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Unusual birthday presents for 15 year old boy

We're stumped. He's turning 15 and our budget is $100. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Aug 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Gifts for the modern Canadian luthier

What to give a woodworker, when you know nothing about guitars? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Birthday gift for fiancee?

We are getting married in 4 months, and I'd like to get her something that is unique to this very unique year -- I mean, she will never be my fiancee again! Any ideas for a meaningful gift? (fwiw, she is a bit romantic and sentimental, but pretty sophisticated. A little cutesy, but not too often. Definitely not showy. Loves her cat, travel, baking, reading.) Thanks!
posted by antipode12 on Aug 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Gift for newborn, gift for mom

My friend just had a baby, I wanted to send her a small-something to let her know that I'm thinking of her and her newborn. What would be good for this? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Gift donation to a gun charity?

Hi! I'd like to give someone the gift of a charity donation to a gun (well, anti-gun) charity. Can anyone recommend one -- esp. if they have the option of "gifting" a donation rather than just making one? And how do you actually give a charity donation to someone if that "gift" option isn't available? Just let them know? A receipt seems tacky. Thanks!
posted by EtTuHealy on Aug 16, 2014 - 4 answers

When there's too much month at the end of the money...

I'm putting together a gift basket for someone who is on a low, fixed (disability) income. What sort of household staples might they appreciate? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Aug 13, 2014 - 39 answers

What gift should I get for my wife?

I'll be spending a few days in the San Francisco Bay Area this coming weekend. My wife will be remaining at home. What gift should I get for her? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 7, 2014 - 23 answers

Sticker Scratcherz alternatives

When we were in London we saw a fun craft-toy called Sticker Scratcherz at both Hamleys and Harrods. We figured we'd find something like it elsewhere as well, but haven't had any luck, so I'm hoping maybe a mefite knows of something else like this. Preferably, it would be not as expensive, for a bit less content (if it were half price for half the amount of stickers it would make a great casual gift). [more inside]
posted by blub on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

NYC helicopter rides?

My lifelong New Yorker spouse would like to take a helicopter ride for his September birthday. Have any of you done this, and could recommend a company?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Need help picking an anniversary gift

This week, my beloved wife and I will celebrate our 23rd anniversary. I need help deciding on a gift. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Electronic-only European gift-giving ideas

I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him. [more inside]
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

I want to have a gifted shotgun transported across state lines

My father is gifting me his shotgun. He and the gun are in Maryland. I am in New Mexico. Googling tells me that if he handed to me in person there would be no issues and no paperwork required. It also tells me that to be shipped interstate the gun can't be shipped to me directly but must be shipped to someone with an FFL. Apparently My father can ship it out even though he does not have an FFL but the recipient must be licensed. [more inside]
posted by Warren Terra on Jul 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me buy this ring box for my fiancé. Details below.

So my fiancé and I have already picked out our wedding rings and will be getting them (coincidently) exactly one year before our wedding. Our engagement party is the following night. I want to surprise her with this ring box. Only problem is the company does not ship to Australia. What are my options and roughly how much would postage cost to Brisbane, Australia.
posted by thelloydshow on Jul 27, 2014 - 7 answers

The gift that keeps on giving

My best friend is getting married in a few weeks and I need to get her a gift. Since she and her fiance already have most of what they need for their home (consolidating two apartments into one), I don't want to get them a thing, but maybe some sort of subscription where they get something delivered every month. I need suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jul 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Gift for my Oakland-based friend?

I'm getting gifts for my wedding party and I'm having trouble picking something for my friend who just moved to Oakland. Could y'all recommend good Oakland-based gifts for under $100? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by vakker on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Don't Let Them Get to You - But better phrasing?

Trying to come up with inspirational sayings for boundary enforcement, something that can be embroidered or engraved. Some sort of physical embodiment of this saying will be created. The idea should be you can't save everyone, you need to not take on the pain of the world, everything is not on your shoulders, you can say no, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay on Jul 10, 2014 - 26 answers

What should I get someone who likes chess?

I'd like to get a thank-you gift for someone who likes chess (probably a book but I'd be open to other suggestions). I don't know anything about chess; what should I get him? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Men's Valet Gift Box

I'm chasing a men's valet box. I've found a lot that cater to just cufflinks or just watches but what I'm really after is a box set that could hold a tie, tie clip and row for cufflinks and maybe bonus points a watch as well.
posted by thelloydshow on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

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

College essentials - gift edition

I'm looking to put together a gift basket filled with college essentials for a soon-to-be college freshman living in the (driving distance from home) dorms for the first time. I can afford to drop some money on this, but the big things (computer, etc) have been covered. I can coordinate with the parents so that there aren't too many doubles of the same thing as well. What did you bring to college that was absolutely worth it?
posted by fermezporte on Jun 25, 2014 - 43 answers

Help me find five (different!) books of amazing poetry to give as gifts!

I'd like to give my 5 bridesmaids a book of poetry each as a gift. Your poetry suggestions, give them to me! [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jun 13, 2014 - 22 answers

"Sobriety" Coins/Chips/Medallions For an Ex-Smoker?

After several decades of sucking up carcinogenic fumes, Mr. Thumbscrews quit smoking... yay! I'd like to present him with the smokers' equivalent of AA sobriety "chips" on his various "___ months without a cig" dates. My Google-fu is failing to produce anything. Any ideas, Hive? The ideal medallion would be cheap-ish, possibly funny, and definitely non-hokey (no soaring eagles or serenity prayers). Thanks!
posted by julthumbscrew on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

3-2-1 open! Space-themed gift suggestions for an adult

Help me think of a space-themed gift for an awesome 35-year-old guy. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jun 3, 2014 - 22 answers

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Best aquarium option available on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by troika on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Moving away- need a gift for my son's coaches of 6 years.

My son is a competitive gymnast and has had the same coaches for 6 years. We love them and want to get them something memorable but not cheesy. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Gift for retiring Chemistry teacher in high school

Need ideas for good gift for Retiring male Chemistry teacher who has been a great teacher and helped my son a lot.I want to give him a memorable gift but not too fancy because he is a very simple man.
posted by SunPower on May 26, 2014 - 16 answers

what to do in Hempstead when you're poor

Suggestions for gift cards (that I can purchase over the internet) for food and/or stuff for a Hofstra law student? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on May 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Everyday item to show my affection

I want to get my wonderful girlfriend an item that she could wear or carry every day if she so pleased. [more inside]
posted by Ephemeral10 on May 21, 2014 - 67 answers

Wedding gift for a friend moving to Guam?

One of my oldest friends is getting married this summer and moving to Guam a few weeks later. As this is a big move, most of the traditional wedding gifts (e.g. housewares) don't make sense. What could I get her for a meaningful wedding gift?
posted by sciapod on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Gifts for liberal, active, outdoor peeps?

I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Big 'V' Commemoration Gift

Mr. Fig is in the process of scheduling a vasectomy. I'd like to get him a small thank-you gift for 'taking one for the team' (ie, having surgery so I don't have to), and to commemorate our decision as a couple to remain childless. Basically, I'm looking for the inverse of a Push Present. I need ideas of what to give to him. [more inside]
posted by Fig on May 14, 2014 - 32 answers

Gluten free gift for friend in Australia (when I'm not)

I'm in the US, a friend in Australia is going through a really rough time after surgery... I'd like to get her something nice delivered. I was thinking a food hamper would be nice. The catch is that she can't have gluten or lactose. Does anyone know a site where I could order a gluten free gift/meal service/fruit basket? I'm open to other non-food ideas too.
posted by Caravantea on May 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Last minute parent gift question - liquor edition

Last minute help needed for a birthday and mother's day gift for my mom and dad - fancy alcohol advice needed. [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on May 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Please help me find a thank you gift for popcorn lovers in Toronto

They have a popcorn maker. They have popcorn buckets, bags, and scoops. But I'm in search of a popcorn-related gift I can get some popcorn-heads in Toronto, ideally by tomorrow. These people are popcorn purists and it's really hard to get them anything popcorn-related that they don't already have. Their holy grail is "savoy salt," which I've never even heard of. What do I get these folks? Where might I get it?
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 1, 2014 - 18 answers

Am I supposed to give my realtor a gift?

I'm in the process of buying a townhouse (close in a few days). A friend who referred my realtor to me mentioned in passing that she gave my realtor a bottle of wine at closing as a thank you gift. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2014 - 27 answers

Which waffle maker is the best waffle maker?

It's time to buy a new waffle maker. It will be a Mother's Day gift. I want to give the best waffle maker in the world to the best wife and mother in the world - which waffle maker should it be? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Apr 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Where to get custom pendant or locket from jpg

I have a beautiful silhouette of my son in jpg format that I want to print on a locket or pendant for Mothers' Day. Please recommend online options for getting this done. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me give a good gift to a budding sous-chef!

Calling all professional cooks -- My brother has found himself transitioning from the wait staff to the kitchen and is hoping to make his way to the sous-chef position. He's very enthusiastic about this and I'd like to give him a gift for his birthday to support this new endeavor. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Thank you gift for New York Foodies

What delicious foodstuff can I send to some friends in NYC for putting me up for a few nights last week? [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Apr 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Need Excellent Host Gift for Party/Mini-Film Fest

A couple we really like is hosting a mini film festival at their place celebrating the films of Paul Bartel. I always like to bring a host/hostess gift and I'd like to bring something thematically appropriate, but I mostly only know Bartel from his acting. These are great people I don't see much anymore and I'd like to come correct, ya know? $30-ish budget or less. Any ideas?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 31, 2014 - 2 answers

Used baby shower items?

How acceptable it is to give baby shower gifts that are previously-used? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Mar 26, 2014 - 43 answers

Sentimental or useful wedding-day present for friend abroad

My best friend - the loveliest, dearest, most wonderful of friends - is getting married in London and I can't be there. What can I send for her to open on her wedding day to let her know that I am there with her in spirit? [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Mar 22, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I get a Cabbagetown flag to NYC?

My wife adores cabbages, and we both love Toronto and Cabbagetown. Last time we were there we didn't get a chance to grab a Cabbagetown flag, but we've always wanted one. I've been calling the Cabbagetown BIA at the phone number at this blog post, but they have not yet responded to my voicemails or emails. The latter link says you can pick them up at 237 Carlton Street. But I'm in NYC, not Toronto, and cannot get back to Canada anytime soon. How can I get one and have it shipped home? I'm more than happy to pay for it, the shipping, the customs, whatever.
posted by Xoder on Mar 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Seeking thank you gift for a stranger who did me a great kindness

What's a good thank you gift for a total stranger who did me a great kindness? He returned my lost cell phone, car keys, credit cards, wedding ring and cash - more than $1,000 in misplaced possessions - and asked for nothing in return. All I know about him: His name and mailing address from the envelope, and the fact that he lives somewhere so rural that a Starbucks card will carry no value. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Giving the gift of mail-order fruit.

I want to ship some fruit as a gift to a friend (within the US). I know that apples and pears from Harry and David are tasty, but I'm interested in other options. [more inside]
posted by cushie on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Best apartment gift?

My brother's birthday is next Friday, and I am honestly stymied as to what to get him (and cannot get a serious answer out of him.) He is in his early 30's, and just moved into a new apartment that has a cute outdoor space. (Pavement ground) Does anyone have a similar space? He and his girlfriend have already furnished the place, so they don't need essentials. Etsy-friendly suggestions particularly welcome.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 28, 2014 - 10 answers

You are great here is an item I purchased for you.

I need to get a Most Helpful Person of the Year gift for a late 30s, artsy teacher. Please show me things that would work! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Feb 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Things to buy for a San Francisco dinner party

Say I'm in the SF downtown area or thereabouts (I'm visiting, my geography is vague), what might be a nice local item to take to a dinner party as a gift (on a modest budget)? it could be dessert, it could be some kind of liquor, it could be some other snacks... thanks for any suggestions!
posted by zresearch on Feb 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Wedding Registry Language

“Cash is an option too! Don’t forget that!”. Help us come up with proper cash gift language to put on our wedding registry website. [more inside]
posted by SeparateAccountForWeddingQuestions on Feb 24, 2014 - 31 answers

Booze Gift for a Stag Weekend

One of my oldest friends is travelling to Krakow for a stag weekend in a few months. I can't go due to my current plan of having a 1 month old daughter at the time, so I would like to send a bottle of something quite classy for them to start the weekend off. What should that be and how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Feb 18, 2014 - 9 answers

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