July 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm #34385
Maybe this can distract everyone from the update letter…
I’m looking for some suggestions for an anniversary gift for my boyfriend (our fourth). He is THE most difficult person to shop for because he is really particular but not in any predictable way. Some background: he likes beer, video games, science fiction books, music, soccer, and obviously other stuff. Clothing is not a good gift idea because he would rather pick out his own stuff. I feel like I’ve already used up my good gift ideas for him this year for Valentine’s and his birthday!
For the DW guys, any gifts you’ve gotten that you really like? Any suggestions would be great!July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm #34388
Um, well clearly I’m not a guy, but I always find that gifts that are DOING something are pretty awesome for both genders. Like, if he likes beer, is there a brewery nearby that might do like a fancy dinner with beer pairings? Or maybe there is a sporting event happening soon, or a concert?July 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #34391
Thanks Rachel! The brewery suggestion is a great idea — I’ll definitely look into that. Concert tickets would be good but he follows what bands are playing in our city pretty closely and usually already has tickets by the time I know the concert is happening!July 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm #34398
What about a homebrew kit? The kits are readily available online and in a lot of smaller beer/liquor stores or homebrew stores. You can also assemble a kit out of the individual pieces for less money (I’d be happy to help tell you what you need, if you’re interested). My fiance got me one for my b-day last year, and while I quickly got disinterested, he’s obsessed and I enjoy the delicious fruits of his labors.July 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm #34403
Not an anniversary gift, but Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is nerdy and AWESOME. It’s sci fi about video games.July 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm #34420
My fiancee will claim your boyfriend and i are replicas of each other so allow me to chime in.
Chances are, he’s a very practical person who would rather not “waste” money on things he doesn’t see much need for after the initial use.
My recommendation is to center it around an activity that involves yourself and is quite thought out.
Coupons (I’m not talking groupons or gift cards) – handmade ones (say, “dinner for two at “Casa de Clare” with surprise hidden dessert…”)
I also heard he’s a soccer fan (fingers crossed that he’s a Chelsea FC fan –
otherwise *spit in his general direction* – what about a ticket to a soccer match? Being the off season, a majority of European teams are making the trek to the US for exhibition games with MLS teams. It’s typically a chance to see some of the best play/practise up close… ftr, Real Madrid v. AC Milan at NY Yankee Stadium on Aug 8th will be a great match.
What I always tell Rebekah (my fiancee), is – don’t over think this and keep it practical.
Perhaps the same words will be helpful?
If not, you can disregard my $0.02 cents (…and back to sales territory presentation ppt!)July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm #34421
epic fail on trying to strike out a portion of the above post.
Disregard!July 24, 2012 at 3:20 am #34440
Christy — sounds right up his alley, thanks!
vislalvr — I’ll have to check that out, he may be more into just drinking the beer at the end than all the work to get there, but now I’m intrigued about hard cider making kits for myself!
Chicagodude — He’s actually a Man U fan… Liverpool just played in our city a couple days ago, but none of the European teams seem to bring their good players over to North America. The “experience” kind of gift definitely seems like the right direction. He’s not really into “stuff” at all, so I think he would really like something special like that. Thanks!July 24, 2012 at 4:48 am #34442
Just wanted to throw in another vote for the ‘experience’ present – it’s my favorite to get and to give! For his last birthday I got my boyfriend a flying lesson (he had a personal lesson with a pilot once when he was in high school and he talks about it allllll the time!) and he’s finally scheduled it for next week. It’s great seeing him so excited, and he hasn’t even done the lesson yet!
And an ‘experience’ kind of present is also usually something you’d never even think to just go do yourself, so it’s perfect for people who are hard to shop for or don’t want too much ‘stuff.’
Good luck and have fun, Clare!
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