I need a Christmas present for..... (pitch in suggestions and ask for ideas yourself)

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TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 13:34:02

Hope this isn't duplicating other threads too much but thought it might be handy to have a thread to ask for Christmas present ideas and add suggestions if anyone else is struggling to think up present ideas (I am - had loads last year but am not doing well this year!)

I still need Christmas presents for;

DH - something quirky and a bit unusual as a little present, up to £15. Maybe something he can play with (no snurking at the back)?

BIL - up to £25, again quirky suggestions would be good. Likes computers and cooking (but owns a cafe so no cook books please!), hates books. Something to use or wear would be especially fab.

Parents - joint present, up to £60, either a house ornament or something really nice for the garden.

Other BIL - up to £20, thinks he's very trendy, haven't the foggiest what he actually likes - he drives and teaches if that's any help.

Anyone else need help?

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 13:35:55

Oh and no goats please - I wouldn't mind one but both BIL's would think it was scandalous.

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:12:32


homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 14:24:38

For your BIL? - OCD chopping board

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 14:27:09

For your DH? - Tetris Light a bit over your budget if you include postage, but still a good price for this. It's £30 most places, but I got it for £22 for my son which is about the best I've seen it including postage. Good fun and works well.

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 14:31:01

I just need something for my DH. NO idea what to get him at all. Probably up to about £80, but wouldn't mind a few smaller things rather than 1 big thing. We are moving abroad in the New Year so nothing too big. So far I've bought him a new capo for his guitar - a specific one he has been wanting for a while, but have absolutely no other ideas. Would buy clothes, but we are moving to TX and won't be needing all the winter clothes currently available in the shops! (plus I got him clothes for his birthday this year, and a coat for Christmas last year which he really appreciated, but would like something different)

How much light does the Tetris lamp give off? It might be perfect for DH who is not so surreptitiousiously converting my office into a 'gaming room'.

NormanTheCyberman Fri 22-Nov-13 14:33:28

For your parents, how about a bird table/feeder, bird nesting box, some bird food and a book about garden birds?

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:34:19

Oooh thanks homework, love both of those!

What does your DH like? Any hobbies?

NormanTheCyberman Fri 22-Nov-13 14:35:02

Any ideas for BIL and SIL (either individual or joint presents, want to spend about £30 or so), they are in their 30s/40s, have a 2 year old ds and expecting another baby.

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:35:57

Like the bird table/nesting box idea, my mum is obsessed with feeding the birds anyway - they've got the food and the books about them but could have a look for a really nice bird table.

NormanTheCyberman Fri 22-Nov-13 14:36:45

RSPB shop has lots of stuff. smile

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:38:02

this book and maybe a subscription to Lovefilm Norman? (am guessing they're not going to have as much going out time soon)

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:40:03

Gorgeous stuff on their site, thanks Norman

NormanTheCyberman Fri 22-Nov-13 14:41:41

grin at the book!

Don't know if they are into films much. One of the problems is I don't know them very well, and we rarely see them. Hard to know what they would like.

TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 14:44:53

The book is brilliant - had it as a present once and had to buy it since for 2 more couples with kids grin Hmm, difficult if you don't know them well - what about a nice hamper? Everyone eats after all - always my reasoning!

AphraBane Fri 22-Nov-13 14:48:58

Totally for your DH - perhaps a table-top football game (a mini version of the one you find in pubs etc). They're all over the Interweb at various prices, but this is an example.

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 14:55:54

I have only seen the tetris light in a well-lit room, but I think it gives off a decent amount of light. Our Hawkins Bazaar had one on display so it might be worth checking (if you have a local one) if they have one they could show you.

Will come back later with more ideas - off to do the school run just now.

My DH doesn't really have hobbies as such. He reads a bit, but not loads. he enjoys movies, but rarely watches them more than once so I hate buying him DVDs as they seems like a waste of money. He enjoys wee app games on the iPad, but I have no idea what and he'll probably get iTunes vouchers from his brothers anyway. He does love his guitar, but not really sure what else I could get him for that - he's already got a gorgeous leather strap and now this new capo. I was thinking of a new stand that he's been lusting after but can't find a way to buy it direct - you seem to need to be a distributor to get them. (no distributors near us) Sorry - that's really useless!

sunbathe Fri 22-Nov-13 15:00:37

For dh or computery bil what about the Maplin binary digital watch?

On phone, can't seem to link. confused

GirlsonFilm Fri 22-Nov-13 15:05:56

Help needed. I need some presents for children of friends; Boy 13, Girl 10, Boy 8. We spend about £10 per child, and their mum is great at getting pretty, thoughtful presents whereas I've ended up with book tokens and plastic tat for her children so want to impress a bit this year.


sweetskull Fri 22-Nov-13 15:09:49

I need for SIL, BIL, MIL & FIL.

I like spending Christmas with them but I loathe the presents opening time. They love it and expect a lot. They want to be wowed. It's so ridiculous.
I don't want to wow them and I don't want to spend a fortune.

bimbedybam Fri 22-Nov-13 19:20:57

DH has asked for "quality" beanie hat (he is a window cleaner) and also "quality" flannel joggers/loungers...i.e. not Primarni stuff hmm

Any suggestions where to look for these please?

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 19:21:16

GirlsonFilm - how about a maze ball or good old fashioned rubix cube for 8 year old boy? By DS (8) loves that kind of thing. Home Bargains has some comic-making sets in at the minute too - can't remember which kind, but my DS got a Beano one last year and loved it. They also have some Angry Birds Star Wars games in massively reduced and my DS is a big fan of those.

For 10 year old girl - how about a movie night hamper. Get a cheap DVD or a £5 voucher for her local rental place and then make up a gift box with some microwave popcorn, some sweets, a big bar of chocolate, a hot chocolate spoon, maybe a super cheap pair of slippers (Primark £2 type thing) - that kind of stuff. Did it for my niece last year and she loved it - invited some friends round at the end of the holidays and made a special night of it.

No ideas for 13 year old boy - sorry!

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 19:23:46

bimbedybam - Barts are the cosiest winter hats IMO - usually fleece lined so comfy too. It's ski-wear so look in shops like Blacks or Millets (do Millets still exist?) or look online.

Comfiest loungers my DH has are Calvin Klein ones - think we bought them online, maybe from figleaves?

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 19:24:37

Here you go bim Barts

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 19:29:26

Norman I too would recommend that book - bought it for my BIL one year and he loved it. How about making them a hamper of things to enjoy.... doesn't need to be specific. Most people enjoy a film so a love film voucher is a great idea. You could add to it a £10 M&S voucher and write a wee note that they are to treat themselves to a "dine in". Maybe add in a retro game or toy which they could share with their 2yr old and next baby when they're a bit bigger?

homeworkmakesmemad Fri 22-Nov-13 19:32:05

sweetskull that's hard and to be honest people like that you probably won't ever 'wow' just because their expectations are so high before you've even begun! Could you get a voucher to a local restaurant for one of the couples so they can enjoy en evening out together - or a voucher for afternoon tea at a posh hotel?

AndiPandi Fri 22-Nov-13 19:32:58

OP for your teacher BIL what about a Contigo travel mug / flask thingy. My teacher friends love them, keep hot drinks hot for hours.

bimbedybam Fri 22-Nov-13 19:35:00

wow..quick response homework!

Will check it out...

<<takes me 5 mins to work my damn mobile...!)

ILoveWoollyStuff Fri 22-Nov-13 19:42:04

Totally how about a nesting box with a camera? Mum got one late last yr and loves having 'Springwatch' in her own garden!

Takver Fri 22-Nov-13 19:48:42

Help with my DH also needed. Hobbies: singing (choir) / acting, neither of which need any 'stuff', has just revamped his wardrobe & got himself lots of new clothes, hates novelty stuff.

Successes in the past - lichen identification course, board games (have one on order but very small so could do with another present to add to it)

My DM remembered an acting masterclass which she used to have on video, but can't find any equivalent now.

notablob Fri 22-Nov-13 20:08:29

Marking to come back later.

Girlsonfilm: would the 13 year old enjoy Star Wars origami or folded flyers?

Nothing to suggest but I've ordered OCD chopping board and the book for dh. Keep them ideas coming grin

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 10:40:01

I need for SIL, BIL, MIL & FIL.

I like spending Christmas with them but I loathe the presents opening time. They love it and expect a lot. They want to be wowed. It's so ridiculous.
I don't want to wow them and I don't want to spend a fortune.

GirlsonFilm Sat 23-Nov-13 16:27:41

Home - thanks dvd idea is great I think I'll get a voucher as I've no idea what dvds they've got.

Arbitrary - great ideas - star wars origami it is!

MuffCakes Sat 23-Nov-13 18:19:41

Any ideas for a few small gifts for an almost 15 yr ok boy?

Leopoldina Sat 23-Nov-13 18:23:18

to WOW the PILs, have a look at the lovely crates from Gluttonous Gardener - glut.co.uk

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sat 23-Nov-13 18:32:10

For diffcult too buy for people, may I recommend the The Happy Puzzle Company - lots of nice bits esp in the sale

INeedThatForkOff Sat 23-Nov-13 19:25:41

Secret Santa. It has to be 'outrageous' and max £5. I'm thinking of some weirdly flavoured food or hideous nail art. Any suggestions please?

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 21:38:34

Not sure why my post went up twice.
Thanks for the sugestions so far, by they won't be wowed by it...

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 21:39:20

For hideous Secret Santa, how about a cheap wig? or some mustache?

SolidGold Mon 25-Nov-13 21:36:00

... for my son aged 22?

Doesn't have a hobby, I can't afford much this year and don't want to do vouchers. I'm thinking up to £20 - otherwise I'm just going to buy some booze!

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:14:07

22 yo son, or a bil what about those beanie hats that have built in earphones so you can connect to your phone / ipod?

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:15:51

sweetskull...i think personalised presents are good for wowing.... check out notonthehighstreet and then google / ebay to see if you can find the things cheaper ( if you need to to suit your budget)

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:18:38
SolidGold Mon 25-Nov-13 22:50:09

Ooh clr2014, nice idea, thanks smile

callmekitten Tue 26-Nov-13 02:00:19

for the guitar players, how about the Pick Punch? You can punch your own picks out of old credit cards, gift cards etc. I've heard you can even make them out of thinner vinyl records if you've got any of those lying around. I got one for DH last year and he loved it. Amazon has them. Make sure you get the Pick Punch brand.

Bertrude Tue 26-Nov-13 04:52:41

How about my 2 year old nephew? He likes cars and trains, but his birthday has been very recently so he has lots of stuff. Budget not a problem - he's our only family baby so he gets spoilt

numberoneidiot Tue 26-Nov-13 08:58:45

Bertrude, there are some great DVDs on trains etc on Amazon aimed at small kids.

If you don't want to buy more stuff, how about an experience for you to enjoy together? Are there any steam railways near you? Or ant of those mini steam railways that open periodically? Lots of them are doing special Christmas days, or you could give him a promise to go later in the year.

Trip to somewhere like Chessington (he's too young for most of the rides but there is a monorail, aka "the sky train!")? Or a homemade voucher for a train trip with you somewhere.

Can you tell my DS is also a big train fan? grin

Bertrude Tue 26-Nov-13 09:05:35

Oooh Santa Express runs near them on a steam train - that could work! Will browse the amazon DVDs and see what's there too. Thanks numberoneidiot great ideas or rather, thanks to your son for also being a train fan

And alos thanks to leopoldina - gin drinkers companion orders from glut.co.uk for MIL. Had never heard of that site.

Pascha Tue 26-Nov-13 09:17:14

How about a middle aged single uncle with severe-ish social communication problems and no known hobbies? He buys such lovely boys presents and it would be nice to get him something actually useful for once.

I've got mum and dad joint English Heritage membership this year if thats any help for anyone? Joint senior membership is £58 which between two people is a bargain I think.

clr2014 Tue 26-Nov-13 09:48:51

Hideous secret Santa... How about a padded flowery toilet seat from pound stretcher? I once bought one for a bad taste bridal shower... Was mortified buying it though!

sweetskull Tue 26-Nov-13 12:12:05

Finally got all my presents from Not on the hight street website, a part from FIL's bottle of whisky on offer at Sainsbury's.

PontyPants Tue 26-Nov-13 14:33:11

NB the tetris light doesn't stay together well - to make all the lights work, they need to be touching - it's a PITA and twenty five quid I wish I'd not spent tbh sad

Also looking for ideas for my BIL

PontyPants Tue 26-Nov-13 14:35:03

sweetskull = you need to go home made - get thee to Pinterest

chaoticforamiddlename Tue 26-Nov-13 17:39:08

I'm delighted to see this threat! Christmas always ends up as a real low point and stress as I never know what to get anyone - when I think I have a good idea I then talk myself out of it!!!! Must be a lack of confidence - I saw a Penhaligons gift set today, way too expensive but I know my sister loves the fragrances, but I couldn't get past the gift box .... does this ring any bells with anyone?

chaoticforamiddlename Tue 26-Nov-13 17:39:35

thread I mean, not threat!!!!!!

sashh Tue 26-Nov-13 17:57:31

DH - something quirky and a bit unusual as a little present, up to £15. Maybe something he can play with (no snurking at the back)?

I got my dad a microscope a couple of years ago, he loved it.

I'm buying for a 15 year old who had her ears pierced a month or two ago. So I'm getting earrings, but could you ask your teenagers for me? Which is better real gold 1 pair or 20 pairs of cheap ones from Claires?

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