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« on: August 19, 2005 07:03:55 PM »

Hey everyone! I really need a hand. I need a house/apartment warming gift for my boy.
He's a band director in Tennessee. I don't get to see him that often since I'm going to school in Michigan, but he's flying me out for Labor Day.
I'd love to bring him something to make the apartment look a little less "a 23 year old man live here with his dog"
It should be functional/pratical as well as fun, any ideas?
Oh, and it also needs to fly well!

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2005 07:11:40 PM »

My boyfiend just moved to Indiana (and I also go to school in MI) so I feel for you. A good idea is anything to decorate his apartment. Pictures of you guys (framed) or art he likes, maybe something music themed. You want to be careful of the "a 23-year-old man lives here with his dog and his girlfriend decorated his apartment look" (its hard I know!)

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2005 08:09:55 PM »

Men need four things in life to make them happy in a day:

Sports, food, sleep and good lovin'... so I would say base your gift on that... don't forget to get the dog a rawhide.. you'll want him to be occupied;-)
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005 11:56:07 AM »

If you could find an old instrument for cheap -- like a trumpet.

Get some kind of lamp shade

Go to home depot or lowes and get a lamp kit ....

Wire the trumpet to make it the lamp

It is actually really easy ... and you can make a lamp out of ANYTHING

« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2005 06:07:41 PM »

I LOOOOOOOVE the lamp idea. Sadly, he plays Euphonium, so I'll have to choose a smaller insturment.
There's an antique shop by my grandparent's house that has a basement FULL of old band insturments. You are brilliant!
I'm sure airport security will love that! (he will too!)

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005 07:13:17 PM »

I just bought my boyfriend an apartment warming gift.  It may not necessarily be "fun" but it is definitely useful and something he probably would not have been able to justify buying himself.

His roommates are horrifically messy and he hates it so I bought him a good mop (one of the $10 ones, not a crummy sponge on a stick for $2) and a cleaning bucket which i filled with cleaning supplies--things like floor cleaner, 409, ajax, sponges (make sure you get the ones with the scrubby side--they're more expensive so boys usually won't buy them but oh my gosh they're so much better).  I arranged them in the bucket with some strips of paper in his favorite colors that I cut and crumpled up in the bucket.  When he saw it he got this huge smile on his face and said, "...A decent mop!!"

« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005 07:21:38 PM »

I second the cleaning bucket idea. There are so many things you foget you need until you move and it's not there. Like a can opener. Or dish towels. Or a decent frying pan. Maybe you can fly in and scope the place and then buy him something in town after you've assesed the situation.

« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2005 06:08:40 PM »

You could get two gifts, one practical [tool of some sort] and one impractical [not really impratical, but stuff that is just "fluff" like decor].

Practical - a closet auger, when the plunger won't unstop a toilet. It can save anyone a lot of time and money on calling up a plumber. You can find a closet auger can be purchased at a plumbing or hardware supply store. Sorry this isn't more "crafty", but you have no idea how HANDY this tool really is!

Impratical - artwork for the walls. Get a few pieces [or do a collage] in the style or era he's interested in, then mat and frame for him.

Also make a new bed for the dog.

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