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?
Good birthday gifts for someone moving from a townhouse to a single family home? [more inside]
How do I give gifts to two friends in dire financial straits, so that they won't be offended? [more inside]
Tween Filter: My twin nieces turn ten in two weeks and my new reputation as the cool auntie is at stake. I know nothing about kid culture. Help me figure out what to give them for their birthdays, please! [more inside]
What (item) do you wish you had when you graduated from college? [more inside]
Crouching Homeowner, Hidden Giftgiver: What do I do (and what would you do?) about an unknown person who continues to leave free items in my front garden after I've asked them not to? Tantalizing Details Inside! [more inside]
Care package ideas for a new journalism grad student and New Yorker- [more inside]
My girlfriend is going to be moving from far away to live with me for at least a couple of months. I want to do something nice with my place that will make her feel welcome when she arrives. But what? [more inside]
What item do you use all the time and wonder how you ever lived with without it? [more inside]
Onward Unitarian soldier, marching as to the interconnected web of humanity of which we are all a part
What's a nice goodbye and good luck present for a former boss of similar age and temperament? [more inside]
What to monogram for a gift for a new baby girl? [more inside]
How do I find out the cost of booze in (Chattanooga) Tennessee when I'm in (Ottawa) Ontario? [more inside]
GenderWarriorFilter: Help me find a gift for a five year old girl that in NO WAY involves princesses. Oh yeah, I should mention that I'd prefer that she also not hate said gift. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for memoirs published in the past two years. [more inside]
When I was a child in the 80s, one of my relatives in the UK used to send me a beautiful diary each year. I would love to know if it is still being published. [more inside]
What present should my mother get for her 13/14 year old nephew? Complications within. [more inside]
My friend is getting married in a few months. I like to give gifts that have some thought or meaning behind them. A long long time ago, my friend was on a few episodes of the Nickelodeon show Kid's Court. Need help tracking down where I could find electronic copies of this tv-show. [more inside]
Help me build a "Post-Wedding Recovery Kit" [more inside]
How do you repay someone who has made your past 1+ year so nice and easy? My specific information inside... [more inside]
I'm in need of Nintendo DS recommendations for a 7 year old boy. [more inside]
Best day spa near Bayside, NY? For my grandmother who just turned 90!
Please help me find something decent to get my sister & brother-in-law as a belated wedding gift. [more inside]
Help me find a good racing school course! [more inside]
My first baby shower is tomorrow... what do I do? How do these things work? [more inside]
My mom's birthday is this weekend, and I really want to replace her Kodak Easyshare C310 camera. Unfortunately... its discontinued by Kodak and I simply cant find it anywhere else. Help! [more inside]
I just found out my 14 year old niece broke both her femur and tibia and will be in a cast from hip to toe for the next 6 weeks! I want to put together a care package - any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm a bit confused about whether to use the past or future tense in a message with a wedding gift, given the message arrives before the wedding but the gift arrives after. To quote the wedding list website 'Your gifts will be packed in presentation boxes and delivered to the couple with the rest of their gifts, after their wedding. They will, however, be notified of your gift today and sent your personal message' Do I hope they had a wonderful wedding or do I hope they do have a wonderful wedding?
Thoughtful Gift for 80's metallers? [more inside]
What should I do with a gifted Steel Drum? [more inside]
My boyfriend is advancing to PhD candidacy today, and will be giving a talk to his committee and all that jazz. He's been a stress case about this for weeks, understandably, and I'd like to do something nice for him to celebrate. Ideas? [more inside]
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.
So what are you getting for your mom on mothers day? [more inside]
What's the likelihood that I can return a gift to me purchased from Tiffany's (with receipt) and get cash back? [more inside]
How do I send Tofu Panang to my mother? [more inside]
My brother is graduating from law school soon and my sister and I are looking for a gift or gifts. We usually spend around $50/person for things like this, although we'd be wiling to go a little higher. [more inside]
Do you suppose a bottle of vodka is a sufficient thank you for someone who puts together a new computer for you, goes and buys it, loads xp, Office, and whole bunch of other software, then brings it into work with the promise that if I bring in my hd he'll transfer all files over whilst at work? A bottle of vodka?
My good friends' cat just died. What can I get them/do for them? [more inside]
What is a good First Communion gift for my nephew/godson? [more inside]
Gifts for a stock picker: I'm looking for a thoughtful gift for my secretary. She loves to play the market, so I thought that I could buy her a Vanguard gift certificate or something and let her speculate with the money, but that doesn't seem to be possible. Any suggestions? I'd like to spend around $100. Thanks!
Feelin' in the gift-giving mood for my dearest boy. Am not so much feeling the ideas, for once. Suggestions? [more inside]
Unique gift ideas for surprise birthday/care package for female friend in the UK for under $50 (not including shipping)? [more inside]
What date acquired and cost basis should I put for two items reported on a 1099-B, when there are several unknowns? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for some clever ideas for treats for my ultimate frisbee "secret buddy." They need to be small (not much larger than a big candy bar) and inexpensive (~$5). I don't really know this person that well, but I would like to be more thoughtful than just slipping her a candy bar with a note saying "good luck!". I think puns are more than called for in this situation, especially if they relate to ultimate or geology.
I've just been asked to the godfather of a 13 y.o. kid. I'd also like to present him with something which codifies the responsibilities of a godparent. What are some traditional gifts/symbols that go along with this? [caveat inside] [more inside]
Help me be generous, but not too generous. I'm doing a guest lecture tomorrow evening with a bunch of masters-level students that incorporates a simulation exercise in groups. On a whim, I'm thinking it would be fun to spice things up and award prizes to participants/groups based on various criteria...but of course, I'm (a) not willing to break the bank on it; and (b) not prepared to give up a lot of time (nor do I want to look like I'm trying too hard to be liked, because I'm not - I just think the experience will be more fun for everyone, and chiefly myself, if the students have a sense that there's an ante). What can I give away that's no more than $1-2 per student out of pocket, but not totally lame? [more inside]
Urgent: Help me find a business that does same-day delivery of chocolate or other treats in Manhattan. [more inside]
What's a good gift for a friend I don't know that well but is doing me a huge favor by acting as my guarantor for a student visa? [more inside]
I'm organizing a scientific meeting that will be held in late April. The attendees will be astronomers with a mathematical bent. We'd like to give them a "free" gift, but not the usual T-shirts and mugs. We thought of flash drives, but attendees probably have one already. Please give me your suggestions. Difficulty: (1) Can't spend more than $20/person. (2) Must have room for logos of five sponsors.
Symbolic academic gifts for visiting scholar? [more inside]