Can sporty, utilitarian gifts be romantic?

  • jackthejock

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    Feb 13, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    (So, I'm asking about a specific gift for a specific person, but the topic in general I still find interesting and would love to hear about similar situations)

    One of my first dates with my boyfriend was a little hike and then a picnic up on a hill...but we didn't exactly have the best equipment for it and pretty much just tossed everything in a reusable whole foods bag. So since his birthday is in a few weeks I thought it would be a good gift to get one of those picnic baskets that has the plates and wine glasses and everything. There are a million different kinds out there and I am sort of torn between the classic wicker basket with red checkered lining and wine glasses or a more modern insulated, sporty backpack style.

    The more traditional kind just seems so nice and romantic for things like movies in the park or weekend trips to the country and outdoor concerts (all of which he loves). But he is also a very sporty guy and might get more use out of something that could serve all those same purposes but is also more designed for somebody to go backpacking or camping with, but those tend to be kinda ugly and unsexy

    Which do you think is better to get something that is classically romantic or something that is more practical?
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    Feb 13, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    I personally think outdoor-centric gifts are sexy as hell. I feel like the basket is a bit too much.. I'd definitely go with the backpack type version.

    But I live in a really outdoorsy city, where everyone wears North Face and hiking boots on any given day.
  • jackthejock

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    Feb 14, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    thanks, I found one that I think is a good combo of the two...It looks like just a canvas backpack on the outside but on the inside it has wine glasses, a cutting board, a cheese knife and cloth napkins (plus plates & silverware). It is for sure something I could see going on a hike but then when you unpack it you can make it romantic.
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    Feb 14, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    Depends upon the person. Some people like apparently useless sentimental gifts. Some people like totally practical gifts which are apparently completely lacking in sentiment.

    One of my ex's was ecstatic when I gave him a new vacuum cleaner for his birthday. I couldn't get him to stop vacuuming the floors, the drapes, the a/c ducts, etc., for nearly a month.

    During these challenging economic times, I tend to give cash. It's classic and is always welcome.

    Then, for the romanticism, give him a good fucking in the woods.
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    Feb 14, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    It just goes to show you need to know who you're giving the gift to. Case in point - I was so bummed when my egg cooker died. I can't ever seem to get them to come out right when I boil them on the stove but the egg cooker worked every time. Anyhow, I looked around for one but couldn't find a replacement and my partner found one online and gave it to me last week. I was SO happy to get it - a $20 egg cooker! icon_lol.gif So it just kind of depends on knowing what the person you're getting the gift for wants.
  • Coug24_wyo

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    Feb 14, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidDepends upon the person. Some people like apparently useless sentimental gifts. Some people like totally practical gifts which are apparently completely lacking in sentiment.

    One of my ex's was ecstatic when I gave him a new vacuum cleaner for his birthday. I couldn't get him to stop vacuuming the floors, the drapes, the a/c ducts, etc., for nearly a month.

    During these challenging economic times, I tend to give cash. It's classic and is always welcome.

    Then, for the romanticism, give him a good fucking in the woods.


    +1 GREAT advice haha.
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    Feb 14, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    I love useful things. But then again I consider LladrĂ³ useful.

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    Feb 14, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I want one of these:

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    http://www.sixpackbags.com/

    I've made several hints about one to my best friend, since my birthday is at the end of the month.
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    Feb 14, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI love useful things. But then again I consider LladrĂ³ useful.

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    Art is a wonderful store of value and does serve a pleasing aesthetic purpose. Gifts of fine art should never be looked down upon no matter how much it may clash with your existing decor. You can always turn to Sotheby's for help in converting that horrible DeKooning into something more to your tastes.

    Diamonds (loose, Ideal cut, E-VVS2 or better) of a carat or more are very useful. Great to have around if you need to etch glass. Always a very handy way to transport value and wealth with limited weight and space. You can even swallow a handful of them for the border crossing with no ill effects. No problems with metal detectors either when you go through airport security.
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    Bullion is also quite useful. Excellent on a windy day when you're working on a stack of papers. The flatter gold "kilobar" works very well on even a very breezy day. A bit bulkier to travel with. A little harder to get through Customs.
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    Both of these are classic gifts which should not be overlooked. Family and other loved ones should be given frequent hints that these highly practical gifts are preferred. Assure them that these gifts are just packed with sentiment.



  • Vaughn

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    Feb 14, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    I hate when people get me gifts. Chocolate is plenty good.
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    Feb 14, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    GAMRican said You can always turn to Sotheby's for help in converting that horrible DeKooning into something more to your tastes.




    Huh...you know I never thought about it that way! And here I've just been using DeKooning canvas scraps to wipe my butt in the bathroom because I'm too lazy to buy another pack of Charmin.
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    Feb 14, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    LeanVA saidI want one of these:

    6-pack-utility.jpg

    http://www.sixpackbags.com/

    That is freaking awesome!! I want one!!!
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    Feb 14, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Like GAMRican, it depends on the person, and you know him best. One of the best valentine days gifts I ever got in 18yrs with my ex was a blowtorch. In fact thats that was from one of the 1st valentines together and its the one gift I remember to this day. Not very romantic, but definately utilitarian.