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Old 12-18-2007, 06:28 PM   #1
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Need gift ideas for parents...

I know you're thinking to yourself, whose easier to get presents for than parents! Well, you don't have mine. Every year we go through this and it's driving me crazy. I refuse to get gift cards. Don't get me wrong, they're awsome for aquaintences, co-workers, secret Santa kinds of stuff and your mailman. They don't collect anything, have no hobbies, don't watch/collect movies/cds, or anything general I can think of. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Of course when I ask my mom says oh, you don't have to get anything... ya, right.

Cost isn't an issue if it's worth it but I generally don't spend more than 100-200$ for them. This is my only family so I don't mind splurging on them, I have no one else to get gifts for.

So hit me with ideas! What do you get 2 people who want nothing!!!!


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Old 12-18-2007, 06:39 PM   #2
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Do they read books? What do they do in their spare time? What are their ages?

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Old 12-18-2007, 06:56 PM   #3
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I sent mine roses this year.
They too are impossible to buy for.
Very picky...no hobbies ( except sitting on the sofa watching tv)
both on special diets (though dad doesn't follow his) and they have everything they
need... They hardly ever leave the house (by choice) so the flowers will give them
something pretty to look at.
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:05 PM   #4
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being a mom, grandma, and great grandma , i think i can answer this.

you are set against gift cards. i love to get them and my kids know i love em.

they know the stores i like, ie barnes and noble , big lots and so on.

it would be really hard for them to buy for me, as they would never know my secret longings.

so maybe rethink the cards. last year my oldest granddaughter gave me two free tickets to the local movie house, loved them.

merry christmas
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:23 PM   #5
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Send them to a Bed & Breakfast.... or some other (affordable) weekend getaway.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #6
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What about a gift of the month subscription? Like fruit of the month, cheese of the month, coffee/tea of the month, or (my personal favorite) bacon of the month?

Or a "care" package of food and drink treats that they may not buy for themselves?

If they sit and watch TV, like pdswife's parents, maybe they would like a DVD player and a subscription to Netflicks.

How about next year, getting the family photos on a DVD?

Theater tickets? Scratch tickets???

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Old 12-18-2007, 09:14 PM   #7
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Like fruit of the month, cheese of the month, coffee/tea of the month, or (my personal favorite) bacon of the month?
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Old 12-18-2007, 09:58 PM   #8
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There are also gift cards to grocery stores. They sound a lot like my in-laws. They don't travel, MIL doesn't drive anymore (which is probably a good thing), they barely leave the house except for church and the weekly shopping. They have everything they need. They could buy my house 3 times over with what they have squirreled away. They are tough. We have gotten them the fruit of the month several times and they seem to enjoy that. This year my BIL got them one of those digital frames and solicited pics from family to up load so when they open it the pics will be ready for viewing. If you live close offer to cook them a special dinner and go all out with your choices. Maybe you can pay for some home service they might need help with like lawn care or gutter cleaning.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:39 PM   #9
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My mil, bless her, she is tough to buy for. We got her a couple of little things but then were in a fix.

My sil casually, and innocently, as an aside, mentioned that my mil's TV was starting to go on the fritz. Bingo.

TV for mom.

Sometimes ya gotta look real hard to find a gift.

OK, does mom/dad cook? That opens all sorts of possibilities. Can buy a lot of neat foods online from foie gras to steaks, lamb, you name it, everything from appys to desserts.

Or if they don't like to cook, they gotta eat.

Can get a gift card to a restaurant they particularly like.

Or one to a fancy local place they otherwise would not go to.

How about a Saturday night at a hotel? Or a weekend package?

I know it is tough but they have to do something.

Maybe they have complained about something, as minor as it may seem, that you can take care of.

I am typing this from out office/computer room. It is cold in the winter. Best gift I got in years was a stand alone radiator. If anyone asked me what I wanted I would have said nothing.

There guaranteed is something in their lives you can make more pleasant with a Christmas gift.

You may have to work to find it.

Ask you family members, siblings, aunts, anyone. Or their friends. It may be a bit of work, but heck they are your parents.

And sounds like you would really like to make them happy.

Good luck.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:54 AM   #10
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We have generally done the same thing every year for our parents - "DVD's"

This year was different - we bought both sides a digital photo frame and a 2 gig SD card that I have been filling up with around 100 pictures or so of family pics I have taken. Some are Grandkid pics and some are of their parents. The pitures will automatically cycle through and have a different pic every 5 sec. They can add to the SD card and create their own. I just felt it was something they would use year round and show others throught the years.

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