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 -
For work reasons, I'm spending this week far from home, which means I'm going to miss my girlfriend's birthday tomorrow. Boo! We're going to make up for it when I get home, but I still want to mark the occasion by having something delivered to her at work. The obvious choice is flowers, of course. But can you suggest something else romantic and sweet that would be less obvious? Something I can arrange remotely and have delivered to an office in Herndon, Va. tomorrow?
posted by Naberius
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Photographers and photography buffs! Please help me find a really cool photography book (or photography-related gift) for my photographer boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Just received a postcard from Sephora informing me that they have a free birthday gift waiting for me in the store. Which other companies offer free gifts or deals if they know it's your birthday?
posted by coupdefoudre
on Aug 8, 2012 -
Urgent birthday present vintage fashion help: Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull. [more inside]
posted by scazza
on Jun 13, 2012 -
In Chinese culture 88 is considered to be an auspicious number. Are there any special presents, food, or activities that are considered particularly appropriate for an 88th birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jabberwocky
on Feb 21, 2012 -
My mother's 60th birthday is next week and I want to get her something really special, but she's the single hardest person in the world to shop for. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne
on Nov 23, 2011 -
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 -
What should I buy my brother for his birthday?
I have a brother who's impossible to buy gifts for, and it's his birthday soon. I know the following things about him: He's a computer programmer and website designer. He loves Apple products, The Simpsons, Futurama, and XKCD. His heroes are people like Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, and Dawkins style atheists/rationalists. He's a non-smoker and non-drinker. He's asked us not to get him a gift, but he's still my brother and I'd like suggestions for something more thoughtful than an iTunes gift card. My budget is pretty low, and he handles all his own tech shopping. Suggestions for quirky, fun or interesting gifts would be appreciated.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on Oct 9, 2011 -
Help me surprise my husband for his birthday. My husband always picks out his gifts for his birthday and this year I want to do something special. We live in the Bay Area and are on a low budget. He is a tech geek, but also loves the outdoors and having adventures. Any ideas for romantic gestures/ outings/ gifts that aren't that expensive?
posted by tessalations999
on Sep 28, 2011 -
What should I do/get for my boyfriend's birthday when we've only been dating 6 months and I haven't met his friends? [more inside]
posted by Pomo
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Birthday gift for dad to turn his focus to other non-work parts of his life? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny
on Jun 21, 2011 -
Good gifts for a couple sharing a birthday party? Especially an "experience" gift located in or around Toronto? [more inside]
posted by oohisay
on Feb 16, 2011 -
What would make a good birthday present for a charming, arty, somewhat dyspraxic sixteen-year-old? [more inside]
posted by henryaj
on Jan 25, 2011 -
I have the world's most amazing partner and I'd love to get him a gift that shows him exactly how much he means to me. However, I am the world's worst gift giver and the situation is made even more difficult because I'm here in the US and he's in Australia. Can you suggest gifts that might show him how wonderful he is and/or recommend Australian sources of potential gifts? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ
on Jul 23, 2010 -
A longtime friend (male, FWIW) in Brooklyn is having a surprise 40th birthday party on Saturday 16 JAN 2010. I live across the country and can't attend, but I'd like to have something off-the-wall or oddball delivered to his party, like a singing telegram. Any ideas?
posted by ldenneau
on Jan 14, 2010 -
My son's first Christmas is approaching. Six days afterward he will turn one. Help me make an awesome wish list as the grandparents are already asking for ideas. [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle
on Nov 11, 2009 -
Birthday party favour ideas for kids under 8? I’m planning a party for my 5-year-old daughter. There will be about 18 girls and boys ranging in age from 4-8. What can I give them as party favours? I like to give one useful item rather than a goody bag filled with trinkets. I don’t want to spend more than $4 per favour. In the past I’ve given jigsaw puzzles, jump ropes, balls, Hot Wheels, and Polly Pockets. [more inside]
posted by yawper
on Aug 6, 2009 -
It's my boyfriend's birthday soon, and I want to make the present giving AWESOME! Have already purchased presents and booked flights to be with him. Am organising special birthday meals for him, and a couple of activities too, so most of the day is pretty much sorted. But I really really want the present giving/opening experience in particular to be super fun for him. I'm thinking along the lines of a treasure hunt with clues so he has to hunt for the presents... Or wrapping the presents in a giant box and painting it like a cake with sparklers on top! Or multiple layers of wrapping disguising the present...Or, um, something else. But I don't know what exactly. I just want to make it a completely excellent fun surprise for him. [more inside]
posted by t0astie
on Jul 21, 2009 -
Gift-filter: Help me think of an awesome birthday gift for someone who recovered my stolen purse.. and who happens to be my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso
on Jul 7, 2009 -
I secretly sent away a bunch of my mom's old family photos for digital scanning. What are some cool birthday gifts I could make/order/buy for her that would make use of the resulting images? Additional specs within. [more inside]
posted by yersinia
on Feb 24, 2009 -
I'm looking to update my birthday wishlist and need some specific inspiration from a broad spectrum of people-types. What's the coolest thing you have bought or been given in the last 6 months that cost between $10 and $200?
posted by davebug
on Oct 12, 2008 -
Help us wow our mother for her 60th birthday in November. She loves natural beauty, travel, her granddaughter, watching music and dance, massages, and antique/carpet/porcelin/etc. shopping on the cheap. I'm in NY, my siblings are in TX, and she's in Los Angeles. We want to make this special, and might consider travel, but we only have three days. Suggestions?
posted by shivohum
on Sep 12, 2008 -
Best day spa near Bayside, NY? For my grandmother who just turned 90!
posted by joshuaconner
on Jun 20, 2008 -
Next Sunday is my friends son's 1st birthday, what can I get the little tyke that would be a great gift for about $50, it hopefully would be something that is not a stuffed animal, that will last until the time he has the ability to remember it.
posted by kanemano
on May 12, 2008 -
Unique gift ideas for surprise birthday/care package for female friend in the UK for under $50 (not including shipping)? [more inside]
posted by swiffa
on Apr 10, 2008 -
I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 21, 2008 -
What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Nov 29, 2007 -
Imminent birthday (mine). And I don't know what to ask for birthday-present. Problem is - I have all I think I need. Special One whimpers about and want's to give me something anyway. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer
on Sep 28, 2007 -
What's on the kids birthday lists this year? Parents, please help me get up to date on popular new children's toys and games. [more inside]
posted by JDC8
on Sep 8, 2007 -
I need a mail-order service that does great/creative/fun gifts/gift baskets (or similar) for my funny, smart 33 year-old brother. [more inside]
posted by sneakin
on Feb 1, 2007 -
GiftFilter: My brother just got 2 new kittens. His birthday is in a week. Gift suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Jun 20, 2006 -
BirthdayFilter. Not mine, my dad's. He's going to be 80 next year and I'd like to do something special. He's always liked comics and has told me a lot about the comics he read growing up. What I'd like to do is get a collection of prints of comics that were printed on or around his birthday, October 16th 1926. I don't know how to do this though. There are also some serials such as Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers that I'd love to be able to find from the era when he was a kid. How do I go about this?
posted by substrate
on Oct 21, 2005 -
How do I buy my girlfriend glasses for her birthday?
Need advice on:
-maximizing my bang for my buck in some parts of this process so I can splurge in others (internet companies? good stores/eye exam people in Los Angeles?)
-how to make this a good gift
-general pitfalls [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Sep 8, 2005 -