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I need a Christmas present for..... (pitch in suggestions and ask for ideas yourself)

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TotallyUprobably Fri 22-Nov-13 13:34:02

Hope this isn't duplicating other threads too much but thought it might be handy to have a thread to ask for Christmas present ideas and add suggestions if anyone else is struggling to think up present ideas (I am - had loads last year but am not doing well this year!)

I still need Christmas presents for;

DH - something quirky and a bit unusual as a little present, up to £15. Maybe something he can play with (no snurking at the back)?

BIL - up to £25, again quirky suggestions would be good. Likes computers and cooking (but owns a cafe so no cook books please!), hates books. Something to use or wear would be especially fab.

Parents - joint present, up to £60, either a house ornament or something really nice for the garden.

Other BIL - up to £20, thinks he's very trendy, haven't the foggiest what he actually likes - he drives and teaches if that's any help.

Anyone else need help?

sashh Tue 26-Nov-13 17:57:31

DH - something quirky and a bit unusual as a little present, up to £15. Maybe something he can play with (no snurking at the back)?

I got my dad a microscope a couple of years ago, he loved it.

I'm buying for a 15 year old who had her ears pierced a month or two ago. So I'm getting earrings, but could you ask your teenagers for me? Which is better real gold 1 pair or 20 pairs of cheap ones from Claires?

chaoticforamiddlename Tue 26-Nov-13 17:39:35

thread I mean, not threat!!!!!!

chaoticforamiddlename Tue 26-Nov-13 17:39:08

I'm delighted to see this threat! Christmas always ends up as a real low point and stress as I never know what to get anyone - when I think I have a good idea I then talk myself out of it!!!! Must be a lack of confidence - I saw a Penhaligons gift set today, way too expensive but I know my sister loves the fragrances, but I couldn't get past the gift box .... does this ring any bells with anyone?

PontyPants Tue 26-Nov-13 14:35:03

sweetskull = you need to go home made - get thee to Pinterest

PontyPants Tue 26-Nov-13 14:33:11

NB the tetris light doesn't stay together well - to make all the lights work, they need to be touching - it's a PITA and twenty five quid I wish I'd not spent tbh sad

Also looking for ideas for my BIL

sweetskull Tue 26-Nov-13 12:12:05

Finally got all my presents from Not on the hight street website, a part from FIL's bottle of whisky on offer at Sainsbury's.

clr2014 Tue 26-Nov-13 09:48:51

Hideous secret Santa... How about a padded flowery toilet seat from pound stretcher? I once bought one for a bad taste bridal shower... Was mortified buying it though!

Pascha Tue 26-Nov-13 09:17:14

How about a middle aged single uncle with severe-ish social communication problems and no known hobbies? He buys such lovely boys presents and it would be nice to get him something actually useful for once.

I've got mum and dad joint English Heritage membership this year if thats any help for anyone? Joint senior membership is £58 which between two people is a bargain I think.

Bertrude Tue 26-Nov-13 09:05:35

Oooh Santa Express runs near them on a steam train - that could work! Will browse the amazon DVDs and see what's there too. Thanks numberoneidiot great ideas or rather, thanks to your son for also being a train fan

And alos thanks to leopoldina - gin drinkers companion orders from for MIL. Had never heard of that site.

numberoneidiot Tue 26-Nov-13 08:58:45

Bertrude, there are some great DVDs on trains etc on Amazon aimed at small kids.

If you don't want to buy more stuff, how about an experience for you to enjoy together? Are there any steam railways near you? Or ant of those mini steam railways that open periodically? Lots of them are doing special Christmas days, or you could give him a promise to go later in the year.

Trip to somewhere like Chessington (he's too young for most of the rides but there is a monorail, aka "the sky train!")? Or a homemade voucher for a train trip with you somewhere.

Can you tell my DS is also a big train fan? grin

Bertrude Tue 26-Nov-13 04:52:41

How about my 2 year old nephew? He likes cars and trains, but his birthday has been very recently so he has lots of stuff. Budget not a problem - he's our only family baby so he gets spoilt

callmekitten Tue 26-Nov-13 02:00:19

for the guitar players, how about the Pick Punch? You can punch your own picks out of old credit cards, gift cards etc. I've heard you can even make them out of thinner vinyl records if you've got any of those lying around. I got one for DH last year and he loved it. Amazon has them. Make sure you get the Pick Punch brand.

SolidGold Mon 25-Nov-13 22:50:09

Ooh clr2014, nice idea, thanks smile

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:18:38

eg i saw this

but got this seller to make similar

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:15:51

sweetskull...i think personalised presents are good for wowing.... check out notonthehighstreet and then google / ebay to see if you can find the things cheaper ( if you need to to suit your budget)

clr2014 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:14:07

22 yo son, or a bil what about those beanie hats that have built in earphones so you can connect to your phone / ipod?

SolidGold Mon 25-Nov-13 21:36:00

... for my son aged 22?

Doesn't have a hobby, I can't afford much this year and don't want to do vouchers. I'm thinking up to £20 - otherwise I'm just going to buy some booze!

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 21:39:20

For hideous Secret Santa, how about a cheap wig? or some mustache?

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 21:38:34

Not sure why my post went up twice.
Thanks for the sugestions so far, by they won't be wowed by it...

INeedThatForkOff Sat 23-Nov-13 19:25:41

Secret Santa. It has to be 'outrageous' and max £5. I'm thinking of some weirdly flavoured food or hideous nail art. Any suggestions please?

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sat 23-Nov-13 18:32:10

For diffcult too buy for people, may I recommend the The Happy Puzzle Company - lots of nice bits esp in the sale

Leopoldina Sat 23-Nov-13 18:23:18

to WOW the PILs, have a look at the lovely crates from Gluttonous Gardener -

MuffCakes Sat 23-Nov-13 18:19:41

Any ideas for a few small gifts for an almost 15 yr ok boy?

GirlsonFilm Sat 23-Nov-13 16:27:41

Home - thanks dvd idea is great I think I'll get a voucher as I've no idea what dvds they've got.

Arbitrary - great ideas - star wars origami it is!

sweetskull Sat 23-Nov-13 10:40:01

I need for SIL, BIL, MIL & FIL.

I like spending Christmas with them but I loathe the presents opening time. They love it and expect a lot. They want to be wowed. It's so ridiculous.
I don't want to wow them and I don't want to spend a fortune.

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