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Make my husband look like a Seattle native.

We are moving to Seattle in August. I'm looking for recommendations for "quintessentially Seattle" attire to get my husband for his birthday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2014 - 31 answers

The Big 3-0

I have a friend who is turning 30 at the end of this week. She's still quite a new friend, but I really like her and I think we'll probably have quite a long-lasting friendship, and so would like to get her a thoughtful gift. The thing is, I absolutely SUCK at choosing gifts, even for my closest friends/family, and the thought of it stresses me out. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Mar 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for an awesome wedding present involving preparation of cheese

My dear friend got married late last year and I'm a little behind on sending him and his new wife a wedding present. I'd like to find them something ~$50, related to cheese (like a cheese smoker or a really cool cutting board—they love cheese and will be opening a small cheese shop soon). I'm having a very hard time finding such a thing. They also like vintage, retro, rockabilly, steampunk and the like. They are in California and I am in England; sending them something from the US would be preferable but if there's something uniquely British here and not too much cost to ship I could manage that too. Any ideas for specific items to purchase would be most welcome, thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 19, 2014 - 15 answers

What to buy Mum for her 60th Birthday - Long Distance Edition

My Mum turns 60 in early March. I live in Canada and she lives in the UK. Rather than return home to celebrate with her, she will be visiting me in July and we will attend the Calgary Stampede together as her birthday treat, but I still want her to actually be able to open something from me on the big day. What unique gift can I send to ensure her day is memorable? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Feb 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Tea-of-the-month club recommendations

We're thinking of getting a friend of ours some kind of Tea of the Month club subscription as a (slightly belated) Christmas present. We're not big tea drinkers ourselves; can anyone recommend a particular company to get it from? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Christmas presents that support a vegan lifestyle?

My parents, both in their 60s, have recently gone "mostly-vegan" for health reasons. I'd like to get them some Christmas gifts that support this decision (and their overall commitment to more healthy eating). I've already gotten them some kelp noodles (they loved them at a vegan restaurant we went to). Other thoughts about basics/add-ons/general useful and inspiring stuff for a couple of vegan noobies? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Dec 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Gift in the midst of cancer for someone you don't know well?

My beloved dog walker has been battling with cancer - and it sounds like she's losing. What can I give her and her partner as a Christmas/New Year's gift in the midst of this? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

need suggestions for fun gifts for my mom to play with Christmas morning

I'm looking for a fun gift for my mom, specifically one that she'd be excited to play with on Christmas morning. You know how when you were a kid there was always that one present you couldn't WAIT to play with? That's what I'm looking for. My mom is 52, likes puzzles and games (we were a big board game family growing up), is not tech-savvy at all but does have a Nintendo DS. I'll probably get a game or two for her but I'm wondering if anyone has any other neat suggestions. [more inside]
posted by librarianjess on Dec 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Books for an 8 year old boy?

My knowledge of kids' books has an epic gap between "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Harry Potter". I want to buy a couple books for an 8 year old boy. His mom says, "He likes Geronimo Stilton and Flat Stanley; specifically books that mention Japan and/or ninjas." I know he likes Star Wars too. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown on Dec 5, 2013 - 26 answers

Her Husband Already Got her Twin Peaks

So I need help with Christmas shopping for my awesome sister. I got her hooked on Battlestar Galactica when pregnant with Baby #1 I got her hooked on Doctor Who when pregnant with Baby #2 I got her hooked on The State Within last Christmas I need a new DVD series to get her started on with Baby #3 and Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Dec 2, 2013 - 41 answers

Great Holiday Gifts for a 4 and 2-year-old?

Great, possibly homemade Hanukkah/Christmas gifts for a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy? Homemade/crafty suggestions very welcome. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Wow, it's beautiful, please can I take it back?

For a sentimental family occasion, my inlaws got me a very sweet present of some expensive jewelry-- after being told very clearly that I don't like expensive jewelry and don't really wear it. How terrible would it be (politically, ethically, relationally) if I were to return the item in question to the store? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 60 answers

Last minute gift for dad

My dad is turning 60 on Saturday. Yay, good for him! I left it way too late this year and I have no ideas - he is very tough to shop for. My price range is $40-80, lower is better (could swing up to $100 if I really thought he'd like it). [more inside]
posted by firei on Sep 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Metal case for dental floss?

Looking for a vendor to make me a metal case for a pack of floss as a gag gift. Importantly, it is for a new beau. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

What can I do for my downstairs neighbors?

My downstairs neighbors are two of the sweetest people I know. They've done me many favors, from bringing food to inviting me for dinner to watching my cat. I would like to do something in return, but can't think of anything I could do that's equivalent to their generosity. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jun 5, 2013 - 25 answers

Nifty, gifty shopping in London?

LondonCommerceFilter: Business trip to London (from US) coming up, and I've got a free initial jetlag day that I'd like to spend shopping-- preferably for cool, unique, not-too-expensive, suitable-for-gifting items I'd be unlikely to find in the US. I'm specially interested in women's accessories (scarves, jewelry); toys and games; (travel-friendly) foods; tchotchkes; and used/antique books. Any must-visit shops? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Apr 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Radio presents, not presence

I'm involved with a college radio station, and we'd like to get presents for or do something for the graduating folks. The problem is, none of us have any ideas. What are some awesome music or radio-themed things we could buy or arrange? What sorts of things would you have loved to get or do as a graduating senior?
posted by topoisomerase on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 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

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

Gifts for Coworkers?

Holiday gifts at the workplace: incredibly small business edition. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 18, 2012 - 20 answers

WWI buff Xmas gift?

What's a good gift for a World War I history buff? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 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

For it is in giving that we receive

What are some workplace holiday gift ideas for my two hip, cultured, smart, (and imo underpaid) mid-20s employees? They're full-time employees and I work with them very closely. I want to get them really great gifts that aren't wildly impersonal and aren't for the workplace, in the $75-100 range and not food- or drink-related. All I can think of is spa gift cards. Surely there are better ideas, right?
posted by firstbest on Dec 2, 2012 - 31 answers

What can I do for a family member going to prison soon?

My brother is going to prison in December, possibly for a decade or more. What can I do for him, both emotionally and practically? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Best org for angel tree?

Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

"No gifts please"

Does "No gifts please" on a wedding invitation really mean No Gifts? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 8, 2012 - 52 answers

What are things to get a college grad

What are presents/things I don't know I want? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Oct 31, 2012 - 20 answers

Present ideas for globetrotting newlyweds

I need wedding present suggestions for a couple who are going traveling for 7 month immediately afterwards... [more inside]
posted by jp021272 on Oct 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Best present ever?

Amazing Christmas presents bound to make kids more rad. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

What's a good Lego-related gift for a 5 year-old?

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.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Which filleting knife should I buy?

I'm going to buy a filleting knife as a gift. Which make should I buy? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Jun 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

I'm looking for some unusual dice for my boyfriend's birthday.

Where can I find or have made 6-sided dice with one color for 1-2 and another for 3-6? [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Is my friend trying to surreptitiously decline a gift?

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]
posted by lollusc on May 12, 2012 - 48 answers

Help with inconsiderate gifts

How to handle well-intended but inconsiderate and unwanted gifts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 76 answers

What should I bring back from Russia?

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]
posted by Marquis on Apr 30, 2012 - 12 answers

My liver vs. Amazon.

Is there a way that I can get Amazon to periodically send me items from my wishlist without me telling it to? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Feb 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for a bakery that sells state-shaped cakes in NYC

Best friend is moving back home to Portland after many years of living in NYC. I'd love to present her with an Oregon-shaped (and delicious) cake at her going away party. Where could I get this in the NYC area? Any borough will do. Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jan 24, 2012 - 1 answer

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully?

How to deal with a family member who doesn't accept gifts gracefully? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 19, 2012 - 42 answers

Help me pick an international theme Yankee swap gift.

Help me find a Yankee Swap gift for $20 with an "International" theme. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

A gift for the wild blue yonder

I'd like to buy a gift for a good friend who is a flight instructor (small planes, one-on-one with students); he hasn't been doing it all that long, and doesn't have a huge amount of personal equipment. Anything nice/fancy that is also incredibly useful to have that his employer wouldn't provide? Also, any iPad/iPhone accessories for pilots? Say anything up to $500 (or even a bit more) or so - though unless I was completely assured he'd love the gift, I'd prefer cheaper. Thanks!
posted by slide on Dec 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me figure out exactly what it is my son wants from Santa

Please help Santa figure out how to get my kid the thing he really really wants. It relates to a Super Mario game, which I know little about... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Brrrrrrrrrrr-illiant gift ideas needed!

Gift ideas for someone who is moving from somewhere very warm to somewhere very cold. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 7, 2011 - 44 answers

Mail-able, edible gifts?

Suggest delicious homemade edible gifts, yet again! Difficulty: specifically looking for (relatively) shelf-stable and mail-able recipes. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Dad Sure Needs Expensive Tools...

With holiday gift guides in magazines, what is the process like? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Nostalgic German gifts

Looking for a present that will remind a grandmother of her German heritage. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada?

For Christmas this year I would love to give my family food-of-the-month type gifts from places like Murrays and Zingermans, but those places don't deliver to Canada, where most of my family members live. Can you recommend really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Nov 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Gifts for a triathlete who seems to have everything?

A triathlete friend of mine has been serving, for free, as my running coach for a while, and it's time to say thank you—with presents. But what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Awesome and practical Etsy gifts?

What are some practical and reasonably-priced Etsy shops and/or gifts? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Nov 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Every man wants a shark or yeti of his own. How though?

I want to adopt a shark (or yeti) for a friend on a limited budget. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

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