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Gift ideas please (13yo boy, 11yo girl, 31yo sister)

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Error Sat 03-Nov-12 22:27:24

I have an almost 13 year old godson, who I unfortunately don't know very well anymore. I visit him about twice a year and he spends all that time in front of his computer playing games. I don't want to buy him any more games (plus he probably has them all anyway). I don't really know his size or style so won't try buying him any clothes. Not sure about his taste of music either.
I don't even know why I bother tbh, I've never received as much as a text saying thanks for the present (last christmas I went in person, gave him the present, he mumbled something or other and went to another room to open it). But I want to give something anyway. So any ideas would be welcomed. No more than £20 though and preferably from an online shop that delivers to EU.

I usually buy something small for his 11yo sister too (she's lovely and has much better manners than her brother) But 11 (and half!) is a tricky age. I don't think she want's toys anymore but perfume might be too grown up..? Ideas?

Then there's my sister. Year after year I think i'm failing her with my crappy gifts (how many pairs of slippers does a woman need?) For once I'd like to get her something special. Not jewellery, because she's got loads from her husband.
I think she's pregnant, but I don't want to ask. They've been trying for 3 years and had at least one mc sad And I think at the moment a baby is the only thing on her wish list! But that I can't give her, so should think of something else smile would like to keep it under £40, though if I could come up with something extraordinary then my brother and I could get a joint present for her so could spend more (I know he struggles to think of any presents fo her too)

I'd be so grateful for any ideas! smile

LilQueenie Sat 03-Nov-12 22:33:51

vouchers for the kids and a hamper for your sister.

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 22:38:15

Thanks. I did think of a hamper for my sister, but I don't know what to put in there?! Would have to make it myself because I don't live in UK at the moment and we don't have those ready-made hampers for sale in here.

SinisterSal Sat 03-Nov-12 22:56:07

Clothes for niece ans sister.and the lad too, feck the cheeky beggar if he doesn't like it. Nothing wild, muted colour but trendy shaped cardis may e, they'll get wear out of that. Or maybe a craft set for eleven year old, Jewellery making or perfume making, something along those lines.

4forkssake Sat 03-Nov-12 23:15:18

Could you maybe get a buy a gift type voucher for your sister for a pamper or something like that. Places like boots, red letter days, buy a gift, w h smith etc sell them. Or just a voucher for a local beauty salon. Might be nice to pamper herself (especially if pregnant wink) & you could buy it with your brother.

How about amazon vouchers for the godson & sister then they can get something they want. Not v exciting but easy to get.

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 23:17:53

Oh, the jewellery making set is a good one, thanks SinisterSal

And you're right, it doesnt really matter if the boy likes his present or not! smile

I can't buy clothes for my sister. She's already a little bit overweight and IF she's pregnant, she's likely to gain more weight (well, i sure did when i was pregnant). But i don't want to offend her by getting something that's currently too big and on the other hand it would be pointless to get something that fits now and very likely won't fit in 3 months time..
But again, thanks for the suggestion! smile

cocolepew Sat 03-Nov-12 23:18:34

I would do Amazon vouchers for the kids and maybe a massage/pamper voucher for your sister?

cocolepew Sat 03-Nov-12 23:19:03

Xpost, Im too slow!

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 23:19:15

Beauty salon! Why didn't I think of that?
Thanks 4forkssake

Lad - HMV voucher
Girl - anything from Paperchase / cuddly PJs and a hot water bottle with a fluffy cover
Sister - erm: really nice nightwear? One of the Clarins or Clinique Christmas sets?

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 23:20:12

I'm slow too cocolepew thanks anyway smile

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 23:22:00

Thanks Remus Do HMV deliver to Europe? I could probably google that myself.. :D

LilQueenie Sat 03-Nov-12 23:22:27

jams and preserves, different types of food/coffee sets, hat scarves. something wintery and warm maybe.

Agh - sorry: I ignored that bit!

Error Sat 03-Nov-12 23:28:19

Thanks again LilQueenie, maybe I'll make a little hamper and put the beauty salon/massage voucher in it smile

Don't worry Remus, it was a good idea and i there must be a local HMV-type store somewhere around here too smile

twolittledarlings Sun 04-Nov-12 00:35:00

My daughter will be 11 on Xmas eve. Other than the camera and the mini iPad she will be getting, I have also got some craft kits for her which is think she may enjoy. She is getting the Dolphin Sequin Art kit and also the Westie Sequin Art kit. You can get these on Amazon. Also some Woodcraft kits from the same place, just type in woodcraft on Amazon and loads of different shapes will pop out. Have not ordered those yet but most likely getting the owl and the carousel for her. Have also got her from Amazon 3 of the Fashion Arts book - make up and hair, interior design and the fashion clothing book/stencils.

All of these you can get from Amazon and deliver to another address. I think they are aimed at approx. that age group.
I also got her the about 5 boxes of jigsaw puzzles, the 1000 pcs and the Ravensburger puzzle store. These will keep her busy for a long while.

I think any craft kit will be ok for that age group.

twolittledarlings Sun 04-Nov-12 00:38:07

For your sister, I second the beauty voucher from a local salon, maybe a facial/massage/nails or a haircut voucher.

Error Sun 04-Nov-12 15:53:07

Thanks twolittledarlings, I will look up the art kits smile

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