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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

Please nobody tell me to get her 36 scented candles.

Birthday gift suggestions for 12/12/12? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Dec 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Pandora bracelets for my nieces, or ...?

Silver Pandora bracelets for teen nieces: Great idea, or old fogie fail? The girls are 14 and 16, in the US. Would this be something cool for them, or is there a new hotness along these lines that would more appreciated? (I'm working from thousands of miles, a different continent – and quite a few decades – away!) [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 10, 2012 - 32 answers

Sending gift baskets to the UK?

Can you recommend any gourmet gift basket companies that ship to the UK? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Calling All Metaphilter Mycophiles

Secret Santa gift for a mushroom obsessed coworker? Help me, Metaphilter Mycophiles! [more inside]
posted by JuliaIglesias on Dec 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Whatever happens, someone is putting in Crown Royal whisky and I'm stealing it.

I am looking for gift ideas for a Pollyanna gift exchange. The theme for the gift is "Royalty". The rules of the exchange allow various forms of trading so it doesn't have to be a gift targeted to any specific type of individual, just fit the theme. The participants are adults. Price range would be $25-$50.
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Is there a tool like the Dremel that I can buy as a great gift?

What 'cool tools' have come out since the Dremel? I'm looking for a tool as fun to use and versatile as a Dremel, for home use, and with a budget. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Dec 8, 2012 - 28 answers

Fly fisherman: is there a fifty dollar gift out there I could buy you that you wouldn't buy for yourself?

Fly fisherman: is there a fifty dollar gift out there I could buy you that you wouldn't buy for yourself? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Dec 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Best of the Best: Your Best Gift Guides

I'm looking for more gift guides like these. What do you have? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Help to be become a better xmas shopper

How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I make a loan to a friend work?

I'd like to loan someone some money (a few thousand dollars). A friend needs it to finish school, and they don't have any good, low-interest options. I don't mind losing the money and forgiving the loan if they fall into hardship, but it would be a financial blow that I want to avoid; making it a straight up gift from the getgo is not appealing. Is it possible to have a bank or credit union draw up the loan and service it for a flat fee? Any other ways to make the whole thing impersonal, legal, and low-hassle for me, while keeping it forgiveable at my discretion without impacting my friend's credit? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Awesome little brother needs awesome shirts

Help me pick out a Threadless shirt for my Halo-playing, deathcore-loving little brother. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Do you have any experience with smartphone/touchscreen gloves? Recommendations?

Do you have any experience with smartphone/touchscreen gloves? Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Christmas Wish List Headache

[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Nov 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Gifting on a shoestring...

Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Need a "spiritual" gift idea.

I am trying to find a Christmas gift that is "good for the spirit." [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce on Nov 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Gifts for the knitter who apparently already has everything?

I would like to get a good gift for someone who is an avid knitter. She's already got a set of just about every needle type I know of (bamboo, double ended, circular, etc) so I think needles are pretty much out of the question. I thought about some nice yarn, but since that's kind of project-specific it'd be a bit presumptuous. So what awesome must-have and never knew it kind of gear would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PantsOfSCIENCE on Nov 26, 2012 - 37 answers

I picked it out just for you! Sorta.

Best oh-my-god-I-love-it gifts for people you don't know very well? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Nov 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Help me by a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala.

Help me buy a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Hero/Genius title in jeopardy

I'm in jeopardy of losing my hero/genius status due to not being able to find pure cashmere socks (calf length) for my wife. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Nov 22, 2012 - 10 answers

A stupid Xmas question in November...

Christmas gift filter. Difficulty : I know next to nothing about the recipient and the gift has to survive in my luggage from the UK to Aus. [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Nov 21, 2012 - 18 answers

What's a good option for using a tablet like a networked digital frame for sharing family photos?

What's a good option for using a tablet like a networked digital frame for sharing family photos? I'm looking for a fairly simple system for a mentally handicapped relative. [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Nov 21, 2012 - 8 answers

What's a good gift to buy for someone with depression and social anxiety?

What's a good gift to buy for someone with depression and social anxiety? For example, a pet (if I knew they wanted one). Bad example would be a video game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2012 - 21 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

Need a gift for a really nice guy!

Help me find a gift for a generous co-worker. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch on Nov 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Ideas for a quality birthday gift.

After a recent move and seeing the amount of "junk" we had accumulated together we are making an effort to buy quality over quantity. Help me find him a budget friendly birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by ridiculous on Nov 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Finding New US Money (bills)

As the holidays approach I'm again on the search for unused money in 20s, 10s, 5s, and 1s for gifts. I've been lucky over the years by finding the bank tellers that have ordered unused bills but there has to be a better more systematic way than going from bank to bank. Any suggestions? Thanks
posted by KneeDeep on Nov 12, 2012 - 5 answers

No more gifts please!

Would it be acceptable if we ask people to deposit money into an account for our son's education instead of giving gifts? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Nov 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Creative and fun activity books for kids

What are your favourite books for children with activities that they can do with minimal supervision? So far on the list, I have The Silver Spoon for Children (cooking), the Ed Emberley books (drawing), maybe Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World (random creative activities)? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Nov 8, 2012 - 11 answers

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