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 -