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    Retweeting my Odyssey gift guide from last year, because it's classic enough not to have gone out of style.

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    Basic his-and-hers suggestions:

    He gave two silver tubs to Menelaus,
    a pair of tripods and ten pounds of gold.
    His wife gave other lovely gifts for Helen:
    a golden spindle and this silver basket
    on wheels; the rims were finished off with gold.
    Odyssey 4. 128-132.

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    A good choice for a man whom you have recently insulted would be a "bronze sword which has a silver handle, and a scabbard carved of ivory - a precious gift for him." (Od. 8.403-5)

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    Gift suggestions for the woman you hope to marry: "a splendid robe,/embroidered, with twelve brooches all of gold / pinned to the fabric" or "a necklace, finely worked in gold, /set in with amber beads that shone like sunlight" (Odyssey 18.292-296)

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    A simple gift list with something for everyone: a fine bronze tripod, a cauldron, or two mules, or golden cups. Od. 15. 96-97

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    A fun gag gift, for somebody you plan to kill and eat:

    "I will kill Noman last; first I will eat
    the other men. That is my gift to you!"
    Od. 9. 369-70.

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    For a shipwrecked guest who might make a great husband for your teenage daughter:
    a pound of precious gold and laundered clothes,
    a tunic and a cloak.
    (Od. 8.392-3)

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    For an avaricious guest who has recently saved your wife and son: "a silver bowl and seven pounds of gold", plus twelve jars of "sweet strong wine". 9.203-4

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    A gift-giving pro-tip: do not get anybody a pair of horses, unless you know for sure that they have an easy way to take them home. "You keep your lovely horses here; I cannot transport them all the way to Ithaca". Odyssey 4. 601-602.

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    For the awkward young man on your list, drop a little hint by gifting him a special hand-woven nightgown that he can hope to regift to his putative future wife: "the most elaborate and largest robe / that shone like starlight under all the rest". Od. 15.106-7

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    Emily Wilson

    Next year, I'll do some lovely gift suggestions from the Iliad. It will be mostly weapons. You can't go wrong with weapons.

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