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What are you giving your MIL?

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lucysmam Sun 23-Nov-14 22:26:29

I'm still struggling for ideas & dp hasn't a clue either.

She doesn't really do fancy food, or nice stuff she saves 'for best' so it doesn't get used.

Best I've come up with so far is some sort of soap trivia or quiz book...

Inspire me smile

makemineapinot Sun 23-Nov-14 22:28:12

Voucher for afternoon tea/meal out/theatre or if she isn't into that, tickets for cinema and voucher for chippy? My uncle loved the chippy vouchers!!!

DamselNotInHerDress Sun 23-Nov-14 22:32:38

Tate membership (we renew it every year), and a lovely pair of leather gloves.

TheABC Sun 23-Nov-14 22:41:27

Nice soap or wellies? Does she do any gardening? You could easily make up a hamper if so, of a new trowel, gloves, gardeners soap and some heritage seeds such as purple carrots. National trust membership? Make your own perfume day? Audio books for the car or bus?

JohnCusacksWife Sun 23-Nov-14 22:46:24

I feel your pain...my MIL doesn't go out that much, has no hobbies, doesn't read, doesn't drink, is v fussy about clothes, doesn't wear jewellery. Haven't a clue what to get her. Marking place and hoping some inspiration....

Honeydragon Sun 23-Nov-14 22:50:09

4 tins of talc hmm grin

That's all she's given us to go with this year.

AliMonkey Sun 23-Nov-14 22:51:40

Surely that should be your partner's responsibility? I do 95% of the present buying in this house but that is one that I won't take responsibility for (though if pushed will buy if DH tells me exactly what to buy). Similarly for DH's best mate.

WildFlowersAttractBees Sun 23-Nov-14 22:54:25

I have got my MIL
No7 day cream, night cream and hand cream
Nail voucher
Pyjamas

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 23-Nov-14 23:01:08

Magazine subscription. We get MIL this every year and she saves them as she likes them so much!

Last year in addition to that I made a lovely hamper with loads of treats in it (heat socks, posh chocs, biscuits, book, yankee candles, craft kit, etc), it was apart from my DC presents was the one I spent the most time on thinking about and doing - she barely said thanks sad

...so she's getting the magazine sub and a box of chocs this year wink

JohnCusacksWife Sun 23-Nov-14 23:03:10

Presents are my job in our house regardless of whose side of the family they're for. My DH does many, many other things (including cooking christmas dinner) so it's not as if he's a shirker. Still waiting for some inspiration for the MIL :-)

lucysmam Sun 23-Nov-14 23:03:39

JohnCusack, I think we share a MIL grin

Gardening stuff a no go, I floated the idea a few weeks ago...same for nice gloves, they'd be saved for best & never worn.

Nice foody stuff doesn't happen in their house, they eat fairly plain & simple food.

KiaOraOAotearoa Sun 23-Nov-14 23:04:03

A book on architecture, a cushion and theatre vouchers. And those darn ginger chocolates, she loves them. Plus I am making Chrismas dinner. I like her.

lucysmam Sun 23-Nov-14 23:04:58

If he bought the presents, they would be something grabbed at random or Dairy Milk.

At least this way there's some thought gone into it.

JohnCusacksWife Sun 23-Nov-14 23:05:41

Am almost tempted to buy a book on architecture just to see the look on her face,

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 23-Nov-14 23:06:40

Nothing. That's for DH to sort out

Roobix04 Sun 23-Nov-14 23:08:51

I make a calendar with pictures of the family. I've done it every year since 2009. It's always well received and I don't have to worry every year

Essexgirlupnorth Sun 23-Nov-14 23:09:01

I am getting my MIL a ticket to the bodyguard tour when it comes next year.
Does she like concerts, theatre or maybe a voucher for afternoon tea

JohnCusacksWife Sun 23-Nov-14 23:09:22

Lucysmam, if you have a flash of inspiration let me know and I'll steal it! I'm getting desperate....

Honeydragon Sun 23-Nov-14 23:09:51

I do my MiLs present because, as I regularly point out to her, I'm her favourite child, and I must love her the most because I put up with her voluntarily unlike dh dh and SiL grin

MegBusset Sun 23-Nov-14 23:12:02

MIL is getting:

Photo of the kids
Jam jar tealight lantern (made by kids)
Fruit jellies
Cadbury's chocolate biscuits
Horsey calendar

MarjorieMelon Sun 23-Nov-14 23:12:04

We will get her perfume. Mil doesn't like anything that isn't necessary. When we first got together I found buying for her really stressful and was tempted not to bother but my DM said I must. Once I went to their towel cupboard and the 3 years worth of presents that I had bought her were all in there.

magimedi Sun 23-Nov-14 23:12:44

Lucysmam - I am a MIL.

Q. Wot would I like for Christmas?

A. Bottle of 'naice' gin - Plymoluth, Gordons (40%), Hendricks. (Or even Alidi, which is lovely).

Solved!

MegBusset Sun 23-Nov-14 23:13:19

I always get her presents because I love her and want her to have some nice things (presents not DH's forte)

SoMuchForSubtlety Sun 23-Nov-14 23:31:55

DH is in charge of his mum's present.

I bought my mum:
- cross stitch kit of the family dog, I made the pattern on an internet site and bought the thread and fabric
- a mug (she has a massive collection of them along with teapots so more are always welcome)
- some interior design / colour books as she's repainting the house

DaffodilField Sun 23-Nov-14 23:38:51

Sounds like my mil.

In past have got her perfume which was her request but was £50 way more than we could afford at the time and I resented it!

Also got some novels when she said she'd like to start reading novels. Put a lot of thought into what to get. Three years on she's not read any.

Two books on watercolours as she does a painting class once a week. Also unread I think.

Made a hamper two years ago. Went down ok.

Last year we took her to a restaurant for Xmas lunch as fil was ill with chest infection and wanted to stay home. Cost lots of money and that was our present to her. Went down a treat. She loved it. Was loch fyne and the staff were fab and there were crackers etc and they were nice to our young kids.

Oh and one year we got them mugs with pics of the kids on. They are unused on their windowsill as decorations.

This year they are coming to us. We are getting them a new McRobbie because there's is rubbish. I don't think they necessarily want a new one but we would like to be able to heat the kids dinner up at their place without giving them radiation poisoning.

I like my mil by the way. But v hard to buy for.

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