(Whoo, lurker crawling out of the woodwork...)
I have a close male friend - one of 3 people I could say I'm really *friends* with, as opposed to just friendly. I thought his birthday was April 11th, for some reason. I just looked it up to confirm it, and whoops - it's on February 11th.
He's one of those people who seems to have everything - except self-confidence. He wrote very nice letters to his friends at Christmas, thanking them for what they do and for making him feel appreciated and valued because he doesn't always feel like he should be. I write novels in my spare time, and he's incredibly encouraging, provides me with a much-needed male insight, proofreads them, gives them to friends and family to read as well, and tells me what I'm doing well and what he likes about them. The best gift I could think of was self-publishing my first completed work on Lulu.com, dedicated to him, and giving him a copy with a bookmark stuck in the dedication page - I'm not trying to be arrogant when I say that's the best gift I could think of, I mean I really want him to see how much I appreciate everything he does for me. No way am I going to be able to get it done for the 11th though.
He's what I believe is termed a 'metalhead' - long hair, beard, lots of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Appearances aside however, he is about as threatening as a marshmallow.
It sounds silly, but it would be easier if we were dating. He's got a girlfriend though, so I have to be careful with 'sentimental' and meaningful gifts - I don't want to be accused of trying anything. Sigh. I don't have access to a sewing machine and I can't knit/crochet, but I can embroider, I can bake, and I can do papercrafty things. There are loads of things I COULD do, but I'm really struggling to find something that shows what an absolute angel I think he is and how much I appreciate everything
. Any thoughts?...