I recently travelled 8,000 miles home to visit family and see my sick grandad for possibly the last time. I brought $150s worth of gifts across for them from Montreal, Toronto, Paris, Lorraine, and Iceland. Now my mum is demanding an extra, more expensive gift that I post to my brother because his car broke down after he'd given me a lift to the airport. Reasonable or unreasonable? How would you navigate this? [more inside]
I'm buying CDs for a friend to fill in his jazz collection. What are good online resources to help me pick the best discs? [more inside]
I am visiting my boyfriend's family for Christmas. His parents and two of his younger brothers (still in school) will be there, and I've met each of them very briefly. They celebrate Christmas with gift exchanges, but I was thinking about giving them cash, partly because I feel I don't know them well, partly because I don't want to travel with lots of boxes, and partly because cash is a perfectly acceptable gift in my culture (for New Year's Day). I've asked my boyfriend and he seemed lukewarm, but not entirely against it. Is this an absolutely horrible idea? If it's not, what is a good amount that says I'm not stingy, but also also not trying to bribe them?
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]
Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
What coffee-tableish books would you like to get for around US$300 to $400? Alternatively, what books would make good gifts? [more inside]
What were some great, memorable gifts you've received? [more inside]
i want to get a great gift for my friend's daughter, who is turning 1 year old next week. [more inside]
I'm building a baby registry. a) What was your absolute most-used, wouldn't-survive-without-it thing you had on your baby registry? b) And what were you absolutely certain you'd use all the time that just gathered dust? [more inside]
Just received a postcard from Sephora informing me that they have a free birthday gift waiting for me in the store. Which other companies offer free gifts or deals if they know it's your birthday?
Where can I find decorative, collectible knives (not necessarily handmade) in the Portland, Oregon area? [more inside]
I'd like to get/make a gift for a breast cancer survivor. I am moderately crafty. Gift ideas? [more inside]
I need awesome gift ideas for a friend moving to Minneapolis. [more inside]
Please help me: a) procure 2-5 pith helmets (natural straw type), inexpensively; b) procure material to make matching cat ears; c) add cat ears to pith helmets, in "airplane ears" or "listening behind" position, because cat safari is serious business. Found $15/helmet source for (a), but wonder if there's a less expensive way. For (b), I have no real clue - what should I even buy? Very thin chair caning supplies? Tiny willow branches from a nearby tree? Any ideas? [more inside]
What Lego-related gift should I get in the USA for a bright 5 year old Australian with Asperger spectrum issues? He likes Lego and has a particular interest in Legoland in San Diego. I want something that costs no more than $20 and I'd rather leave presents of actual Lego to his parents.
What is the most thoughtful gift you have given to (or received from) your spouse or SO? [more inside]
Are birthday themes the same as anniversary themes (e.g., gold, silver, paper, etc.)? If not, is there a separate set of themes for birthdays? My gf's 60th is coming up, and while i'm sure she'd be happy to have something with diamonds no matter what, I'd prefer not to limit myself that way if 60 is not "the diamond birthday", and especially not if 60 is some other kind of birthday. OTOH, if there is a theme for 60, it may help me with my long-standing case of CMGS (Clueless Male Gifting Syndrome).
Great gift idea for someone about to drive cross-country (USA)? [more inside]
Should I invite friends to our wedding that I'm not that close to and/or haven't really stayed in touch with? Do people think of wedding invitations as obligations to give gifts? Would it be really awkward? Or am I over-thinking this and I should just invite whoever I want to invite? [more inside]
I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
Can you recommend a gourmet food delivery service in the UK? [more inside]
Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
Urgent birthday present vintage fashion help: Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull. [more inside]
A good buddy of mine has offered to buy me an excessively generous gift. What do I say? [more inside]
I'm going to buy a filleting knife as a gift. Which make should I buy? [more inside]
I am visiting Venezuela and will be staying with a 30-something woman whom I have never met. What should I bring to thank her for her hospitality? I am in Brooklyn if that makes a difference.
Question about giving baby gifts in a difficult situation. [more inside]
I need some gift ideas, please. Giftee #1 is a very active three-year-old boy who lives out in the country and loves mud puddles. Giftees #2 & #3 are his parents, who are very into their hobby farm complete with chickens, ducks, sheep, horses, mules, etc. Price range for the parents is $100-$300; for the kid, I'm just looking for fun things that a little boy might like to do in the summertime--I'm willing to spend up to $100 but it doesn't necessarily need to be expensive, just fun. Also please note that it doesn't get very hot where we live. Thanks!
Gift. The theme? Cats or photography or both. [more inside]
Boston-specific (or not) graduation gift? [more inside]
Gift ideas for home-bound expats? [more inside]
What (relatively useful) items/gifts can I make out of beautiful fabric? I'm developing a dangerous Spoonflower addiction. [more inside]
Question for the "guess culture" people: If a friend wants to leave a gift I gave her behind at my house for a year, is that likely to be her way of saying she doesn't really want it? Does that mean I can treat the gift as mine? [more inside]
What's a good thank you gift for the people who helped me survive school? [more inside]
What NYC or Brooklyn-specific gift can I get for twin girls age 4-5 who I 've never met but know they have everything, are probably reading beyond their age level, etc. My budget is around $20-30 total. I don't know anything about this age group or whether the parents are pro/against princess/barbie stuff and I'd like to avoid gender-stereotyping gifts anyway. Ideas? Thanks!
Back in the days of yore, my (almost) 77 year old father was quite the geek and maker, but never a programmer. Fast- forward to today and he can no longer work on big building projects and spends much of his time with his iPad and TV. We've been discussing what kinds of "doing" projects he'd like to work on, but the obvious contender of an Arduino is maybe a little difficult as I'm not in Australia to help him out with the programming side of things. What great projects have you known senior geeks to get into? [more inside]
How to handle well-intended but inconsiderate and unwanted gifts? [more inside]
We've been invited to a wedding brunch/shower at a restaurant in NYC and I've already RSVP'd that we're attending - should I be expecting that we have to pay for our meal? [more inside]
I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
Quirky shops that ship to the UK and accept orders from the US? [more inside]
What should I include in a "stress relief care package" to be delivered to my stressed and overworked girlfriend at work? [more inside]
Do people give their graduate advisors presents following a successful defense? What would qualify? [more inside]
What should I get my sister for her (Roman Catholic) confirmation? Wrinkle: I'm an atheist. [more inside]
Techie mother's day gift for a non-techie mother. [more inside]
Good birthday gift for geek boyfriend costing less than $20? [more inside]
My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
A friend of mine has Hashimotos and just (happily) got pregnant. She's super worried about her pregnancy and I'd love to send her a care package, but I know there's tons of exclusions of food for both pregnancy and Hashimotos, so I'd love some input on what would make her day!
Do I get a gift for this very senior person in my company who took the time to speak with me and bought me lunch? [more inside]
Help me choose some outdoorsy birthday presents for my boyfriend! He likes to hike and he just bought an inflatable rubber raft. [more inside]