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Serious help needed for present ideas for my mum!

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karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:17:30

Right....it's getting dangerously close and no ideas!! My mum is in her 60s and still works but her house is quite small and she dislikes clutter etc. Her garden is also quite small but she loves it.

She hates smellies etc so that kind of thing is out.
She hates people to waste money on presents for the sake of them so need to think of something she would actually like.

Normally I dont have too much trouble but this year I am struggling!

Any ideas?

SantasNaughtySack Sun 16-Dec-12 20:21:07

How about a posh gardening set? Nice gloves, a mat for her to kneel on, some tools etc? I got something similar for my man a few years ago and she loved it.

ScariestFairyByFar Sun 16-Dec-12 20:21:17

A bird table?

wednesdaygirl Sun 16-Dec-12 20:22:15

Well i'd like:
Theater tickets
Cinema tickets
Meal out
Flowers every month
Kindal
New dressing gown and slippers

I cant use smellies or cosmectic jewelly and everyone moans im hard to buy for

karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:22:45

She has a cat that loves birds so can't get the bird table.

Got the posh gardening set for her birthday!

cravingcake Sun 16-Dec-12 20:25:09

Gardening book
Bottle of her favourite drink
Magazine subscription

karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:26:06

Thanks for the list of ideas.

She can't have flowers too often as make her sneeze.
Would love to get theatre tickets but bit beyond my budget!

She always seems difficult when you start to think but really she likes lots of stuff, just nothing you can get presents for.

JKSLtd Sun 16-Dec-12 20:26:25

I've got liquorice allsorts in a Christmas tin for mine as she likes those - any edibles she likes?
Plus, my Mum mentioned she liked the comic Girl from years ago so I've ordered an annual off ebay - hope it arrives in time, eek.
I do find her hard to buy for normally which is why the Girl annual is so late.

karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:26:57

Like the magazine subscription idea.

Any recommendations?

karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:27:45

She's diabetic so can't do sweets!!

Like the old annual idea!

dustyhousewithdustypeople Sun 16-Dec-12 20:28:19

Plants or bulbs?

wednesdaygirl Sun 16-Dec-12 20:28:31

Got my mum a hamper i made myself

wednesdaygirl Sun 16-Dec-12 20:29:14

Prima is a good mag

lilolilmanchester Sun 16-Dec-12 20:29:18

did you see cravingcake's magazine subscription suggestion? THere are loads to choose from.

What about something like a container gardening book, with a container and some bulbs?

You said "She always seems difficult when you start to think but really she likes lots of stuff, just nothing you can get presents for".... what does she like? Might help spark some ideas

karensb Sun 16-Dec-12 20:30:12

The almost of border she has is very small so can't get bulbs.

Have got her plants a lot recently.

I just really want to get her something a bit special as have recently had dc2 and she has been an amazing help.

FriedSprout Sun 16-Dec-12 20:30:26

Do the bbc fo a gardening magazine? perhaps buy her a copy, and couple of packets of seeds and put the subscription inside magazine

Stinkystockingedfeet Sun 16-Dec-12 20:31:32

Gardening vouchers. MIL loves them as she spends a small fortune in the spring sorting the garden out.

JKSLtd Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:28

Bit predictable but photos of the kids? still time for some canvas/calendars with photos of them?

SantasNaughtySack Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:47

How about the beginnings of a herb garden?

Ponders Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:51

a nice acer in a large pot so she won't have to pot it on for ages
acers are beautiful

JKSLtd Sun 16-Dec-12 20:33:16

Special diabetic food? harder to find but if she has any favourites, would be worth it.

lilolilmanchester Sun 16-Dec-12 20:44:25

jewellery then?

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