When I lived in London, I used to bring US friends stuff from Harrods or Harvey Nichols as gifts. Now that I live in LA, what roughly equivalent gifts could I send to people in the UK? Bonus points if it's specifically related to LA, although just US related is good too. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind
on Oct 19, 2007 -
I need a present for my sister's 40th birthday. turning 40 isn't going to be easy for her and I'm looking for something that'll take some of the sting out of it.
posted by mirileh
on Jul 19, 2007 -
A couple of my friends are moving to Glasgow, Scotland for at least a year to play music and do the young Australian abroad thing for a while. I'd like to combine their farewell and wedding present (slightly belated) into a gift voucher they can use once they've moved over there. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pipstar
on Jul 12, 2007 -
A good friend is getting married September 1st and I'm interested in buying for her and the Mr. a certificate for an at-home cooking lesson for the two of them--they've taken cooking classes before and dug them so I thought it might be fun for them to do it at home in their new place with their new stuff.
We/they live in Chicago--does anybody have any recommendations for places? I've come up with a few on Google but I want to see if anyone's had any personal experience with this since it seems a lot of it would depend on good customer service.
posted by clairezulkey
on Jul 12, 2007 -
My grandma recently gave me $500 to buy something lasting to remember her by. My first thought was watch, but I have a watch, so I am hoping for good suggestions of lasting items in that price range (I like ebay). I would like something unique, but maybe there is something that all men should own that I am just not thinking of.
posted by ouchitburns
on Jul 10, 2007 -
Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Jul 1, 2007 -
I saw someone on the street recently wearing a black baseball cap that had "evolutionist" written on it. I've searched online since then to see where I could buy one, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know where I can get one?
posted by jsmolenski
on May 19, 2007 -
Is it possible to selectively mirror windows to a second screen (projector) on Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by rbs
on Apr 9, 2007 -
Suggestions for portrait painters in Vancouver or San Francisco? We're trying to find a painter to commission two portraits for an anniversary present. The painter should be within striking distance to either city and have portraits in their portfolio. And yes, we are generally thinking of paintings, but should you know of a fantastic photographer in the same vein, post it here too. [more inside]
posted by fionab
on Mar 27, 2007 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 7, 2007 -
Mathematically speaking, is there an optimal strategy towards gift selection while opening gifts during a white elephant gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo
on Dec 17, 2006 -
My close friend's baby is due within a few weeks after her birthday. What can I give her for her birthday that she will enjoy in the coming weeks and months?
posted by sueinnyc
on Sep 6, 2006 -
What to get a 4 year old boy for his birthday? I know nothing about 4 year olds or boys... [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Jul 13, 2006 -
A friend whose birthday is approaching would love a very nice King James Bible. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, possibly leather-bound KJV Bible, perferably between $50 and $100?
posted by xorowo
on May 24, 2006 -
Creative, clever gift-filter. I need an appropriate gift for each of two separate occasions in June: My mom's retirement, and my ex-girlfriend's wedding. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3
on May 22, 2006 -
I'm looking for small gift suggestions: a co-worker of mine recently learned that her daughter needs a second knee surgery, and she (my co-worker) has to take several weeks off work to care for her daughter, who will be mostly home-bound for a month. Both mother and daughter are depressed and stressed out by the prospect, and I want to get something for them to enjoy when the daughter (who is in her 20s) is recuperating. I'm looking to spend around $25.
posted by Harvey Birdman
on Apr 5, 2006 -
Gift for dear friends, who are stinky rich and have everything they want/need? Interests inside. [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo
on Dec 28, 2005 -
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]
posted by nickerbocker
on Dec 28, 2005 -
OldLiquorFilter: Help me find a decent bottle of something 23 years old and containing alcohol. [more inside]
posted by kalimac
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I want some amazing socks for my wife, and perhaps a couple other things... Looking for mefite ideas. [more inside]
posted by asavage
on Dec 1, 2005 -
SayonaraFilter: I've shared an office with a colleague for 3 years and tomorrow is his last day. I would very much like to get him some sort of sincere gift, but he doesn't drink booze or eat chocolate, so that's both my plans nixed already. To make matters worse... [more inside]
posted by russmail
on Nov 10, 2005 -
GiftFilter: Help me pick out a gift for my wife for her birthday. She doesn't want jewelry, perfume, stock-options etc. The birthday is coming up in two and a half weeks and if it is something I can get in NYC (or in London - will be there in two weeks) even better. Something unique and thoughtful. All suggestions welcome. Price range $50 - $250.
posted by turbanhead
on Nov 2, 2005 -
I'm in the UK and want to send a present to someone in New York for tomorrow. Help please. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo
on Jun 29, 2005 -
Giftfilter: My best friend graduates this week from nursing school, and I want to get her something relatively inexpensive, clever, life-changing, useful and/or meaningful. [more inside]
posted by gatorae
on Apr 23, 2005 -
Neil Gaiman describes a Christian abbot thusly:
The abbot had known that this day would bring pilgrims. The knowledge was part of his dreams; it surrounded him, like the darkness. So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.
Is anyone aware of any Christian teaching that anticipation is to be avoided? To modern ears Gaiman's passage sounds so be-here-now Buddhist. I am aware of the passage in Matthew where Jesus says "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself," which is pretty explicit, but has this notion ever been taken up and turned into formal doctrine by any branch of the church, or has any historically important theologian ever grabbed this particular ball and run with it?
posted by jfuller
on Mar 20, 2005 -
My mum will be 65 on March 18. She can just about buy anything her wee little heart desires. I cannot because money is, well, in short supply. What should I get/buy/do for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by deborah
on Mar 8, 2005 -
What's the most head scratch inducing present you've ever gotten?
posted by fenriq
on Dec 17, 2004 -
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?
posted by emptybowl
on Nov 29, 2004 -
I'd like to show my appreciation to the gardien
of my apartment building. He helped me carry a washing machine up 8 floors some months ago, and he's a real nice guy. However, he's a practicing Muslim, so a bottle of wine won't do. In France, people often give an end-of-year gift for Christmas to the postman, etc. Ramadan is ending soon and the Eid is coming up. He's a fairly young, single guy, and recently he's had back trouble. Any ideas, seasonal or no?
Tips and thank you gifts always feel a bit weird to me. They can feel feudal or mafia-like ("I owe
you"). Maybe I shouldn't give anything and just keep being a friendly, appreciative neighbor.
posted by Turtle
on Nov 10, 2004 -
: 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?
posted by stefnet
on Nov 8, 2004 -
What's a cool "virtual" gift to buy someone? (ie. Something that doesn't come in a box through the mail.) Amazon gift vouchers are so passé.
posted by Mwongozi
on May 19, 2004 -
A vaguely Xmas-related post: Why does curling ribbon curl?
posted by adamrice
on Dec 24, 2003 -
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?
posted by Karmakaze
on Dec 12, 2003 -