In the spirit of helping those (me) looking for a good gift, what's the cleverest christmas gift you've ever given, received, or heard of. Heck, it doesn't even have to be clever, just one that will or was greatly appreciated.
Right now I am very greatly enjoying the Nintendo DS, I was cleverly given just before the power outage instead of at Christmas.
Sometimes it's the presentation that makes a present special. Witness JJD's post from last year:
Originally posted by JayJayDeanThe best thing(s) would obviously have to be the Dora stuff IJ got for her room: bed, toy storage rack, couch and shelf. She's NEVER been so disoriented as she was when she first walked into her room Christmas morning. (She woke up in there, got up to pee not quite having picked up on the difference, went back in and then just stood there for AT LEAST a minute, I think trying to figure out first why her bed was moved then realizing it was the Dora bed she'd asked for.)
Having said that, I have to cop out and say that it depends on who the gift is for.
I have to agree with the DS along with a game appropriate to the personality of the recipient. I would also suggest a "Night Out" package, which would contain a gift certificate to a restaurant, tickets to some event, and something quirky to make it really memorable. Mall gift certificates are also nice without restricting someone to a specific store.
You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyways.-- Robert Jordan (1948-2007), The Wheel Of Time
I'm usually terrible at this but I did hit it big one year. About a year after our son was born I got her three periodots(our sons birthstone), one representing each of us, two made into earrings and one as a matching necklace. I realize tons of people have probably gone that route but I thought it up myself at the time and the wife loved it and her father copied the idea for her mother a year later.
This year wasn't bad as she had a work trip to Germany last week so I gave her an iPod Touch with a complete Grey's Anatomy season on it for the trip(she avoided the show for a year or two because she knew I wouldn't watch with her).
On a cheaper scale, it was a Valentines Day gift but check out http://www.normanloveconfections.com/. The most amazing looking and tasting box of chocolates you'll ever see. Really I mean it. Did a search for chocolate review websites and several pointed me there. For less pretty but just as perfect try http://www.franschocolates.com/. The caramels with special salt on them had the wife going crazy. Both places will only ship overnight or two day at best, as they ship with freeze packs to keep them cold and fresh.
Last year I knew my father had lost most of his military stuff so I looked up his records, got copies of every medal or badge he ever got and put them in a shadow box for him. I don't know how he felt about it as he lives far away but it made me proud to do it. Wow I really like my own ideas. Shocking.
Best I ever got? When my grandmother died I wasn't able to attend and my mother had an house auction. My wife's mother lived nearby and went to it. She gave me that xmas the flag that was draped over my grandfathers casket. Mom never cared for stuff like that much but I was really moved. Granted that in no way will help anyone else with a gift idea.
My dad loved to talk about how when he was a kid, he went to the movies and watched a serial called The Green Archer, and how he saw the first 13 episodes and missed the 14th and final one where the Green Archer unmasks. For nearly 50 years, he had been wondering who the Green Archer really was. So after hearing that story (again and again), something clicked and I realized that somebody somewhere must have put The Green Archer out on DVD by now. I looked. They had. To say he was thrilled would be an understatement.
We watched the whole series together. It was terrible, and the identity of the Green Archer was obvious from about 30 seconds into the first episode. This did not make us love it any less.
Sierra Nevada. Occasionally, Blue Moon. I agree that the Trader Joe's brand beers are all passable - although I usually just spend the extra buck or two and get something I really enjoy (Lagunitas or Peak Organic IPAs tend to win out).