Here are a few ideas that you'll both enjoy - him getting them,
you creating them.
1) CafePress.com - open your own account and design things for him.
You can design graphics, or upload pictures and put them on teddy bears,
(imagine a commemorative teddy bear for each special occasion?) t-shirts,
mugs, posters, etc.
These are all the things you can customize:
Incidentally, they include books and CDs, if you have the
copyright to the material.
2) Music and story-telling - go to Celestial Navigations
Pick up any of the CDs and send it to him. Then arrange to
spend an evening with him, with the lights turned low, or
in candlelight, listening to Geoffrey Lewis weave his tales.
A wonderful way to spark his imagination and to create a
I saw them in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget years ago,
and the experience still haunts me - in a happy way.
3) Of course, there's always Amazon.com - you can get his
favorite books, music, software, videos, even toys and lots
of other things from there. Remember, they DO deliver - and
on orders of $25 or more, 2-day delivery is free.
4) Have you ever visited AllPosters.com?
Wow! You can find pictures for any passion - framed or unframed.
They have some really great values when they have sales - and
something interesting is always on sale. (I once got my boyfriend
this poster of a wealthy man, standing next to his Rolls Royce
in front of the unemployment office...20+ years later, it's still
in his home.)
You may be able to get away with less than $25 including shipping.
5) You said he likes books on tape. Well, BooksOnTape delivers
You may either buy or rent the books. Renting isn't so bad,
since you may keep the books for about a month. Then ship them
back in their own container at no additional cost. Only, make
sure he knows they're rented... Also, they have really good deals
when they have sales.
6)You didn't mention if he likes animals? But if he does, here's a
way to enjoy them without having to clean up after them -
The Animal Den - http://www.animalden.com
They have all kinds of gift items with gorgeous animal pictures
on them. You can order things for many breeds of many animals.
7) Campy things, and things you don't expect - drop by Classic Closeouts
They have collectibles, like Star Trek pins, or designer clothing,
or household things - you never know what. Just for the fun of it.
8) Give him a Club Pogo membership
You can play online together, without being interrupted by ads,
and you can chat while you're playing. You might (long shot) even
win some money prizes. And their software doesn't mess up your computer.
9) Get him an Entertainment book for his town, or yours.
Not only will you get discounts (even movie theaters), but it
can be an awful lot of fun using the book to explore your own
area. Aside from restaurants, there are discounts to live theaters,
concerts, amusement venues, bowling alleys, all kinds of places
you didn't even know existed around you.
Oh yes, you can also get 50% off hotels and other travel discounts.
10) If you want an assortment of interesting, often unusual, and
expensive items, visit the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue.
It's such fun! And you'll usually find something within your price range.
11) Does he like puzzles? You're going to love Bits and Pieces!
They have THE most beautiful and fun jigsaw puzzles, and 3-d puzzles
and other interesting curiosities. Most of them are well within your
budget. In fact, you can often get several things for that price.
Oh yes, and they have a mystery puzzle, where you can win $1,000
for solving the mystery. Always a fun challenge.
12) For those times when you're feeling silly, there's Prank Place
Granted, there's a lot of stuff in bad taste. Ignore those things.
They also have a lot of cute and fun things. For instance, I found
a whole raft of things relating to money gags for my readers.
They have magic tricks, fake parking tickets, remote controlled mice, etc.
13) And speaking of magic...what boy doesn't love magic tricks?
Well, this gives you something unique for every month of the year.
I hope you like the choices?