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wildpoppy Sun 30-Sep-12 20:12:40

Please help me find Christmas presents for ILs. I'm asking now as a) it's a difficult task and b) baby due mid Dec so want everything done and dusted well before then. 

They are v difficult to buy for. They don't drink and don't really like nice food. So booze out and don't think a hamper of Iceland ready meals would cut it. 

They don't read books or mags

They don't go out on daytrips. Partly because MIL in wheelchair but partly because of inertia. 

They adore our dd and she'll make them a present. But have done them pics in frames twice in last two years for bday or Christmas so can't do again. 

Last year they got mugs with Dd's pic on. They sit, liked but unused, on the kitchen windowseal. 

Smellies no good - MIL doesn't do baths. 

FIL always gets MIL perfume or designer bags which a) we can't afford but b) isn't indicative of what else they like - they are not designer people. 

The garden has no plants in it - just grass. I don't think they do plants. 

Got MIL a nice welsh blanket one year as she is in wheelchair a lot. She liked it. 

FIL likes trains and trainsets. But is very very particular about what he wants and doesn't want. We would have no chance getting something for that. 

They never have candles or that kind of thing. 

FIL is dismissive of most tv. They like 1970s and 1980s sitcoms. We got them a DVD of a 1970s series last year. Can't remember what. They were a bit eyebrow raised about it but said it was funny a few months later. FIL loved The Tudors. MIL loves Holby. 

MIL likes clothes, she often buys nice fashionable tops from Next or that kind of place. I think it a bit presumptuous to buy people clothes though. She doesn't have pierced ears. 

Um, what else do you need to know? What they do all day? I have no idea. No hobbies at all. Maybe they have a secret life as swingers. 

So, my (crap) ideas so far...

DVDs - but what?
Nice winter scarf each (matching? Tee hee)

Fosgoldlady Sun 30-Sep-12 20:15:37

Teasmaid? Got my ex in - laws one the Christmas before FIL retired. Went down well (about £30 from amazon)

wildpoppy Sun 30-Sep-12 20:24:23

That is a nice idea. Is the tea it makes disgusting though? Maybe a gadget is the way forward.

EugenesAxe Sun 30-Sep-12 20:32:29

John Lewis vouchers. Framed pics of the grandchildren. Grass seed.

They sound tricky and a half!

EugenesAxe Sun 30-Sep-12 20:37:00

Sorry, grandchild. Also doesn't everyone, even someone that doesn't do baths, need moisturiser?

Pinner35 Sun 30-Sep-12 20:42:16

How about downtown abbey DVD and accompanying book?

wildpoppy Sun 30-Sep-12 21:05:57

Do they eugenes? I don't use it blush

wildpoppy Sun 30-Sep-12 21:06:19

Not sure they'd be into Downton. Is it good though? Quite fancy it myself.

ClungebobSparepants Sun 30-Sep-12 21:25:07

Personalised calendar with photos of DD?
Dangly shit to hang off designer handbag? (my DM loves stuff like that)
Matching slankets?

Gumby Sun 30-Sep-12 21:28:19

Would mil like cookery books? Story CDs if she doesn't read?
Or theatre / cinema vouchers

DontmindifIdo Sun 30-Sep-12 21:38:06

food based gifts? Hamper? A selection of posh jams? (Fortnam & Masons would be a good place to look, or John Lewis)

then there's the fall back gifts - brollies and jimjams.

EugenesAxe Sun 30-Sep-12 21:47:11

OK maybe not... I always seem to crack apart if I don't use it at least every other time I shower!

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