Best apartment gift?
February 28, 2014 1:12 PM   Subscribe

My brother's birthday is next Friday, and I am honestly stymied as to what to get him (and cannot get a serious answer out of him.) He is in his early 30's, and just moved into a new apartment that has a cute outdoor space. (Pavement ground) Does anyone have a similar space? He and his girlfriend have already furnished the place, so they don't need essentials. Etsy-friendly suggestions particularly welcome.
posted by roomthreeseventeen to Shopping (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Fire pit?
posted by Duffington at 1:19 PM on February 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

Gift certificate for a cleaning service?
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 1:44 PM on February 28, 2014

Is he handy at all? Has he ever wanted to be handy but didn't have a workspace/garage? Maybe some plans for DIY outdoor furniture plus a gift card to Home Depot?
posted by melissasaurus at 1:48 PM on February 28, 2014

If he doesn't have a grill, that would be a nice gift. Or if he does, a set of grilling tools or marinades/rubs.
posted by something something at 2:22 PM on February 28, 2014

A nice plant for the patio. Get a self-watering planter too.
posted by snickerdoodle at 2:31 PM on February 28, 2014

Fire pit!! If it's allowed.
posted by amaire at 2:33 PM on February 28, 2014

Woolly Pocket wall planters and some herbs for a vertical wall garden.

An outdoor rug?

Dwarf citrus tree, if you know there is space and it is something he would appreciate (maybe ask first, no surprise, but as a small space dweller, I appreciate people checking).
posted by AnnaRat at 3:09 PM on February 28, 2014

This is for inside, but makes a place very homey: A door harp. Here's an example, there are many places that handcraft them from various types of wood and various tones.

(A door harp is a smallish harp that hangs on the back of your front door, so that it chimes subtely whenever you open the door. My grandparents had one.)
posted by bluesky78987 at 3:45 PM on February 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Plants! If you want to let them choose you could do a gift certificate to a good nursery in his town.
posted by dahliachewswell at 4:21 PM on February 28, 2014

bluetooth speaker that he can take outside.

if he drinks, a nice bottle of bourbon to stock his bar.
posted by smokyjoe at 4:59 PM on March 1, 2014

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