My landlord has been subletting his apartment to an elderly Japanese woman for a couple months, and I've been acting as sort of a superintendent while the landlord's away, helping her out with navigating the language barrier, our building's eccentricities, and other issues that would normally be brought to the landlord. When she moved in she brought me a lovely gift of Japanese rice crackers, and during the time she's been here she's brought me a few other small gifts (fruits from the farmer's market, pastries from a local bakery), presumably in thanks for my help. She is incredibly sweet and I've enjoyed interacting with her, and I'd like to get her a small gift when she leaves next month. But I'm at a loss for what! I'm thinking something non-perishable she can take back with her, but alcohol doesn't seem appropriate, and I'm not sure about chocolate, either, which is my usual go-to after booze. Any ideas? We're in Berkeley, CA if that helps.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Mar 19, 2014 -
My nephew's birthday is coming up - this summer he will be travelling by rail in Europe with friends then starting university (degree in Chemistry) in September. I want to get him two birthday gifts - one for each. My first thoughts were something like a decent stationery set or laptop bag for college, and maybe a multi-language phrase book (if such a thing exists) for his summer adventure. But these seem obvious and I would appreciate more ideas before I go shopping. If it were you, about to turn 18 and excited about the future, what would you appreciate? [we are in UK and he will be studying here]
posted by Hugobaron
on Feb 25, 2014 -
I'm going to Turkey from the US, and have a ton of friends there- some that are quite close and I'll be getting nicer presents for (perfume, nice American brand named clothes), and others that I'm not as close to but will still see and need to give a small gift to. Please help me figure out what that small gift should be. [more inside]
posted by cacao
on Feb 10, 2014 -
I have several good friends who will be traveling abroad this summer to work with elephants in Thailand and wildlife in Zimbabwe. I wanted to get them each something that would be thoughtful, useful or fun, especially in a foreign land. I have never traveled abroad, so I am having a hard time deciding what is needed or wanted when one is in Thailand or Africa.
So, I am looking for something small and not terribly expensive. What would you have wanted on your trip to Thailand and/or Africa?
posted by Seppaku
on May 4, 2013 -
In the next few months I anticipate much U.S. domestic air travel for job interviews. What sorts of goods and services can I acquire (or put on my holiday wish list) that will make the traveling part of this process easier? [more inside]
posted by grouse
on Nov 18, 2012 -
My husband and I are traveling to Hong Kong and Seoul very soon. What are some things we should buy and bring back for ourselves and as gifts for family/friends/colleagues? [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway
on Oct 27, 2012 -
My friend is getting married and has requested that instead of a present wedding attendees give money to facilitate post wedding travel. I would like to give them some travel related gift other than money. Is this wrong? [more inside]
posted by Xurando
on Sep 25, 2012 -
Would it be inappropriate to surprise your best friend at the airport who has been on a long international flight?
She'll be arriving alone in Abu Dhabi from Toronto this evening. We haven't seen each other in about five months. See further details below: [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985
on Aug 26, 2011 -
I am visiting NY city October-November 2011. Last year I brought back to Australia the Staples 'Easy' button for the 4 people I managed as gifts. That was a great success!!
This year I manage 20 people. I need distinctively New York gifts, under $5 each, light to pack, suitable for office workers.
posted by Nayano
on Jul 1, 2011 -
I'm leaving tomorrow from Boston for a round-the-world trip - what easily packed knickknacks should I bring to exchange or give away to new friends? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I'm leaving for Croatia in a week and have been offered a going away present. What do I need that I don't know I need? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames
on Oct 22, 2010 -
My partner is about to go backpacking meditating in India for over a month. I'll be missing his birthday--what useful, light gift(s) can I get him in the $50 range? [more inside]
posted by stray
on Jun 10, 2009 -
I always like it when men pick women up from the airport holding a bouquet of flowers for them, and I'd like to do something similar for my boyfriend... but get him something a little more masculine. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 17, 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 -
How do you repay someone who has made your past 1+ year so nice and easy? My specific information inside... [more inside]
posted by jwfree
on Jul 10, 2008 -
Going to be in New Orleans for the next 36 hours. Please recommend to me unique NOLA gifts I can bring back home to my friends and colleagues! [more inside]
posted by melorama
on Apr 8, 2008 -
I'm looking for ideas for things to give my daughter before I go away for 3 weeks. [more inside]
posted by valleys
on Feb 11, 2008 -
Help me get important, perishable gifts home through 18 hours of plane flights! (Cream/Cake thing, Chocolate truffle thing, and hard-cider-like thing!) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose
on Oct 24, 2007 -
I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in
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posted by pinto
on May 30, 2006 -
My friend is traveling to Switzerland for a week and asked if I wanted anything from there. What is something that is uniquely Swiss that I can't readily get myself, and wouldn't be a hassle to take through customs?
posted by ding3r
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Help me find a travel gift for my mother, who's about to head off to Europe. [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Aug 14, 2005 -
Hypothetical: You're abroad, temporarily resident in the home of strangers. Not a vacation. The shelter was voluntarily offered at no cost. You are vastly rich by comparison to your host/hostess. But you know they will refuse any money you give them, no matter what--it's not a coy negotiation technique. Gifts of baubles and luxuries aren't needed so much as basics. You can give the children sweets, but if you do anything more appropriate, such as buy meat for the household or pay to have the well pump fixed, your hosts will truly be insulted. Yet, you cannot leave without doing something: your religion/conscience/mother/employer requires it, and you might be back. There are no "oh, s/he's a foreigner" excuses. How do you monetarily or otherwise successfully compensate your hosts so everyone retains honor?
posted by Mo Nickels
on Dec 16, 2004 -
GiftFilter: My mother will be traveling to Honduras after Christmas as part of a medical mission. She’ll be working in extremely remote areas. I’d like to get her something for Christmas that would be useful for the trip. [mi] [more inside]
posted by bibliowench
on Dec 14, 2004 -