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Old 01-24-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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I need gift ideas for GF's birthday.

mid 20's. I've thought about getting her this... http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/ca...iew/sku__ON502
and filling up pics of us, her family, friends, etc. This is the kind of girl who can pretty much get anything by herself and that includes expensive jewelry and stuff. Also the kind of person who appreciates thoughtful gifts.

thanks,
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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I like it. I'd put one on my office desk if I had one.

Besides, it's made by Philips, they own my company. Support my job.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:56 PM   #3
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P.S. I'd like to think my boyfriend put this much time and thought into my birthday present (25th b-day Sunday). But I highly doubt I am getting a present. Oh well. Loser.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:58 PM   #4
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Hmmm, thoughtful gift she can't simply buy for herself in the store. Yeah, the digital picture frame loaded with pictures she doesn't already have might qualify.

On the topic of other ideas - For the same price I comissioned a painting for my wife for one of her mid-20's birthdays.

When we lived in Idaho we owned a humble home. Our first daughter was born there (a planned homebirth), but shortly afterwards I graduated college and we needed to sell it and move to Oregon where I'd gotten my first job. We'd only lived there less than a year, but it was the first home we owned and it was quite sentimental to us.

Anyway, just my luck I ran across an elderly couple in a vendor booth at the Oregon state fair who were painting landscapes on mirrors in ornate wood frames. I explained about the home and asked if they could do a custom painting based on some photographs. They said sure and we discussed fees and I picked a mirror size and design from their stock. This was fall and I had until Feb for the b-day. So, I mailed them photos and a check, then some weeks later they mailed me the completed painting at work.

It was really funny getting it from the receiving dock and answering all of the 'Ooh, what did you get?' questions. Most folks were like, "Dang, you comissioned a painting for your wife's birthday? That's so out of our league." I didn't explain that I met these folks as vendors a fair.... no need to spoil it for them.

I'd have to think hard to be sure, but I don't think I ever came up with a more personal or meaningful gift. I'm just an average clueless male, lucky she puts up with me (plus I'm smart enough to never give kitchen appliances as gifts).
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Pretty nifty.

Heh you can take sequential pictures of you doing the "YMCA" and have them cycle endlessly.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:06 PM   #6
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I like the painting idea. That was a great gift!!!!! NEVER do kitchen appliances or anything cleaning-related unless specifically asked for, which means more than just saying "gee, I'd kind of like to have one." That is not admiring/wishing/asking for (you know, the usual "hinting") to qualify it being special occasion gift worthy.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:08 PM   #7
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I'd get her a bottle of Balvenie Double Wood... That way you can enjoy it too. Of course... that's just me.
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I'm actually an illustrator, but sorta given up the traditional medium long ago. I'd be pretty rusty if I started painting with Oils/acrylics again. I kinda migrated to the digital medium because that's my bread and butter.

Thanks for the replies and ideas everyone.
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I'd get her a bottle of Balvenie Double Wood... That way you can enjoy it too. Of course... that's just me.
of course the town drunk would suggest something like that. hahaha. good idea if she enjoyed drinking. I'm the alcoholic if anything, she just drives my drunkass home.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:29 PM   #10
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NEVER do kitchen appliances or anything cleaning-related unless specifically asked for, which means more than just saying "gee, I'd kind of like to have one." That is not admiring/wishing/asking for (you know, the usual "hinting") to qualify it being special occasion gift worthy.
Yeah, just to clarify I will buy those things if we're out together and she is interested in one. I'll either buy it then (which she appreciates when I do) or somewhat later (which she still appreciates if I delayed to search out a better price or check for better models), but I never use it as a gift for a gift-giving occassion.

Animagix, I saw some of your illustrations on your website. Nice work. Would you be able to do a representation of a photo of the two of you together?

Personally, I wouldn't comission anyone to do a picture of my wife and I and any people. Facial expressions seem to be a really tricky thing. Long ago I bought a pastel drawing of us at Disneyland when we were dating. The artist captured something of a frown on my face and a really vacuous, bored look on my (then) girlfriend's face. Nothing at all like the photographs we have of that wonderful day. *sigh* At least my mother liked it so we gave it to her.

Anyway, point of that was that you might be better off doing such a portrait yourself.

Allright, enough of the art front. I've got another one of the 'drop back 5 yards and punt tricks'. Tell her you'd like to take her to her favorite up-scale clothing place (my wife likes Bananna Republic) and say you like to buy her a new outfit you both like and take her to dinner in it (she wears it, not you). You'll still need a token gift-wrapped gift, but you'll get tons of extra-credit for the shopping trip + dinner. Far more than if you simply go eat at someplace you've eaten 50 times before.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:31 PM   #11
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Dont listen to these people with thier emotional, soft ideas. I dont know a woman who wouldn't enjoy a trip to... Secret Agent Camp!!!

http://www.paliadventures.com/secret_agent.html
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:50 PM   #12
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I love that shopping/dinner idea!!!!! That's my favorite one. Token gift could be flowers. I love those to. Carnations are my favorite. They're the ones that look all fluffy. I know other people seem to like roses but they never last as long as carnations in my experience.
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:54 PM   #13
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make a dartboard with your face painted on it so she can throw darts at it when she's mad at you..
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:05 PM   #14
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Mazdaspeed parts that she can then turn around and give to you therefore saving her the hassle of shopping for you and spending her money....hehe..
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Get her one of these. They provide protection for silver and titanium RX-8's plus they increase your rotary engine power by 10 to 20 horsepower. Rumor has it, they possess mystical powers towards sexual prowess.

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Old 01-24-2006, 05:54 PM   #16
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ooooo me like shiny objects......me also like having (would like to have) sexual prowess....& 10-20 HP is a nice bonus, too......yummy
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:09 PM   #17
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Get her one of these. They provide protection for silver and titanium RX-8's plus they increase your rotary engine power by 10 to 20 horsepower. Rumor has it, they possess mystical powers towards sexual prowess.]
Pretty, but what are they *really* for? That's quite a collection.
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Pretty, but what are they *really* for? That's quite a collection.
Currently, I haven't a clue. I was thinking about eBay, but don't really know yet. Some are saying it would lower their value, others are suggesting I hint at mystical applications. I like creating sand-blasted crystal and glass. A lot of members are helping me to decide, but haven't made up my mind yet. I've given away over 100 rotary designed beermugs, shotglasses, tea glasses, cocktail glasses and clocks because I enjoy it.

I'll have to resort to selling some of this stuff in order to buy more stock, but I really haven't decided yet. It's fun just sharing ideas about how to market it.
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Look like fancy paperweights. LOL

I think they are just decorations.
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Look like fancy paperweights. LOL

I think they are just decorations.
Yeah....pretty much...but if you could see Mother Teresa when the light hits it just right, I'd get a couple grand for one. LOL

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I like those!!!!!
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:34 PM   #22
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I was thinking about eBay, but don't really know yet. Some are saying it would lower their value, others are suggesting I hint at mystical applications. I like creating sand-blasted crystal and glass. A lot of members are helping me to decide, but haven't made up my mind yet. I've given away over 100 rotary designed beermugs, shotglasses, tea glasses, cocktail glasses and clocks because I enjoy it.

I'll have to resort to selling some of this stuff in order to buy more stock, but I really haven't decided yet. It's fun just sharing ideas about how to market it.
Hmmm, I guess it would diminish the gift a bit to flog them on e-bay. Inevitably you'd give one to someone who'd see the same thing for for $0.99 + shipping to 1 bidder on a bad day.

However, folks are selling (and buying) toy RX-8s for 200% or more of their original retail price. Some of the shady ones have nice $15 to $20 shipping and handling charges (yeah, I know what gets handled).

Seems more likely that Animagix is the rotor guy and his g/f isn't a rotor girl, but still a good tip (and quite a nice pic).
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Got a cool link here: http://www.belhurst.com/turret_room_vinifera.html

Can't afford a cruise or fancy vacation, but the wife and I are having a 'no-kids' overnighter there in the turrent room to celebrate her current b-day in a couple of weeks.

As the only apparent female on the thread do you wanna rate that one from 1 to 10 BunnyGirl?

No bonus for creativity for me - the wife asked for this by name, down to the specific room, but she appreciates my arranging it (and paying for it).
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Good that you are so agreeable!!!
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Pretty nifty.

Heh you can take sequential pictures of you doing the "YMCA" and have them cycle endlessly.
I like this idea. :D

But you should have different important people in her life do the other letters. Like have her parents, siblings, etc, whoever you can get. Maybe even get her to do one with you too without telling her what it's for. It'd be funny.
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