OK. Here it is.
Say you meet a person for the first time and you have about 15-20min to talk with them.
It's their birthday tomorrow and you want to give them a present that will really mean something to them.
How are you going to find out what the perfect gift would be for them, without asking the obvious question "What would you like for your birthday?" What questions would you weave into this "casual conversation", in order not to raise any suspicion?
This is not a joke or a trick question. I'm serious. I'd like to find out the best questions that you could use to really "get to know" someone in a very short period of time, and to find out what's really important to them (at least at this moment in time) so you could make a difference with a little gift or gesture.