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Ereine:

--- Quote from: shadowfox79 on November 26, 2012, 06:15:47 AM ---
--- Quote ---Just an open thread for everybody to post their thoughts or questions, looking for advice or suggestions of what would be the best gift to give.

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Getting gifts for DH is a nightmare, since when he wants something he just buys it, so I have to try and come up with something he either can't afford or doesn't know he wants.

So far he has a new camera (which he knows about, since he picked it out). Last year he got a monopod and also has a gorillapod - something photography-related would be great, but I don't know much about it. He's into basketball, cryptozoology, watches (sadly, very expensive watches), shoes of all kinds especially trainers, and loves his chocolate. All areas I know little about so am reluctant to come back with something that looks dumb to a connoisseur.

Anyone got any ideas?

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This isn't probably a good idea because he got the monopod last year but I got my boyfriend a Steadepod this year. I'm hoping that it works as well as the reviews claim, it's a small gadget that claims to stabilize the camera (by a cord that goes under your foot) and it would be great for taking photos in places where you can't take a tripod or don't want to haul the monopod with you.

shadowfox79:

--- Quote from: Ereine on November 26, 2012, 06:25:31 AM ---
--- Quote from: shadowfox79 on November 26, 2012, 06:15:47 AM ---
--- Quote ---Just an open thread for everybody to post their thoughts or questions, looking for advice or suggestions of what would be the best gift to give.

--- End quote ---

Getting gifts for DH is a nightmare, since when he wants something he just buys it, so I have to try and come up with something he either can't afford or doesn't know he wants.

So far he has a new camera (which he knows about, since he picked it out). Last year he got a monopod and also has a gorillapod - something photography-related would be great, but I don't know much about it. He's into basketball, cryptozoology, watches (sadly, very expensive watches), shoes of all kinds especially trainers, and loves his chocolate. All areas I know little about so am reluctant to come back with something that looks dumb to a connoisseur.

Anyone got any ideas?

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This isn't probably a good idea because he got the monopod last year but I got my boyfriend a Steadepod this year. I'm hoping that it works as well as the reviews claim, it's a small gadget that claims to stabilize the camera (by a cord that goes under your foot) and it would be great for taking photos in places where you can't take a tripod or don't want to haul the monopod with you.

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Now that's a thought. Thanks.

Jones:
I have a large family. In the past we've drawn for names, couples have bought another couple a gift, singles bought each other a gift. This year all the sibs got put together in the hat and I have my 17 year old sister, whom I used to know quite well but it's been close to 10 years since we lived together, and we usually share in "small talk" so I can't say I know her well anymore. I am much closer to my married sibs.

She likes horses, and rides competitively; I know next to nothing about horses (we didn't have the money or land when I was a kid). She ran for Homecoming Queen this year and came in as an attendant. She was on the track team and did very well in her divisions. This week she got a letter of acceptance to the college of her choice. She isn't big on computers and electronics beyond using her laptop to do schoolwork and Facebook. She already has a cell phone, with her choice of music downloaded on it.

I don't know where to start on picking out something meaningful that she can take to college and won't just sit in storage, gathering dust. Help?

Yvaine:

--- Quote from: jpcher on November 25, 2012, 03:04:36 PM ---What do you think about this gift? Would that be better?

Just an open thread for everybody to post their thoughts or questions, looking for advice or suggestions of what would be the best gift to give.

I'll start:

My parents love Carol Burnett. There's a 50-episode DVD set available for $200 which I thought would be perfect. There's also a 25-episode set for $100.

Then I started looking at other DVD sets. Johnny Carson, original Bill Cosby, Emergency, Get Smart . . . these are cheaper and I could probably get quite a few if I bought the 25-episode set of Carol Burnett.

As a recipient, which would you prefer? A variety pack? Or the full-blown version of your absolute favorite?

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I'd say full-blown version in general, but it kind of depends on the overlap between the two.

If all or most of the episodes in the 25-episode set are also in the 50-episode set, definitely go for the 50. Because they'll probably want to see the other episodes too and then they'll have to buy a set that's half redundant to fill out their collection, if that makes sense.

If they're completely or mostly different, I think just go by whether they're just hugely obsessed with Carol Burnett or whether they actually like these other shows too.

Slartibartfast:

--- Quote from: Jones on November 26, 2012, 09:23:02 AM ---I have a large family. In the past we've drawn for names, couples have bought another couple a gift, singles bought each other a gift. This year all the sibs got put together in the hat and I have my 17 year old sister, whom I used to know quite well but it's been close to 10 years since we lived together, and we usually share in "small talk" so I can't say I know her well anymore. I am much closer to my married sibs.

She likes horses, and rides competitively; I know next to nothing about horses (we didn't have the money or land when I was a kid). She ran for Homecoming Queen this year and came in as an attendant. She was on the track team and did very well in her divisions. This week she got a letter of acceptance to the college of her choice. She isn't big on computers and electronics beyond using her laptop to do schoolwork and Facebook. She already has a cell phone, with her choice of music downloaded on it.

I don't know where to start on picking out something meaningful that she can take to college and won't just sit in storage, gathering dust. Help?

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I'd go for something with her college-of-choice's logo on it.

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