Says Alyssa:"i'm at a bit of a loss as to what to bring my boyfriend's parents for christmas this year. one is diabetic so chocolate/candies is out of the question, and they don't really drink, so they've essentially eliminated every suggestion i could find by googling "boyfriend's parents christmas present". we've been dating on and off for three years but we've been a solid 'on' for over a year now, so i'd really like to get them something nice and hopefully personal because i really like them! his mom works in family preservation, she loves facebook and prime time tv. his dad is more of an outdoorsman and a huge sf giants fan. they live in pennsylvania and love traveling. i'm open to getting them personal gifts or a couple gift, but i'd like to keep it under $100-150 for both. thanks in advance!"
Hi, Alyssa - Marian here. And good move on the parent gifts! If he's a Giants fan, we know that he must be one happy, happy man right now. A small item that he might really appreciate is 1) a copy of this year's World Series Program ($15) - with the Giants cover, natch. A bit schmancier is 2) this licensed Giants World Series Champions Watch ($47).
If she likes prime time television, then she might like prime time television about prime time television doubly much, which of course means 30 Rock. The brand-new 3) original television soundtrack, collector's edition (one disc each instrumentals and songs, $31) is probably something she doesn't own yet. Or does she have a good travel hat? We're beyond the days of those weird mesh things, after all - and who could resist this crushable/packable 4) wool feather cloche ($42)? (This site has a ton of other travel hats in all kinds of styles, but c'mon.)
And if she's that into Facebook, 5) this pretty much has to be the card you attach to the gift ($5).
Good luck over the holidays, Alyssa! Let us know how it goes!