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Gift ideas please?

I have been charged with sourcing ideas for a 65th birthday/retirement gift(s) for a man.
The guy in question is not really very sporty so track days/paragliding type things are not an option. He likes photography and real ales but that's all the info I've got for the moment.

Based on the fantastic input in the 40 gifts for 40th birthday thread I'm looking to collective wisdom of EF for inspiration.

I don't know the total budget yet but it will be several hundred franks I imagine.
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I have been charged with sourcing ideas for a 65th birthday/retirement gift(s) for a man.
The guy in question is not really very sporty so track days/paragliding type things are not an option. He likes photography and real ales but that's all the info I've got for the moment.

Based on the fantastic input in the 40 gifts for 40th birthday thread I'm looking to collective wisdom of EF for inspiration.

I don't know the total budget yet but it will be several hundred franks I imagine.
Is he Swiss? If yes, that's easier. Something traditional to the Kanton you're in. Or gold. Swiss are like dragons and really, really like gold. My Gramps, however got a nice craved chair for his retirement.

If not, then maybe one or a combination of the following:

a nice watch (not at all unique)
a trip
a certificate to a course for photography or beer brewing (something to get him up and at it when retired)
a NICE bottle of whiskey or wine or other yummy alcohol
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Re: Gift ideas please?

You konow if he likes wine. Maybe you can give a voucher to make wine himself.
You can check this page:
www.geschenkparadies.ch
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Old 18.11.2015, 11:28
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Re: Gift ideas please?

Is he English or Swiss - if English a trip to the UK via Easyjet to a Brewery might be in order!
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At 65, then it has to a years supply of Viagra.
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A shed load of beer and some new batteries for the telecommande sounds about right
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Re: Gift ideas please?

A somewhat atypical but very Swiss suggestion: maybe a customized cowbell? (Because personally I'd be chuffed to bits to receive one as a gift. )

I recently purchased an amazingly beautiful personalized one as a wedding gift from Glockengiesserei Gusset. A few hundred chuffs got me a huge bronze bell engraved with the names of the happy couple, mounted on a gorgeous heavy-duty embroidered leather strap. It was so pretty I was almost sad to give it away. Alternatively, the wall-mounted ship's bell would take up a bit less space when on display and is a bit cheaper (but still gets you 15 characters of engraving). You can specify text, design (Swiss cross or edelweiss), and type of leather strap for any order. Might be nice for birthday/retirement.

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Re: Gift ideas please?

He is English but quite well travelled.
It will be a gift from colleagues who have organised a collection for him. He is a very popular guy apparently so it will be a substantial sum.
Their first thought was whiskey but then they dis I reed that he doesn't drink it.

They seem to think that as I am British myself (and none of them are) I should just automatically know what to buy him.
The only old man I've ever bought gifts was my father so I'm not really much good at these things.
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Re: Gift ideas please?

Some vouchers for his favourite camera shop?
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Re: Gift ideas please?

We recently gave to a retiring colleague a litho print.
It was quite an old one (I believe they found it in an antique shop after searching online), with view of the city of Zürich and nicely framed so nice to put up at home as a souvenir to the place you have worked.
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Other idea by the way was an engraved watch...
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Re: Gift ideas please?

Speaking for us old folks, he probably doesn't need or want any more "stuff". Give him an experience of some kind, like a night in a fancy hotel or a gift voucher at a Michelin starred restaurant or something.
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Re: Gift ideas please?

Apart from the all time classic (aka lap dance),
you can bye him this magnificent wrist watch from RADO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91B2iaGe_g.
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A visit with a tasting at Jacot chocolatier in Noiraigue for him and family and friends would be really nice. What is your budget though?
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Re: Gift ideas please?

In the absence of LiB, allow me to recommend, the one classic that a gentleman should not be without ......

http://www.landi.ch/shop/de/geschenk...e-whitewater-3
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Re: Gift ideas please?

A voucher for a Michelin gourmet meal by Lac St Point near Pontarler, Au Bon Accueil in Malbuisson- from top of head, about 90Euros a head for 5 courses with a glass of wine chosen for each course (better stay the night!)
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Speaking for us old folks, he probably doesn't need or want any more "stuff". Give him an experience of some kind, like a night in a fancy hotel or a gift voucher at a Michelin starred restaurant or something.
That was my first reaction too. Why would you want any more 'clutter' when you've already got everything you need or want.

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A visit with a tasting at Jacot chocolatier in Noiraigue for him and family and friends would be really nice. What is your budget though?
Thanks I'll suggest that. As I said already I don't know the budget yet as they have only just started the collection but was led to believe it would be a few hundred francs.

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In the absence of LiB, allow me to recommend, the one classic that a gentleman should not be without ......

http://www.landi.ch/shop/de/geschenk...e-whitewater-3
That's funny. I saw it in Landi the other day and was reminded of my dad. They only had 'original' in those days.

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A voucher for a Michelin gourmet meal by Lac St Point near Pontarler, Au Bon Accueil in Malbuisson- from top of head, about 90Euros a head for 5 courses with a glass of wine chosen for each course (better stay the night!)
Do they do vouchers there? I will suggest that too.


I asked my hubby for suggestions but he was next to useless.
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Re: Gift ideas please?

As he is English speaking I can suggest a one year subscription to an English magazine. Maybe "Private Eye" or "National Geographic" or both, etc. plus the voucher for a slap up meal. Every month he will then be reminded of the colleagues he used to suffer in silence.

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/ . http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ <- be sure to get the English version, subscriptions are only Jan to December
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Re: Gift ideas please?

A magazine subscription is good idea. I can recommend "The Oldie" which was started by Richard Ingrams after he left Private Eye, and is very entertaining, and for which your colleague is now qualified (sadly RI got the sack last year!).
Alternatively "The New Yorker" for the best essays and film reviews.
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