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Impossible to buy for MIL.....

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MmmmWhiteWine Sun 13-Oct-13 00:30:58

My MIL is impossible to buy for. She has no hobbies and has arthritis so is pretty limited in terms of what she can do so no national trust memberships etc as she can't walk round places. She's not keen on vouchers or clothes and I'm at my wit's end. Am thinking of doing a hamper of lots of wee things as opposed to something big as I just can't think of anything she'll appreciate. So far have thought of including a book, a nice candle, some hand cream, an aromatherapy hand warmer for her sore hands, some nice chocs....and then I'm a bit stuck. Any other ideas?? Or is the whole idea a bit of a cop out?? And if so does anyone have any ideas for what to buy someone who doesn't like anything??

BreakOutTheKaraoke Tue 15-Oct-13 20:05:01

If yo really think she would like a Kindle, consider a Nook- it's the Barnes and Noble version, and the basic ones start at £29. Get good reviews. Or the Kobo is the WH Smith version.

MmmmWhiteWine Tue 15-Oct-13 19:30:14

Thanks, Spock, you've just reminded me to include a puzzle/crossword book...she does like those!

SpockSmashesScissors Tue 15-Oct-13 19:15:04

Sounds like my MIL, right down to never being pleased with whatever she gets, over the years we have got her

Microwavable wheat bag to help with arthritis.
Nice blanket for naps/watching TV on sofa
Nice handcream and handwash set
Audio CDs
Wordsearch books/dictionary
Fancy tea bags and mini jars jam/marmalade (she likes these)
Digital photo frame (went down like a lead balloon as FIL says it is a waste of electricity, they never used it, ever)
Slippers/Slipper socks
Hyacinth bulb sets
Nice pen and notebook
New placemats for table/tray for her tea/mugs

MmmmWhiteWine Tue 15-Oct-13 18:21:59

Thanks all, a kindle would be good but way out of our price range, I'm afraid. The budget for adults in our family is only £25-£30. I'll pick a nice selection of things and hope for the best. Although whatever we get her she never looks that impressed so its not worth stressing over!

BeaLola Tue 15-Oct-13 18:11:38

As she doesnt drink what about Bottle Green.'s sparkling elderflower - its really lovely.

Cashmere throw/wrap, cashmere or angora bed socks' what about Gardens Ilustrated subscription ?

Planted narcissus or orchids ?

I Think a kindle sounds like a fab idea.

Inkspellme Tue 15-Oct-13 18:03:14

We did a hamper one year for my difficult MIL. We included some naice teabags - in my MIL's case it was herbal teas but could just as easily be Earl Grey or whatever would suit her.

I also included some mini jars of good marmalade and jam. When you're living on your own a big pot of marmalade is likely to be too much.

Some naice crackers went in as well along with a couple of cheeses (only put these in at the last min!).

Just some ideas.

schnockles Sun 13-Oct-13 19:30:48

Urv I buy wicker baskets from boot sales, eBay and charity shops then wrap using plastic wrapping paper and ribbon, or string and luggage tags for a more rustic look. Oh and shredded tissue paper to nestle everything in.

Chocotrekkie Sun 13-Oct-13 10:10:23

What about a kindle (or other reader things). Can load it up with loads of free books and update it for her every so often if she doesn't have wi-fi or doesn't want to do it herself ?

Cerisier Sun 13-Oct-13 10:06:08

We always make a calendar for the next year with lots of photos of the children and grand children on for both sets of parents. We use Apple but quite a few companies make them.

I second magazine subscriptions, which I find good for all sorts of ages.

Sunshinelaulau Sun 13-Oct-13 09:32:03

Love the hamper idea, we are also on a budget and this thread is fab for tricky rellies

Trumpton Sun 13-Oct-13 09:21:40

MIL has had from us

Hairdryer and tongs
Dressing gown
Lovely face powder
Dongle for laptop to replace dial up.( we pay the contract on it )
Cashmere cardigan ( Pure )
Daylight easy reader lamp.
Digital photo frame
Leather gloves.
Digital radio.

This year we might replace her mobile phone.

She is 90 and very bright but has arthritis and can't walk far ( unless it's round M&S when she can go for hours )

This is a list from over the last 8 years or so ,by the way, not just last year !

mysteryfairy Sun 13-Oct-13 08:10:24

Surely this should be your DP's problem? I leave my DH to buy his own family's presents.

I wouldn't buy a wheelchair as a present. It could be incredibly upsetting if she doesn't see herself as a potential wheelchair user.

yeghoulsandlittledevils Sun 13-Oct-13 08:02:29

Lap tray, some lovely home made jam for the hamper, good framed pictures of the grand children. Try large garden centres for hamper fillers, some have some lovely things.

The wheelchair is an inspired suggestion.

Urv Sun 13-Oct-13 08:00:45

Where do you get the actual hampers from, that you fill? What lovely ideas, I'm on a budget but would like to do similar for several rellies.

3birthdaybunnies Sun 13-Oct-13 07:55:40

Light wheelchair - seriously has really transformed visits to both sides of family as we can take them out when we visit and get them and us out of the house. Might be too much alone but maybe shared with siblings.

schnockles Sun 13-Oct-13 06:50:44

Waitrose do some lovely posh cordials and my non drinking friends love them. Think the brand is Belvoir.

Last year I gave MIL (she has everything) a designer scarf. Found a Valentino one in TK Maxx. This year it will be posh gloves I think. Again from TK Maxx!

SunnyRandall Sun 13-Oct-13 06:39:39

Afternoon tea for two at a local naice hotel? We get a voucher for MIL for one at the hotel where she recently remarried. Goes down a storm.

humblebumble Sun 13-Oct-13 02:46:25

Jewelry of some sort?

TeamSouthfields Sun 13-Oct-13 02:42:17

hot chocolate, sweets, a nice pen, a book mark, bath salts,

Mummyx3x Sun 13-Oct-13 01:40:41

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timidviper Sun 13-Oct-13 01:25:54

We do magazine subscription for MIL, that is another good idea

timidviper Sun 13-Oct-13 01:19:12

I do this for my mum, usually include a book, handcream, cd, gloves, scarf, sweets, shower gel, moisturiser, pink lipstick and any other little treats she has mentioned she might like.

We also give her an iou for a night out of her choice so, when a show is on she might like, we picj=k her up, take her for a meal then to the theatre

attheendoftheday Sun 13-Oct-13 00:59:03

What about a box set or an audio book?

MmmmWhiteWine Sun 13-Oct-13 00:40:13

Drinking is another of the things she doesn't no tipple! But the idea of a photograph of our DDs is a good idea. Will add that to the list, thanks x

MortifiedAdams Sun 13-Oct-13 00:38:52

A magazine subscription for the year?

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