Birthday help!!!! please...

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  1. spacemanps macrumors regular

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    Okay so its my birthday soon... turning 24... and i have honestly run out of things that i want for my birthday...

    I have been thinking of all the things that i would have bought:

    *DSLR camera (got impatient and bought my self a Canon DSLR XS)
    *Computer (just bought a MBP about 6 months ago when i worked for them)
    *Bike (just got a Giant TCR c3, needed to get my butt in shape)
    *Gaming system ( just got an old school gamecube!!! for SSBM! love it, was debating a xbox 360, but i dont really play many games.. and i sorta think its going to be out dated soon)
    *Games for game cube ( i have already requested matio tennis and Mario strikers, which both are amazing games)
    *TV (have a 42 LG HDTV and a 5-foot projection screen)

    ANY ONE WITH ANY GOOD IDEAS?!!?!?!?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    How much money can you spend? In theory, it sounds like at 24 you've got everything you could want. What about a trip with the person buying?
     
  3. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    You want our help for finding out what you want for your birthday?
     
  4. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    more like suggestions on what i should ask for... personally i dont need anything, but my girlfriend wont let that happen... i told her, just take me out for a nice dinner and ill be happy... but thats not good enough..
     
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    My GF is the same way!
    I just tell her all I want is a nice dinner at home, and she wont accept it!
    And I really mean it too...
    Anyways...
    Why is she so hung up on getting you material objects?
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Let her surprise you, give her free hands. Birthday feels nothing if you already know what you're getting plus you have no ideas
     
  7. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    Atleast you understand....

    and as far as her being so hung up on material objects... i dunno.. she likes the concept of me revieving a gift. And her parents have always made sure that she has had something to open on her bday since she was little.. i dunno how else to explain her.. and i explain to her that all i want is a nice dinner (i value good food very highly) and she wants to take me for a nice dinner and buy me a gift. Shes a good girl what can i say..

    and she knows that im going to go all out on her b-day... so i guess shes tryin..
     
  8. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    No doubt. She sounds great.
    Maybe some baseball tickets or sports tickets in general?
    Thats material, and you can share an experience.
     
  9. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    The problem is that i buy myself whatever i want when i want it ( i mean i dont want or need many thing but when i do, i get it my self.) and she has run out of idea on what i want or need..

    we both dont like sports much... but i was maybe thinking sky diving, but she would **** her self, she wont even jump off mountian creek cliff jump! i cant even imagine presenting jumping out of a plane..
     
  10. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Haha. I have pretty much the opposite problem. Your "I have this already" list looks like my wish list. And since pretty much everything on my wish list is over $500, my wife had a hard time finding me something for my birthday. She and her parents went in together and bought Rock Band 2, so I guess it turned out okay. :)
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    How about a gift card or something like a box of good quality chocolate? I think the idea is more important the actual gift. Tell her that price or size of the gift doesn't really matter
     
  12. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    hey, ur ahead of me! atleast you have an xbox... was debating asking for an xbox but the only reason i would want it is because of Call of duty 1 and 2, but the question is, is buying an xbox worth playing 2 games?
     
  13. devburke Guest

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    How about a Blu-Ray player to go with your HDTV?
     
  14. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    There are a lot of great games for the XBox 360. But I have to say that there are a lot of other features that make it a great deal (for me at least). The 2 big ones I use (aside from playing games) are

    DVD Player (Upconverting to HD when used with HDMI or VGA)
    Media Center/Extender - Can stream media from Mac (requires connect 360) & PC (using WMP or Windows Media Center)

    Also, the 360 Arcade is only $200, so it's not even that expensive (though it doesn't come with the HD-AV cables, or a Hard drive).

    If you have a Netflix account and XBL Gold (and you're in the US), you can stream HD movies to your 360.

    If any of that interests you, maybe you should consider a 360.
     
  15. blinkie macrumors regular

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    If you already have everything you want and people still want to spend their money on you then ask them to donate it to a charity of your choice. Everyone's a winner. :D
     
  16. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    thats a good idea, but i already volunteer as a firefighter and donte to the MS society, and am biking in their Bike MS event, which is a 20, 50, or 100 mile bike ride to generate donations for MS research..
     
  17. dasmb macrumors 6502

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    As the proud owner of a DSLR, you've got lots of great options at all price ranges. On the low end -- get a circular polarizer for your favorite wide lens, or a nice gear bag. On the high end -- get yourself one of the following must-have lenses:
    - The Canon 60 mm Macro (for close ups such as photographing flowers, insects, or eBay items)
    - The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 prime (for great depth of field effects, low light photography and "as the eye sees it" photos). If you shoot more portraits, you could get the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime, but this lens is the size of a small truck.
    - The Canon 24-105mm F/4L (the best walkabout lens)
    - The Canon 75-200mm F/4L (a versatile long lens)
    - The Sigma 10-20mm F/3.5 (a great wide angle lens)

    In the middle of the road, you could get:
    - A Speedlite (the 4X0 series) for improved strobe effects
    - A quality tripod with a ball mount. A quality tripod is easy to spot -- if you put the camera on the legs extended half way, and the camera wiggles when you touch it, it's a ***** tripod.
    - A Lensbaby (for the fun of it holmes)

    And of course a gift certificate to your local print shop is a valuable thing...once you've seen your work reproduced on a Chromira or Frontier you will scoff at inkjet for life.

    How about a nice set of Ortlieb waterproof paniers for your bike (last a billion years and can easily hold an 18lb bag of charcoal)?

    A great pair of headphones (Grado SR series, Bose noise cancellers or Etymotics)?

    What about a nice, comfortable chair?
     
  18. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Because they want really nice gifts on their birthdays. So they need you to get something nice to justify wanting something extravagant.:p

    How about a nice watch? Assuming you get dressed up occasionally.

    Or ask for a decent suit. If you don't have one they are useful for weddings and funerals.

    A nice leather jacket.

    If there are not any gadgets you are looking for she might be thrilled to go shopping with you on your birthday for something dressy. Though I suppose some girls don't like finding formal clothes or accessories for their men. I can not think of one I know that would not be.
     
  19. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    the sigma 10-20 would be a nice addition to my camera!!! thanks for that!!! right now all i have it the kit lense... how much do you think that sigma wde angle be? i dont want her spending a redic amount of money. But i know if its not within a certain price range (a range which is unknown to me) she will keep asking me what else i want

    ps already have the QC3's and many ipods

    i just looked at the sigma 10-20.. i feel bad making her spend that much... are there any cheaper brand lenses that are good wide angle?
     
  20. plinden macrumors 68040

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    How about something that doesn't involve buying more stuff? (I know you say your gf won't accept that, but just try insisting).

    It was my birthday recently, and I decided I didn't want my family to buy me anything (I did accept something from my daughters - they gave me a dollar, a peppermint patty and two chocolate kisses).

    Instead my wife and I decided to declutterfy our lives and donated about $2000 worth of stuff to Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
     
  21. spacemanps thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah, ive tried that... u dont know who you dealing with... shes an interesting person.. ha

    (if she ever read this... that would be a funny time)
     
  22. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    A nice Sony Blu-Ray player or an HP MediaSmart home server.

    Better yet, a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 roadster.
     
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    house?
    car?
    boat?

    hahah, tell her u want her to make u summat instead of buy u summat, and it must be totally from her.

    that will boggle her, haha, just kiddin mate, my gf is really creative example, last year she made me a little book full of the reasons why she loves me, (yes im that good) with sex voutchers in the back, kinky sex, heheh thats was a good few months, i used some spelling errors to get some do-vers too haha
    good times, good times.
     

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