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What on earth to buy for MIL?

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AnnOnymity Thu 04-Dec-14 14:37:23

She is in her mid 70s. She drinks a lot (wine is an everyday item to her like milk or bread to the rest of us so wouldn't be seen as a good gift), reads of lot (but I don't know what she has or hasn't read), and has no other interests at all. She doesn't want photo frames or candles or 'stuff'. She's pretty well off and buys anything she likes for herself.

I always end up giving her expensive toiletries but have no sense that she actually likes them.

Not inclined to spend a great deal. I know she has spent £12 on each of my Dcs (showed me what she'd bought) but hundreds on her favourite grandchild <sigh>.

popcornpaws Thu 04-Dec-14 15:32:45

Fuck all?

AnnOnymity Thu 04-Dec-14 15:41:23

That's how I feel but I will get something. Anything for a quiet life!

BlueChampagne Thu 04-Dec-14 15:45:55

Fancy chocolates eg Hotel Chocolat?
Magazine subscription?
Oxfam goat?

popcornpaws Thu 04-Dec-14 15:47:16

I would buy her some paracetamol for the sore heads she must get with all the wine she drinks, i can't believe all these cheeky bastards saying what they don't want!!!

BetweenDogandWolf Thu 04-Dec-14 15:51:03

A book token?

saiyme09 Thu 04-Dec-14 16:28:45

I watched a tv segment where there were Christmas gifts set around magazines.... So one was a basket with a fancy magazine, a face mask, bath bomb, a bottle of wine. You could pop some nice sweets in. I think each set cosy 20 quid and was wrapped up in nice festive hamper sorry of way.

saiyme09 Thu 04-Dec-14 16:34:55

Sorry for the typos stupid auto correct

agoodbook Thu 04-Dec-14 16:35:18

one of these ? grin

IssyStark Thu 04-Dec-14 17:00:52

I'd get good chocolates and/or book token/amazon voucher

AnnOnymity Thu 04-Dec-14 17:07:38

agoodbook fgrin

iwantavuvezela Thu 04-Dec-14 17:12:39

Subscription to London review of books

UmizoomiThis Thu 04-Dec-14 17:14:58

Get the DCs to make her some glittery glasses, as featured on another thread

AnnOnymity Thu 04-Dec-14 17:30:17

Glittery glasses are really not her cup of tea (or glass of wine grin) at all!

LR of B bit more literary than her. She reads avidly but mainly crime novels and history books. She has many magazine subscriptions already so I guess has all the ones that interest her.

Hamper idea might work.

Wellwellwell3holesintheground Thu 04-Dec-14 17:33:41

Nice Atlas?

Zazzabeans Thu 04-Dec-14 19:41:13

having the same problem with my inlaws, however I do have them a few little things from dcs, im actually thinking this is enough.
they are reasonably well off and don't need anything.

MaryWestmacott Thu 04-Dec-14 19:46:36

Gloves. People are always losing them, extra pairs are good. Get them from m&s with a gift receipt, she can change for something she'll prefer if she wants. Every year, gloves, scarves, hats or a jumper from marks. Nice and easy, and don't feel guilty about lack of thought if she's so clearly favouring other dgc.

traviata Thu 04-Dec-14 22:18:10

bottle of fancy gin, or bottle of fruit liqueur to add to her wine.

happsymum Thu 04-Dec-14 22:26:17

Chocolate wine? Apparently a real thing! smile

AnnOnymity Thu 04-Dec-14 22:51:39

Gloves! What a great idea. You can't have too many, can you.

Thank you everyone else for all the other ideas too. Knew MN would come up trumps flowers

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