I am looking for book suggestions for my partner. He enjoys the historical and comical nature of Rabelais and Casanova's memoir. He also enjoys the style/ambition of Vladimir Nabokov. [more inside]
Hi all! I am a start-up founder and engineer, and am looking for some ideas to build/make something for my awesome and hardworking engineer employees for the holidays. My google-fu fails to find what I need. [more inside]
I'm looking for a gift for a 5YO who loves building things from diagrams. Snap Circuits were a huge hit. The obvious answer is LEGO, but 1) which LEGO set? and 2) what other building-from-instructions toys are out there? [more inside]
Hi all! For our wedding, we got a disc and rights to all of our photos, but no prints. As the holidays are approaching, we want to get some prints and nice frames to give close family. However, money is tight and we are lazy. What is the cheapest and easiest way to get a dozen or so prints and frames in standard sizes, at a quality level somewhere above we-bought-everything-at-the-dollar-store? Thanks!
I am traveling to Taiwan and my hosts requested a store-bought apple pie. [more inside]
Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
I have been given a blank check by my good friend's parents as a wedding gift, and I have not the slightest clue what I'm supposed to do with it. [more inside]
I have this friend I'd like to buy a gift for Christmas... Except I'm stumped on what they'd actually like. Difficulty level: eats only for sustenance, no scents or things that involve dealing with strangers, politely flees from novelty. Mends clothing and not due to lack of funds; refuses to throw out or change anything remotely functional. [more inside]
Hi - I have a staff of about 15 people who have been working valiantly for me lately and I want to give them a little morale booster. Ideally nothing in the form of sweets, and nothing that takes up a bunch of time from the day (like a trip to the movies or something). Any ideas? I can spend up to about $750 total.
How would you express your thanks, in the form of a group gift, to medical professionals in two offices -- which would include cardiac surgeon and his huge staff + a cardiologist and his smaller staff -- when you're barely making it down the stairs at this point and can't shop in person? [more inside]
A friend's birthday is coming up. He likes to play darts (plays in a league) and he likes to read. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for gifts that might combine both. [more inside]
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]
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?
What do you do with terrible art that has been gifted to you? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Help me brainstorm gifts for my daughter's early intervention team, who will be discharging us from care soon. [more inside]
Where can I find a nice-ish leather key chain that I could possibly have personalized? [more inside]
I finally found a stylist I love, and I want to get my shit together re: tipping/gifts. [more inside]
Hi AskMe! Can you help me give a gift to my boyfriend and maybe his parents? [more inside]
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...
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
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.
What should I bring to an acquaintance's 30th birthday gathering? Details and complicating factors inside. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?