WTF can i get my sister for xmas? help if you are about 45

(64 Posts)
HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 14:46:44

she - has loads of accessories already
Likes books ( but has kindle)
i dont want to give a spa thing
likes Boden, history, food.
OH GOD i am hopeless

ProfYaffle Mon 09-Dec-13 18:08:50

Some sort of foodie experience day? Chocolate making/butchery demo/sausage making, that sort of thing. Lots of ideas here

I second the good hand cream,magazine subscription,pj but not the Malone suggestions as I don't like it,however, if you do know which perfume that she does like then go for it (I,m Chanel coco mademoiselle for whoever might read this) and more everyday body scrubs/lotions eg soap&glory....hair appointment with top salon would be a bit of a dream...and of course only Hotel Chocolate will do smile

Pollywallywinkles Mon 09-Dec-13 18:35:53

I personally don't care for vouchers.

I'm a similar age to your sister and I still like the same sort of things that I did in my twenties. However I now prefer higher quality things. For example leather gloves rather than woollen, a scarf made of natural materials, or with a soft feel rather than cheap and scratchy. Better quality make up brushes and make up rather than bargain basement. A more subtle fragrance rather than what is one of the in scents. A small box of good quality chocolates rather than a big box of cheaper chocolate.

I still read occasional books even though I am an avid kindle user. So I wouldn't turn my nose up at a paper or hardback.

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:33:36

Oh sorry guys. Had to go out. I'm a reading

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:35:37

Oh god. The diffuser sounds ace. Pis cd box set. Hadn't thought of that. Audible too and lol at cloves

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:35:54

Plus Jo Malone thing. Ta all

XmasAngel13 Mon 09-Dec-13 19:46:11

I am 45 but do not have a sister to buy me gifts but if i did I would love any of the following

Jo Malone bath oil or candle
Diptyque candle
Books - I do have a kindle but love hardback boos especially the classic cloth bound they do in waterstones eg Jane eyre, Christmas Carol etc

Leather purse - nice bright colour

Boden cashmere scarf
Boden sparkly sequinned shoes that I cannot justify buying for myself !

Ipad case - nb LK bennett had some in the sale that were rather lovely

Chanel perfume or body creme
Basically all stuff that I would love but dont buy for myself ......

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:49:01

Lol at rake

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:50:45

wtf is spicery

chicaguapa Mon 09-Dec-13 19:51:10

Would she like a blanket for snuggling on the settee? TK Max have some nice cable knit ones for around £30.

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 19:51:45

Where's thd Jo Malone layering thing. Can't find it

Floralnomad Mon 09-Dec-13 19:53:39

Its not just any rake ! My sister is about the same age and we've bought her perfume and soap (j'adore) ,and some nails inc nail varnishes .

HanneHolm Mon 09-Dec-13 20:20:28

Snuggle blanket interesting too

Subscription to bbc history magazine?

HanneHolm Wed 11-Dec-13 06:19:13

Right. Spoke to near rest and dearest. The suggestion was a scarf that's more trendy. I know. Not knotted or furry. That goes with blue or brown. I'm thinking becksondergaard. Looked at the asos reduced ones but none right

kissmelittleass Wed 11-Dec-13 09:23:07

Right I like benefit gift make up sets, mac make ups, fleecey pj bottoms, chanel perfume, soap and glory products (there gift set is on offer from friday in boots for £27) fluffy boot slippers, nice fancy socks, set of good nail varnishes..hth

AnnBryce Wed 11-Dec-13 09:27:24

Emma Hardie cleansing balm (came top in The Beauty Bible) & Clinique Aromatics Elixir body crème, this is such a Christmassy smell to me!

princesscupcakemummyb Wed 11-Dec-13 10:24:18

food gift basket?

vouchers to a nice place to dine?

make up gift hamper dressed up all pretty

SolidGold Wed 11-Dec-13 11:40:22

A hamper from M&S, a subscription to Good Food mag, a cover for her kindle (but check which one she has, so you get the right size), a subscription for a bunch of flowers once a month or some cupcakes every month, a subscription to Hotel Chocolate tasting club, a Flavourly box subscription, a Lakeland hamper ... A gift box from Lush? I'm late 40s and love food and reading and would love all these smile

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 11-Dec-13 12:08:39

Whatever she would normally use, upgraded.

So if she likes candles, what about a Jo Malone, or RHS candle (these are lovely, and much cheaper than Jo Malone if you're on a budget)

And if she likes bath or shower products, what about some Molton Brown products (they do 12 x 50ml bath and shower gel, or 6 x 50ml shower gel and 6 x 50 ml body lotion in a box. each box is £38, but they were 25% off a couple of weeks ago). Clinique body scrub and body lotion is lovely too.

Urban Decay Naked or Naked 2 eye shadow pallettes are fab. They are around £30 each.

John Lewis are doing gorgeous Alice tempeley (I think it is) leather gloves for £60 or so. They are lovely, and I am coveting them but have no hope whatsoever of having them

hoboken Wed 11-Dec-13 12:15:07

Membership of the National Trust?
Subscription to National Geographic or History Today?
I think that Virgin does gastronomic experiences

noddyholder Wed 11-Dec-13 13:06:10
HanneHolm Wed 11-Dec-13 16:44:26

she doesnt use make up, I dont think, I got her some last year and she never fed back.
kindle things she has.
Candles - she never reports back on them either
has oodles of pjs
ITS SO HARD

thanks all though

Notawordfromtheladybird Wed 11-Dec-13 18:27:30

a luxurious hand cream. Even if she doesn't know she needs it, once she starts using it, it will be a eureka moment. I never realised how dry my hands got till i started to use hand cream and could see the difference.

Laska42 Wed 11-Dec-13 20:00:27

I bought myself this pink warehouse scarf in the summer for my Christmas present to myself put away in its original wrapping and I will wrap it up so I get one thing I wanted on the day) hmm smile

but this Warehouse one is nice also and reduced (I may order it too!

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