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Old 12-19-2007, 03:44 AM   #11
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Is there something that would make what they do easier? My dad was always the hardest person to shop for. He said he didn't need anything and, like your parents, he didn't have a lot of hobbies (he was pretty much a work-a-holic--now he is semi-retired). I just looked at what he did and now and then just the right gift came to mind. For instance, he always polishes his shoes, so one year I got him a nice shoe-shine kit. He loved it and uses it to this day.


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Old 12-19-2007, 11:32 AM   #12
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I have a similar problem with my mom. She is at the age where the last thing she needs is a nother knick knack to dust. So what I do for her is get her "services". Like, I pay for a year of the paper delivered to her front door, or she has well water so I paid for 12 months of a softner business who came added salt cleans and flushes the system. I also have gotten her stepping stones that go from where she parks to the sliding door, and to the front door and to the barn. That way, during summer when the rain has flooded her yard she can keep her toes out of the puddles. Think of things that you know the could use day in and day out and provide that service to them. My mom loves it.

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Old 12-19-2007, 12:03 PM   #13
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I have no ideas I'm afraid but I'm so touched by all the obviously very caring children all your parents have. Be proud of yourselves and long may you be blessed to go on caring.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:56 PM   #14
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jeninga, et al, i feel your pain. i've been racking my brain about a gift for my parents in january.

for christmas i got my dad the soundtrack to the new ken burns documentary "the war", and i'm giving my mom a framed picture of herself sitting on the floor with her arms open as my son dives into them. it's a neat picture from this past summer. also, whatever little stuff i pick up in the malls tomorrow.

but in january, my family is having a huge party for their 60th wedding anniversary. relatives far and wide are coming for a surprise party in a restaurant.
what the heck could i give them?
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Old 12-19-2007, 02:28 PM   #15
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Could you find a photo, a really good family photo to mark each of the 10 years x6 that shows the different generations of your family and set them up in a nice Album with appropriate quotaions underneath?
60 years is a wonderful gift isn't it?
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:52 PM   #16
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Thank you for all the awsome responses! I read in my OP that they didn't watch movies, I kinda meant the buying and collecting part more than watching in general. They do in fact enjoy going to the movies 1 or 2 times a month, I just have to figure out what company runs the theatre they go to so I can get the proper gift card. They do rent something every Saturday, a Blockbuster card will take care of that.

I guess I have to accept the fact that gift cards are indeed the gift to give these days. What's easier than getting a gift card for a place you frequent instead of getting some off the wall item that you will never use and will case nothing but a headache to return or exchange.

The ironic thing about all this is when my mom asked me the other day "What do you want for Christmas?" I said, "Oh, I don't know, nothing really." LOL!

By the way... my mom never has a problem buying for the dog... Aspen usually gets more gifts than I do
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:29 PM   #17
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One of those car wash details would be good..where they shampoo all the seats, carpets and clean everything, or have a maid come a couple of times to do spring cleaning.
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:02 AM   #18
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Digital Picture frames with pictures from kids age to adult, even their wedding photos, kinda like a timeline thing
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:03 AM   #19
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i just read csalts post, thats a good idea!
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:53 AM   #20
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Something I have done is bought a theatre or dinner gift card so they can go choose when to go. These have gone done well. My grandmother I nearly always bought flowers for her birthday (just before Christams) to help her have a nice display up for Christams.

I have also gone the hamper route for all their favourite goodies or looked out for top of the line chocolates, wine or something similar.

This year, I had borrrowed my dad's photo albums and they got smoke damage in our house fire. My DW has re set all the photos in a new file and my sons designed spine labels for the files.

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