Need birthday gift ideas for my boyfriend

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    Sep 14, 2011 11:06 AM GMT
    Hey guys! My boyfriend's birthday is coming up in a couple months, so I wanted to go ahead and start thinking about a cool gift to get him. I know he loves to read (but prefers books to a Nook), cooking, NC State basketball, travel and wine/beer.

    I was thinking about surprising him with a beer/wine tasting somewhere (and get a bunch of wine as well) or maybe a weekend getaway in the mountains. Thoughts? I'm all for suggestions!

    Thanks!
    Brad icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 14, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    Chocolate wine + Netflix = Win
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    Sep 14, 2011 11:11 AM GMT
    Well Brad, I wasn't aware that you now have a boyfriend. Congratulations! Since I'm a hopeless romantic, I like the idea of a weekend getaway in the mountains. Do you have any hot mineral baths in NC?
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    Sep 14, 2011 11:19 AM GMT
    I also like the mountain get away. And maybe on the way up or back you could stop by some interesting location
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 14, 2011 11:47 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidChocolate wine + Netflix = Win


    I am with you there on the chocolate wine. That is just wonderful and is perfect after a nice dinner.

    Brad, what does your boyfriend like literature-wise?
  • janu88

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    Sep 14, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    if the budget isnt a problem.
    get him a trip to Prague - the beer city of the world.
    take him to beer tasting and beer museums or something...
    plus prague is lovely! icon_wink.gif
  • smudgedude

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    Sep 14, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    the beer/wine tasting is pretty spot on. go with that.
  • LJay

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    Sep 14, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    A long weekend at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville with a private wine tasting.
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    Sep 14, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    On the way to wherever you go, give him roadhead.

    He'll NEVER forget it.
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    Sep 14, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    A watch maybe? or pair of nice shoes...

    When did you get a bf! icon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 14, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Tickets to a big NCSU bball game. I also got a friend an autographed framed poster of the U. Mich bball team for xmas back in the 90's. He said it was the best xmas present he received.
  • Musicman91

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    Sep 14, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    I like the idea of a romantic getaway icon_biggrin.gif
  • JP85257

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    Sep 14, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    Get him a hooker and a bottle of wine.
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 14, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Does he have the following cooking equipment?

    Microplane
    Good quality springiform pan
    Le Creuset Dutch Oven

    If not, those might be something to consider. They're hot in the cooking world, and I get good use out of mine...
  • BCSwimmer

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    Sep 14, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Since he likes cooking consider an evening class at a cooking school that you could both enjoy together in a cuisine he isn't familiar with but might like to learn, perhaps learning how to make sushi or an ethnic cuisine like Thai or Indian. It's an experiential gift, that you can enjoy together, rather than "stuff".

    I would bet there would be a lot of different places that offer such classes in your area if you google your city and "cooking classes".

    There is one I've been to a few times in Vancouver that offers a different option each night; either "hands on" or else just sitting back observing in a class room setting while getting to enjoy the variety of dishes being made:
    http://www.cookshop.ca/store/calendar.asp?PriceCat=1&SessionID=5TAHN051U0&AffiliateID=&RefID=&mscssid=4FB2NSKFU4MC8PDUX4FJWA9W7H480FAC
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    Sep 14, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    I have this- it's great for aerating wine, makes a big difference for immediate drinking, and is fun to use and hear in use. The only disadvantages of it is that it has to be held a certain way so that it doesn't drip, but is simple to wash with soap and water after use.
    The regular $5- off BBB coupon is helpful.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16490091

    Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

    "This wine aerator lets you enjoy your wine from the very first sip. Simply hold it over a glass and pour the wine through; the Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. This gives your wine a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and a smoother finish, and gives you all the taste without the wait. Vinturi is made of acrylic and includes a no-drip stand and screen filter. Measures 5 3/4" H x 2" in diameter."
  • Midas426

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    Sep 14, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidI have this- it's great for aerating wine, makes a big difference for immediate drinking, and is fun to use and hear in use. The only disadvantages of it is that it has to be held a certain way so that it doesn't drip, but is simple to wash with soap and water after use.
    The regular $5- off BBB coupon is helpful.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16490091

    Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

    "This wine aerator lets you enjoy your wine from the very first sip. Simply hold it over a glass and pour the wine through; the Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. This gives your wine a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and a smoother finish, and gives you all the taste without the wait. Vinturi is made of acrylic and includes a no-drip stand and screen filter. Measures 5 3/4" H x 2" in diameter."
    I like that idea. In fact I think that would be the perfect gift for the wine drinker friend in my life. :-)
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    Sep 14, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    Congrats Brad! Good to see you around again.

    If planning months ahead I think a weekend trip up to Ashville would be nice icon_smile.gif I'm sure he'll enjoy spending quality time with you. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 14, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    It's a dick in a Box!
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    Sep 14, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Problem with the mountains (which are indeed lovely, I especially enjoy camping in them) is that the OP said this was in a couple of months. That's November, pretty bleak, fall colors mostly gone, snow not yet arrived in many places and too early for skiing in some of the resorts. Unless he'd just slip the reservation in an envelope for later use, go when there are guaranteed winter activities.

    A trip in November would be better to California, perhaps Palm Springs, or wine country with winery tours & dinners, which are lovely. Also the Gulf States, Florida Keys, the Caribbean, maybe a cruise.

    I also recommend many small gifts, even along with a trip. A yummy box of local hand-made chocolates (NEVER a Whitmann's celophane-wrapped sampler from the drug store), a book (perhaps on cooking), a few small gourmet utensils he doesn't have (see Williams-Sonoma online).

    I even got my hubby a video game for his computer, based on the TV show Wheel of Fortune, to which he's addicted. I secretly downloaded it to his computer, and hid the files & program icons until I presented it to him, ready to play. Silly thing cost me almost nothing, yet it remains his favorite gift from me, he's used it every day at home for 2 years! Go figure... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 14, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    great suggestions! I really like the idea of a good weekend getaway in Asheville also + wine tasting.

    side note, thanks for the compliments too! I'm glad to be back icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 14, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    Take him for a weekend travel for some place .. where u and him r alone !
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 14, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    Apparently research showed that most people value "experiences" rather than "material gifts" as the new experience remains longer. Take him away for the weekend.
  • JP85257

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    Sep 15, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    11337S saidooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!!!!! take him to a spiritual retreat!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif those are FUN!!!!!

    We had one of those in AZ and 7 people died or something like that.
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    Sep 15, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    if weather is permitting how a bout a hot air balloon ride to go along with the wine/beer. see the leaves changing colors thatd be awesome!