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I am a bad girlfriend

May 17th, 2005, 09:13 AM is my BF's birthday. I have known for months what I was going to get him, and today I was going to go get it. I am getting him a new hardcover Lord of the Rings trilogy. He used to have one, but he read it so much the binding broke! He is the biggest LOTR fan I have ever known! Every time I have been in the bookstore, he has been with me so I couldn't get it.

So..I go on the chapters website to see which store in my area has it...AND NONE DO!

What will I do!?! I don't have any other ideas!

May 17th, 2005, 09:22 AM
Can you order it in? I would order it from Chapters or amazon, print the receipt and put it in the card!

May 17th, 2005, 09:24 AM
I had the same problem with my father's gift last year...I wanted to get him a rare book (I only found out it was rare the day before his b-day). I looked through the yellow pages and called every book store -- I finally found one that had it. Maybe you could try that?!

May 17th, 2005, 09:28 AM
On the chapters website you can check which stores have it, and none do. Besides, today I have to decorate three cakes, including his birthday cake, and clean the house because we are having people over, so I can't go around driving to find somewhere that has it. PLus I still have to go get a few ingredients for my pulled pork for dinner and I need to make rolls!

Even the worlds biggest book store doesn't have it!!

May 17th, 2005, 09:52 AM
Does the website let you order it? I ran into the same thing on Mother's Day. I checked every Chapters between Toronto and Newmarket, and they didn't have it. I wound up ordering it and letting my Mom know she'd get it a week late. I also have ordered stuff that came too late, so I wrapped up a picture of what I was giving, or made up some goofy "coupon" on the computer.

May 17th, 2005, 09:54 AM
Can't you just put a picture of it in a birthday card with a small note saying "on order" or "on it's way" or something?

May 17th, 2005, 09:55 AM
Schwinn you beat me to it :D :p
i know halmark has those coupons you can buy to put in a card

May 17th, 2005, 11:52 AM
See...problem is I already said I got something for him months ago, since I knew that was what I was getting.

I also don't want to do the coupon or card thing because that's what I did at Christmas... I ordered the companion book end to the special edition Lord of the Rings Return of the King extended edition (the special box had a single book end of Minus Tirith, and you could order the bookend of Minus Morgul online to match it).

I'm trying to think if there are any small bookstores in my area that might have it, that aren't part of the chapters/coles/Indigo chain.

May 17th, 2005, 12:20 PM
Perhaps you could just get him something else. If you always get him something LOTR themed he may appreciate receiving something from the heart--that you had to come up with on your own.

I just know that a lot of people are huge fans of things like Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTF, Harry Potter, etc but that they often do like gifts outside of the realm of their favourite books. Even collectors appreciate thoughtful gifts from the heart....or perhaps lavish in it since they already ear mark their own dollars to buy the things they love.

Just a thought... :p

May 17th, 2005, 12:56 PM
Zellers and Walmart have a book section, you may want to try them.

May 17th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Well...I'm done 1/8th of my cake decorating...and the bread is almost done. If I am all done by 4 or 5... I will run to the mall.

If not...I will order it online and put something in a home made card!

May 17th, 2005, 01:56 PM
To me it sounds like your a good girl friend already and your putting alot of effort into it. I think he would appreciate your efforts so far.Can you give him the book at a later date sort of as an unbirthday gift. Maybe he will be pleasantly surprised.


May 17th, 2005, 05:08 PM
Guess what? I forgot I got one of those "paw print" kits where you make a paw print in plaster of your pet!

Well...Odin was such a good boy and actually let me hold his paw for 45 seconds to make a paw print!

I will give that as a gift today, and I'm making a card now, then I will get his gift when it is in stock!

May 17th, 2005, 05:10 PM
That sounds like a good idea to me Raingirl! I think he will think you are a wonderful girlfriend. :D Have a wonderful night. He will think you are wonderful no matter what. :D

May 17th, 2005, 05:48 PM
where did you get that paw print kit or what sort of store did you buy it in, that jsut sounds liek the sweetes thing ever :D

and by actually caring and worrying you show that you really are a good girlfriend. i once forgot a BFs 21st (he was living with me, oh shame) but we broke up soon after so i didnt really care, now thats a bad GF, lol lol.

May 17th, 2005, 06:37 PM
I would also like to know about the paw print kit!

I think women worry too much about getting the 'perfect' gift when most guys would be happy with a card and some extra bedroom time for their birthdays. No offense to any males here! :p

May 17th, 2005, 07:35 PM
You can get a paw print kit (it's actually a childs hand print kit) I got mine in Walmart!

May 17th, 2005, 09:54 PM
The paw print kit I got at Michaels arts and crafts. It's actually a kid hand print, but I figured it wouldn't hurt the dog.

It's not like the regular ones where you get an imprint. You actually get a cast of the paw!

It's two step, first is a latex gel. you Mix with water and very quickly put the paw in it and hold for 45 seconds (Odin was such a good boy for this). It sets VERY quick, and didn't stick to his fur at all!

Then you cut the gel into a circle around the paw print.

Then you put the paw pring intot he mold, and poor over the wet plaster and wait 30 minutes.

When you take the mold out, you peel out the latex, so there is a 3D model of the paw!!

I Don't have the company name handy, but it came in a yellow box.

May 17th, 2005, 11:47 PM
I have the opposite problem with presents... I buy them like 2 months ahead and give it to the person after trying hard to keep it a secret for about a week... Then I have to buy another for the day... But if I buy the second too early, then I have to buy another for the day... :rolleyes:

May 18th, 2005, 11:28 AM
I actually got a paw print kit that was especially for paw prints. It's a stepping stone for outside that I made for my mom for mother's day. She's absolutely in love with Suki-ann, so I wrote Suki-ann's name, put her paws in and decorated it with decorative rocks in bone patterns. The kit, called a "paw print kit" was $21 CAD and it even came with a little fish and bone mold to put in the concrete. It was a great present and she almost cried! :love:

May 18th, 2005, 11:36 AM
Thank you Jillybean. I am going to do that for my mom. It will look cute, i will start with dane prints, then staffy prints and then 2 sets of chi prints. It will look hilarious!

Raingirl. I am sure your bf will love his gift. I want to go to Micheals now and get that kit to make a cast of Jamies significant other... Ozzy the am staff cross :)

May 19th, 2005, 11:49 AM

If it makes you feel better, I never get to spend James' b-day with him. The Army always moves him away, or something, around his b-day. This year will be the third year in a row...... Come to think of it, I have never been able to be with him on his day, since we have been together. James went to basic 4 months after we started dating (only 2 weeks before his birthday). Last year, he had to pull a 24 hour CQ shift, on his b-day, and this year, he has to go to Arizona for more classes..... So I feel absolulty horrible that he has been here for mine, but I am not there for his..... And I know he feels sad too. I would love to fly down to see him this year, but he said he wants to save the money..... But I am supposed to be getting some money of my own. Grandpa sold the house, and my grandmother's will said that the money gets split up between the 11 grandkids and him..... so I maybe I can spare a couple hundred of that to buy a ticket to go to AZ, and to go back home for my father's wedding......

May 19th, 2005, 12:19 PM
In the interim, would a digital version do? I have all of the Trilogy stuff on disk. Say here it is is diogitally as an example of the actual hard copy. (Admittedly, I read many many items on a Pocket PC, Blackberry, etc).

May 19th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Well...he loved the paw print. He said it made him so happy he wanted to cry!

I told him I will get him the hardcover when I find it and he said it is fine.

Cyber, he already has at least...4 copies of the entire trilogy, but none all in one book in hardcover (well...he does have his hard cover, but it's falling apart and held together by an elastic).

May 19th, 2005, 02:42 PM
Have you thought about getting the one he has re-bound?

May 19th, 2005, 04:32 PM
Nope..didn't know you could do that. Where can you do that? Any book binder?

May 19th, 2005, 04:46 PM
There should be bookbinders in the Yellow pages. Any one of them should be able to do it, or even Staples.

May 20th, 2005, 11:04 AM
I know you can do, but I've never actually looked into where. I'd go to a used bookstore and see what they could recommend. I'm sure Staples could put it back together, but you could get a really nice leather binding or something custom from a specialist.

May 20th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Glad to hear that your boyfriend had a great birthday! I bet those paws prints were super cute! :D