I just discovered that a friend of mine is going to be home for Xmas, so the inevitable "what can I get him" came up...
general info on him (and later down some past presents I gave him)
- he's 27, Italian, living in the US (Detroit) to train (he's a figure skater)
- has his own apartment (still quite bare, I think) there, after sharing one with his partner (a girl - they do ice dancing)
- he has pretty nice tastes. Previous home here in Italy had dramatic colours, exotic touches. Dresses with a nice style, both casual but stylish, with nice "weird/personal" touches
- he's a very sweet a generous person, a bit mad maybe...
-he's had a rough time this summer, worst of it was his father's death while he was in America.
- likes music of every kind, but has little time for things like books and movies
- travels a lot around the world.
- last present I gave him was skating related - a pair of fabric blade guards for his skates I sewed up for him, as I knew his were really ruined.
- I organized with a friend who was going to see them at a competition in canada to send them a present there. in 2004 I sewed a "mascot" for them (www.frozen-memories.com/topo/index.html
it even has a website) and it was a big hit - but I didn't send the mascot to the US with them. So I sewed a new "secondary" mascot and sent it as a surprise for them. It was enormously appreciated by both him and his partner.
-in october I gave him a present he liked a lot (he told me) - I wrote down 50 memories of past adventures, things I wanted to tell him, quotes and other things to cheer him up, printed them and cut out 50 individual strips which I rolled up and tied with a tiny satin ribbon. I made a brocade pouch for these 50 little scrolls, and gave him istructions to open one and read it only when he felt sad or stressed or homesick. he told me last week he's read just 4 since I gave them to him. but he really, really liked the present, and want s to make it last as long as possible!
-my friends and I organized a good-bye party for them in june when they first moved to the US. my present then was a scrapbook of photos and memories of our group of friends, plus a personalized fridge magnet (and a digital camera we bought all together for them, so that they can send us photos of their life)
-last Xmas I knitted him a biiiig scarf, because he spends so much time in cold places. He used it A LOT last winter!
I was thinking of maybe something for his house, but then I don't want him to give him something he might have trouble bringing back there (so, nothing too big)...
or maybe something practical for all his trips (like, a sleeping mask for the long flights, but then I know he already sleeps like a baby when on a plane!)...
or something along the lines of the previous "sentimental/friendship" things... small but significant... (btw, we're really just friends. he's also gay... no involvement of that kind between us!)