Can someone recommend a nice little present for some grandmothers? And a grandad?

(17 Posts)
TheAwfulDaughter Mon 19-Aug-13 13:01:10

Hi everyone smile

I'm a student and on a student budget so since I was 15 I've just bought my two DGMs little Neals Yard sets that are nice but don't break the bank.

Since I've gone into my second year of uni, my lovely nans have just been amazing. Every time I visit I'm plied with food and a little bit richer from pocket money that they insist on saving for me blush I really want to get them something nice for Christmas but I'm still on a budget.

I've decided I'm going to get Nan a Harvey Nicks manicure voucher, and my Great Nan some nice Advocaat to make homemade snowballs with. I want to get them a little something to go with it though, I was thinking cashmere socks- but I was naive to how expensive they are.

Posh chocs are the obvious one but Nan is a 5:2er and Great Nan being a legendary matriarch ends up with (no word of a lie) 100 boxes of nice chocolates at Christmas which are usually gifted on!

Guess I'm looking for a grown up socking stuffer, no more than £20.

Also this year I want to get something for Nan's partner. Since getting older, I've realised that he's been more of a grandad to me and my cousins than my real one has. He's an archetype Jamaican gent who loves his rum and reggae- do you think a bottle and some nice socks will go down well? What do you usually get your grandads and older male relatives?

Thank you for any replies smile

Do they have any specific interests e.g. gardening, travelling or whatever? You could get a quarter or half year magazine subscription for them.

How about a photo book of you and any siblings or cousins? Good if you can get hold of photos from when you were little.

Would any of them like a posh candle or notebook? TK Max had some really reduced last time I was in, so within your budget.

MadeOfStarDust Mon 19-Aug-13 17:42:30

Photo books are great - and you can often have half price offers at the end of summer from many of them, so one from Snapfish, one from Photobox etc, etc....

TheAwfulDaughter Mon 19-Aug-13 17:47:13

Not really, they're typical fluffy nans. They don't really have any interests per se. DGGM just likes her telly and tea and fluffy jumpers. DGM really likes beauty hence the manicure voucher.

TheAwfulDaughter Mon 19-Aug-13 17:49:59

Posh candle would be nice for DGM thanks smile

DGGM can't really be trusted with anything involving fire any more!

Glitterfairys Mon 19-Aug-13 18:03:57

How about a box of different flavoured teas for DGGM ?Teapigs have a mix and match set for £12.50 and you could get her a teapot for one as well smile

RhondaJean Mon 19-Aug-13 18:04:55

Come join us on the Xmas bargains thread...There's an offer for 3 editions of women's fitness mag for £1 (for you) and a free elemis bath milk worth £42 (dgm). Also house of Fraser is doing elemis body balm down from £26ish to £9.75 Ish so you could get her £70 of lovely toiletries for About a tenner.

The house of Fraser order has postage though but if you are close to one you can collect in store for free.

You could then go slightly over budget and get these for dggm...

www.amazon.co.uk/Womens-Luxury-Scottish-Cashmere-Summer/dp/B00BOXF732/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376931768&sr=8-3&keywords=cashmere+socks

The rum and socks sounds lovely for gd. I managed to get DH a nice bottle of rum (sailor jerry) in a box with a collectible print last year near Christmas for the same price as the regular one so might be worth waiting with that to see what the supermarkets get in nearer the time.

Could you make them something? £20 plus some time could make a little hamper of goodies, ideally things that store well or can be portioned and frozen.

Ok, how about a box set of a programme they like? You can pick up slightly older but really good ones for under a tenner.

superbagpuss Mon 19-Aug-13 18:38:39

I get my nan m&s vouchers or garden centre vouchers as she likes having a mooch round

grandads are always more difficult - a DVD or book about something he is interested in maybe?

everydayaschoolday Mon 19-Aug-13 21:10:38

For granddad: a retro sweet hamper (you choose decade) from 'aquarterof' online; woollen gentlemans scarf from debenhams/m&s/tkmaxx; driving gloves from a department store; selection of nice bottled ales (supermarket or specialish shop); slippers; dressing gown; nice bottle of port/whisky/brandy.

For the ladies: leather gloves from m&s; pashmina scarf; make up a mini drinks hamper of miniature wine bottles, and pre-mixed cans/bottles like babycham (!), snowballs, pimms & lemonade etc (my MIL loved this last year -supermarket); purse from cath kidson (half price if sale is still on at £13 online at cathkidson); photo/picture frame; home baking presented in nice boxes; 2014 calendar ( of whatever they're interested in or personalised family pics - make it or order through snapfish online etc); their fav cosmetic brand or skin care brand (department store); or a little of a mixture of the above to make a little hamper. A homemade card to accompany it would go down a treat.

everydayaschoolday Mon 19-Aug-13 21:16:30

More thoughts: new stylish spectacles case (cath kidson for the ladies!); nice throw for their bed/chair (check their colour scheme - dunelm mill are usually well priced).

everydayaschoolday Mon 19-Aug-13 21:24:16

Your suggestions sounded lovely too. I just got a bit carried away there. Im sure your grandad would be delighted with some rum - what about rum truffles to go with it or some of the cooking sauces from the 'reggae reggae' range available in tesco and aldi (they are lovely and not expensive) and make a little Jamaican hamper!

TheAwfulDaughter Mon 19-Aug-13 21:31:04

Thank you everyone! Especially you, everydayaschoolday!

Afternoon tea for two, at a posh hotel. There was an offer on my local groupon today for this £18

DragonsAreReal Thu 22-Aug-13 20:40:45

You could make your nan and jamaican sort of grandad a black cake :D bet they would love it!

JustBecauseICan Sat 24-Aug-13 22:51:54

What about a photobook of their old scanned pictures? I did this for my Aunt last year and am planning a couple this year. She loved it, old family pics, black and white ones, that sort of thing.

Loads of offers at the moment- if you use Albelli they are £15 off for a first order, and there is one for £14.95 (24 pages- you can get loads of pics in) and it then only costs you the postage.

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