Looking for a Father's Day gift for my dad related to our upcoming trip to Scandinavia. Need help with ideas... [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles on Jun 9, 2016 - 7 answers

I'm looking for gift ideas for a surfer.

Hi! I have a friend who has a birthday coming up. Male, in his 40's. Loves to surf. Lives on his sailboat. Any ideas? Something that can be ordered online is best, I don't have access to stores. Price range <$100. Anything you can recommend that is surfing related, or useful on a sailboat would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Alpenglow on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Awesome gift for 11yo niece in Japan

As it says in the title - visiting Japan soon, and need a gift for an 11 year old girl who likes "small, pretty things" (per her mom). I'm looking for something that will feel a touch exotic - something specifically American, though globalization makes this a tad more challenging. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 9, 2016 - 23 answers

UK parent gifting me, a US resident alien, not yet citizen

My father is going to give me around £20,000 within the next couple months. YANML/tax expert. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Gift ideas for an overworked, overscheduled preteen?

Looking for a gift that could help a young girl deal gracefully with the stress of her teen years. [more inside]
posted by Anyamatopoeia on Jun 6, 2016 - 21 answers

Help me compile a list of locations from fantasy/sci fi series?

I am making a gift for a couple and I need your help! Part of the gift will contain a list of fantasy locations (i.e. LOTR - Mordor) from different sci-fi and fantasy franchises/worlds, with the overall theme being "Home is whereever I'm with you". My list only has three locations on it so far, and I'm struggling to come up with more. Don't constrain yourself--it doesn't matter if the locations are from movies, TV, books, anime, or something else. The couple is in their mid to late 20s, so contemporary-ish is probably best, but I'll take anything you've got! If it helps, I know they love Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Star Wars, and other shows/movies in that vein. Thanks!
posted by lucy.jakobs on Jun 5, 2016 - 25 answers

Bday gift for tomorrow

A beloved person turns 21 tomorrow. Will be seeing said person this weekend. But would like to acknowledge this milestone on actual day. Difficulty level: said person is in Stockholm (suburb) and I'm in California. Stockholm is 9 hours ahead. Swedes: Can I get a Lilla My mug delivered? Flowers? Ideas welcome. Under $100. Thanks!
posted by Bella Donna on May 31, 2016 - 2 answers

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