What to get the Mother In Law who really needs nothing

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  1. blessedby3

    blessedby3 Actually Blessedby4 now, but cant change my userna

    Mar 7, 2003
    I am trying to come up with Christmas gift ideas for my mother in law once again. She really needs nothing for herself or house so I am looking for different ideas. She is 73 and has macular degeneration so her eyesight is not that great. Cant get her any magazine subscriptions or stuff like that. Does anyone have any ideas? What do you get for your inlaws who have everything? Thanks so much :thumbsup2
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  3. mrsbornkuntry

    mrsbornkuntry <font color=FF6666>I'm worried about raccoons<br><

    Jul 8, 2004
    How about a fruit basket? Or another type of food she enjoys. Or books on tape.
  4. mickeyfan2

    mickeyfan2 DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2004
    Does she have favorite cookies or dessert breads? Make her some of those quart jars with all of the ingredients in them. All she has to is add the milk, butter, eggs, etc.
  5. DisneyPinDiva

    DisneyPinDiva <font color=red>What? There's no more shrimp left

    Jan 29, 2004
    New to this board and loving it!!:thumbsup2
    A friend gave me this suggestion for my hard to buy for inlaws.... how about gift cards for her favorite restaurants??
  6. HeatherFeather

    HeatherFeather <font color=darkorchid>The apostrophe just complet

    Oct 7, 2005
    My mother in law has really bad eyesight and complained that she never knew what time it was because she couldn't read a clock. I bought her a talking clock for her birthday and she thinks it is the BEST thing ever. Maybe yours could use this too? :)
  7. pilgrimage

    pilgrimage DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2002
    How about home-made tapes of grandkids reading HER stories,
    also professional CD's.
  8. Rella Bella

    Rella Bella <font color=deeppink>We offer gifts of love becaus

    Sep 21, 2005
    Ahh yes the age old question! And it's a toughie....

    How about tickets to a concert?

    A new smaller &/or easier to put together Christmas Tree??

    My old stand by was new slippers... the really nice kind, still not very glamorous but mine appreciated practicality.

    Hummmmm..... I'll keep thinking
  9. frogmommy

    frogmommy Supercalifragilistic

    Sep 19, 2005
    My grandmother also has macular degeneration. We have gotten her jewelry (watches/bracelets) with magnetic clasps - that way she doesn't have to see what she is doing to put them on. We found a dangling magnifying glass on a chain from the smithsonian museum catalog. It's a peice of jewlery as well, so she can wear it when she is dressed up.

    We've done books on tape or in large print.

    One thing you can do is blow up her favorite pictures so she can enjoy them again.

  10. blessedby3

    blessedby3 Actually Blessedby4 now, but cant change my userna

    Mar 7, 2003
    Gosh, thanks guys. You are quick to respond. Keep em coming. I appreciate all the ideas posted already. They are great :thumbsup2
  11. Tink's Pixieduster

    Tink's Pixieduster DIS Veteran

    Dec 14, 2005
    If she lives nearby, how about a trip to her favorite salon to have her hair and maybe her nails done, with you or someone in your family as her chauffer? Or if you can afford it and she is the type, a spa day. Getting a little extra attention might be one of the best gifts you can give her.
  12. LoriNSC

    LoriNSC DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2006
    I liked someone's idea I got on here. Buy an apron, let kids put their footprints on it w/ paint & paint on it "No-my grandkids don't walk all over me. Why do you ask?"
  13. macrosswife

    macrosswife Mouseketeer

    Oct 28, 2004
    We're in the same boat!!
    MIL and FIL are both hard to buy for!
    For MIL, we purchased a calendar through one of the online photo centers. We placed the pictures, and they printed and sent it. Huge hit!
    The next year, we took the grandkids to a paint it yourself pottery place and had them paint coffee mugs and gave it to her with some gourmet coffee. That went over so well that we're adding to her pottery collection this year...we'll give her a dinner plate and bowl so that she can think of her grandkids when she has breakfast/lunch.

    Good luck!!
  14. It's A Happy Day

    It's A Happy Day <font color=darkorchid>I am on a troll<br><font co

    Jun 16, 2005
    What about a practical gift card - grocery store, pharmacy, etc. Alot of older people are on fixes incomes and have a hard time with the necessities.

    A gift basket - bath basket, teas & coffees with some type of cookies, snack basket, take an interest and fill a basket for her.

    Good Luck!!!
  15. cmrules

    cmrules Mouseketeer

    May 5, 2004
    My grandparents are the same way and I get them a hickory farm basket every year. They always rave about it.
  16. malibuconlee

    malibuconlee <font color=red>OOH - I think I've finally figured

    May 12, 2005
    Not sure how bad her eyesight has gotten tho this point, but how about a telephone with LARGE number buttons?

    I know before DH's grandmother's eyesight degenerated past the point we bought extra large playing cards for her.

    It's is tough. We get DH's grandmother a fragrant wreath every year. Got her one with sleigh bells on it. She loved it, it hung on the door to the basement and jingled every time someone opened that door!!
  17. MemoryMakers2669

    MemoryMakers2669 <font color=green>Would rather have a sippy tag th

    Sep 23, 2004
    I send my MIL a flower or plant each year and she LOVES IT! She says she needs nothing...as she has everything, but loves having flowers delivered. I actually send the Thomas Kinkade ones to her, so she has a little collection of houses from it, that she displays all together with her new one.
  18. rdsx28

    rdsx28 Proud Member of Red Sox Nation!

    Jul 2, 2005
    How about a CD player either a personal one or a large one and some CD's it's always nice to listen to music and some have large buttons and are very easy to use. The talking clock is also great I got one for my nana as well.
  19. monorailsilver

    monorailsilver DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2002
    How about a Woven Moments Throw (do a search for it & it will bring up quite a few places that make them).

    You send a picture & they make it (wove) into a blanket or pillow.

    I am debating on getting this for my MIL but I am not sure if she is worthy of the $100 since their house is a mess which means they don't take care of thngs.

    Or 'coupons' for dinner meaning you either bring the family to her house & you cook or bring her to your house & you cook there, either way you cook.

    Books on tape.
  20. Kim in TN

    Kim in TN Disney & Dachshund Lover Lurks daily, posts rarel

    Aug 19, 1999
    The first things that come to mind are
    GC to a favorite restaurant
    a gift of the month club, like fruit, or steak, or fresh flowers
    a favorite book on CD?
  21. Disneymaniacs

    Disneymaniacs Mouseketeer

    Apr 4, 2005
    I got my grandmother a large print bible. I also get her a new container of Estee Lauder scented powder each year. She loves that. I also like to get her gift cards to her favorite restaurant and movie theater gift cards. She goes out to the movies and dinner every Saturday with my mother. I love the talking clock idea. Where do you get one of those?

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