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Tadao May 4th, 2011 12:14 PM

I want to thank an older Jewish man with a gift, but he doesn't drink. What should I give him?

Serious answers are also welcome.

elx May 4th, 2011 12:33 PM

money

kahljorn May 4th, 2011 01:23 PM

that one book by Frankl

Kitsa May 4th, 2011 01:48 PM

Does he have any other characteristics, apart from Jewishness?

Srsly though I have lots of elderly Jewish relatives and I gots the hookup.

Ten Commandments Sticky Notes

Money Clip that says "Gelt"

It also sort of makes a big difference, if being Jewish IS his main characteristic, whether we're talking Orthodox or Reform or what because it makes a big difference in how seriously he takes things.

Tzedakah (charity) boxes, Mezuzahs, donations to Chabad.org and stuff like that are all good for a classier gift or someone who wants to take themselves seriously.

If not, there are tons of places online that sell matzo-patterned LET MY PEOPLE GO toilet seat covers.

kahljorn May 4th, 2011 02:07 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Me...4532398&sr=8-1

get him that unless you think he'd be offended by a book about holocaust survivors :O :O its a good book though.

Tadao May 4th, 2011 02:20 PM

Well, he is my neighbors dad and I know very little about him. He found on the sidewalk all my medical cards an SS card and returned it to me. That would have sucked to replace. I asked his son if he drank and he said no and then I expressed that I wanted to give him a thank you present and the were all "no it was nothing don't worry about it". That didn't help at all. :(

Things I know about him.

He's about 65 Y.O.
He recognizes the holidays but I think that's the extent of it.
He's from New York.
I don't think he eats pork.
I highly doubt he observes the sabbath.

So he's just your basic every day New York Jew living in Los Angeles. The only problem I have is that I don't know his level of humor. That's why I'm kinda looking for something that's traditional, but I didn't see anything when I googled it. He is also moving back to N.Y. in 2 weeks. If all else fails I'll buy him a card, but I wanted to do something nice since they have been great neighbors.

Kitsa May 4th, 2011 02:33 PM

These bookends are relatively tasteful and neutral:

http://www.moderntribe.com/judaica/j...az_bookholders

There's a cool coffee mug that is a ceramic version of the "We are Happy to Serve You" cups that are all over NYC...it's pretty neat...

Not sure exactly how much you want to spend, though. You could look for something that says "Ahava" in Hebrew, which is sort of the same word that means either "love" or "give". I have an Ahava necklace, but it might be weird giving something that could mean "love" to a guy.

I dunno, you might want to just look for a generic 65-year-old-man gift, rather than assume that because he's Jewish he walks around in tallit and that's all there is to him.

Here are a couple more fairly reliable Jewish gift sites:

http://www.judaicawebstore.com/Categ...?CategoryId=11

http://www.judaism.com/chabadstore.asp?cdo=chabad.org

Almost every local synagogue store I know of either redirects to or orders most of their stuff from that one.

You can also get a coffee table book of work by a Jewish artist, like Chagall.


Hope that info was serious and useful enough for you.

Fathom Zero May 4th, 2011 02:37 PM

I think the NY angle would be an easier play, with less risk. The coffee mug is nice.

Tadao May 4th, 2011 02:57 PM

Yeah, I think you're right Kitsa/FZ. Better just go with the 65 yo avenue since I have no idea how jewy he is. I'll have a look at Cost Plus/World Market first.

Pentegarn May 4th, 2011 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by elx (Post 719270)
money

I'm mad because I didn't get to type that first :lol

Seven Force May 4th, 2011 04:54 PM

Why don't you just ask Mr. Burbank what he wants? :lol

Pentegarn May 4th, 2011 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tadao (Post 719275)
So he's just your basic every day New York Jew living in Los Angeles.

Isn't there a place in LA than imports water from NYC so they can make authentic NYC bagels?

If so get him gift certificates to there

Tadao May 4th, 2011 05:15 PM

Oh man, that would be awesome, except he is moving in 2 weeks. Maybe I can just buy the bagels and have some for myself. Any idea on what the name of the bagel shop is?

Tadao May 4th, 2011 05:18 PM

Is it The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.?

http://www.brooklynwaterbagels.com/location.php

LordSappington May 4th, 2011 05:36 PM

http://www.ajewishgift.com/
If subtlety isn't a virtue of yours...

Ex Leper May 4th, 2011 07:17 PM

Just bought two boxes full of old issues of Starlog Magazine. :rock

Kitsa May 4th, 2011 08:04 PM

I've just had the second book "purchase" I've made on ebay go bad within a single month. I think I'm buying the book, I pay for it, then in an hour or so they refund my money and say "Sorry, we didn't have it." How are they allowed to list it if they never had it?

Ex Leper May 4th, 2011 08:17 PM

That happened to me on Amazon a few times as well.

kahljorn May 4th, 2011 08:35 PM

Quote:

I've just had the second book "purchase" I've made on ebay go bad within a single month. I think I'm buying the book, I pay for it, then in an hour or so they refund my money and say "Sorry, we didn't have it." How are they allowed to list it if they never had it?
HOW IS GREYHOUND ALLOWED TO SELL TICKETS THEY NEVER HAD GOD DAMNIT

amazon has uhh amagaybies

Pentegarn May 4th, 2011 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tadao (Post 719290)
Is it The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.?

http://www.brooklynwaterbagels.com/location.php

I believe so yes

Pentegarn May 4th, 2011 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kitsa (Post 719298)
I've just had the second book "purchase" I've made on ebay go bad within a single month. I think I'm buying the book, I pay for it, then in an hour or so they refund my money and say "Sorry, we didn't have it." How are they allowed to list it if they never had it?

That happens to me on board games a lot when i try and buy them via amazon

kahljorn May 4th, 2011 09:05 PM

Wait wait i got it.

Amazon's a woman.

IM A MISOGYNIST NOW.

Tadao May 4th, 2011 09:16 PM

:eek

Tadao May 4th, 2011 09:16 PM


Tadao May 4th, 2011 09:17 PM

:pagebrak


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