Not sure based on your company, but one year I gave our CEO a local beer from all of the cities where we won bids... put them all in a wooden crate (link below) and wrapped it up with a bow and bottle opener... super inexpensive... but he seemed to really like it.
Girls need blocks as much as boys to develop concentration, spatial awareness and thinking skills.
How about a set of castle blocks like these: https://www.amazon.com/FAO-Schwarz-Building-Toddlers-Princesses/dp/B076VWH798/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=castle+blocks&qid=1572289167&sr=8-4
You could pair them with a little "treasure chest" with plastic jewels and coins.
ideas to go with the self care basket: a bottle of nail polish, a one month audible gift subscription ($15), a scented candle, a cooling eyemask (though I've seen these at dollar tree so if you're trying to just fluff up the gift with little extras, I think the dollar store version of this is perfectly acceptable), some calming tea/sleepytime tea (if you're trying to keep the gift more on the casual side, you could throw in a few teabags vs the whole box), some stationery/cards (if she is writing to her husband and/or seems the type). this isn't something you can put in a gift basket-- but she might benefit from checking out the app "insight timer" it has a crap ton of guided (and non guided) meditations that you can sort through by time length (so if you literally just need a 5 minute guided anti-anxiety meditation, you can find it easily).
I'm in a near identical situation. I got my coworker a Useless Box and it was well received. It seems your coworker might have the same sense of humor. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077C8VZZS/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_lVV9Db4NM6NF9
Small tent, sleeping bag, anything camping related really, Board games, snack pack (maybe even like Japanese candy or British sweets), portable charger, Bluetooth speaker (they even have them for the shower), emergency backpack, small coffee brewer (https://www.amazon.com/CHULUX-Single-Coffee-Capsule-Reservoir/dp/B010NMMPH0/ref=mp_s_a_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1544627121&sr=8-15&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=keurig)
How about a magic slime potion or Witch's brew chemistry set? With supervision of course.
Also, assuming she hasn't been read the Harry Potter books, now might be a good time to start the first one as a bedtime story. My parents started me on them around that age, and it gave me a love of reading that I never lost.
What about a hammock on a stand? They collapse down small, but still very comfortable for sleeping (source: have slept in hammock on a stand).
ETA: Like this.
Also, as a teacher, I GUARANTEE the thing he will appreciate most is a letter from you, his students. Did you do a production of a play that was particularly significant, or study a playwright that he helped you fall in love with? Buy a copy of that play, and have each of you sign/write a message on the book covers/pages of the play. He will always remember you, and the time you guys all spent together.
This might be fun for him and his kids! Definitely a tough one.
Does she enjoy art or crafts? Copic markers are popular with anime drawing style. There are many crafts— my 13 year old loves making stickers, sketching, needle punch, painting— all require supplies, and good supplies make a difference.
Maybe a gift card for music, or air pods.
Led light strips are very cool right now as well.
Hoodies are always beloved, maybe a cute cropped hoodie with an image? MAKEMECHIC Women's Graphic Print Drawstring Casual Thick Hoodie Sweatshirt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DN535RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_7c82Fb3PQSEWJ
I am pitching for this paticular headphone, AFAIK it would be the optimal option.
Bone conduction headphones is the first thing coming to my mind.
It has an open ear design, which doesn't cover the ear but stay in front of them to provide music from the vibrations that go directly into the inner ear via your bones. By such, while listening to whatever content, you are able to hear what's happened around your surroundings, such as walking, running, biking.
It can also be handy at work when you want a little of background music while remaining able to be reached by your colleagues (only you will hear both the music and the person who talks to you).
In addition, it connects quickly, has clear audio (caveat: not for heavy-bass genres), is lightweight and extremely comfortable for long-duration wearing, has a long-lasting battery and water resistant cover.
Snow boots (I have these and they do the trick for me), some nice wool socks, of course she will probably need more sweaters than she probably has now. If she wears leggings, fleece lined leggings are great. The usual scarves, gloves, and hats- you really can never have enough.
If she plans on having a car there, an ice scraper is essential. You could put together a little winter car emergency kit for her with hand warmers, thermal blanket, a shovel, kitty litter (to provide traction if she gets stuck in snow), food bars, water, etc. If her car doesn't already have heated seats you can get a heated seat cushion for around your budget.
Since you’re getting a bunch of snacks, flowers, she has a cat she loves and she’s fun and goofy, maybe you could go on a little picnic and take the cat along in this!
I’ve always thought those desktop meteorology readers were really cool. Like this thing . Of course I’m not actually into meteorology so I don’t know how accurate they are, I just think they’re neat lol
What's your budget cap?
Sheet masks are super popular right now and affordable. If you want to spend more or less, look for other highly-rated sets by searching "sheet masks" on Amazon. They come in all sorts of cute packaging and sets. I personally like this one, but I haven't tried the most popular one linked above.
Maybe a Littmann Stethoscope engraved if he doesn’t have one already and some brain posters from Amazon that he can frame!
You can get really cool attachments that go onto a smartphone camera. They create interesting effects and aren't too expensive. Here's one.
Also Gorilla Pods are great, just make sure you get one that fits his phone/camera.
Oh, or you could get a stylish handmade camera strap from Etsy?
$20? You could get him a survival straw. There are a bunch around $20 on Amazon. It filters the harmful bacteria in water.
I imagine they already have a method of filtering water, but it never hurts to have a backup or a different type.
There are also items like this that are extremely helpful in survival situations.
Damn, I have an amazing idea, but way out of money and won't be here before Father's Day. What about the Osho Zen Tarot Deck? Alternative, the Arcane Bullshit Tarot Deck.
You might have good luck posting the same question on /r/occult or /r/chaosmagick
Gift him an essential catanist's baking decor set. Get a box and fill it with gel food coloring (comparatively more expensive than water-based.) and sprinkles in black, red, and any other color that fits the vibe, snoop around amazon for skull and "catanisty" silicon molds and make the box nice so that he'll able to re-use it. Throw in a few bright pink sprinkles for gags?
You definitely want to buy a kit, that's what's fun about them! People get them to build things and experiment. This is a good one on amazon that has everything he'll need but there are slightly cheaper options available. (https://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Ultimate-Starter-Kit/dp/B01C6Q4GLE/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1512250484&sr=1-5&keywords=raspberry+pi+starter+kit)
what about something like this?
Sounds kind of strange, but if you're in a cold area maybe a snowball maker? Like this It's made to use with 2 hands but I think it would be easy enough with just one, and I would imagine making a snowball the regular way with one arm is pretty difficult.
It sounds like he’s very smart, into science and fit. Perhaps you could give him a new hobby. Disc golf is growing in the US because it’s a fun and inexpensive way to get enjoy nature. He’d be able to learn something brand new. There’s a ton of physics to the game with aerodynamics in how you release the disc for various shots. And it’s a very safe sport to play during the pandemic. You could give him the starter pack from Dynamic Discs which is a quality collection of discs but quite affordable. And then print out a list of courses in his area (which are often free to play or a minimal fee like $5). Makes for a nice gift.
Dynamic Discs Prime Burst Disc Golf Starter Set | Beginners Frisbee Golf Set | Sets Include Disc Golf Putter, Midrange, Fairway Drivers, and Distance Driver | Colors Will Vary https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07NGS9YQT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Y3e-Fb2C4B456
Small wooden blocks: Small Blank Plain Wood Cube Stacking Blocks / Puzzle / Game Piece / or Dice Set Toys - Art & Craft Wooden Cubes Natural Unfinished DIY Blocks - Set of 36 Pcs For DIY Art Supplie - 0.5 Inches https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XN9P4J2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_A9.DAbYZ554EJ
I’m sure you can also find a jar on Amazon.
Michaels is also a good idea. They have tons of supplies. There’s a coupon on their website.
I did some random digging on the internet to see what kind of stuff I could find. Some of my picks are influences by the fact that I, too, am a human girl who doesn't like heart-shaped balloons and teddy bears:
-if she likes kind of jokey gifts that are still fun, and she is a little crafty, here's a Japanese needle-felting kit for a Corgi. Usually the instructions are pretty unclear, result could be adorably tragic: https://www.amazon.com/Hamanaka-well-cache-Corgi-Production/dp/B00428LVEK
-lots of unique anime gifts on Etsy. I saw some Akira shirts, pins, art, etc for reasonable prices. https://www.etsy.com/listing/497258933/80s-anime-classic-akira-kaneda-custom
-a nice notebook (Moleskine, Shinola, Mnemosyne are some brands with nice covers and paper) and some Japanese pens. They often have these at art stores (the pens and the notebooks) or Amazon has a million. You can find brush pens, Micron-type pens, or good old Sakura brand Gelly Roller pens, which were the best pens ever in the 2000s. Bonus points for writing a cute message inside for her, or getting it embossed with her initials.
Hope you find something awesome!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a beautiful and thought-provoking book about what it means to live. It's an autobiography or sorts written by a neurosurgeon resident who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This book was published after his death by his wife. While he was living, he wrote for the NY Times. I recommend this book to everyone, but even more so if you enjoy philosophical conversations.
> Maybe even experiences, or creative dates.
My favorites, personally.
One of my favorite sources of ideas is something like Groupon. Whether you go with their deals or not, it's almost always a good source for finding things like painting classes, ballroom dance classes, dinner/movie deals, etc. Just tailor it to where you live and click the "things to do" option!
Just browsing the first page, I see -- ranch tour, brewery tours, outdoor concerts, pottery classes, photography for beginners class, photo shoots in gardens somewhere, vineyard tours, lazy river rafting, guitar lessons, paintball, trampoline parks, cheesy "dinner and a show" places like Medieval Times, animal sanctuary visits.
Check out the offerings for your city. Whether any of them hit the spot or not is beside the point, it's a great source of inspiration for fun, unique, and often relatively cheap date ideas. Plus the memories can be great!
Instead of a couples workbook, you could do something like the me and you journals A Year of Us: A Couples Journal: One Question a Day to Spark Fun and Meaningful Conversations https://www.amazon.com/dp/1641524243/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_EJKV597SRCFDFJZXQSQ4
I once bought a moleskine and pounded a title on it:
I have horribly cold feet all the time- fleece lined moccasins changed my life!!!!
A pair like these also makes a difference...
a tofu press the secret to cooking really good vegan/vegetarian tofu is squeezing all the moisture out. But it’s kinda tricky to do by hand, so these simple kitchen tools help with that. Vegans love em.
You could get one of those balancing wine bottle holders. They come in all sorts of designs that can make the bottle look like it’s floating/balancing. Curved Single Bottle Wood Stand - 9258 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QTB76K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_mXYYFb8Z8NV9A
If she’s crafty, you can get a candle making set to make her own candle and scents.
Cute succelent flower pot ?
if you have amazon prime then they also sell succulents anyway.
Cute cactus candles
He sounds just like my dad, who was also very hard to buy for.
A couple of ideas - a fruit and nut plate off of Amazon.
The book "Don't Squat with your Spurs On." https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Squat-Your-Spurs-Cowboys/dp/142360699X/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543267048&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=don%27t+sit+with+your+spurs+on+book
I'd consider going and doing a large tea-sampler or two for the whole team. That way, you don't have to worry about individual gifts and you know it's something you can all discuss and enjoy well into the new year. Here's one on amazon that says it's eligible for Prime shipping. This would also allow for you not to have to specifically give each of them gifts, meaning they won't feel awkward or bad if they didn't get a gift for you. Just a thought!
Maybe not 100% up your alley, but there's this fun book with Hello World written in 100 different programming langauges. It might not make you bond with your friend, but for a software engineer it can be a fun gift.
Here's a gift for him: How to be a Better Boyfriend
The way you describe it, he kinda seems like a bit self centered. If he is disappointed of you for this, then it is a red flag in my book.
I actually DO have a great idea. And it won't ruin the old DL either.
Buy a plan wood box, or a wood plaque. The wood needs to be unfinished, I believe. You can buy these at JoAnn's or Michael's, both are craft stores. Here is a picture of the plaques:
Then, follow these instructions to make a photo transfer of her license onto the wood. It looks really cool, is useful (if it is a box) and one of a kind.
It is possible to get typographic photos like this in Photoshop or similar https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=face%20with%20type%20in%20it%20graphic%20design#id=C1F39CF2F77AE42A2736F7018E542C3D8EEF4D6E
Not sure if the words will still make sense though.
The other big problem you'll have is photo resolution. Because you're planning such a big "canvas" the picture will have to be extremely high resolution or it won't look good once it's that big.
The good news is, once you get your big photo ready it should be relatively easy to cut it into 9 different pieces for print.
So sweet :)
A really lovely gift could be a weekend getaway at a quaint B&B or a nearby, quiet beach. Check Groupon Getaways. There are tons of options that would fall within your price point if you can get your brothers to pitch in!
Maybe some of the theatres are doing some online showings of their productions now? I know there have been a few posted online for free lately but I can’t find my bookmark for it right now as I’m away from my PC. You might check out the sites for some of the big international theatres and see if there’s anything like that available though?
Do they like to learn new things at all? My parents aren’t too adventurous and spend most evenings watching TV too but I got them membership to Masterclass last year and they loved it. It has lessons from some amazing people on all kinds of stuff including cooking and learning to write. Well all sorts really. It can even just be a bit of fun without having to take it super seriously either.
Do they like to cook at all? Maybe a nice set of kitchen equipment would be nice?
Have you ever seen a home Ice Cream maker? Would be hard to get a good one for $50 but some of them make truly amazing ice cream right at home and it sure is addictive lol.
If they watch a lot of TV how about membership to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV or Disney+ or something?
Do they read books at all? You can pick up a great refurbished Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite for that kind of price I think and it’s wonderful for anyone that loves to read but would benefit from being able to increase font size, or who doesn’t want to store hundreds of books on shelves.
I hope that helps anyway. Wishing you the best of luck and the best of health my friend!!
Honestly I love all your gift ideas- you really can’t go wrong with an Air Tag, a Cool CD, different lenses, etc
To add on to the photo lenses idea- Selfie Ring Stick
A lot of content creators use this and it also has a Tripod which is a bonus
If she likes bird, this acrylic bird feeder hangs on your window so you can watch birds come and go, and would be great for a dorm room as it's easily removable.
I think the dumpling plush is also a cute idea.
For mom, do you know what scents she likes? You could try a handmade soap or candle. You could also get her some accessories to help her with yoga/enjoying nature like a sunhat, new comfy yoga mat, or something like that. For coffee, many small roasters have special reserve batches that could be very interesting, and if you have a larger budget, a coffee subscription.
For the friend it could be trickier since you have a bit less to go off of. Could you afford a nice set of wireless headphones (if she runs or does any other kind of solo sport/exercise)? There are some small and cute books like gmorning, gnight and a sloth’s guide to mindfulness if she’s openminded about improving mental health or needs a pep up. If she doesn’t have a good water bottle, a hydroflask is a decent investment, and you could get stickers to start her off if you know any animals, food, shows, etc she likes.
First of all, congrats on dating your BTGGF! As someone with some BTGGF (more like STGGF) insight, I think you have a lot of good avenues to explore with the occultish stuff. Look on metaphysical shop websites for ideas. I personally would love a good pentagram necklace, or maybe something with a baphomet. Crystal jewelry is also a good bet. There are a ton of different crystals with different meanings, so perhaps google some shit and see what resonates most with her. If incense and other burnable shit is up her alley, look into a nice incense burner, candle holder, and ofc, incense and candles. If you happen to live near a metaphysical shop, stop in and ask the shop owner for some advice. They'll probably hook you up with some neat shit.
Idk about who she is exactly, but there are like, cat stockings on the market that are cute and gothy. Honestly, stockings of any variety would seem pretty tight *badum tish*. I'm biased, but I think funky little socks would make a wonderful gift.
And of course, MAKE her a cute card. Maybe put some pressed flowers in it? OOH you could get her a journal/book of shadows with a flower pressed into the front cover or something.
Best of luck!
does she need to keep the squirrels in the yard busy?
This notebook is amazing and you can get a matching pen loop that adheres to it. It comes in ruled, dotted, grid, and plain. It's also able to be indexed.
It comes in a nice variety of beautiful colours.
My wife purchased an small indoor green house (like this) and she loves it. She starts all of her plants in there and then moves them outside as they get larger.
A prop for his work? A red nose, snapping gum, a whoopee cushion, or something like this appropriate gag below:
Not sure what kind of sci-fi we’re talking, but would something like this interest him?
you can get him a gshock or casio watch if he doesn't have a watch he wears. I like them a lot.
You can also get him one of these do-dads.
I’m sure she would love anything for her pets. My dogs have a sling type bed that they love. My older dog loves it because it’s so easy on his joints since he’s not putting any pressure on them. They all love it because it doesn’t get hot. They sell them every once in a while at Costco but Amazon has them too.
Coolaroo The Original Elevated Pet Bed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001HX426W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_.fk-FbZ29M2BC
A headphone stand could be really handy.
Not Bulls or Cubs related but very Chicago.
There’s also one with the flag and neighborhood names
Greenline Goods Skyline Etched Chicago Whiskey Glasses Gift (Set of 2) | Old Fashioned Tumbler – For Chicago Lovers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0791KY8HF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_EKm3Fb0NS1HJH
I think food gift is a safe bet. Candies, snacks, etc. Maybe like this meat stick sampler
My aunt is very similar and I also struggle with her every year. I found buying Cricut tools hard to choose from because I don't have one myself and they are usually pricey so I aim for a giftcard for that. I hate just giving gifcards so I typically end up making her a small gift basket every year of some things I think are cool at the craft store. Most craft stores that cut fabric by the yard have a clearance section of fabric that was just extra from people who bought by the yard. I start by picking out some of those and then usually a few ribbon or wood pieces. Really just random bits she can craft with. She's told me having a random assortment of things has made her get creative with what she makes. I also try to find some sort of "kit" that'll allow her to try something new. One year I got her a paint pour set and another I got her a stuffed animal knitting kit. This year I got her a tiny tabletop vacuum that looks like a ladybug off of Amazon for her to quickly clean her workstation and these socks https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Socks-Womens-Crafty-B-h/dp/B074HTLJ91
They make sushi sticky notes too - like these, if that’s something he’d be interested in that might go along with the other sushi themed gifts.
My first thought was a waffle iron that makes dog-shaped waffles. Oddly enough, I couldn't find one. But I did find this one which makes various animal shaped waffles including a dog.
Does he have recording equipment? I wonder if he’s the kind of person who might connect with others if he put his music online, and would enjoy playing with audio. This is a very very basic mic that seems to be in your price range and standalone but I know might not be ideal for guitar specifically (though it seems others have success with recording basic guitar from 3ft away) so it might need upgrading (to something like this with a mic stand) if he gets really into that sort of thing.
To tackle her love of reading, self-care, and cosiness... how about reading socks? My partner first got a pair for me two years ago and oh my! We both wear them not only when we’re reading, but when we’re watching a movie, when we’re lazy, sick, just because. They’re so comfy and are perfect on a cold day.
The link above is the place we buy ours from. But here is an Amazon link.
This is the one my daughter has asked for. I don’t have personal experience but it looks pretty good.
Magnetic Fidget Pen Toy Magnet Gel Pen Fidget Toy Think Ink Pen, can be Transformed into a Variety of Creative for Adult and Children Stress Relief Office Product https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZYP74RP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_ZYUTFbF0NTQAB
He might not have one of these yet. It’s a classic. Fits your budget. Looks nice when displayed but obviously a very helpful tool.
Zacro Acrylic Film Clapboard -12 x 10in Plastic Film Clapboard Cut Action Scene Clapper Board with a Magnetic Blackboard Eraser and Two Custom Pens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PYSJRXR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_uPmTFb3HQ260B
These survival kit fits your budget and the items inside are probably the most valuable pieces you could have in a kit.
Bushcraft Survival Ferro Rod Fire Starter Kit | Ferro Rod w/Multi Tool Striker & Bonus Gift Paracord Bracelet w/Compass & Whistle for Camping Backpacking Hiking | Waterproof https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08739FR2N/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_qdmTFb9E91YRN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I just suggested this exact thing on another post, but this Play Nine golf game might be something he’d enjoy.
A golf themed game like Play Nine might be something fun for him to play with his family.
Does he like star wars by any chance? They make the absolute hardest 1000 piece Star Wars puzzles! Every piece is a scene from the movie and they make a giant mosaic image of one of the characters. They are so so so hard. Definitely a challenge. If you search "Star Wars puzzle" on Amazon you will find a ton!
Here's the one that I got for my fiancé.
Buffalo Games Star Wars Photomosaic: Boba Fett - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Buffalo Games https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OMVQE44/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_AK7vwbYV9XZCP
> Thanks so much, this looks awesome. However it also is above my head (certainly not my dad's though I'm sure). Just curious what exactly does it do aside from test transistors (seems like with software updates new functionality is being added?
It tests transistors, diodes, resistors, inductors, capacitors (gives things like ESR which is essential for testing capacitor health), zeners, mosfets, triacs, SCRs, etc. It also gives a square wave out and freq generator and I think one or two other functions that I forget.
The ones without the case are better because they have open pads for testing SMD components.
If he wouldn't mind a kit, I would order something like this:
For some this is a downside to a kit is he builds it himself. For me though, that is a fun upside. You know your dad well enough to know if this is good or bad.
The reason I suggest this one is that it is WAY better than any of the preassembled ones that I could find on Amazon. It has the rotary encoder to step through the menus in the newer version, it also has the nice layout for the SMD testing. eBay is tough because most of the ones on eBay ship from China and will take a month to get here.
Another person said the spice rack as well, but this year for Christmas I found a spice rack from BB&B for around 50 dollars and it was sold out, so I looked and found it on Amazon for under 35 dollars instead with prime shipping. Buddy loved the gift, cooking is his favorite hobby.
Super curious if it's the same spice rack, /u/bluetay6!
Amazon link to the exact one
(Always check Amazon if budget is a concern)
Sounds like she could benefit from a file cart. Don't forget to get hanging file folders and then colorful file folders to go in them. I think the cart is the way to go (i.e., something bigger), which will be useful as her business expands.
I was initially going to suggest a tray organizer, but as someone who used to do a lot of administrative work, I don't think those are effective for business. You just end up stacking papers into random trays, and nothing ever gets thrown out.
Files boxes are a nice compromise if the cart is too big. I used to have one almost identical to this, except by Stanley. (I can't find the Stanley one on Amazon.) Get the one with the handle. And of course, don't forget to get the hanging folders + colorful file folders to go with it!
You mentioned she likes to travel. I don't know what kind of phone your best friend has but this seems pretty handy to have when traveling. I found it on Amazon.
Phone Charging Passport Holder Travel Case w/ Power Bank – iPhone, Galaxy & More - RFID Blocking (blush color) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6GNGP2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7bSRzbYKR5H80
Hope that helps!
+1 to the Kerbal Idea, if he does not own it yet ofc. If you know a couple games he likes we can give you some good ideas. Also a mouse bungee is the best thing since sliced bread. It basically holds your mouse cable up off the table away from anything. It is pretty cheap and super awesome if you ask anyone who owns one.. Here is the amazon link.
If you need Headset recommendations I own a few pair of gaming headsets and can give a personal recommendation.
Are you in an area that has Uber Eats or related food delivery services (e.g., Door Dash, GrubHub)? The business itself may not deliver, but these companies can do that for you.
Does it have to be FRESH dessert? There are also tons of places you can order chocolates to be delivered, including Amazon. Everyone loves Ferrero Rochers.
I'm not sure how old your toddlers are, but would they be able to enjoy an Instax Mini camera? If so, also get some of the fun film packs. I find the default white ones to be kind of boring. Amazon has a few kits that seem to come with albums and stickers to decorate the photos too.
I instantly thought of a camera strap! There are pretty scarf like ones that are soft and light. Here is one I found on amazon with a Hawaiian theme! camera strap
They make cigar samplers that you could pair with a nice cigar lighter for your dad.
Would your Mom like an amazon fire? She can read on it and they're also handy to use for following recipes while cooking.
My husband and I love to travel and love good food as well. 3 months ago I order this from Amazon and I absolutely love them, I bought two sets. They are hand made and painted in Spain, emulating the Sagrada Familia. They come in a luxury package package explaining how are they made etc..
ANTONI BARCELONA Large Wine Glass - Unique Hand Painted Gifts for Women, Men, Wedding, Anniversary, Couples, Engagement (2) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01MT7A8LW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_wNEbCb0PZH5R9
Edit: they are for red wine. But I believe they have more of this mouth blow, hand painted glasses
ANTONI BARCELONA Stemless Wine Glass - SET 4 - Unique Hand Painted Drinking Glasses, Drinkware Essentials, Wine Tumbler, Glassware Gifts Ideas for Women https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01NBTC0HP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_aWEbCbQFM8CAH
Amazon has a lot of adult Lego sets!
I would recommend this sweatshirt for your sister if she's a fan of the office... comes in a lot of colors so you could pick her favorite and what teenager doesn't love a sweatshirt 😁
If you wanted a gag gift... you could give her a dundie award for some inside family joke, paired with a chili's gift card... I'll think about your brother and circle back!
Any interesting in building/tinkering? Last time my dad was recovering from an illness I sent him a ken-ken book and (this wooden model kit)[Rolife 3D Wooden Assembly Puzzle Wood Craft Kit-DIY Model Toy-Home Decoration-Best Educational Christmas Birthday Day Gift for Boys Girls Friends Son Adults (Gramophone) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQ182FW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_uw4JFbNVZVP3M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1]. Or maybe gardening? I also sent my dad this (bonsai starter kit)[Bonsai Starter Kit - The Complete... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH2ZDTM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share]. I don’t know if he actually planted them but he thought the kit itself was very clever and thoughtful.
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In regards to "street fashion wear"...
I bought myself this watch, the Casio F108WHC in white, and holy crap I love it. I smile every time I see it on me and get let's of positive comments from people. And its sooooo inexpensive! XD
Eddie Trunks ‘ Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’
A nice frame for wedding pictures?
Since newlyweds have to send lots of thank you cards, I also like these custom emboss stamps with their new address or name on them like this: Flourish Name Custom Address Hand Embosser https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5D06KY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VXaxFbAPAZRR3
I would suggest buying a bunch of flavored chapsticks and trying out the chapstick challenge! (Guess what the flavor is by kissing). My girlfriend and I have literally just colored together and it’s so nice because we just talk and think about nothing serious
Also, my gf got this for her dad for Father’s Day and he was happy to receive it
As a Jew we have pleeeenty off holidays! The next one is called Shavuot and it starts June 8. We eat a lot of dairy during this holiday so if he’s not lactose intolerant and you’re able to find a local bakery to deliver to him you could get him a double gift for his birthday/the Jewish holiday. Some things we eat: cheesecake, blintzes, quiche you could even send some cheese danishes. There also might be Jewish bakeries in his area that might deliver as well.
Another idea is to get him a nice artistic mezuzah case (what we put Torah scrolls in) check amazon, etsy, etc most jews (even non religious) tend to have a mezuzah at their home.
Here’s an example of what a case might look like but there’s plenty of other designs: https://www.amazon.com/Mezuzá-Judaica-diseño-Pomegranate-Israel/dp/B073X4VY3S/ref=pd_sim_201_4/147-2300492-4438440?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B073X4VY3S&pd_rd_r=9c4883d4-a152-4a39-8d3c-b2fe5ad13171&pd_rd_w=PkzgD&pd_rd_wg=aP5YO&pf_r...
LGBTQ+ pride kippah/yarmulke? (This I’ll leave to you if you think he’d appreciate or not)
Amazon gift cards for the thing they don’t have that they will suddenly let decide they NEED at 2am one day after a rough night.
You can gift it in book. This is one of my favorites to give at baby showers. It is really fun and my son (3.5) still loves it and it isn’t one of the common ones that every new parent gets.
Do Cows Meow? (A Lift-the-Flap Book) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1402789564?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
https://www.amazon.com/Homebody-Guide-Creating-Spaces-Never/dp/006280197X I have wanted this book FOR EVER. i love interior design but especially personal interior design. Not sure if this seems like something she'd be into but just a thought.
a weighted blanket
Maybe some warming booties like this I have some similar and whenever I use them it's such a feeling of comfort. it's like a warm hug on your feet.
And if you don’t like the fish tank ones and think she would want to run her hands over something look at fiber optic lights like this or this flower one?
I think a light like this would be good. It has a remote, so will need to be looked after, but it is age appropriate and I think she would enjoy it. I used to work with adults with disabilities and we had a sensory room with a HUGE light like this that was popular. They also have floor ones that are maybe three feet high, but those look to go for $80+ (more like 100). This one would also get there by Saturday.
With the balance you could do a blanket, robe, slippers, or adult fidget toy (my nieces and nephews love them, as does my husband). The adult ones are a little less colorful, but still cool.
there are already a lot of great ideas but here are a few more just in case!
-mini indoor/outdoor fire bowl (this is just one example, they have a bunch that are pretty affordable) maybe with "forks" for s'mores
-france themed gift– french wine, french cheese, french chocolate (or any other foods), french home/bath products, french books/art, etc
-anything to do with flowers/foliage... a kit to grow them, a small plant + a gift card to a floral or plant delivery service, etc
-alcohol drink/serveware that starts with f (flask, flagon, flutes, etc) & an alcohol starting with f
-"flight"- if there are a lot of travelers in your group, an assortment of items to make flying more pleasant- can include things like nice packing cubes, a nice travel toiletry kit, travel blanket, cute luggage tags, anything you think they might enjoy
I just bought this for a relative of mine, also into similar things- basically it's a tea leaf reading cup and book. Pair it with some different loose leaf teas.
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What do you think? https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939754720?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_6JDPZEA34SNK7AMCN16B
(also genuinely tempted to throw in a parenting book as pretty sure you don’t respond to an autistic toddler having a full blown meltdown by shouting “you are bad” and “stop crying” repeatedly but that’s just me)
remote control cars go over well with that age bracket (particularly ones that are easy to steer and can flip over and continue driving). Glow in the dark stuff + Headlamp + fort making things like this or this
If she has a decent little coffee corner the grinder I use and like is on sale again. Great for moka pots and french presses, and seconding getting some nice, whole beans from a local spot.
Board games... fluxx and wingspan come to mind. Does she have any preferences for boardgames?
I also work in IT, if he needs a nice toolkit for tech-related things I've heard these are amazing: https://www.amazon.com/iFixit-Pro-Tech-Toolkit-Electronics/dp/B01GF0KV6G
I found a thrifted desk and added a few things to make it more hobby friendly!!
Amazon has many affordable options too!
Try searching "hobby desk"
This is similar
Get him this book: Ignition!
It is an intimate history of liquid-fueled rocket engines. It is fantastic. Unless, of course, he already has it.
Hue bias lighting: (https://smile.amazon.com/Hue-Play-Light-Starter-Bridge/dp/B07Z8B99YS/ref=sr\_1\_1\_sspa?keywords=philips+hue+bias+lighting&qid=1670968816&sprefix=hue+bias%2Caps%2C122&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A37ZSWO6PFG1ND&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVk...)
The newest/upgrade model of the gaming mouse he uses.
Upgrade for his gaming headset.