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What would be the best gift for a tank enthusiast, somewhere in the UK?

I want to get a special gift for a friend of mine who is mad about tanks. There are various places in the UK you can have a tank driving experience but I don't know how to choose between them. What is cool about driving a tank, or tanks in general? What would an enthusiast most like to experience? Personally I'd like to pile across a field of battle blowing the shit out of enemy equipment - but I assume that's not available as a civilian experience.
posted by fernbritton on Jul 20, 2013 - 3 answers

 

"Cocktail Set" & "Expensive Hard Liquor" Hipster Brother's BDAY for 150

My late 20's hipster brother has requested "expensive hard liquor" and a "cocktail set" for his birthday present. I haven't drank in years, so I don't know what expensive hard liquor would really impress this kid. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Jul 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Welcome-to-Canada gifts for a young boy

A boy, age 8-ish, is immigrating to Canada from another highly industrialized country. He speaks no English and has had very little exposure to North American culture. Other than candy, books (we have plenty) and hockey-related items, what could I put in a "Welcome to Canada" gift basket that would serve as a crash course in pop culture here, so that he might have an easier time when school starts in September?
posted by paperback version on Jul 5, 2013 - 22 answers

Apparently I suck at giving gifts, need advice

Fiancee blew up over my birthday gift-giving faux pas and can't seem to get over it, is this situation salvegable? Lots more below [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 90 answers

Something Special from 1943

My Dad is turning 70 in a few weeks and I would really like to buy him something special that was made in 1943. I have looked around and there are a few ridiculously expensive vintage wines and some very kitschy coin collections but I have not been able to find anything that really fits. [more inside]
posted by mr.ersatz on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me figure out an awesome adventure-y anniversary gift

I'm searching for an awesome 5th anniversary gift, made from wood or silver, with an adventure-y theme (this can be pretty loosely interpreted). It'll be a supplement to a primary gift I've already splurged on, so I'm looking for something <$100. My only idea so far has been a compass, but the wooden ones are more like decorative desk sets (I'd prefer something practical and usable) and the silver ones are either really expensive or really ugly. It's for a man, and he doesn't wear much jewelry. And I need to be able to get it by Friday. Help!
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 19, 2013 - 7 answers

What awesome contraband can I give my newly-not pregnant friend?

My friend will be having her second baby today after an uncomfortable pregnancy (extreme nausea + Houston heat). I want to make her a gift basket of stuff she couldn't use while pregnant - booze, cigarettes, soft cheeses, processed meats. What else can I get her? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Jun 17, 2013 - 41 answers

Help me find a good book for my father.

I just learned that my dad already has the 2 spy/crime novels I was planning to get him for Father's Day. Can you offer me some alternative suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Jun 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Why do I hate gifts?

I realized recently that I don't remember the last time I liked a gift I received from my partner or a close friend or family member. The more expensive the gift, the more I dislike it. Of the last four gifts I received from my fiancé I returned all four back to the store. I always find fault with them and I get positively angry that this money was spent on such an undeserving object. I find myself almost shaking as I drive back to the store to return the gift. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 44 answers

What can I do for my downstairs neighbors?

My downstairs neighbors are two of the sweetest people I know. They've done me many favors, from bringing food to inviting me for dinner to watching my cat. I would like to do something in return, but can't think of anything I could do that's equivalent to their generosity. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jun 5, 2013 - 25 answers

American toys for German kids

What are some great gifts I could bring from the US (northeast) to kids in Germany who range in age from 3 to 8 years old? What cool kid stuff is available in the US that might be novel for kids in Germany these days?
posted by plantbot on May 8, 2013 - 6 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

Birthday/Graduation gift for my techie, forestry-bound nephew?

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 - 14 answers

Can I purchase my sister's student loan debt?

I have money in need of investment and my sister has student loans. Can I pay them off and then have her pay me a smaller rate of interest? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Apr 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Wedding night prep, what do I need to get ready?

1. I want to deck out the hotel room. We're staying at a Denver Marriott for the wedding night before flying out. I want roses, candles etc... all nice and romantic. Will the marriott put out candles, rose petals, roses and chocolate strawberries for me? I'll be coming from faraway in the mountains, so if they could do it for me that would be awesome. 2. We're doing gift exchange between eachother. Any ideas what I should get my bride?
posted by snow_mac on Apr 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Nifty, gifty shopping in London?

LondonCommerceFilter: Business trip to London (from US) coming up, and I've got a free initial jetlag day that I'd like to spend shopping-- preferably for cool, unique, not-too-expensive, suitable-for-gifting items I'd be unlikely to find in the US. I'm specially interested in women's accessories (scarves, jewelry); toys and games; (travel-friendly) foods; tchotchkes; and used/antique books. Any must-visit shops? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Apr 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Difficile a trouver...

Heya French people! What small, US-made items are difficult to find in France that might make a nice gift? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

How to make housesitting a great experience for the housesitter

I have a friend who has volunteered to housesit/catsit for five days while I am away. She lives on the poverty line, but she won't accept payment for this. My house is much less convenient to her workplace than her house is, and she doesn't drive. I really want to do everything possible to show her my appreciation for her kindness. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Inspiring movies to give as a gift to my brother

[Family-issue-disguised-as-gift-suggestion filter] Please give me your recommendations for humorous and inspiring movies, especially about someone taking simple, practical steps to establish a balanced life. For snowflakey reasons detailed inside, I believe such a movie might be a helpful gift for my brother given his current life circumstances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Boligrafo Connoisseurs - Help me find the perfect pen!

I want to buy my dad a nice pen (preferably the Parker brand), but googling and amazoning around has only made me more confused about what pen to get. [more inside]
posted by nondescript on Mar 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Homemade Easter gifts. 3...2...1... GO

Homemade Easter gifts. Preferably edible - my friends and family are, like me, wretchedly gluttonous fiends but prefer the not super-processed or over-sweet stuff, so if it's got token fruit or something in then even better. I just realised there's like a week to go and I have no idea what to make these people. HALP.
posted by greenish on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Who will deliver an ice cream cake to a Seattle residence this weekend?

My two-year-old is insistent that we should give his aunt (my sister) an ice cream cake for her birthday on Sunday. Does one of Seattle's many specialty ice cream shops deliver to the Atlantic/Pratt Park area near downtown? I almost found success with Gelatiamo, but they only deliver to businesses. Her birthday is Sunday, but delivery tomorrow or Saturday would be fine, too, of course.
posted by maniactown on Mar 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Gift ideas for people going on a sailing trip

My parents are taking off in a couple of months to go sailing for a year. I'd love to get or make or do something for a farewell present, but I have no idea what. Help! [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Mar 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Birthday delivery ideas beyond flowers?

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 - 13 answers

What's a nice thank-you trinket for a former Angeleno?

My friend, a former Los Angeles resident, was kind enough to have me stay at her place in New York City for several days recently, while I was visiting. As a token of my gratitude, I want to send along some kind of LA-specific trinket - you know, something you'd put on your desk at work or your bureau or fridge or whatever, that says, "Hey: Los Angeles" to someone who knows the place. Ten bucks or less is the range. What would you get, if you were in my position?
posted by kensington314 on Feb 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Ideas for time-release secret messages and surprises?

In a few weeks I'll be traveling for the last time to a remote place that my young kids will continue to visit for the rest of their lives. I'd like to leave some thing(s) behind for them to find over the next few years that will be fun, secret, and remind them of me. Difficulty level: humid/salty conditions, and other visitors who I don't want to find the items. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Valentine's Day gift ideas for husband, imminent baby edition

Our first child is due in a few weeks and I would like to give him something extra romantic and special (maybe even a bit pampering) for V-Day before the big event. Desperately seeking suggestions, romantic gifting for men is hard! [more inside]
posted by annekate on Feb 1, 2013 - 5 answers

She's having a baby!

My bestest good friend of 20 years is pregnant! YAY! I'd like to get her something simple but awesome to commemorate this. What should I send? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jan 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Double Day: Gifts for a teenager?

In February, my brother will be the age I was when he was born---or, to put it another way, I will be twice his age for the one and only time. To celebrate "double day," I would like to send him a box of double things---like double mint gum. Unfortunately, the only double thing I can think of is gum and a whole box of gum just seems a tad bit uninspiring. So hive mind, what else can I send that would fit the "double day" theme?
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Jan 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Good gift ideas for new moms?

What are some good Birthday gift ideas for new mothers.... [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Graduation gift for close friend/older student?

One of my best friends is graduating soon from a MSN program. He is already well established in his career, but he took an opportunity to continue his education. He has decided to walk at the ceremony. The ceremony is out of town, and requires flying, not within driving distance. Because we love him and want to show our support, me and my family were planning on going to the ceremony, but the cost of the trip and the time off work is not really doable. Even if I went by myself, it is pretty expensive, so travel has been pretty much ruled out. We would like to get him a gift that would be meaningful and personal, since we can't be there to cheer him on. We thought about a small party, but that seems a little cheesy and routine. We would really like to do something special. Any ideas?
posted by flesti on Jan 11, 2013 - 4 answers

What are some specifically American foods (less perishable is better)?

I have a Hungarian friend with whom I exchange a large gift box every year at Christmas. She's moving to Australia to study this March, and so I want to send her a little extra care package when she moves, as I know it will be a hard relocation. In the past, I've sent her mostly non-edible goods (except for coconut M&Ms, which she loves, and Tabasco, sambal olec and Sriracha, as she hadn't tried them and we both love spicy foods). She has sent me a wealth of specifically Hungarian treats, including Erős Pista (a Hungarian spicy paste), poppy and nut cakes, Hungarian chocolates and jams, and even lozenges. I'd love to send her some typically American treats in my next box, but I can't think of what they might be! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mccn on Jan 8, 2013 - 57 answers

I'd like to give something to my cat sitter in a horrible situation.

My cat has died, which was horrible. Worse, I wasn't even home. I'd like to send my cat sitter something. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jan 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Awesome photographer books for a photographer

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 - 15 answers

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy?

Is there a way to approach unequal staff Christmas presents at my workplace that will not come off as me being jackassy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 50 answers

No puppies either; my sister would kill me.

What is the most awesome gift I can give a two year old these days? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 1, 2013 - 47 answers

Gift for a newborn baby

New parents: what is a useful gift for you/and or your newborn baby? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jan 1, 2013 - 35 answers

I like you, but I hate the gifts..

Is there a polite way to tell your significant other that you absolutely hate the gifts you've received from them for holiday? But wait!! I'm not being snooty for the reasons you'd think I would! More inside.. [more inside]
posted by baconandvodka on Dec 29, 2012 - 68 answers

R is for... really cool gift that begins with R?

I need to buy a few small gifts that begin with the letter R for a family gift exchange. My budget is $20, the potential recipients range from an 18 year old college freshman to a 70 year old. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

What Do You Give New Parents?

Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 23 answers

10 degrees of latitude south

GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Stocking Stuffers for Young Boys

Can you suggest some stocking stuffers for two boys, ages 11 and 13? They need to be inexpensive ($5ish) and ideally Amazon Prime items. Unsurprisingly, the boys like sports and video games. I'm a big reader though and I try to instill a reading habit in them when I can. [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Quirky gifts for cheap-ish

Interesting gifts for my family - give me some inexpensive gift ideas for weird, funny, creative, or out of the ordinary gifts. Bonus if I can order them online and get them on time for Xmas, still. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Elegant slanket = hopefully not an oxymoron

Is there such a thing as a "luxury" or "elegant" snuggie/slanket? If so, where can I buy it? I want to buy one for my grandmother but she will not appreciate bright colors, NFL logos, smiley faces, or similar. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Gift to help catalog antique pottery

I need help finding a gift for somebody who is a constant state of labeling and cataloging his collection of antiquities and pottery. What would help him? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

And A Partridge in a Pear TRee

I've been gifted a fruit basket. The problem is while there are lots of fruits I eat, I now find myself with a bunch of fat pears. Because I'm a picky eater, I don't like pears. However, since I'll be attending holiday parties, I figure there are probably some delicious pear recipes-cookies, desserts-that would allow me to share this gift with people who will actually enjoy them. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Dec 15, 2012 - 29 answers

Christmas gifts for an instructor

I'm an adult who has been taking private lessons on a musical instrument for most of this year, and I get along very well with the instructor. But what's most appropriate to do for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Dec 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Gift ideas for a 6-month tour, a 6-month tour...

You just retired from being a high school English teacher and are now about to embark on a long mutiple country voyage on a boat with your husband. What would be an awesome gift for you from a former student, assuming space on the boat is limited? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Dec 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Is it appropriate to give a holiday gift to a nurse?

Should my father give Christmas gifts to my mother's nurses? [more inside]
posted by amro on Dec 13, 2012 - 16 answers

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