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« on: July 16, 2004 09:38:11 AM »

I'm having some problems thinking of gifts for my 20 year old brother.

There are size limitations. My family is flying across the country (pa to nm) to spend x-mas with us this year. We're doing stockings for them. One of the gifts will be the actual stocking and hopefully  they'll just be able to throw it into their checked luggage for the return trip.

Any ideas?
I can knit and sew if that helps.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2004 07:55:07 PM »

What are his interests?

My fiance loves to get together with "the guys" for poker nights, so for his birthday I'm making him a kit for a "guys' night", complete with poker chips (in their own little bags), funky new cards, chocolate cigars, and an IOU note for beer and munchies whenever he chooses to have the party. Obviously, beer's not such a great thing for flying cross-country, and bags of chips are a little bulky, but a tin of nuts and pprhaps a bottle of liqueur would be good replacements... I'm big on "kit" gifts --- poker chips and a deck of cards (in this case) don't cost much, but as part of a themed kit they suddenly seem way more important.

Another option: There are all kinds of awesome threads on here about stencilling t-shirts, so you could maybe design something with a great image or phrase.

If he likes music, get some clear vinyl and sew a wallhanging with pockets to store/display CDs in.

Gift certificates are the most portable option... You could make a little book with envelopes stuck on the pages, with gift certificates (in smaller denominations) for his favourite stores --- or just get one "real" certificate (from a store) and then make up your own little "coupons" for things. (Get your family to go in on this --- each family member could "donate" one or two "favours" like doing a chore for him or taking him out for lunch or whatever.)

Hope that helps... Guys are hard to shop/craft for, I know! My fiance is one of those guys who just buys whatever he wants (music, movies, books, games) which leaves me scrambling to find good gifts for him. I'm looking forward to seeing what other suggestions come out of this --- inspiration's always welcome!

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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2004 09:18:30 AM »

 I'm big on "kit" gifts --- poker chips and a deck of cards (in this case) don't cost much, but as part of a themed kit they suddenly seem way more important.

I'd just like to say, as an avid poker player, that if the chips didn't cost much, you didn't get good chips. Chips can definitely be a gift of their own (11 grams, clay chips is the best).

Anyway, no offense, I just had to get it off my chest...

As for ideas (you know something helpful as opposed to my policia above), maybe knit him some wristbands (that seems pretty popular for guys, if he's into that), or knit him a hat (I made my brother the hothead for this xmas) or, like trufflegirl is saying, make him a kit for his interest.

If he's into golf, you could buy some tees and balls pretty cheap and then maybe make a sack for him to carry them in or something.
Her poker idea is also good.

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