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Topic: Gift Suggestions : A Q&A Thread  (Read 601 times)

Lemon

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Gift Suggestions : A Q&A Thread
Hey ballp.it:

Let's say, hypothetically, you had to buy a gift for a basement dwelling manchild who mostly plays Xbox and... End of list? I guess he probably plays Switch too.

Let's say you were supposed to buy a gift for this hypothetical person, and you didn't want it to be yet another Xbox game or Funko Pop. Maybe you'd ideally like it to be a singing telegram that says "Get A Job" but that's not really a gift.

I guess the criteria would be "something he'd like, but also hopefully I'd want to avoid feeling like I was contributing to his atrophy."

I mean, hypothetically, if that were to be the case for somebody on this thread, that person could use a gift suggestion.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2022, 06:27:02 pm by Lemon »

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So I've been in this situation a couple of times and I know this is kind of my default answer, BUT ANYWAY!!!: possibly something to encourage his creativity? I've given stuff like that to people who I know would use and appreciate it right away, but I've also tried this on folks like the person you're describing and I've... occasionally, anyway... seen some results. With someone whose main drive is "consume media, end of story," I often try to act extra hyped to see what they'll make. So, you know, giving some cheap paints and then saying "please just show me the finished picture! I'd love to see what you come up with! :DDDDD", or a journal and say "I'm eager to see the first draft of that novel you always wanted to write! ^_^", things like that. Sometimes this works and they'll actually try to express themselves through a story or a picture, other times it just has more and more dust on it every time I see it. I admit I'm biased because I'm just really interested in seeing what people can come up with out of their own heads, so maybe I'm being too generous here and this guy will in no way make the attempt. But just throwing it out there!

Alternate kind-of-jokey-but-maybe-not answer: um....... a fedora??
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In sort of a similar but not quite the same situation (it's complicated) I just ordered some rip-off lego from China of whatever intellectual property they liked.
The problem as I see it is someone like that probably won't be motivated to make changes from "just a gift". Unless you know the manchild wants to make a change, it gets complicated.
But if they have said they want to do X, Y or Z, something that wouldn't contribute to their atrophy, you can probably give a gift that would in theory help with that.

So my thought behind the "legally we can't say we're lego but we are "compatible with leading brands"" kits is that at least they'll probably take the time to build it? Which is something. It's not much but it is something.
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Some kind of food could always work. Something delicious that would be considered a treat is always my go to when I don't know what to get someone. It depends on what your budget for that person is though. It's harder to do that if you want to spend more money on them. Fancy Trader Joe snacks are a fun gift for the people who are impossible to shop for.

It doesn't really symbolize the whole "get a job" idea you're going for, but it is an easy gift. It's perfect for those people like your partner's relative that you barely know, but you know she's planning on getting you a gift.
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Maybe a cookbook? It's a nice gift, and it's a thing to do that isn't videogames.
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Cookbook is probably shooting the moon and wouldn't be appreciated, but I'm thinking maybe one of those Blue Apron things?
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Cookbook is probably shooting the moon and wouldn't be appreciated, but I'm thinking maybe one of those Blue Apron things?
Lemon, December 07, 2022, 08:27:34 pm

The prep time on those Blue Apron things might be too much for him if he's itchin' to get back to his Xbox. Looking around, I found this though your mileage may vary depending on how I-Can't-Doooo-Thiiiis-It's-Too-Haaaaard he's willing to be about trying new things.

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Maybe a sci-fi novel that's nerdy enough for him not to dismiss but literary enough for you to give in good conscience? Le Guin or Dick or something along those lines.

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In sort of a similar but not quite the same situation (it's complicated) I just ordered some rip-off lego from China of whatever intellectual property they liked.
The problem as I see it is someone like that probably won't be motivated to make changes from "just a gift". Unless you know the manchild wants to make a change, it gets complicated.
But if they have said they want to do X, Y or Z, something that wouldn't contribute to their atrophy, you can probably give a gift that would in theory help with that.

So my thought behind the "legally we can't say we're lego but we are "compatible with leading brands"" kits is that at least they'll probably take the time to build it? Which is something. It's not much but it is something.
organburner, December 07, 2022, 02:02:56 am

Atrophied (albeit also employed) video game weird checking in, Lego was my first thought, or maybe a miniature and some paints for a slightly craftier alternative?

Alternatively this is a little more out there but a lot of the nerds I know are big music people too, would he be interested in a ticket to see a band or maybe one of those video game music orchestra shows?

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maybe you can get them a gift card to one of those online therapy services or something.
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