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I would like to be invited back next year...

I'll be spending my second Christmas with my boyfriend's lovely family, and want to get them a gift they'll enjoy. Unfortunately, I don't know them that well, and feel pretty stuck. Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Dec 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Holiday Gift for Traveling Brother

I need to figure out a delightful holiday gift for my travelling brother (and perhaps his girlfriend as well). Help me earn Awesome Big Sister Points! [more inside]
posted by couch fort dinner party on Nov 20, 2014 - 5 answers

What should I give my temporary neighbor as a going-away present?

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 - 23 answers

Gifts for 18 yr old nephew about to travel then start university

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 - 21 answers

Gifts to give to friends when traveling to their country

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 - 16 answers

Gift ideas for friends traveling to Africa and Thailand this summer

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 - 11 answers

What goods+services will make my travel easier?

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 - 28 answers

What goodies should we bring back to US from Hong Kong and Seoul?

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 - 5 answers

Giving Individualized Future Travel

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 - 81 answers

Better than a red phone box cookie tin

Gift ideas for home-bound expats? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on May 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Is it okay to surprise my best friend at the airport?

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 - 19 answers

New York Gifts?

Hi 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. Any ideas?
posted by Nayano on Jul 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Lacking knickknacks for backpacking

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 - 15 answers

Moving to Croatia. What do I need that I don't know I need.

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 - 8 answers

Gift for someone moving to Thailand?

What's a good gift for a dear friend moving from the United States to Thailand? [more inside]
posted by Cailifetsipe on Oct 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Gift(s) for girlfriend traveling in SE Asia?

Gift(s) for girlfriend traveling in SE Asia? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Jul 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Gifts to bring to an office in Ukraine from the US?

Gifts to bring to an office in Ukraine from the US? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Aug 2, 2009 - 5 answers

a gift for a traveller

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 - 18 answers

What is the greatest gift?

What gift should I bring to a 4-year-old half American, half-French girl living in Paris? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China?

What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness on Jan 31, 2009 - 26 answers

Help me enthusiastically welcome my man home!

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 - 36 answers

Birtday idea for mother turning 60?

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 - 3 answers

How to repay a free debt?

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 - 20 answers

What cool things should I buy in New Orleans?

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 - 29 answers

What to bring for symbolic gifts for academics?

Symbolic academic gifts for visiting scholar? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

How to stay 'connected' with my daughter while away from home?

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 - 26 answers

If I could think of a witty title, I wouldn't have to be wasting a question.

I need a cute catchphrase for a gift I'm giving. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Jan 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Delhi-gating Our Gift Budget

Broke-ass Americans taking a trip to India-- what to give as gifts to our hosts? (2007 update on someone else's AskMe question from 2005) [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Dec 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Transporting perishable gifts on a plane

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 - 16 answers

What gifts for German teens?

What are good gifts from the US for German teenagers? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 5, 2007 - 30 answers

What's a creative souvenir?

I need creative souvenir ideas. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Mar 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Gifts Become Her

I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in death. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by pinto on May 30, 2006 - 26 answers

uniquely swiss

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 - 18 answers

Help me find a great travel gift.

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 - 15 answers

How do I compensate my hosts?

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 - 26 answers

Gift for travelling mom?

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 - 15 answers

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