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Gift ideas for a dude who likes weird things

It's come to this, MeFi. My husband is literally impossible to shop for. I need help! [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Dec 9, 2016 - 32 answers

PC Video Game Ideas for My Mom

I'm looking for suggestions for a new video game for my mom as a Christmas gift. This would be for Windows PC, as she doesn't have any gaming systems. [more inside]
posted by Preserver on Dec 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Contraption & trap supplies for kids

My five-year-old nephew likes building traps and contraptions. I know he uses tape and bungee cords, and presumably stuff from around the house. What could I give him for Christmas that would help support this hobby? Do you have kids that like to build? What're their favorite scraps and fancy things to create with? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 2, 2016 - 15 answers

How do you handle Christmas out-of-town with small kids?

For the first time, we're taking the Christmas show on the road, including two young kids. How do we handle gifts? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 28, 2016 - 38 answers

Crafts for the Craftless

Other than sketching, basic knitting and crocheting, we are not a family of crafters. I'd like to start giving gifts that will inspire family members to express themselves creatively. People have expressed interest in learning to do some type of craft. Assume I know nothing about the world of AC Moore, Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics. I don't know what to buy; let's try to stick to $25 per person. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Nov 27, 2016 - 14 answers

Secret Santa: Baker edition

You: A person who loves to bake as a hobby. Me: Your secret santa with $30 to spend. What 2 to 3 gifts would make your baking more fun? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 27, 2016 - 32 answers

Good travel book for recently retired man?

My American father just retired and wants to do more international travel—what are some inspiring books about traveling abroad to less-common tourist destinations? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 25, 2016 - 8 answers

What's an appropriate gift for a source of professional referrals?

I'd like to express my thanks to someone who's referrals to me for professional services probably make up 1/2 my income. My feelings of gratitude are sincere, but I worry, because of the circumstances, about coming across as self-serving or venal. Looking for suggestions on a specific gift and how to express my sentiments in a way that feels honest.
posted by Jon44 on Nov 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Gift for a first-time, multi-month European traveler (from the US)?

What is a useful, minimal gift for a first-time European-traveling couple from the US? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Nov 23, 2016 - 27 answers

Looking for reports on experience with the Mysterious Package Company

I'm considering giving my 15 year old son an experience gift from the Mysterious Package Company for his birthday. I'm looking for any feedback folks may have either from the giving or receiving side of the equation. Thanks!
posted by gateau on Nov 22, 2016 - 4 answers

I need to set up a holiday drive in my building, asap!

I'm the property manager for a building in midtown Manhattan, NY with about 100 residential rental apartments. I'd like to set up some kind of gift drive, food drive, coat drive, etc, but I have no idea what to do! And maybe it's too late in the season? Help! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 21, 2016 - 7 answers

What does my baby want for Christmas?

My baby will be almost three months old by Christmas. People want to know what he 'wants' for the holidays. We have a lot of stuff already so I'm not sure what to say. [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Nov 17, 2016 - 35 answers

What should I put in the Christmas hamper?

I'd like to make a Christmas hamper as a gift to my parents' household. Do you have products you would suggest? [more inside]
posted by tippy on Nov 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Book recommendations for a Maud Lewis lover

For Christmas, my husband and I would like to get my mother-in-law a book about an artist (ideally, a painter) similar to the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. What are some books about similarly inspirational painters or interesting artists with touching, uplifting stories? [more inside]
posted by Asterism on Nov 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Help my family Secret Santa

How can my family arrange Secret Santa in a fair but not Scrooge-like manner? Details below. [more inside]
posted by bimbam on Nov 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Christmas Present for New Grandparents

We had a baby this year (yay!); she is the first grandchild for all four of her grandparents and they are all nuts about her. For Christmas, I'd like to get my parents and in-laws something related to her. The problem is, we send photos every day so I don't want just to give them more pictures and they don't want stuff so no mugs or t-shirts with her picture. Ideas appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 2, 2016 - 19 answers

I quit. Here is a gift.

Leaving my job. Love my boss. She is taking my leaving like a champ despite it putting her in a tough spot. Looking for help for a thank you/good bye gift. [more inside]
posted by teamnap on Oct 21, 2016 - 9 answers

What is a generous gift to an Indian woman helping plan our India trip?

My friend and I are headed to India for a 10 days trip, and a lovely woman answered a Facebook post I posted to a travelers' group about finding a driver. This lovely woman and her lovely travel agent sister have been essentially planning our trip, hotels, driver, etc. for free and I'm so, so grateful. How can I show my appreciation? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Oct 21, 2016 - 10 answers

What to get for the man who is giving us everything

My wonderful father is turning 70 next year, and for his birthday he is flying a big group of family and friends to Mexico to celebrate. He is covering most of the costs for everyone. I would like to coordinate a gift from the group - something really special - and I need ideas! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel on Oct 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Gift ideas for someone with a new motor home

What can I gift my dad to help my parents' motor home experience? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Practical gift ideas to positively improve a friend’s life and hobbies

I am trying to brainstorm some ideas of small gifts for a friend’s birthday. I like to give gifts that are practical and can in some small way be useful for people’s lives; not just sit in a box or closet. As an example I have given other friends who really like live music Etymotic Ear Plugs or other friends who like to bake the Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book. Ideas for services are also cool. [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Oct 13, 2016 - 13 answers

What to get for my bosses at work that already have everything...

Christmas is coming up and I work for a family business. I need to get all the owners a gift. There are 10 individuals total (five couples). I am at a loss what to get them, I can not afford to spend a lot. I would consider spending up to $100 for all of them. [more inside]
posted by just asking on Oct 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Adventure and Gift Planning: NYC Day Trip Edition

My husband's birthday is coming up and I'd like to gift him a weekend full of adventures to choose from, as well as some smaller physical gifts that go along with the adventuring theme. Anything in NYC or day trip distance away works! What are your favorite adventures and adventure-related gifts? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Sep 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Mom + bus trip + 74th birthday = what gift?

My mom leaves on Saturday for a week long bus trip from the DC area to Canada. She's not used to co-habitating, she's a bit of an introvert, and she's celebrating her birthday on day one of the trip. I'd like to send her off with something thoughtful and useful for the trip. [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Sep 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Care package goodies for grieving kids?

Suggestions, please, for small, cheerful objects to include in a care package for two kids, somewhere around 11 and 16, grieving a sudden loss. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Aug 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for beloved daycare workers?

My daughter is leaving the daycare where she has spent the last 4.5 years. These people have done so much in raising my daughter, from potty training to developing character and teaching moral values. I want them to know how much I appreciate them and I want to give them the most wonderful gift(s) possible, but without spending beyond my means. There are about 20 workers in total although some have spent more time with her than others. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Take my money, Baby!

Someone dear to me just gave birth in Detroit. In addition to the usual gifts for parents and tiny human, is there a cool local organization I can donate to in honor of this social justice oriented family? [more inside]
posted by Otis the Lion on Jul 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me, creative gift givers of mefi.

I have been tasked with buying a goodbye gift for a coworker who is moving back to his native Australia. I know nothing of substance about this person except that he's probably around 30ish. His job is sort of a general corporate project manager type. My budget is $200. It would be nice if the gift had some kind of reference to the United States, since our company is American and he lived here for several years. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Please, sir, I want some more...gifts!

I'm doing a production of Oliver and am trying to come up with gift ideas for the production team. I need gifts for 5 or 6 men and women, that are either the same or comparable. Looking to spend less than $100. Bonus: small all-cast gift ideas! [more inside]
posted by firei on Jul 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Goody Bag Alternatives

Hello! My baby is having a birthday party, and I noticed that most kid birthday parties include goody bag giveaways filled with all kinds of crap. I don't really want to gather a bunch of cheap things, and instead would like to give one nice gift for kids to take home. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Jul 1, 2016 - 45 answers

Sending framed photo to England w/o crazy shipping costs?

I want to send my dad, who lives in England, a framed photograph (preferably the stand-up-on-a-desk kind rather than the hang-on-the-wall kind). I'd like this photograph printed and framed by an online company that will then mail it to him. I thought I could pick a British company so as to avoid large shipping costs and a long delay, but the sites that I've tried won't accept payment from a credit card with an American billing address. Anyone know of a place that would accept an American credit card, or have clever alternatives?
posted by pie_seven on Jun 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Preemie Prep

It looks like my friend's wife will be having a premature baby any day now - suggestions on thoughtful, considerate gifts? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jun 21, 2016 - 17 answers

Gift ideas for my best friend at med school

I'm in med school right now, and my best friend in my class is about to have a birthday (during our last week of classes before our last summer break ever). I'm looking for some help brainstorming potential gift ideas. Information about his interests inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Another book, less silly, but still funny?

I need book gift suggestions again - this time for a young man... [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on May 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Presents for an engineering type?

I have a family member with Alzheimer's and I would like some help with gadget or engineery birthday presents for him. I always bought him books before as he was a reader and a novelist, but he says he can't concentrate enough to read now and I'm stuck! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Am I eligible for food stamps? I'm in California

I'm trying to figure out if I'm eligible for food stamps. I live in California. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on May 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Appropriate Gift for a Professor

Please recommend an appropriate gift for a professor from an auditing (ie, non-credit and ungraded) student. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Apr 26, 2016 - 19 answers

Science Toys / Gifts for a 9 Year Old

My nephew has a birthday coming up. This year he's really in to outer space (from the horse's mouth; really includes most space related things). Please help me find this year's birthday present. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Apr 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Consumable Gifts for Kids

What are some good consumable gifts for children? [more inside]
posted by bimbam on Apr 10, 2016 - 26 answers

Appropriate thank-you gift for a supervisor

My boss just did me a really big favor. I feel the need to give her a thank-you gift, but not sure what's appropriate (or if a gift is appropriate at all). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 23 answers

What is the most unusual NFL branded item I can buy?

What is the straight up weirdest double-take inducing NFL branded product that you have seen? I'm way beyond t-shirts, coozies, and grilling equipment. I'm talking things like an adult onesie. But that's the bar I have to meet. Also of interest: weird items for sale that are branded with comic book stuff.
posted by bq on Apr 1, 2016 - 10 answers

How to deal with unwanted gifts that have great value to the gifter?

What do you do when Aunt Beatrice insists on giving you "heirlooms" that you really, really, do not want or like or care about. Without making her cry. [more inside]
posted by sarahnicolesays on Mar 31, 2016 - 39 answers

Cross cultural Engagement party

My colleague has been invited to an engagement party for his friends who are Indian-Fijian Hindu. What can he expect at the party and what would be an appropriate gift? If it matters everyone lives in Australia at present.
posted by MT on Mar 25, 2016 - 2 answers

how to give someone a month's rent non-awkwardly?

I want to tell an ex-roommate to keep my part of the security deposit as a gift. I want to do this as non-awkwardly as possible, but even to make the offer would force us to acknowledge what we have never discussed, that our finances are very different. Is this possible? How? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 22, 2016 - 17 answers

What Japanese Whiskey or Sake should I bring home from Tokyo?

I am in Tokyo for the next few days, and want to pick up some uniquely Japanese gifts for my boss & coworkers back in the US. Since they are generally hard to please (and they fancy themselves "connessieurs"), exotic/interesting booze tends to be the easiest thing for me to get for them when I need to get gifts for them. [more inside]
posted by melorama on Mar 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Valentines Day gift ideas for new LDR?

I'm in a new and wonderfully exciting long distance relationship. I think I want to send (her) a Valentine's day gift. What should I send? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Garden-themed gift / poem

For my sister's milestone birthday, my gift is garden themed but I need your help. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Feb 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Should the cost of the baby shower gift depend on income disparity?

Should you give a more expensive baby shower gift if you know you are 'richer' than the recipient? Maybe you are not necessarily rich, but the giftee/person having the baby is very poor; in this case, do you gift based on your income disparity? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Jan 22, 2016 - 35 answers

Should I buy the Clone Wars DVDs for my wife?

SHORT VERSION: What exactly is the revised canon scope with regard to Clone Wars material? The first series only, both series (and films), or what? Will either of us enjoy it? On prior casual viewing nether show held our attention. Can I hire a Darth Vader birthday-gram service in Seattle? Longwinded stuff below. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Jan 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Handwritten Thank You Note + ... ?

What's an appropriate gesture for my mentors as my "internship" ends? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jan 12, 2016 - 9 answers

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