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Thank-you gift for family moving to France?

I'm trying to think of a gift for a family that has generously offered my spouse and me the use of their house while they are abroad for the coming school year. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Aug 11, 2014 - 5 answers

What do you get a 94-year old man for his birthday?

I won’t be able to attend my dad’s 94th birthday party in a few weeks. I live in another state and have a work obligation this year. I’d like to get him something he’ll appreciate, but I’m short of ideas. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jun 4, 2014 - 26 answers

I need a "thoughtful" thank-you gift for a person that I don't know well

Last week, a friend-of-a-friend let me crash on his couch after my late-night flight home got cancelled at the last minute. I don't know him very well, but I'd like to get him a small gift as a token of my gratitude. I'd like to get something that's a bit more unique (and less "corporate") than a fruit basket, and would rather avoid cash or cash-equivalents. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 10, 2014 - 23 answers

Gift for 21 year old guy.

So I have a nephew who is 21 years old that I don't know AT ALL. His mom just married my brother, so he's only been family for a few months. I'm going to see them for Christmas tomorrow and I just realized I don't have a gift. Ideas are needed! [more inside]
posted by odragul on Dec 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for gift-worthy bottles of beer

I'd like to pick up a couple nice beers to put under the tree for my partner. I don't drink much beer myself, so while I know what he likes enough to pick out everyday-drinkin' stuff for him, I don't know what's currently available that might be nice (new, seasonal, unusual, somewhat difficult-to-find) enough for a gift. Any ideas? Helpful details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 22, 2013 - 30 answers

Gift Ideas for a 6 year old

My nephew is 6 years old and will be 7 in a couple of months. Looking for Christmas gift ideas. He's really interesested in becoming an actor/director. A few snowflakes though... [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Advent Calendar Ideas Needed for Geeky Adult Male.

My husband is a big fan of Christmas so I would like to do him up an Advent calender to count down the days. I have the actual calender idea sorted, I am going to wrap each present in tissue paper and number them and hang them from a decorated branch that we hang our Christmas cards we get on. I am looking for smallish reasonably priced present ideas, say no bigger than say a paperback and around a few dollars for each present. He is a typical Geek guy, programmer by trade and loves his computer games, table top games and dungeons and dragons. I have thought of getting a pound of assorted dice from Amazon so he could have a few bundles of mixed dice, gaming themed mints and a few of his favourite candies, some bones figurines for different games but that gets me no where near 24 presents. So basically silly, fun, geeky, smallish, cheap things a guy would like, he's parents will be seeing the gifts so I'd like to avoid sexy things or "coupons for hugs" type things. Any and all ideas appreciated.
posted by wwax on Nov 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Rare/remarkable wine in Europe

A friend of mine is a red wine connoisseur currently located in the Southern U.S. I am located in Europe and am searching for a great Christmas gift. I don't know much about wine, except the kinds I like and not spending more than $10/bottle on one for myself. Are there any great, rare, or otherwise exceptional wines to which I may have access, that he would not? (Or, at least, that would have some significance coming from here) I am happy to travel basically wherever within Europe as long as it makes a good story. [more inside]
posted by ista on Oct 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Baby/Mother gift ideas -- for a seventh child!

Help me find a gift for someone I care about who is about to have her seventh baby. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mamabear on Sep 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Last minute gift for dad

My dad is turning 60 on Saturday. Yay, good for him! I left it way too late this year and I have no ideas - he is very tough to shop for. My price range is $40-80, lower is better (could swing up to $100 if I really thought he'd like it). [more inside]
posted by firei on Sep 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Special Snowflake Gifts: US History Book Recommendation

My girlfriend has virtually no knowledge of US history. She is an incredible bright, intelligent, interesting recent college graduate, but due to side effects from a medicine, was essentially in a fog for the entirety of her Junior year of high school and remembers nothing. This is a huge source of embarrassment and anxiety for her. Her birthday is just around the corner, and I would like to get her a great book to help her fill in the gaps and be more comfortable with the subject. [more inside]
posted by joshers13 on Aug 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Birthday/Graduation gift for my techie, forestry-bound nephew?

My nephew is turning 18 in a week. He is graduating from high school in June. He has no idea what he wants for a gift for either event. tl;dr: What might a socially active gaming-nerd turned forestry major find useful or enjoy before or during his first year away from home? What do you get for the guy who's pretty content with anything he gets? [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Apr 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Sci-Fi graphic novel suggestions?

Thoughtful science-fiction graphic novel suggestions needed! (non-horror, limited violence) [more inside]
posted by Auden on Dec 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Great stuff for a preschooler's Amazon wishlist?

Populate my kid's Amazon wishlist: what are some great, sure-to-be-loved games/ toys/ objects/ clothes/ accessories that I can suggest for gifting to a preschool-aged child? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Hey! The present's down here!

What can I give to my giraffe-height coworker as a Secret Santa gift, for under $25? [more inside]
posted by curagea on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Why yes, it IS that time of year again

In need of gift ideas for my newly-Canadian parents! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Shine on, Crazy

Are birthday themes the same as anniversary themes (e.g., gold, silver, paper, etc.)? If not, is there a separate set of themes for birthdays? My gf's 60th is coming up, and while i'm sure she'd be happy to have something with diamonds no matter what, I'd prefer not to limit myself that way if 60 is not "the diamond birthday", and especially not if 60 is some other kind of birthday. OTOH, if there is a theme for 60, it may help me with my long-standing case of CMGS (Clueless Male Gifting Syndrome).
posted by ubiquity on Jul 6, 2012 - 5 answers

23 Across: A gift for an awesome aunt

Help me find a great puzzle-type gift for my aunt. A snowflake is falling. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Gift ideas for great (but different) friends

Help me pick out cool (and inexpensive) groomsman gifts! [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated on Feb 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Graduation ideas for my brother?

My brother graduates from high school this summer. I want to get him some fun gifts that will keep him entertained and might also help him navigate the post-HS waters. More about him inside. Gift ideas appreciated. [more inside]
posted by riddler on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

The Perils of Visiting the ThinkGeek Website In the UK on December 22nd

Help me think of an awesome movie and/or geeky christmas gift for my brother! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Dec 22, 2011 - 9 answers

I want to give my great aunt a present -- but what?

I'd like to find a gift for a great aunt I don't know very well (yet). [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on Dec 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Brrrrrrrrrrr-illiant gift ideas needed!

Gift ideas for someone who is moving from somewhere very warm to somewhere very cold. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 7, 2011 - 44 answers

What on earth do I give my grandad for Christmas?

What should I give my grandad for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Dec 4, 2011 - 25 answers

Desert Gifts

Recommend some nifty gift ideas for desert living!! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Nov 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Not another Space book, please

My 6-year old nephew is currently obsessed with space travel. Having nerdy parents & grandparents, he already owns two supersized model rockets, and a whole shelf of books about the Moon, planets, and space in general. With Christmas approaching, I'd like to give him something different-but-related. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by M. on Nov 16, 2011 - 30 answers

Mother-in-law shower gift ideas

I need gift ideas for my mother in law to recognize her excitment and support for our future child. [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Oct 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Low cost gift ideas for my amazing husband

Help me come up with a fantastic birthday gift for my husband. Special circumstances make this challenging. (Maybe a little NSFW). [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Oct 15, 2011 - 5 answers

nonfood gifts for loved ones?

Please share your non-food gift ideas that are just little "thinking-of-you" gifts. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jun 1, 2011 - 25 answers

What to give an RV driver?

What to get my friend who is traveling for a year in an RV in the US? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Mar 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Creativity Gadget Gift Ideas!!

Help me think of a good creativity gadget gift for a friend!! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

World peace gift ideas

So my 15 year old daughter asked for world peace this year for Christmas. Any gift ideas? I would like to get her something silly - she is not really the activist type. Thanks!
posted by Ennui on Dec 20, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me round out the Christmas offerings.

LastMinuteGiftFilter: Looking for a subscription or experience gift for my boyfriend, ~$40, NOT a magazine. [more inside]
posted by arianell on Dec 20, 2010 - 14 answers

I need your Brains!!!

Zombie experts! Please give me your best gift ideas for a zombie-addicted teen. [more inside]
posted by misha on Dec 13, 2010 - 40 answers

Montreal tourist gift ideas

What's a good tourism-oriented gift to give a middle-aged couple, in or around Montreal? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 3, 2010 - 9 answers

What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday?

What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 31, 2010 - 37 answers

Best birthday gift for a hobbyist potter?

Gift suggestions for the hobbyist potter (ceramics)? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Oct 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Good long-distance gifts for Alzheimer's patient in a nursing home?

What are some long-distance things I can do to make my grandma happy? She is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Sep 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Baby shower gift ideas for a man in the office?

Baby shower gift ideas for a man in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Art project, of a sort

Please help me think of words with which to complete this sentence: "This coupon entitles the bearer to: ________________________. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Dec 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Great things to give a chemo patient?

Need ideas for comforting / useful items to give a person undergoing intense chemotherapy (x2). [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Because the Librarian Action Figure is overdone

Librarians: what do you want for gifts this holiday season? (Not at your libraries, but you personally). [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Nov 27, 2009 - 12 answers

Help Me Help An Athlete

My wife is a serious long-distance runner and her birthday is coming up. She is already outfitted with shoes & shirts, a Garmin 305, a camel back, and a subscription to the relevant magazines. Is there any item that you, as a fellow long-distance runner, would recommend as a great gift? Thanks!
posted by rumsey monument on Jul 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Birthday gift ideas for 13 year old daughter

My oldest daughter is turning 13--I need birthday gift ideas! [more inside]
posted by midwestguy on Jun 9, 2009 - 22 answers

How to spread some cheer

How do I help out/cheer up a coworker? He's been going through some turbulent times recently. I'm trying to think of ways that I can discreetly help out in some way without making a big production of the whole thing [more inside]
posted by geminus on Dec 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Wedding/anniversary gift ideas for hard-to-shop for couple!

Gift ideas for close friends' wedding / first anniversary, please! [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Can you help me make an impression (literally)?

Can you help me make an impression and/or leave my mark (literally)? [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 on Jun 11, 2008 - 17 answers

River cruises and the little-known in Chicago.

I'm looking for a gift for some new Chicagoans and think they would enjoy one of the river architecture tours. Is there any appreciable difference between the competing operators? Bonus points for any inexpensive (~$10 per person) and little known/unusual Chicago experiences I can bundle in to the gift. [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on Jun 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Donkeys for Christmas?

I need ideas for a politically themed gift basket. [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Nov 18, 2006 - 25 answers

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