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The fine and lost art of gift-giving NewGuy 13/09/08(Sun)21:07 No. 2527

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Dear gentlemen of /class/, I believe I might benefit from your advice: I am looking to resume correspondence with a man whom I respect. I intend to meet him with a classy gift, but am having difficulty choosing. [details to follow]

NewGuy 13/09/08(Sun)21:07 No. 2528

A few details:

-He was a previous instructor of mine; I am limited in what I can get him by propriety. For example, he would not be impressed if I got him cigars, alcohol, etc.

-There is a measure of distance between us akin to that of a mentorship, so I must avoid making personal assumptions with my gift. Likewise, I should probably avoid something incredibly expensive lest I make him uncomfortable.

-He greatly enjoys music, but his tastes are so varied and involved that I am not confident that I could pick something that he would enjoy or doesn't already own.

-I have contemplated giving him some educational resources, but that would lack sophistication. Besides, I intend to give him these as a matter of course.

-We both enjoy reading, but my previous few gifts have been books. If I cannot decide on anything better, I will indeed give him a book.

NewGuy 13/09/08(Sun)21:08 No. 2529

Gift-giving is a fine, but lost art. If the talent can be found anywhere, I imagine it would be here. Thank you for your consideration.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/09/10(Tue)14:59 No. 2532


A leather bound copy of his favorite book.
A nice fountain pen.
These are two pretty safe options.
For something more personal:
If he smokes an engraved brass zippo might be appreciated,or a cigar case.
A watch, either a simple and elegant dress watch or something related to a sport or activity he takes part in (eg. a divers watch if he likes to scuba dive).
In your post you said cigars and alcohol are out of the question but unless he has religious reasons or was an ex-alcoholic/smoker, I don't see how a bottle of wine or a cigar are inappropriate. A cigar case is also an option.
Of course these are incredibly general recommendations, since you have had a close relationship with this individual you have more information than us on his personal preferences.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/09/24(Tue)18:05 No. 2556

Easy, if he's a teacher, as I believe you implied, get him a wood handles fountain pen inscribed with his initials and maybe a short message, they're not that expensive.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/09(Wed)00:39 No. 2571

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Everyone gives someone a gift.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/11(Fri)21:53 No. 2573

A music box?

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/17(Thu)15:58 No. 2577

i second this motion

there is nothing more valuable than a good fountain pen; the calligraphy that emanates from such an item is nothing short of exquisite.

perhaps a first or rare edition of a novel he admires may do the trick also?

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/11/24(Sun)11:44 No. 2613

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Furnish for his study a musket, borne in fine mahogany as pictured. Otherwise, endeavor to allow your respect and genuine interest esteem your friend until an ideal gift becomes clear.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/11/25(Mon)10:59 No. 2616

I would second the notion of a nice pen.
A nice aluminum Kaweco Sport AL can be had for 70~ USD- a novel pen, compact when stowed, pleasing to look at and a very nice writer. I'd go with the EF nib myself. The plastic version can be had for 30~ USD.
Avoid the Lamy Safari. While a fine pen, it's *the* entry pen that everyone has and is seen everywhere. Do not buy a fancy-looking fountain pen without due research, and whatever you do, avoid any pen that's nib is stamped "Iridium Point Germany" or "IPG"- They're made in China and only usable with a good tweaking.

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