I need to get a Christmas present for my mom (I KNOW HOW LITTLE TIME THERE IS LEFT, THANK YOU!). I'd really like it to be related to our recent trip to Spain, ideally somehow either to the flamenco dancer Adrian Sanchez or to the Cortylandia display in Madrid. Any ideas welcome! [more inside]
The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
I am trying to find a great Christmas present for my sister. This year there are complications. [more inside]
My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
Can you help identify this Christmas Present? [more inside]
This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
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]
My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully? [more inside]
Help me think of an awesome movie and/or geeky christmas gift for my brother! [more inside]
I'm looking for gift ideas for an elderly blind person. [more inside]
What's a good alternative to exchanging Christmas gifts? We both have plenty of stuff. [more inside]
What should I give my grandad for Christmas? [more inside]
For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
Can you help me think of a neat way to give money to my sister to use toward a trip to Germany? A German-themed presentation for giving her money for Christmas? [more inside]
My plan to give my sister tickets to the Pee Wee Herman show on Broadway for Xmas failed (snowstorm, etc.). What equivalently awesome "experience" gift could I give her instead? [more inside]
The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
Suggestions for a relatively inexpensive but decent quality beer of the month club (or something similar)? [more inside]
GiftFilter: What should I get as a Christmas present for my cousin who's a guy, a music ed major, a junior in college, preppy, and sort of athletic? [more inside]
Any good alternatives to a pet monkey? [more inside]
What gift(s) could I request for Christmas that would make my life more interesting, social, or creative?
What gift(s) could I request for Christmas that would make my life more interesting, social, or creative? [more inside]
Every year I am at a loss of what to get my best friend for Christmas. He is a man who really has everything. He likes electronic gadgets but they are usually fairly expensive, and he usually wants something very specific that he ends up buying himself. When I ask him what he wants, he hems and haws and just says, “Nothing, I don’t need anything.” [more inside]
My brother is going to Thailand for a 3 month Muay Thai training camp and I want to get him a themed or appropriate Christmas present. Any thoughts? [more inside]
I had an idea for my sisters Christmas present, help me make it... [more inside]
My girlfriend wants superpowers. What should I get her for Christmas? [more inside]
Cluelesshusbandfilter: Ladies! Help a semi-clueless husband find a book bag for his lovely wife!!! [more inside]
Clever/pretty ways to "wrap" gifts that are just pieces of paper? [more inside]
Looking for a $15-25 white elephant gift that starts with the letter D [more inside]
Please help me find (online, or in a major Canadian store) some slippers that fit the following strict requirements: fluffy on the inside, thick comfy sole, and, most importantly, are closed around the heel without being a boot. It seems that everything I find that fits the first two requirements is clog-style, and that absolutely won't do. The closest I can find are moccasins, but the gift recipient doesn't like leather/fur. Any suggestions?
What should I get my kind, but difficult to shop for in-laws for Christmas? More details inside. [more inside]
Book filter: Getting a head start on Christmas presents - what books would you recommend for my kung fu instructing, deadwood watching, social work teaching freemason father? [more inside]
What do I get my Grandpa who can't do much anymore? [more inside]
I'd like to spend about $50-75 on booze for my secretary. Any ideas? [more inside]
Is there any way I can get my hands on some cool Scalino marble run pieces before Christmas? [more inside]
How do I buy a fashion-related gift for someone who knows WAY more about it than I do? [more inside]
My girlfriend gave me an iPod Nano for Christmas but I was going to ask for a iPod 60GB for my birthday. What can I do? [more inside]
Mathematically speaking, is there an optimal strategy towards gift selection while opening gifts during a white elephant gift exchange? [more inside]
LateChristmasGiftFilter: My dad and his wife are really into their RV. Any ideas as to what I can get them for their RV. [more inside]
Book suggestions for a 13-year-old. [more inside]
PresentFilter: I want some amazing socks for my wife, and perhaps a couple other things... Looking for mefite ideas. [more inside]
What's the most head scratch inducing present you've ever gotten?
What's the most head scratch inducing present you've ever gotten?
It's time again for my family to engage in the dreaded tradition of the 20 Questions gift (you can find my post about it last year here). Last year my mother guessed her gift in about 5 turns, so this year I'm DETERMINED to destroy her. Anyone have any good suggestions?
KrimmixPresentFilter: My husband (who does not visit Metafilter) is a musician and I'd like to get him either a lap steel or pedal steel guitar for Christmas. Since it would be rather obvious if I just randomly asked him what brands are good, etc., I thought that maybe some of the MeFiMusicians could help. If you were going to be given a lap or pedal steel, which one would you want?
I'm in the process of trying to buy Christmas presents for my father and his wife. My father likes science fiction (hard, mostly) and I've had luck with Vernor Vinge and Neal Stephenson in the past. His wife... doesn't, although I am told she likes biographies. Can anyone recommend some good hard sf or biographies that might go over well?