Need Advice- Birthday Gift

Discussion in 'Matters Of The Heart' started by mint_leaf, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. mint_leaf

    mint_leaf New Member

    Hi..would like some recommendations here. On a strict budget but I need to get a birthday present for a guy. Cost not more than $350 I hope. Age is around 30+. He don't work in a office so items like branded tie/ shirt/ cuff links are of no use.

    Please..anyone ? Esp guys out there [​IMG]
     


  2. miloice

    miloice Well-Known Member

    strict budget = $350? wow!
     
  3. denise80

    denise80 Active Member

    A watch?
    IT gadgets?
    What does the guy like? Diecast car models? IT stuff? Simply vouchers so that he could get anything he wants?
     
  4. mint_leaf

    mint_leaf New Member

    A watch is a good idea.. But any brand/ model in particular that guys prefer ? Cant afford very high end ones
     
  5. denise80

    denise80 Active Member

    Mint leaf, is this ur bf / hubby / normal guy friend / best guy friend or colleague or??

    I think it all matters.

    Men either like the dressy watch..meaning dinner watch type...with metal straps or leather straps...some prefer the more sporty type..with many functions. You need to know your friend well for this. Some swear by tag heur, some rolex. But of course, based on your budget, I think you should focus on which type of watch is suitable for your friend rather than the brand. Again, some like casio, some tissot.
     
  6. candycandy001

    candycandy001 Active Member

    Mint_leaf (mint_leaf) > I find the watch from fossil not bad (informal kind), price range from $175 - $2xx. Suntec/Heeren hav outlet.
     
  7. infojunkie

    infojunkie Active Member

    vintage vostoks if u want something inexpensive & atypical.
     
  8. matka

    matka Member

    junkie, how much do they cost for vintage pieces? From eBay? The brand new ones here cost at least $500... just curious
     
  9. tomasulu

    tomasulu Member

    one trick to a good present is to buy the best of what you can afford. you want the person to be so wowed that he exhales breathlessly - you really shouldn't have!

    so a watch at $350 is not as nice as say a pair of sunglasses or a box of silk hankies. if it has to be a watch, a $350 limited edition casio is better than a run of the mill $350 citizen. but that's just me.
     
  10. infojunkie

    infojunkie Active Member

    i'm talkin abt the real russian beauties lah, not vostok europe from that shop :p

    just in case ts is interested, it's Vostok... not Vostok Europe [​IMG]
     
  11. miloice

    miloice Well-Known Member

    for watches, u cn check out fossil. They carry rather interesting designs at affordable prices.
     
  12. mint_leaf

    mint_leaf New Member

    Hmmm Fossil..sounds good. Will drop by to take a look this weekend.

    It's for my bf.. Cos budget kinda tight recently, so cant afford something too ex. The max I will go is around $350 or up to $400.

    Is there anything I can tag along with the gift ? I am rather clueless as I am not really the super romantic sort & seldom purchase gifts for others. :p
     
  13. thommy

    thommy New Member

    ask him what he wants?
     
  14. ah_faith

    ah_faith New Member

    Why not treat him to a boutique hotel night stay which comes with free breakfast? Price can be around there too. Romantic mah. =x
     
  15. sgbabydoll

    sgbabydoll Active Member

    Maybe they are still new to each other and relationship not yet "consumed". Would be awkward for the girl to invite the bf for hotel stay.
     
  16. ah_faith

    ah_faith New Member

    ooo... coz $350 is a rather high budget to me.. so thought they were pretty close. =\
     
  17. candycandy001

    candycandy001 Active Member

    Guy's watch is always more ex... $350 to stay 1 night hotel in sg, I will hesitate also.
     
  18. susanna_low

    susanna_low New Member

    Swaroski crystal ornaments to be placed on the car/bedroom?
     
  19. sundownprince

    sundownprince New Member

    Swaroski crystal ornaments to be placed on the car/bedroom? --> my bf will def hate that...
     
  20. sgbabydoll

    sgbabydoll Active Member

    Very bling bling! I think only (some) women like swarovski crystal ornaments [​IMG]

    Buying a gift for bf is pretty easy. Just ask him what he wants and choose something within your budget.
     
  21. susanna_low

    susanna_low New Member

    wahahaha..
     
  22. mint_leaf

    mint_leaf New Member

    Hotel nite stay is good, but don't have the time leh. His bday is on a weekday and unfortunately we have to work the next day. Maybe next year [​IMG]

    Ask him what he wants, always give me the same answer. Nothing.
     
  23. miamivice

    miamivice New Member

  24. sgbabydoll

    sgbabydoll Active Member

    Can take leave or do the hotel stay on a weekend.

    If he says he wants nothing, maybe just treat him to a nice dinner.
     
  25. pantieileen

    pantieileen New Member

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    Skip the watch unless your budget is high. Then again not sure how close is your relationship. BGR or acquaintance only? Men of a certain age will just stick to certain brands like Tag, Breitling, Panerai etc so might as well save your money and something more intelligent.

    Hmm...<350 not enough for Montblanc pen also.

    Sunglasses? Car polishing trip? Perfume?
     
  26. sgbabydoll

    sgbabydoll Active Member

    A watch need not be expensive. Each individual will have a few watches for different occasions. Can buy him a good sports watch if he is sporty or in a uniform job. But of course check that he is a watch wearer because not everyone likes to wear a watch.
     
  27. faith23

    faith23 New Member

  28. sgbabydoll

    sgbabydoll Active Member

    Buffet not romantic lah. Still gotta self-service with the food spread.
     
  29. matka

    matka Member

  30. tomasulu

    tomasulu Member

    it's weird to have dinner without a loo nearby.
     
  31. faith23

    faith23 New Member

    dinner with someone u love that is still not romantic?? hee. actually this place atmoshere is good...so far this is different from the other buffet we went.
     
  32. faith23

    faith23 New Member

  33. cuclainne

    cuclainne New Member

    i suppose if both parties are ok with it, then buffets are ok.

    Though personally, the husband and i prefer to stick with fine-dining on special occasions like birthdays.
     
  34. faith23

    faith23 New Member

    ya you are right...for us we prefer to walk around. admire the food and pick up what looks good and sharing what we had got and I like to design dessert for him too ice cream n etc...putting alot of weight lol
     
  35. confusenism

    confusenism New Member

    honestly i feel guys after a certain age wont wanna look at fossils anymore. im only in my mid twenties and i dun fancy fossils or guess watches anymore.

    i feel.. or rather if its me. i rather, we go have a nice dinner and i would very much appreciate if u write me a card. thats more than enough... unless u wanna buy me a tag or a submariner. which i would prolly scold u for anyhow spend money. unless the guy is ur hb it doesnt make sense to spend so much..

    if u insist on getting a present den maybe a shirt would be good. since he is ur bf u should know his size.

    for dinner i would suggest u bring him to this place called the french kitchen! one of the best. fiancee brought me there for my bday. if budget is a constraint den go for lunch. UOB card is 68++ for 2. dinner is more than double per person. if wanna have buffet den my personal fav. is The Line or Oscars.

    good luck
     
  36. Pratik shah

    Pratik shah New Member

    There are a lot of neat personalized ideas out there right now. You can give Mug, hand written card. Personalized stuff is all nice.
     

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