If you were 89 and were to receive a food hamper for Christmas, what would you like in it?

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Putting together a hamper for dh's great aunt and her partner. So far I have a small m and s Xmas cake, some Christmas tea, Christmas marmalade, a bag of assorted nuts, some cheesey biscuits and a small thing of chocolates.
What else do you reckon? I have room for probably 3 more things.

UriGeller Sat 02-Nov-13 12:35:19

There'll be rummaging through it saying, "where's the booze?"

derektheladyhamster Sat 02-Nov-13 12:35:41

Wine but that might just be the older people I know!

What about a small bottle of sherry or Port?

Shortbread or a small christmas pudding? smile

Butterytoast Sat 02-Nov-13 12:37:42

Mince pies? Naice mini pork pies closer to the time?

Was considering booze but don't think they drink. Will check with dh. Looked at lovely mini bottles of booze in m an ds yesterday but was unsure. Wondered about mini whiskey for him and mini sherry for her or maybe a little Baileys.

bigbrick Sat 02-Nov-13 12:38:30

That's a lovely idea. How about some fruit jellies or orange pieces in chocolate, some coffee, biscuits, mint sweets, crackers & cheese(although you have cheesy biscuits). A tv guide, peoples friend magazine.

Shortbread good idea. Think I'd struggle to fit a pack of mince pies in the box I've bought along with all the other stuff. Might make the shortbread.

I'd put some nice cheese in, a bottle of port.

Worried about the nuts, with older folk often having dentures etc...

Some xmas pate? and xmas pickle/chutney?

this means they would have all the stuff for a nice high tea.

after eights.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sat 02-Nov-13 12:41:06

My mum who is 84 would like nice gin, chocolate gingers, thorntons fudge, more gin....

She reckons she doesn't eat much [deluded emoticon] so would like nibble bits, cheeses, pate, scones and clotted cream.

starsandunicorns Sat 02-Nov-13 12:41:40

A packet of old fainsoned sweets like humbugs or those cough sweets my grandad always got those as he had them when he was young

those york fruit jellies were always popular in my GPs house. and twiglets.

Atari Sat 02-Nov-13 12:43:15

I will never forget my Grandad's face the year my cousin gave him a HUGE pork chop.

It was better than the look on any child's face at Christmas grin

Lol at huge pork chop. Can't put anything in that needs to go in the fridge as I don't want them to have to put anything in the fridge before Xmas and thereby ruin the surprise.
Will take nuts out ( dh will be happy, more for him). Those pretty jellies sound nice, fudge sounds good.
Any savoury ideas that don't need to go in the fridge?

you can get cheeses and pates that are vacuum packed so don't need refrigerating. They might be kept in the chill cabinet, but they don't need to be. iyswim.

how about tins of speciality soup?

cece Sat 02-Nov-13 12:58:46

MY Gran always liked;

tinned salmon
tinned crab
jar of coffee
tea bags
nice biscuits

sorry to repeat myself, but I do think that having the makings of a delicious meal they can enjoy between them with a couple of extra treats would be lovely.

YOu can also get vacuum packed meals, ie stews etc. One brand I can think of is 'look what I found'

My Great Aunt (102) practically mainlines likes brandy. A hamper without it would be unthinkable grin

Short bread, mince pies, those jelly fruits, fancy jam or marmalade. I'd go for very traditional picky bits as don't forget they'll have already done their shopping for Christmas.

ShadeofViolet Sat 02-Nov-13 13:33:33

Elizabeth Shaw mints. My Nan (the same age) goes mad over them!!

raisah Sat 02-Nov-13 13:34:34

Don't forget a nut cracker!

Grennie Sat 02-Nov-13 13:38:30

Not nuts. Too difficult to eat for a lot of older people.

Nothing that gets stuck under/to dentures. My Great Aunt eats cashew nuts with her brandy. Either they don't stick or alternatively she might be anaesthetised to the irritation by the brandy.

Posh breadsticks, the wee ones that you can get in whole food shops are nice. Cheesy crackers too.

ibbydibby Sat 02-Nov-13 13:45:11

Mini mincepies? You can get them in Sainsbury's or Waitrose (though not yet..sell by in Sainsbo yesterday was end of Nov. Some kind of treaty biscuits / cookies?

Ifcatshadthumbs Sat 02-Nov-13 13:48:40

I put in my Nan's some of the mini sized tins of Heinz soup. M&s also do some small tinned savoury mince type things that she loves.

If they don't drink alcohol how about some of those mixer sizes cans of lemonade or tonics?

My grandparents love dried fruit (figs, dates etc.), Turkish delight, liquorice all sorts, fruit jellies, cherry liqueur chocolates. They also get through unfeasible amounts of tinned red salmon smile

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 02-Nov-13 13:57:40

My gran would have wanted: proper tea, nothing flavoured, not Earl Grey, just good old fashioned British Breakfast Tea, either loose leaf or bags, biscuits - either a mixed tin or shortbread fingers, maybe a packet of chocolate biscuits, tins of red salmon, crab, some nice savoury snacks or posh crisps, olives, tins of soup, a large bottle of Benedictine grin, maybe a bottle of scotch or sherry for visitors, some nice strawberry jam, marmalade, some crackers for cheese (maybe some nice cheddar too?), pate in a jar and a bag of boiled sweets. Possibly also some liqueur chocolates as well.

Thanks so much everyone smile

wonkylegs Sat 02-Nov-13 14:28:58

We got great granny (90) a selection of biscuits that she liked so much she's requested them again a few times.
We got a selection with jam & honey, wine, chutney & cheese (they like cheese) but we've only had requests for more biscuits.

Branleuse Sat 02-Nov-13 14:34:44

Spam, corned beef, tripe, spinach, liver, murray mints

you forgot the faggots, branleuse!

Branleuse Sat 02-Nov-13 16:38:48

oh yes, sorry. And sherry

farrowandballs Sat 02-Nov-13 21:25:56

Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. Potted shrimps. Pukka bed time tea

RhondaJean Sat 02-Nov-13 21:50:39

Quavers.

My granny had a tiny appetite at 89 and lost most of her sense of taste but she loved quavers and could still taste them.

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