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Quitting Smoking Gift Ideas?

Who is the gift for? My beloved fiance

What is the occasion? Successfully quitting smoking

List at least three of their interests: World of Warcraft, Comic books (he's a huge Batman fan), writing

Any stipulations or things to avoid: Should be something relatively small and unobtrusive to make, or something I can make at work, as I want it to be a surprise (and since we live together, anything large and obvious will probably be noticed ;-))

What kind of crafting do you do? Lots of knitting, sewing, beadwork. I've dabbled in other crafty things, and am always willing to try something new.

Name some other crafts that you would be willing to try: Fimo/sculpey, other fiber arts - anything, really!

Do you have a price range for materials? "Within reason" ;-)

Do you have a time limit to make this present? See below.

Any other information you'd like to include: I'd like to make my fiance some gifts to celebrate milestones as he is quitting smoking (i.e., one week smoke-free (next Sunday!), two weeks, one month, etc.). He's tried unsuccessfully before, but I have confidence that this time, it'll stick, and I'd like to celebrate that accomplishment. It doesn't have to be related to not smoking (and I definitely don't want it to be anything militantly anti-smoking), though I have been pondering maybe doing something like "Statistically speaking, being smoke free for this [time period] has added [XX] days to our life together" for each milestone. I'd like to give him something smallish for the first milestones, then larger for the bigger ones. It really means a lot to me that he's quitting, and I know how incredibly difficult it must be, since he's smoked pretty much his entire life thanks to smoking parents, so I really want to make him something special.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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braidlessbaka
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I saw someone made a "backpack" (a la WoW) and put things in it like a Major Mana potion was bubble bath with a sticker on it. Or a healthstone was a homemade bar of soap. I know those things don't seem all that gift worthy on their own, but it's a thought. Maybe something more permentant will come to you :)

Or, if he's a writer, he'll appreciate notebooks. I'm a WoW-playing writer myself, and notebooks and pens always go down a treat!

Or a scarf with the horde/alliance insignia on it (depending on his preferance). Knitted, and you could hide it at work?

I'm just throwing ideas out there :P
wanderingbastet
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I saw the WoW-related items backpack you're talking about, and it was pretty darn cool. :-) Not sure if any of those things really suit him, though, unfortunately.

I do like the idea of notebooks, though! I've just bought him a new "man purse" that will be delivered in a few days, and which will probably be his "Week 1 gift," and I was thinking about putting some little things in it before giving it to him - a notebook and pens is a great idea. :)

The scarf is also a great idea, though of course it's a bit late in the spring for it! But as it'd take some time to make anyway, that's okay. I'm not great with colorwork, but maybe now's a good time to try. :-)

Thanks!
gabzilla
Apr. 8th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
As a former smoker, what kept me mostly sane was being able to do something with my hands, like crocheting... so maybe give him a gift of something to do... like Men Who Knit type stuff. Check out Dudecraft.com for some awesome stuff for him to look at and to do. Seriously. Keeping his mind off of smoking and busy is probably the best gift to give.
wanderingbastet
Apr. 8th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
That makes complete sense - he's said that the thing he fears most is boredom, that it makes the temptation so hard to resist. I tried to teach him to knit a while back, though, and it didn't go well - his tension was so tight the yarn actually squeaked! :D But I'll check out the site you suggested, and see if something else might work...
gabzilla
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
here's the link to one of the dudecraft entries that I remembered:
http://www.dudecraft.com/2009/03/five-ways-to-get-him-and-keep-him.html

hope it helps
vaudesar
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
this isn't really a homemade gift but does he play any instruments? guitar lessons might be cool. of course, this is a bit pricey BUT it might be a good gift for a milestone later on.

on the notebook, it might be neat, on each page to write on the top, somewhat small, something that you love about him or something that you love to do together or love about your life together to encourage him to embrace life. it can also be a journal of some sorts where he can write about this new challenge of quitting. each page or every other day can also have a number that says how many more days you have together kinda' like how you mentioned.

just a few, messy thoughts. this is very cool. i wish him luck!
wanderingbastet
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Alas, while he really wants to learn guitar, he has nerve damage in his hands and can't. :-( But the messages on the book pages is a really good idea! Thanks!
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