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What is the best way to present a gift of a family vacation?

My mother in law is retiring this month and my husband and I want to take the whole family to Cancun for a week to celebrate. How can I present this gift effectively and beautifully? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Interesting and Tasty Liqueur Under $25

What would be the most interesting, attractive, and tasty liqueur I could buy or make my father as a Christmas present? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Dec 1, 2013 - 32 answers

Xmas Gift for a ballerina?

Need to buy a gift for 13 year old niece Ballerina. Have already gone the route of DVDs of her favorite stars. Thoughts?
posted by dougiedd on Dec 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Barnett Jackal vs. Wildcat Crossbow

I'm trying to find an entry-level crossbow for my husband. Correct me please if I'm wrong, but it looks like Barnett is a good brand and I've read that the Jackal is a decent entry level one. But I've noticed that there is one call the Wildcat and I can't figure out which is better. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

NYC experience gift for a 9 year old boy: GO!!

I babysit a (pretty mature) just-turned-9 year old boy and would like to get him a ~$20 gift that is non-material and preferably something we can do together in Manhattan. He has two little brothers so the apartment is bursting at the seams toys and books. My first, best idea is a trip to the Superhero Supply Store in Brooklyn, which totally would be his jam, but Mom would probably prefer staying in the city, so I'd like to source some other ideas first! Something we could do after school together one day that wouldn't take more than 2 hours would be perfect. Educational and enriching are secondary to straight up fun. He's mostly an indoorsy bookwormy type whose yearly highlight is the NYCC. He does karate and loves Shake Shack (but too cold!) He's vaguely into video games. And his bday party is inviting friends over to watch Indiana Jones and eat "dirt cake". Is there anything coming up in the next month event-wise that the little dude would enjoy? Any ideas for fun experiences would be magnificent. Thank you MeFi!!!
posted by Juicy Avenger on Nov 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Do professional bakers like receiving cooking tools as gifts?

I have a person that I know fairly well for a secret Santa gift exchange that has a soft 30 dollar cap on it. I have a few routes I can go down, but she's a baker by profession. She works at a grocery store's bakery department, and does some side work for weddings on occasion. For people who work as bakers / cooks, would you want to receive some sort of gift related to this or is that the last thing you want to think about after you're done with work? If no, then what's an awesome ~30 dollar gift that someone could give you?
posted by codacorolla on Nov 26, 2013 - 15 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

Attempted Mugging

Practical gifts, coffee edition: please direct me toward a travel mug which meets these criteria: 1. All components of the mug must be permanently affixed TO the mug (no fully-detachable lids/etc). 2. It must be difficult to tip over. 3. It must be dishwasher-safe. 4. It must be durable. [Backstory: Mr. Julthumbscrew has lost-lids-to/inadvertently-destroyed/wept-copiously-about hundreds of sub-par mugs; I want to get him ONE MUG TO RULE THEM ALL.]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 26, 2013 - 10 answers

New-baby present for a second, older baby?

I have spectacularly flaked on a friend's new baby and am now looking to buy a welcome gift for a ~9-month-old. It's also a second baby, so they'll already be overstocked with gear, clothes, toys and books. To be worthwhile, this will have to be monumentally awesome, and/or personalized to the particular baby. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 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

gift heirloom mom

Can Mefi help me find a gift that would become an heirloom later on? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2013 - 20 answers

What's a good gift for a parent and child on the go?

Over the next year, my friend will be doing a lot of air travel with her one-year-old child in tow. What are some useful products that will make the whole airport/airplane process easier for both of them?
posted by Rora on Nov 17, 2013 - 9 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

Gift for a camping enthusiast

My aunt is a big camper. And we're talking serious wilderness mountain/desert camping, not loading up the RV for a weekend. She shops regularly for gear and thus has most of the basic things. I need to get a Christmas present for her. What are some objects that serious campers/hikers can never have too many or too much of? Alternately, what would make a good gift as an object that is more attractive or otherwise superior to the basic utility version? (I'm thinking here of like a really good folding knife, but I am purely spitballing here.) Price range would be ~$50.
posted by Scattercat on Nov 16, 2013 - 28 answers

Gift for someone starting a new life overseas

I have a friend who is extremely social and environmental conscious. She has been an activist for most of her life not because she woke up one day and decide to be one, but because she sees where the need is and get busy. She is an Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who volunteered for a month duration in Haiti after earthquake hit in 2010. During her service at Haiti, she saw what she was doing was just a stop gap measure and not really in any way helping Haitian to better their medical service and delivery. So she came back and got busy with getting a master degree in Public Health. Now she got a job of a lifetime to go over to Rwanda for Partner's in Health to oversee and train nurses in 3 hospitals and 30 clinics. This assignment is indefinite, meaning she will be starting a brand new life. [more inside]
posted by gloturtle on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 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

Gift and/or ideas for girlfriend running PHL marathon

My GF is running her first-ever marathon next weekend in Philadelphia. I'm looking for creative or interesting suggestions for either a gift or something I can do that she might like (beyond flowers at the finish and a massage, both of which are a done deal). Any runners out there have a specific suggestion--maybe something sweet or thoughtful that was done for you after you finished? Thanks!
posted by eggman on Nov 9, 2013 - 12 answers

what do i choose for a gift from my crush that hasn't been given before?

Hi, So I really like this guy. We have been flirting for a while but we haven't kissed or even dated. Recently we had this conversation and for some reason he says that he will get me anything for $50 as long as he hasn't heard of it being given before. He says it should be one thing. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Nov 5, 2013 - 30 answers

Gift Idea for a Cyclist

Looking for a cheap gift idea/suggestion ($15) for someone who is into cycling (mountain biker). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 5, 2013 - 42 answers

Xmas gift for the Singapore bound

I am looking for a Christmas gift for my 22 year old sister. Next summer she is planning to go to Singapore for a year to join her expat boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Please recommend the best scented liquid hand soap

I want to get fantastic smelling liquid hand soap as a gift. I.e., the kind that makes you happy to smell your hands all day. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 4, 2013 - 31 answers

Buying an impressive world map for my wife for christmas - how & where?

Trying to buy a classy map for my wife's christmas present. Are there any places online that are a bit more than simply a "poster print shop"? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 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

Tiki-related gift ideas

A friend of mine has a tiki hut in their new place's yard. What might be a good housewarming gift for the hut? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Oct 23, 2013 - 19 answers

Looking for a gift suggestion for my Father

I am hoping to get him something EDC (Every Day Carry) related as he is always prepared and likes to have little tools and gadgets for when something pops up. I am searching for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Oct 16, 2013 - 35 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

Gifts from a "birdie"

My partner (m) and I (f) are celebrating our fifth-year anniversary this month. I am looking for inexpensive gift suggestions (or suggestions for romantic experiences) inspired by my pet name "birdie". [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Oct 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Wine gift recommendation related to the number 3?

I'm looking to buy a nice wine for someone who has done three things for me. Could you recommend a good wine that ties into the number 3 somehow? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Oct 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Book recommendations for an 11-year-old girl available on Amazon.ca?

My niece celebrates her eleventh birthday soon. She loves to read. She lives in Canada; I live in the UK: for convenience’s sake I’d like to buy her books from Amazon.ca as a gift. Besides reading, her previous interests have included princesses, ballet and cupcakes—the latter leading me to order to some volumes from The Cupcake Diaries as last year’s gift. What’s new and cool in the world of books if you’re Canadian and eleven?
posted by misteraitch on Oct 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Follow-up after a wedding gift was sent - is six weeks too soon?

Is it too early - or is it a jerky move - to ask friends if they got a wedding gift I sent six weeks ago? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Oct 1, 2013 - 35 answers

If I could take burritos to Wisconsin, I would

I'm visiting a friend in Milwaukee, WI and would like to bring something from LA (or California in general) that maybe one would not be able to easily obtain in Milwaukee. She's been to LA before, and recently had a baby, so at the very least I will take adorable baby stuff, but a region-specific gift would be fun, if I could only think of something worthwhile! It has to be something I can carry with me on a plane.
posted by estherbester on Sep 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Explain Capital Gain/ Loss as though I'm 3

Great Aunt Sue gives me a ring. She doesn't wear it because it was given to her by an ex many moons ago, so she doesn't care what I do with it either. I don't like it, so I decide to sell it. It is vintage and very valuable. Turns out it is worth 20K fair market. I sell it for just that to an individual. How does that work as far as capital gains/ loss go? Is it considered a gift or income? Does it get reported, do I report it, do they, should she have for giving away the jewelry, does the bank flag the deposit and report it? No clue. Everything I have read is in regards to stocks, real estate, or inherited stuff. Can you explain this to me? This is all hypothetical, I'm just curious, so please don't send me off to an accountant/ lawyer/ taxman.
posted by MayNicholas on Sep 27, 2013 - 19 answers

How should I present this gift?

I need a pretty package. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me do something nice for my parents -- 30th anniversary edition

My parents are celebrating their 30th anniversary on the 30th of this month. What do I get them? [more inside]
posted by charlemangy on Sep 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Something Pepe le Pew would approve

What is a thoughtful gift (in the $100 range) for someone who loves perfume, but whom I do not know very well? I obviously wouldnt choose a scent for her but would still like to give her sonething relating to her love of perfume. She is in the UK and I am in the USA, so if I send her a gift certificate to a perfumerie it needs to be one she can visit in London. However if there is a non-gift card present you can recommend as well, so much the better. Thanks!
posted by egeanin on Sep 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Child's Gift to Germany by Tuesday! HOPE me, Mefites!!

Sending a child's birthday gift by Tuesday! We have had awful problems on a variety of German sites because we are sending this gift through a UK address! Help! [more inside]
posted by kairab on Sep 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Going away present for someone moving from Boston to Seattle

My sister is moving from Boston to Seattle. Looking for recommendations for going away gifts. They could be related to Boston or Seattle, or just nice going-away gift ideas in general. [more inside]
posted by htid on Sep 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Gift basket suggestions for a man, possibly delivered near Seattle?

I am in the doghouse with my boyfriend. I want to send him a gift basket. Something to do with beer, snacks, Seahawks, or any combination of the three. A local Seattle touch would be nice, but if there are unique gift baskets for men online that would have him smiling, I would love to know about them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Housewarming gifts, long-distance edition

I want to send some thoughtful gifts long distance to a sweetheart who has just moved into a tiny new apartment. [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Sep 1, 2013 - 14 answers

40th birthday experience ideas needed!

I need ideas for an outdoorsy/active October 40th birthday weekend getaway from Boston. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Organization that educates public about social and emotional issues?

I recently discovered CASEL, which supports social and emotional learning in schools. This is something I think I really want to support, but I'm more interested in social and emotional learning for a general audience (voters, other Metafilter members, etc.), rather than the young students that are CASEL's focus. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Wedding gift for an intensely practical friend who has everything?

I have a very good friend who is getting married - I am her maid of honor. She is having a destination wedding, and told guests that she and her husband do not want any gifts, as us making the trip is gift enough. I got a couple small, sentimental things for her that will be meaningful, but I also want to get a nice gift for the couple, especially since they got us some generous gifts from our registry when we got married. More inside... [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Aug 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Hello Mr. Blue Collar, You've Hit a Milestone!

I'm looking for ideas for anniversary gifts for 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 year marks for employees my company. I work in a very blue collar maintenance field. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Aug 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Shhh! (Surprise party for my wife! But what do I give the awesome host?)

I'm throwing a surprise party for my wife's 40th birthday this Thursday evening. One of my wife's friends volunteered to have the party at her house. She's also helping to arrange catering from her dad's restaurant (I'm paying for it, but at a steeply discounted rate--and she worked out the menu). So ... I'd like to give our friend a hosting gift. [more inside]
posted by agog on Aug 12, 2013 - 12 answers

A Gift for the Tattooed Lady

I have a friend who is very proud of her tattoos. I would like to get her a special gift. My first thought was a photography session, but her brother is a photographer and has already given her such sessions in the past. I had a crazy idea and I was wondering if there's any reality to it: Is there any such thing as scanning tattoos? For instance, like pressing the body part with the tattoo against a flatbed scanner and creating a high-quality artistic print of the tattoo itself? Or does this separate the tattoo for the reality of its place on her body in such a way to invalidate the whole purpose of it? If this is a stupid idea, can you suggest others? Thanks!
posted by jefficator on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

What's a giftable home/apartment security upgrade?

I have a friend moving to a sketchy part of town (and living without a roommate for the first time). I want to get her some sort of security "thing" as an apartment-warming gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Aug 10, 2013 - 17 answers

what should I give her?

A couple of administrators at work have gone so far above and beyond the call of duty to help me in a crunch that I want to thank them with gifts. Help me choose the right way to express my thanks. [more inside]
posted by third rail on Aug 9, 2013 - 20 answers

Do you know the perfect quote for my sister's graduation?

My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Aug 9, 2013 - 9 answers

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