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I don't think a present for this person actually exists....

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MaryPoppinsPenguins Mon 14-Dec-15 20:32:22

It's for my Nan. She recently got rid of all dvd's and doesn't want anymore.

My parents got her a magazine subscription for her birthday and she told them it was a waste.

She doesn't leave the house for hobbies etc.

She's Very particular about clothes, and won't buy anything new.

She doesn't like anything 'perishable'.

My brother has had a lovely cup and saucer made for her.

I gave her a picture of my kids in a frame last year and it's never seen the light of day.

She hates any kind of bath stuff / hand cream. Always uses the same stuff and buys it from Tescos!

When my grandad was alive I used to buy them gardening stuff and biographys, but shortly after his funeral she said 'come and pick up these tools for (my DH)... I'm not going to use them!' And gave the books to my cousin.

I love my Nan, this makes her sound awful which is not the case grin. I Really need help. She's my last present to buy.

The one thing in life she absolutely loved was her iPad and looking at all the people she knows & used to know on Facebook... But after my grandad died she cancelled the wifi and has refused to let anyone pay for it monthly. (And we've tried and tried!)

So I'm very stuck!

RJnomore1 Mon 14-Dec-15 20:34:43

I reckon oxfam goat... Or more precisely, a donation to a charity your grandad would have supported?

Justmuddlingalong Mon 14-Dec-15 20:34:44

A Tesco voucher sounds like the only option. fwink

MyFriendsCallMeOh Mon 14-Dec-15 20:37:08

My mil is difficult to buy for (not quite as bad as your gran though) so I got her scented candles and cashmere bed socks from the white company.....

Laquila Mon 14-Dec-15 20:42:27

This sounds familiar! We tend to get M&S vouchers for my grandma, and charity donations - she loves reading the Oxfam blurb about what the money's been used for.

Other than that, my most successful pressiea for her were a homemade cushion cover, a massive jigsaw and birdfeeders. Good luck!

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Mon 14-Dec-15 20:44:52

Thermal undies, knuckers, tights, -

My nans the same she`ll hate what ever i buy - so I refuse to worry about it now,

SummerNights1986 Mon 14-Dec-15 21:03:56

Puzzles or crossword books?

Does she do anything hobby-wise indoors that you could buy supplies for, like knitting/crocheting?

Does she ever eat out at any restaurant or café? Most places will allow you to buy a meal or tea upfront and mock up some kind of gift voucher, even if it's the type of place you think wouldn't do it.

Would she like the practical? A new microwave/kettle/toaster/hoover etc?

I'm assuming your Grandad used to do the gardening - who does it now? Could you pay for her gardener for X amount of time? A bench for the garden?

Domino777 Mon 14-Dec-15 21:08:52

Shopping bags. Nice reusable ones.

Hamper of her favourite things

One of those frames with changing photos. Use lots of photos from the good old days.

Meal out

Electric blanket or electric throw

steppemum Mon 14-Dec-15 21:10:23

something for you to do together, so a promise voucher for a meal out or a day at a nice place etc.

Davros Mon 14-Dec-15 21:10:51

Look at Good Gifts. The catalogue is worth a read alone

SingaporeSlinky Mon 14-Dec-15 21:19:34

Gloves, new sewing box, novelty pin cushion, ornament, a new Christmas ornament/bowl/nibbles dishes (then she only has to bring it out once a year), blanket, slippers, napkins, handkerchiefs?

MaryPoppinsPenguins Mon 14-Dec-15 21:20:40

Thanks everyone, really lovely ideas here! fsmile

afromom Mon 14-Dec-15 21:22:58

Both PIL AND GPIL have had duvet covers for Christmas this year. That's what they have asked for, and seems like a sensible present that they will use. But if she is fussy may be hard to choose??

5BlueHydrangea Mon 14-Dec-15 21:23:38

One of those bird feeders that stick on the window so you can get a close view from indoors?

candykane25 Mon 14-Dec-15 22:24:05

Photo calendar. One of the social books that print out FB pages?
A nice mug?
A warm blanket?

Twinklefuck Mon 14-Dec-15 22:43:36

Personally I'd adopt a granny - I saw it and wished someone would do that for me! It's the same as sponsoring a child from Ghana (I've done this and her pictures and letters are looked forward to).

StDogolphin Tue 15-Dec-15 09:54:12

Christmas decoration?
Tea out with you?

Sounds similar to my dad! He's 87, no hobbies, got rid of the dvds he was bought to entertain him, doesn't go anywhere, doesn't wear any new clothing bought, big family photo montage I got done for him sit gathering dust on the bottom of the TV unit etc etc etc.

He's incredibly ungrateful and miserable though, but expects presents -if he doesn't get them he'll whinge that nobody bothers with him. Meanwhile he doesn't give anyone presents and doesn't say thank you for the ones he gets!!!

I have him a Tesco gift card one year, thinking he'd at least be grateful for that as he's addicted to the place and does all his shopping, for everything, there. No such luck, told me I shouldn't have bothered as it was thoughtless. Gave him a cheque one year and he moaned that he'd have to go to the bank to pay it in...

He doesn't do decorations, won't come to visit for Christmas and have dinner with us,prefers to sit at home on his own. Also claims Christmas is for kids.

So, this year, me,ds and my niece are going with the 'kids' thing and trying presents to take him back to childhood/youth a bit. Ds has bought him a 'Grandad' adult colouring book and pencils (he'll moan but will probably end up using it) grin , my niece is on the search for ideas and I'm doing him a stocking but I'm not sure what to put in it yet, barring a clementine, chocolate coins and a lump of coal wink

mouldycheesefan Tue 15-Dec-15 11:17:28

Warm slippers.

fairyjasmine Tue 15-Dec-15 11:28:25

Sounds like my Grandma! For Christmas I've bought her a heatable neck wrap thing from Dunelm and a geranium scented handwash that my mum says she's taken a liking to. I suspect the neck thing will be given away eventually but it was only £6 so worth a try. In your shoes I'd be inclined to play it safe with a voucher or charity gift.

FlorisApple Tue 15-Dec-15 11:59:38

New towels? They're practical, but a bit special too, and are nice to use. I have a difficult to buy for 96 year old grandmother, and a couple of years ago I saw that Prince Charles bought the queen new towels....genius! I thought! Of course, she still might not use them, but perhaps they are useful enough that she will.

recklessgran Tue 15-Dec-15 12:46:41

Arrange for a mobile hairdresser to come to the house for a hairdo? Ditto mobile beautician or even chiropodist? My mum [similar age] loves the chiropodist visit!

Keeptrudging Tue 15-Dec-15 12:53:54

How about some photo books about where she grew up. I had a similar issue and got a book full of photos of the area in the 50s for someone who would have been late teens/early 20s at the time.

EcclefechanTart Tue 15-Dec-15 20:21:14

A big bowl of scented narcissus, or other lovely flowers for inside her home.

katienana Wed 16-Dec-15 07:42:08

I was going to say mobile beautician too. I was in the hairdresser yesterday and there were 3 lovely older ladies getting hairdos and manicures. Made me think of my grandma who always wore nail Polish and make up.

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