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How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Jan 30, 2015 - 30 answers

What do you do with those nice little drawstring gift bags?

My dad got me a little Ganesh statue that came in a lovely drawstring gift bag. Does anyone have any creative ideas for what I could use this bag and similar bags for, other than using them to give other people gifts?
posted by capricorn on Jan 19, 2015 - 18 answers

The Weather Outside Is Frightening... And I Should Know.

This question is about giving and receiving gifts from family members (and how to STOP receiving certain gifts from a particular family member) and has a long (but hopefully interesting) tale of woe inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Jan 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me buy a digital radio as a gift.

My partner has a birthday coming up and I'm looking for a gift. She is in the habit of listening to the radio on her phone while she does chores around the house or works from home, so I want to get her something a bit nicer to listen on. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Jan 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Gift for parents' new marriage and newborn

My birth father (I'm adopted) recently married for the first time and had a son a couple of weeks ago. So I have a baby brother for the first time in my 36 years. I would love to buy him and his wife a present for his marriage and to celebrate their new arrival. I would love this to be thoughtful, and practical and because of this have been frozen. More complications inside. [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime on Jan 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Gifts or Experiences in London, UK for 40th birthday?

I took us indoor skydiving for his 39th birthday and now I am completely stumped as to what I give him for his 40th, and was hoping for suggestions to make the Big Day (31 Jan) special. [more inside]
posted by 73pctGeek on Jan 6, 2015 - 8 answers

The gift giving must go on!

An Italian penpal and friend from Turin sent me a wonderful gift and I would like to reciprocate. I love chocolates and Italian food generally, so she sent me an assortment of very high end chocolates from Guido Gobino (super fancy, well known Turin brand). I'd like to get her something in return that is unique, special, and can't be found in Italy. [more inside]
posted by incolorinred on Jan 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Gift etiquette: Boss's children, holiday edition

My direct manager is having an open house / work-related party tonight (the 30th) and he has invited me and most of the department. We are planning on bringing a small 'host' gift, i.e. flowers or chocolates. Since it is so close to Christmas my wife thinks that we should also bring a small gift for each of my manager's two children (~6 and ~2 years old). I'm unsure whether this would be seen as 'sucking up' or if this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Dec 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Activities for dudes?

Surprising my boyfriend with a man-weekend. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Did I do something wrong that I'm missing? Isn't college $ good?

For Christmas, I decided to set up a 529 college savings account for my 7 month-old nephew. My sister and her husband flipped out, saying I am trying to use their child for tax deductions. I don't understand what I did wrong. Insight please? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Dec 27, 2014 - 56 answers

oh no. i screwed up.

In true sitcom-character form, I've gotten myself in a situation. I promised weird and exciting Christmas presents for work people by accident. I was half-bluffing half-joking, but now it has been taken seriously, and I didn't kill it soon enough, so now it is too late. And I need to deliver. By tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 23, 2014 - 50 answers

Where to pet a fox in Ohio?

THE SITUATION: One of my good friends loves foxes. "Obsessed" is a strong word, but... she is deeply enamored. Fox socks, fox backpack, fox everything. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Dec 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me make a restaurant journal before Christmas!

My boyfriend and I want to have some kind of restaurant journal where we can record the different items we've gotten from various restaurants and whether we liked them or not. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to make the layout. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I get a poem printed on canvas before Christmas?

I am looking to get a poem printed on canvas.... before Christmas. I am in Manhattan, NYC. Does anyone know of either a place locally or somewhere online with rush shipping that I can get this done?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Gift for Utah lover

I'd like to give a gift to someone who adores Utah and will be making his second trip there next year. Any suggestions for the best travel books or some kind of unusual service/gift certificate I could give him? He likes wide open spaces and adventurous travel off the grid.
posted by Paris Elk on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

More Spicy than Sweet

Another Christmas gift question! My older brother loves to BBQ – and since we live in the Southwest, it’s grilling season. Last year I gave him a box of spices from Penzey’s, so this year I’d like to give him a nice set of BBQ sauces. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

The Professor Is In

Where can I find a classic, professor-style tweed blazer... cut for a woman? (Serious bonus points: before Christmas??) [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Dec 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Charitable Donations for Dad for Christmas

My dad put together a not-really-serious Christmas list which includes items such as "world peace" as well as a few other clever things. This year I'd like to give multiple charitable donations in his name targeted to the causes/issues he touches on in his list. Help me select a few organizations. [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

One Book For College Guy

Asking for a friend. What one book would you recommend for a college aged son who has specifically requested a book "to learn about something"? He's a really great kid who has really matured a lot in the past year - business major, likes sports. Open to all suggestions!
posted by wearyaswater on Dec 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Best comic books for a three-year-old?

What comic books should I buy for an (understandably illiterate) three-year-old? So heavy on the (beautiful, inspiring) artwork, and light on the dialogue. Her parents will be reading along, but I want something the little bugger can also appreciate with her eyes only.
posted by isnotchicago on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Workplace gift giving

At my workplace, there are 6 people on my team along with 2 leaders who we all report to. Collectively, we bought group gifts for both leaders. I had been planning to get a small gift (a few jars of homemade jam) for each of the people I work with (both leaders and my co-workers) and I had been thinking of doing this since before we decided to get a group gift for our leaders. I'm wondering if it's somehow inappropriate or weird to be getting my leaders a gift on top of the group gifts that I already contributed to? But then, the alternative of just getting my co-workers, but not my leaders a gift seems awkward too. I suspect I'm overthinking this, but I feel like I don't have a good sense of what the right thing to do here is.
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 18, 2014 - 17 answers

I want to wrap presents here and give them in another city. HOW?

Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Anybody from Grand Rapids, MI area know a nice affordable night out?

I would like to get a friend and husband a gift card to a restaurant or something that is nice, but not super expensive at the same time. I don't know how hard it is go get around in the area, but their address is in Ada if that matters.
posted by WillRun4Fun on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking DIY food gifts that can be packaged

What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 16, 2014 - 37 answers

Welcome to the club! Here's your ____________.

So, I was born at a summer camp (well, in a nearby hospital, but that was where we lived when I was born). Since then, there have been 7 other kids born there, and as the oldest I'd like to give them all something as a sort of "welcome to the club" gift. But what?? Requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 16, 2014 - 13 answers

We'll be Board for Xmas

Help me find some awesome board games for my daughter and me! [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Dec 16, 2014 - 35 answers

Beading gifts

My impossible-to-shop-for mother has gotten into beading this year. I know absolutely nothing about beading except that involves beads. What are some good gifts for a beading person -- things that she might not buy for herself? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 15, 2014 - 11 answers

User friendly camera that takes great close up photos?

My wife loves taking tight photos of flowers, bees and other stuff of that scale. She's not really trying to do true macro photography and I'm not entirely confident that she'd have the patience to deal with a complicated DSLR. I know that all the new point and shoots out there are capable enough to do closeup work and this question has been covered in previous years but I'm wondering if there are any standouts in the late 2014 camera lineup. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Dec 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Giftfilter: Book ideas for a hobbyist writer?

I recently learned that my (retired) mom is interested in writing, and I would like to get her a book in support of this. Bird by Bird would have been perfect, but she's already read that one. Can you suggest other books have that same feel? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Dec 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me find a place to donate a small amount of money to?

I have two gift cards with small amounts on them (just under $5 total) and to be honest I'd much rather give it to a charity than mess with trying to spend it at the store. It seems like a trivial amount but I figure it'd be better than nothing. The problem I'm having is finding a cause that will accept less than ten dollars by card. Any ideas?
posted by DriftingLotus on Dec 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Good experience-based gifts for 6yo/2yo children in Seattle/Edmonds

We are friends with a family that has a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. I was thinking it might be nice to give them an experience-based gift this year instead of stuff. What are some good things that we can do with them and also take their mom and dad along? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a gift that is made to be destroyed

I committed a party faux pas at a dear friend's fairly rowdy Christmas brunch and I'd like to get her an apology gift, with a twist. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Wrapper's Delight

Inspired by this thread, I'd like to go all out wrapping Christmas gifts for my wife this year. What ideas, concepts, methods, etc. have you used in the past, or seen online that are sure to impress? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Dec 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Best Shaving Mirror?

I have been tasked with a very specific Christmas request: the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror available. That's the sole requirement. I think they'd also like if it had a reservable regular mirror side. What is the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror out there?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?

For more than two months I've been taking one photo of the view overlooking the river and trees outside the kitchen window. Is there a visually creative way yet somewhat quick way I can print this into a wall sized poster? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Dec 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Best battery-operated CPAP machine?

My father-in-law needs a CPAP machine to sleep well. What do you recommend for a portable, battery-powered version? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Dec 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Gift ideas: Cosmetics (history) nerd

I am appended to a cosmetics nerd, who is daily engrossed in the theory, history, and practice of makeup in Europe and the US. This is someone who has shelf space devoted to books on, like, the material culture of powder compacts between the great wars. [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Dec 9, 2014 - 14 answers

What kind of bag on a sailing trip?

I am looking for a waterproof backpack for my dad who is really getting into sailing. He's taking all the exams necessary to sail on international waters, and practices like crazy! What kind should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Dec 9, 2014 - 9 answers

I would like to be invited back next year...

I'll be spending my second Christmas with my boyfriend's lovely family, and want to get them a gift they'll enjoy. Unfortunately, I don't know them that well, and feel pretty stuck. Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Dec 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Shopping - Help me find a wallet just like this, except it works!

My wife found her dream wallet, but its card pockets were too small. I'd like to surprise her with one like it, but am having a hard time finding similar things. It is the JOYN Navy zig-zag wallet - Here it is at TOMS, where we found it. [more inside]
posted by mmc on Dec 9, 2014 - 7 answers

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy today

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy in-person in SF [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Dec 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Vegan cooking classes in NYC?

Do you know of good cooking classes in NYC that are suitable for vegans? Classes that focus on how to prepare full meals, not just individual dishes, would be preferred (but I'll take whatever suggestions you've got). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Holiday Giftfilter - Theater Books

My cousin (highschool senior) has been in all of his highschool theater productions so I figured I should give him a theater-related gift. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Dec 8, 2014 - 8 answers

1999 alternative to the 1994 Prestige Proof Set

The state quarter sets are pretty cheap and boring, so is there something I'm not seeing that could provide a nice substitute? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Stuff needlepointers (who also like horses) like

Needlepointers/embroiderers of MeFi: what do you like, gift-wise? Especially if you like horses, too. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Christmas Present for a Trip to Lisbon?

My family is taking a trip to Lisbon in May! We are very excited. What present can I get my mother to make this trip even better for her? Looking especially for specific tours or tickets although other ideas will be considered. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Employee busted her butt for me this year... non-creepy gift?

I've looked through the archives, and all the usual websites, but I'm not finding what I'm looking for, and was hoping someone might have the perfect Idea - She's 26, my employee, and has taste that I don't have... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Dec 7, 2014 - 44 answers

One hundred socks

I want to buy my boyfriend 50 pairs of socks for his annual holiday gift. What are the best everyday-wear black socks that I can purchase? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Dec 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Secret Santa: super remote edition

Another secret Santa question...but I'm a remote employee, and so is my recipient (who I've never met, and who is relatively new to the company). Literally all I know about Recipient is what field his/her PhD is in (something science-y). $25-ish limit (maybe a bit more). Ideas please?
posted by devotion+doubt on Dec 5, 2014 - 16 answers

Ideas for a gift for your therapist

Assume first that it's appropriate for our particular relationship. I got her something last year--sort of a small $15 Christmas-themed funny sign thing that was connected to something we talked about one time. But this year I can't think of a single thing. Which may mean I shouldn't get her anything, but I'd still be grateful for any ideas you have. Thank you!
posted by frankly mister on Dec 4, 2014 - 11 answers

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