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What are you buying for your mum?

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Haven't got a clue this year. In the last few years I've got her: voucher for shoes / handbag filled with mini hairspray, handcream etc / nightie, dressing gown and slippers - plus the obligatory chocolate and Baileys.

She wouldn't like an 'experience' present and doesn't really do makeup or body stuff. Loves reading but buys or gets from the library everything she wants, and wouldn't like a Kindle. Not really into clothes.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllpppppppppp! smile

nailslikeknives Sat 15-Nov-14 17:54:06

I'm doing framed photos of her grandchildren - I've can't think of anything else. She isn't into luxuries and doesn't need anything practical this year.

Thanks. Have done that a few times though - think she's running out of room for picture frames! smile

chocolatereindeer Sat 15-Nov-14 18:17:46

A fruit tree (probably a self fertalising apple, maybe a plum?) they're actually best planted in the winter so it is a fitting present for Christmas. Also a sort of gardening hamper with a book about growing veg, a trowel/fork set, gardening gloves, a nice mug and some botanical hand wash/cream (see what I did there?). Also chocolate. because my mum's a chocolate monster

MooseyMoo Sat 15-Nov-14 18:22:28

Magazine subscription? If she likes cooking I can recommend Delicious

Takver Sat 15-Nov-14 18:56:22

So far (following Quint's inspiration on here) I've got her some nice walking socks - maybe further inspiration will come from this thread grin

Hoping lots of people will be inspired by this, then. smile

No go so far for mine, though. She doesn't garden, or ramble. Does like cooking but doesn't really read magazines. I could get her some baking stuff, maybe, but have done it before.

Mrsgrumble Sat 15-Nov-14 18:58:05

Luxury brooch
Nice mugs

Concert tickets (shared with dad)

That's it's... I've cut down this year

CointreauVersial Sat 15-Nov-14 18:58:07

For DM I have bought some silver earrings, a padded gilet and a weather station (she's a bit of a data nerd).

For DSM I have bought Estee Lauder makeup and some earrings.

Mrsgrumble Sat 15-Nov-14 18:59:18

Would she like a facial or hair dresser vouchers?

New hair dryer ?


HeyMicky Sat 15-Nov-14 19:02:58

Have to post to Australia, so a photo of DD, a champagne bottle stopper and some delicate Japanese paper cuts

ChillySundays Sat 15-Nov-14 19:57:03

I normally get something from M & S so she can return it.

Homebirthquestion Sat 15-Nov-14 19:59:48

A scarf, book and a ticket to the Chelsea flower show.

LadyHamiltonsPussy Sat 15-Nov-14 20:11:07

Afternoon tea for two voucher somewhere naice? She might ask you to join her for it then. Win-win! We have done this for pil before.

My dm is getting the obligatory hand cream and chocs plus she has said she would like a blanket to have on her legs during the evening so am hoping to find one that fits the bill.

florentina1 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:18:20

Cashmere socks lovely

See, I'd love cashmere socks but my mum wouldn't care for them at all. Ditto re afternoon tea. She'd see both as needless extravagances and not appreciate them.

BornToFolk Sat 15-Nov-14 20:22:02

The best present I ever got for my mum was a bird box video camera, which came from a MN thread a few years ago! She loved it, massive success.

What about a Spicery subscription? I heard about them on MN and have bought them for gifts a few times. Each month you get a set of spices and recipes to make a three course meal. I got my mum the Mothers' Day one and made her the meal. It was very easy to cook and needed basic ingredients to go with the supplied spices.

I have no clue what to get her for Christmas...hoping for some inspiration from this thread...grin

ByTheWishingWell Sat 15-Nov-14 20:28:01

So far all I've got for her is Game of Thrones DVDs, that's the only thing she's mentioned that she wants!

In the past I've given her perfume, CDs (although apparently we're the only people who still use them), hand cream, books, slippers, a fluffy dressing gown, cut flowers, a plant, chocolate, and whiskey.

It seems I'm not very imaginative! blush

Stevie77 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:37:06

Theatre tickets?

ItIsntJustAPhase Sat 15-Nov-14 20:42:44

My mum is also likely to be uncomfortable with anything too 'much'. In the past, bits like hot water bottles, seeds and flower pots, hyacinths, books I think she might not have come across, hand cream, puzzle magazines, have all gone down well.

Am Considering getting RHS membership for her this year as there are lots of partner gardens near her.

BathshebaDarkstone Sat 15-Nov-14 20:42:45

It's been years since I bought anything for my mum, family rift, but back then I used to buy her bath stuff from Lush. smile

AMillionNameChangesLater Sat 15-Nov-14 20:44:50

I've bought her an owl onesie. She will love it

Catmint Sat 15-Nov-14 20:45:00

Kate Bush and Robert Plant CDs which she has strongly hinted about!

Takver Sat 15-Nov-14 20:47:09

I've done a trip to Hampton Court flower show in the past, which went down well (my dad gets hayfever so doesn't do flower shows!)

What does your DM do apart from cook and read? Would a good reading lamp be useful?

BathshebaDarkstone Sat 15-Nov-14 20:47:18

Oops, missed the bit about her not liking body stuff. blush

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