I've been invited to the wedding of the daughter of some casual friends. I live in the US now but most of the weddings I've been to were when I lived in the UK. I'm not sure what an appropriate amount is for a money wedding gift. I've heard it should be equal to or greater than the amount per head the family is paying for the reception. How accurate is this? It seems to me if that's the case, the wedding is less of a celebration than a business transaction. Anyway, I'm afraid of giving an inappropriate amount. Advice please!
posted by TheManticore
on Jul 31, 2006 -
I'm looking for a gift in San Francisco. A small onyx figurine of a black panther that could pass for R.A. Salvatore's Guenhwyvar. I've found a few speciments online
. But I'd rather find something local or in the surrounding Bay Area that I can see up close before I buy. Can anyone recommend a place that might carry this sort of thing?
posted by Jeff Howard
on Jul 28, 2006 -
I'd like to send a birthday care package to a friend who recently moved from California (San Diego) to Massachusetts (Burlington). Suggestions on sending a little Cali love? [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Jul 20, 2006 -
My future in-laws are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this month. What can my fiancee, his 3 siblings and I get them that will make their day? [more inside]
posted by elvissa
on Jul 17, 2006 -
What gift can I get for my godson who is turning 15 years old? He will not read a book. I'm thinking $15-$20. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood
on Jul 14, 2006 -
What to get a 4 year old boy for his birthday? I know nothing about 4 year olds or boys... [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Jul 13, 2006 -
I need to get a gift and I'm struggling with coming up with an appropriate idea. All suggestions appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dragonbay
on Jul 10, 2006 -
My seventy-seven year old grandfather, maker of pierogies and violins, will have his bladder removed this Friday to help stop the spread of cancer. What can I do to keep him positive? [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Jul 5, 2006 -
What are good gifts for our Japanese (male) guide on two-week hiking trip on Hokkaido? Are there certain American products/brands that an outdoorsy Japanese guy would love?
posted by cyrreb
on Jul 3, 2006 -
What would be the best gift to give the pediatric nursing staff that is caring for my daughter? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r
on Jul 3, 2006 -
A number of years back I gave a pair of Swatches like these
as a wedding gift. It's hard to tell from the photo, but one watch has the hours, the other has the minutes. They belong together so much that they barely function separately. I have a bunch of wedding-related gifts to give in the near future. Can anyone recommend paired things in a similar vein?
posted by krisjohn
on Jun 19, 2006 -
If my wife hosts a baby shower, fairly large (30+ people) for her friend (with all the expense, labour and effort that requires) would she still be expected to give a present to her friend on top of this?
posted by iTristan
on Jun 11, 2006 -
I'm looking to send a bottle of bubbly to some newlyweds in Hawaii (Maui), however they're not staying at a fancy resort with this kind of amenity, so I figured I'd send something directly to their cottage.
I'm looking for a site like wine.com (they don't ship to Hawaii) where you can buy a bottle online and ship it directly, or a winery who does the same thing.
posted by mgarnhum
on Jun 5, 2006 -
I have no clue what to get my boyfriend of four years, who is turning 26 in two weeks. I’d like to give him something fun, like an experience, but all of the “experience” websites cost way more than I’m looking to spend. Here’s the details: we live in the DC/Baltimore area and he’s into piano, karate, and listening to jazz/funk music. Looking to spend less than $100, as I already bought a ticket to fly home with him for his birthday so he can see his family. Also, it has to be a “family-safe” gift since he will probably open it in front of them.
posted by ml98tu
on May 25, 2006 -
A friend whose birthday is approaching would love a very nice King James Bible. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, possibly leather-bound KJV Bible, perferably between $50 and $100?
posted by xorowo
on May 24, 2006 -
GiftFilter: a friend has been accepted into a prestigious graduate program for screenwriting. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic
on May 22, 2006 -
Creative, clever gift-filter. I need an appropriate gift for each of two separate occasions in June: My mom's retirement, and my ex-girlfriend's wedding. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3
on May 22, 2006 -
At a local traditional Japanese restaurant a while ago, the server brought a little fabric ball with a bell on a string with our check where you'd usually expect mints. She made it clear that it was for us to take, but we didn't learn anything more about it, and now I'm wondering if there's any symbolism, meaning or tradition behind it. There's a picture and [more inside]
posted by mendel
on May 20, 2006 -
I'm looking for an anniversary gift I can order online to be delivered in London tomorrow. It's for my fiancee; he's in London and I'm in Australia (boo!). [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl
on May 2, 2006 -
Apparently we're supposed to give a gift to the guests that attend our wedding. What to do? [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Apr 24, 2006 -
I'm looking for small gift suggestions: a co-worker of mine recently learned that her daughter needs a second knee surgery, and she (my co-worker) has to take several weeks off work to care for her daughter, who will be mostly home-bound for a month. Both mother and daughter are depressed and stressed out by the prospect, and I want to get something for them to enjoy when the daughter (who is in her 20s) is recuperating. I'm looking to spend around $25.
posted by Harvey Birdman
on Apr 5, 2006 -
I am looking for a store in Manhattan, New York where I can buy curious decorative objects: pop art, retro kitsch, odd memorabilia (not sport-related), ancient ad posters, antique swag, Americana, etc. Quality, authentic stuff, not crap; though I'm not against mass-produced items. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Gift suggestions for: A clarinettist, a violist, and a cellist(who is also a composer).
~$50 each, I have 12 days to get these gifts. Prefer online ordering. [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Mar 19, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a spa or massage therapy place in NYC? I want to get my girlfriend a gift certificate for her birthday. Thanks.
posted by Vidiot
on Mar 15, 2006 -
The most obscene and offensive gift wrapping paper imaginable. Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by peewee
on Mar 15, 2006 -
This past Christmas I got hung up on the idea of giving my brother a particular lamp that I saw many months before in a catalog from uncommongoods.com
. The trouble is that they don't seem to stock it any more, I couldn't find the original catalog and now two months after Christmas I'm still looking for another store that stocks it. I only glimpsed it for a moment while I was l leafing through the catalog and I don't remember it well enough to describe it accurately, just well enough that I remember thinking "that would make a great gift".
posted by cobrien
on Feb 19, 2006 -
What is a package shipping method that is convenient to the receiver? If the recipient is not at home, he should be able to call and reschedule delivery for a better time. This is for a gift. [more inside]
posted by gearspring
on Feb 13, 2006 -
Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
posted by loosemouth
on Jan 29, 2006 -
Botanicals Gift: I'm looking for aromatic gifts made from botanicals (especially flowers) that go beyond lotions, candles, etc. [more inside]
posted by defreckled
on Jan 27, 2006 -
based gift desired. Where can I buy Lindsay's "Slut" T-shirt for a friend with a good sense of humor? [more inside]
posted by slapshot57
on Jan 24, 2006 -
When I was in Japan, I bought something which was cuboid shaped which I asked to be gift wrapped. The shop assistant wrapped it in such a manner that only one piece of sellotape was required. The paper was also arranged pleasingly diagonally across the gift, and seemed to be evenly spread around its surface, rather than having densely-folded sides like more common (western) wrapping. How can I learn that technique? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by cogat
on Jan 24, 2006 -
My father is retiring this week and I want to get him something special as congratulations (and thanks). Any ideas?
posted by xmutex
on Jan 16, 2006 -
What should my brother and I give our middle brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law as a wedding gift? We're co-best men. [more inside]
posted by clgregor
on Jan 8, 2006 -
Chinese New Year filter: My husband and I have been invited to a Chinese New Year party. It's being thrown by the sister of a very good friend of ours, but we don't know the sister well at all. Are there appropriate/traditional gift(s) we could bring?
posted by gaspode
on Jan 6, 2006 -
My dog cut his leg last night and had to have surgery on it. My vet was closing at noon today but he and his staff are staying open late to fix the leg. I'd like to get them something to show my appreciation. Please help me think of something really great. This is the friendliest most caring veterinary clinic I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom
on Dec 31, 2005 -
Gift for dear friends, who are stinky rich and have everything they want/need? Interests inside. [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo
on Dec 28, 2005 -
San Francisco Filter: What would you recommend as a local gift certificate for 2 people moving to San Francisco early next year? [more inside]
posted by true
on Dec 22, 2005 -