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

scurryfunge Mon 09-Dec-13 14:49:01

Amazon voucher so she can load up her kindle?

Moomoomie Mon 09-Dec-13 14:49:08

I have a kindle but still love to read brand new books. Is there any novels you know she would like to read or an autobiography?
Or a historic book? I don't think you can ever get it wrong with books!

Leeds2 Mon 09-Dec-13 14:51:05

Spicery subscription? Everyone on here has been recommending them, and I have just ordered one for my niece!

Magazine subscription.

Spherical Mon 09-Dec-13 14:53:14

cashmere gloves or those gloves you can use with a touch screen?

LordEmsworth Mon 09-Dec-13 14:59:35

I agree that having a Kindle doesn't preclude actual books...

I am doing my sister a picture, her favourite song lyrics in a frame - I found a website which creates a design with your words, so it's completely unique... I have ordered but awaiting delivery so can't vouch for quality as yet!

INeedSomeHelp Mon 09-Dec-13 15:01:36

Does she like smellies? I was in Molton Brown today and they have lovely new reed diffusers. I also really like their candles.
What about perfume? There are perfume threads on here so if you know one she likes I'm sure someone could recommend something similar.
Or what about a really lovely purse and/or credit card holder?
Membership of National Trust (or equivalent) - given she likes history

I'm about 45 (well ok I'm 47, but near enough) fgrin

Things I'd like someone to buy for me ....(hint hint DH)

L'Occitane Almond Shower oil

Philosophy Hope in a Jar

Molton Brown Shower Gel (sometimes John Lewis do a pack of 10 travel bottles in different fragrances)

Lakeland Limited Gift Voucher (and unlimited browse time online or instore)

Good Housekeeping Magazine Subscription

Hotel Chocolat chocolates

Oddsocksrus Mon 09-Dec-13 15:35:57

Go to the Jo Malone website jo loves and get her the perfume sampling/layering kit
I REALLY want this myself for Christmas, I am hoping that everyone is getting the hint

Eastwickwitch Mon 09-Dec-13 16:26:34

odd I just came on her to recommend Jo Malone!
Free delivery, free gift box & a sample for you. Perfect for anyone who likes a bit of luxury.

I posh dressing gown is always lovely. Or White Company PJs.

I've had a Spicery subscription in the past, I enjoyed it but it's pricey for what it is.

reup Mon 09-Dec-13 16:29:00

An afternoon tea at a posh hotel?
Restaurant vouchers

snowgirl1 Mon 09-Dec-13 16:32:29

How about some sort of 'experience' (other than a spa). Tickets to go up the Shard? Theatre vouchers? Cocktail making lesson? Afternoon tea?

potterpaint Mon 09-Dec-13 16:44:58

I love nice handcream - Eve Lom please! Would love lots of things that people have suggested here - especially Jo Malone and theatre tickets and novels. White Company PJs are on my Xmas list.

potterpaint Mon 09-Dec-13 16:45:20

Also expensive blusher brush, or many things from MAC

Floralnomad Mon 09-Dec-13 16:51:30

I'm around that age and I want a Golden Gark rake .

NoComet Mon 09-Dec-13 17:03:31

My DSIS (43) is getting a posh eyeshadow pallet.

In the past she's had £30-40 makeup, eye shadow, bronzer etc. branded stuff she couldn't normally justify, perfume (she always tells me which), leather cloves, sanctuary smellies were a hit last year.

Endless pairs of silver earrings.

Clothes only if she's with me I can choose what she likes, but 18 plus sizing is really random, so she has to try stuff on.

Scarves as she likes to brighten up her black coat.

My present from her last birthday was a lovely union Jack shopping tote I refused to part with my money for.

She's got me gloves, makeup and perfume too.

Oh and I paid for a hotel to see a concert for her last birthday.

NoComet Mon 09-Dec-13 17:04:39

Cloves = gloves it happens DSIS hates cloves and bans them in bread sauce.

hels71 Mon 09-Dec-13 17:11:44

I would be delighted with vouchers for clothes or books....things I would like to buy for myself but end up spending money on DD instead....or wine....!!!

struggling100 Mon 09-Dec-13 17:11:48

What about a subscription to Audible, so she can listen to audiobooks in bed when she's tired? It works on most Kindles I think.

I love having stories read to me. smile

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Mon 09-Dec-13 17:13:04

My 45 year old sister has asked for a John Lewis gift card.

The 43 year old sister wants an Amazon gift card.

Very boring but also very easy!

Thereisaplace Mon 09-Dec-13 17:23:52

Have a look at the guardian or telegraph for this year's recommended history books?
How about a Betty's hamper - they are very helpful on the phone and you can create your own mix of things from the website.

thehat Mon 09-Dec-13 17:35:31

some make up from Smashbox website - they do good under foundation primers.

EvilRingahBitch Mon 09-Dec-13 17:49:43

I'm 45. I want theatre tokens, nice new slippers, a jigsaw (because I'm weird and because I've been looking for them for DMIL), bath oil of my favourite scent, Nigella Christmas book, membership of the Tate or Picturehouse Cinemas, a gorgeous scarf in my colour, Game of Thrones Season 3 (downloaded from Blinkbox), the complete Jonathsn Creek on DVD, a Nails Inc/OPI gift set (surely everyone loves trendy nail varnish?).

I'd settle for a cup of tea in bed but I won't get that either.

Whattodowithaminute Mon 09-Dec-13 17:53:22

I've just subscribed dp to shelf improvement, a monthly subscription from the guardian got either fiction or non fiction books, new this year I think.

LIZS Mon 09-Dec-13 17:55:29

Cath Kidston , traditional baking stuff from Lakeland et al, Pies and Puds or Bake Off books

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& 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

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!

Makinglists Wed 11-Dec-13 20:04:08

I'm 44 - BBC History magazine subscription. I have a zillion earrings but I always love a new pair.

legoplayingmumsunite Wed 11-Dec-13 20:12:57

What's your budget? How about a year's subscription to EH or NT? Or a local museum? Books would always be welcome here, does she have an Amazon wishlist? If she likes food is there some gadgetty thing for the kitchen she'd like? Or a cookbook? Or a hamper of nice foods? Does she like wine, how about membership of the wine society?

Bluestocking Wed 11-Dec-13 20:24:17

I'm a little older than your sister but like her I don't use make-up, can't stand smelly candles, love reading and history. I would love a pot of Eve Lom cleanser with its special magic muslin cloth. 100ml would do but 200ml would make you the best sister in the world!

CreamyCooler Wed 11-Dec-13 21:05:36

A voucher for afternoon tea at a local hotel or some Orla Kiely kitchen stuff.

Trills Wed 11-Dec-13 21:10:35

My brain is about 45.

Theatre vouchers?

Laska42 Wed 11-Dec-13 21:10:53

Id also love some White Company cashmere bed socks (have hinted loudly..)

Trills Wed 11-Dec-13 21:11:11

I also always love new earrings.

HanneHolm Thu 12-Dec-13 06:47:46

She says she has loads of accessories. Like the bedsichs idea but think shed never hand wash

HanneHolm Thu 12-Dec-13 06:48:12

Vouchers seem so jumpers knack but might be the way to go

HanneHolm Thu 12-Dec-13 06:48:23

Lol "impersonal"

HanneHolm Thu 12-Dec-13 06:48:42

Sorry. On phone

Floralnomad Thu 12-Dec-13 09:21:39

Just get her the rake ,either she'll love it ( like me) or think you've gone totally barmy !

sonu678 Thu 12-Dec-13 09:26:03

make up. I would love a new mac gel eye liner for example.
skin care. Get her a bottle of whatever she uses.
a good bra. unless she is a AAA which at 45 she is unlikely to be, they are always of some use, and as her sister, finding her size out shouldnt be too difficult
straighteners, assuming she hasnt got any, or has broken hers
a mirror with some sort of special something attached to it, like a handmade frame or something.
more wine
a puzzle
the list is endless really . Its men that are harder to sort out

AnnBryce Thu 12-Dec-13 09:28:16

Nice stationery, like something leather from Smythson?

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