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ISO extreme cleverness: Ensure that someone doesn't open presents early?

If I give someone a pile of 10 presents, to be opened individually at various later dates, can you think of a clever method by which I can ensure that they don't cheat, and open them whenever they want? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Oct 2, 2015 - 24 answers

Anniversary gifts for parents?

My parents' anniversary is coming up, and once again I'm stumped. I never know what makes an appropriate, welcome gift to parents from their kids. Outside of big-anniversary gifts like parties, crystal, silver, and super handcrafted scrapbooks and the like, what are some good ideas for anniversary presents in an affordable, say $25-50 range?
posted by Miko on Sep 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Wow, Thank YOU for that thing...that is there...looking at me...

What do you do with terrible art that has been gifted to you? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Photography Classes in Manhattan?

I'd like to pay for a photography class as a gift for a friend in Manhattan. I don't know anything - please help! [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Sep 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Employee Anniversary Gifts for the staff who have everything

I work for an amazing company that is incredibly generous to their employees. 100% paid healthcare premiums, unlimited time off, tons of free swag, free food, endless offsite team building events, travel to conferences, tuition reimbursement, gift baskets full of goodies on your birthday etc. We have distributed employees located in 32 different states as well as about 70 employees in our Portland Headquarters. There are a few employees coming up on their 5 year anniversary and I am completely stuck on what would be a great recognition gift. [more inside]
posted by Pork n Beans on Sep 9, 2015 - 19 answers

appreciative apartment-dwelling Germanophile

My building manager was born in 1930 in the Sudetenland. She is really nice. How do I show appreciation in a culturally and generationally sensitive manner? [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee on Sep 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Present for a new and anxious post-doc

A dear friend of mine has just finished their PhD and is immediately starting a post doc. What gift can I give them to help them get off on the right foot dealing with their anxiety, etc.? [more inside]
posted by congen on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Please help me come up with a great $50-100 baby shower gift!

I came down with a cold and missed my friend's baby shower. I'd like to get them a nice gift, maybe around $50-100, but their registry only has burp cloths left. I know that they already have a car seat and baby monitor and that they will be using cloth diapers. Parents: what items/services in that price range have you found to be really useful?
posted by robstercraw on Aug 24, 2015 - 36 answers

What back-to-school gifts should I give my wife?

My wife (age 40) is going back to school to start her PhD in a month. She'll be in a different city for the first year, and I'm putting together a little care package for her, but I could use some gift suggestions. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Aug 18, 2015 - 20 answers

Gift ideas for hacker coworkers?

Just got a huge promotion (equivalent of Partner at one of the Big Four Professional Service firms). I want to give an individual surprise gift back to each of the team of computer hackers / security gurus who I lead and who helped me get here. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Gifts for partner recovering from pregnancy termination

My partner is recovering from a pregnancy termination. What can I get for her that will help her through the extended cramps and bleeding that may last up to a month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Six Will Enter the Ring...

I am (F, 32) celebrating my marriage and have a bridal party made up of 5 of my best friends. I am getting them each an individual gift and am also going to get them each a super soaker and a tshirt with their "nickname" on it. The nickname part is where you come in. Think roller derby pun names. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Aug 11, 2015 - 9 answers

rock collecting gift for a 10-year-old

Hi All, I could not find the answer to this in the archives; apologies if I am overlooking something. I would like to buy a gift [either in a brick-and-mortar store (I live in a large, American city) or online]. I need the gift by Aug 7. It is for a 10-year-old child who loves rock collecting. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Aug 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Gift-Filter: 10-year anniversary next week. Halp.

Next week it'll be ten years since Mr Bookish and I started dating. Somehow it feels like my go-to gift ideas are not an option for this momentous event - and I am notoriously bad at thinking of gifts anyway. Help me out here. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Jul 23, 2015 - 19 answers

You deserve way more than an apple.

Help me brainstorm gifts for my daughter's early intervention team, who will be discharging us from care soon. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jul 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Leather Key Chain?

Where can I find a nice-ish leather key chain that I could possibly have personalized? [more inside]
posted by ASlackerPestersMums on Jul 14, 2015 - 9 answers

How much to give stylist as a Christmas gift? And am I tipping enough?

I finally found a stylist I love, and I want to get my shit together re: tipping/gifts. [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Triple gift-giving conundrum

Hi AskMe! Can you help me give a gift to my boyfriend and maybe his parents? [more inside]
posted by jouir on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Gift ideas for a gundam enthusiast?

A co-worker is getting over an illness, and it would be neat for him to receive a gift at the office when he gets back. He loves assembling model gundams. What related sort of gift could we get him? I don't want to just pick out a gundam for him, because I know tastes are particular...
posted by Sticherbeast on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Father’s Day Present for the Partially Paralyzed

My father had a stroke 3 years ago that left his right side paralyzed. Even after a lot of hard work he has not regained use of his right side. I’d like to get him a Father’s day present that helps him enjoy life more. [more inside]
posted by jmsta on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs?

I am looking for suggestions for a short, sentimental/heartwarming/heartfelt poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs to include on a gift for my grandmother. This is a thank-you gift for letting me wear her wedding dress at my own wedding and a tribute to the family tradition of marriages on the same date. [more inside]
posted by IsItJustMe? on Jun 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Quick silly gift for a fun, silly friend.

I want to send a dear friend on the other side of the country [U.S.] something for his birthday (t-shirt, fridge magnet, something of that ilk) that says something along the lines of "I'm not gay but I'm fabulous." (Both of which are true.) Difficulty level: for delivery tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by psoas on May 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Let's create an award for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

My friend did a phenomenal job on a long-term project, working with very little. Recently another person in a similar position--except with all the support in the world--won a prestigious award for doing the same thing. I want to let my friend know how much his work is appreciated. Let’s think of an award I can make for him--preferably something that can be assembled and mounted on a trophy base. The iconography I have in mind is Scrappy Doo, but that seems rather poor. A silk purse might look too ... testicular? Help, please!
posted by Jane Austen on May 23, 2015 - 15 answers

What gift to buy for graduation from seminary?

A close friend of many, many years is graduating from seminary soon, and I would like to buy a nice little gift, maybe $50-100. I'd prefer something that lasts and could be used or seen regularly for some time. Complication: I am not a Christian and would not be at all confident in my ability to pick out anything he would use as a minister. [more inside]
posted by dilettante on May 17, 2015 - 16 answers

How to surprise a child with a kitten exactly on their birthday?

Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by rada on May 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Gift ideas for road trip?

What would you give as a gift (single item or basket of useful stuff) for someone planning a long road trip? I've thought of audio books, picnic kit, car games, etc. but was hoping others might have good ideas.
posted by Kat Allison on May 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Buying presents for people you don't know very well

What should I bring to an acquaintance's 30th birthday gathering? Details and complicating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on May 7, 2015 - 17 answers

Portable foodie gift from Japan?

I live in Japan, and will soon be meeting up with some French friends who are visiting the region (we're not meeting in Japan). They are real foodies and I want to take them some food-related gifts, but they can't be too heavy/bulky/perishable/breakable - they'll need to get them home. Any suggestions? I am already planning to get them some good quality matcha as one of them bakes and has made some lovely matcha pastries before.
posted by ontheradio on May 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me think of a gift for my awesome teaching mentor!

The instructor for the genetics course I have TAed for for the last two years got laid off, and her last final at the university is coming up soon. Another grad student who taught with her and I would like to get her a small gift as a send-off, but are trying to think of ideas. Difficulty level: gluten free, so my initial impulse to make fancy scones and cookies is probably a no-go. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Apr 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Doodling in a rare first edition

I have purchased for someone I care about very much a somewhat rare first edition of a book by their favourite author. I am considering defacing it by writing an inscription and a profane doodle inside the cover. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2015 - 38 answers

romantic flower-inspired gifts that are not flowers?

My girlfriend likes when I give her flowers. I do not like to give her flowers. I just stop at the corner store and spend some money and then she puts them in a vase for a few days. I'd much rather give her something novel or useful or that would be interesting for me to obtain or that we could enjoy together, like a pound of butter. Are there any things that meet these criteria, and also reference or resemble or involve flowers in some way? (My girlfriend does not like it when I give her butter.) [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Apr 8, 2015 - 80 answers

Auntie Awesome needs help being Awesome

I have no kids of my own, but I do have 24 nieces and nephews. The oldest one is getting married in a month. My husband and I want to start a tradition of giving them something really great for the big milestones in their young adult lives. More inside... [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Apr 8, 2015 - 35 answers

Graduation gift for RA and would-be counseling psychologist?

What is a good gift for my unpaid undergrad research assistant that says "thanks for all your hard work as part of the team" that will support her in her current or future endeavors in counseling psychology, but won't highlight next year's uncertainty about grad school? [more inside]
posted by nicodine on Apr 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for nanny/parents of children who host nanny-share?

We're moving away. We want to get a present for our amazing part-time babysitter, as well as a gift for the parents of the children who share her, and who host this arrangement (we drop our daughter off at their house two days a week, where the babysitter watches our daughter and their two kids). What should we get? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Apr 6, 2015 - 11 answers

What gift would the staff at my local Starbucks appreciate?

The Starbucks near my office has donated coffee and snacks to a nonprofit event for quite a while. I would like to give the team there a gift to show my appreciation. My usual ideas for group gifts -- baskets of cookies or other treats -- seems like a bad fit, since the employees work with food all day and may not want a basket of sugar. Have you worked at a coffee shop/restaurant/etc. and gotten a great gift from a customer that everyone enjoyed? Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky on Mar 25, 2015 - 13 answers

gift/gesture for girlfriend's roommates

Hivemind! Throw ideas at me! I'm looking to get a small token of "thanks for letting me hanging out in your place for a week" for my long-distance girlfriend's roommates. Ideally <$10. Food items are great. [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Mar 24, 2015 - 20 answers

What are the kidz into these days?

After a long wait a lovely friend of mine has just become foster Mummy to two children who will be staying for the foreseeable future. Yay! I'm meeting them in a couple of days and would like to bring them each a present, but I don't know what to get them. The girl is 8 and the boy is 6 and I have no clue what these age groups are into. I don't want to ask my friend as I'd like it to be a surprise (and also she'd just try and talk me out of it). So I'm asking you lovely people instead. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Mar 24, 2015 - 32 answers

Teaching Generosity to Children

I am godmother to a lively little two-year old. Part of my relationship with her is to teach her about generosity and giving. Her birthday is coming up, and I am thinking about a birthday gift for this year, I wanted to ask you: what are some concrete ways I can contribute to this aspect of her growth? [more inside]
posted by noonday on Mar 19, 2015 - 22 answers

Gifts from your mail-incapable relative

A bunch of Go You! things have happened in my friends'/relative's lives: engagements, babies, etc and I'd like to send them each a little something. But I suck at mailing things (seriously, I was meant to return something to Amazon and just had to eat the cost b/c I failed to get it in the mail in time) Thus I'd like to internet-send them something maybe $10. Something general and nice--the object equivalent of a card. I would just send them a card but I'd never mail it. Thoughts?
posted by Calicatt on Mar 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Know anything about sailing? I need your gift ideas.

GiftIdeasFilter: what to get for the boat owner who has nothing? Looking for boat-related, casual gift ideas (think, non-milestone birthday). The main complication is that the boat needs so much it's hard to know where to start... [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Mar 4, 2015 - 22 answers

Baby number one due in T-minus 4 months. What should I register for?

Having my first kid. Need to get stuff. Looking for for some tips! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Mar 2, 2015 - 33 answers

Birthday Present? Graduation Present? Birthday-Graduation Present?

My youngest sister is graduating high school on her nineteenth birthday. Gift ideas needed! [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Feb 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Do you think this is enough for a Valentine's Day gift?

I am currently in a relationship of 4 months. I have a couple things for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day but I'm not sure if it's enough. Opinions pretty please?? :) [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Feb 14, 2015 - 13 answers

What Tangible Gift Represents a "Phoenix Rising"?

After making several major life changes, a friend of mine has adopted the phoenix - a la, mythical bird arising from its ashes - as her mascot. What's a small physical totem I could give her to represent this symbol? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Message in a (Teeny Tiny) Bottle

What would you put in a tiny glass bottle pendant, sealed with a cork? I'm making them for Christmas presents and so far, one pendant contains tiny fossilized shark teeth and gold glass glitter. Another was filled with tiny river stones. Help me find other fillers! [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Dec 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Christmas gift for Columbian guests

My family is hosting a teenage girl who is an orphan from Columbia for Christmas eve. She is here with one of my sisters as part of a Catholic Charities and KidSave program which helps older kids to network with people to look for potential adoption candidates. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

General Purpose Gifts Under $8?

What low cost item has changed your life recently? I'm looking for gifts that you could give to anyone; male or female, 20 to 60 years of age. Preferably in the $5-$10 range. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Dec 18, 2014 - 47 answers

How do I convince someone I only want to give, not exchange, gifts?

I need help wording a Christmas card that's accompanying a gift. The message I want to convey is that I really, truly, do NOT want a gift in return. [more inside]
posted by paperback version on Dec 17, 2014 - 16 answers


One of my favorite little and silly gifts to give people is adopting a lobster from the UK's National Lobster Hatchery. What are other similar inexpensive and slightly silly -- but ideally also socially/environmentally conscious -- gifts you like to give people? Ideally it's a similar deal where they don't actually get more stuff to deal with, or if they do it's some sort of small acknowledgement that they won't feel bad about throwing out or recycling.
posted by naturalog on Dec 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Books appropriate for a middle school boy

I've been tasked with finding my 13-year-old relative a good science fiction book. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 15, 2014 - 31 answers

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