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I have NO ideas for Christmas presents - help!

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BrieAndChilli Mon 14-Nov-16 11:09:48

I normally manage to come up with thoughtful, nice presents to fit with our small budget, but this year I am drawing a complete blank.
If I lost who I need to buy for please come up with some ideas!!!!

MIL - late 50s, works as a preschool teacher, loves her dog, not a cook or a crafter,
SIL - 25, young and single and loving life, clothes are a no go as quite fussy with brands and style etc,
Sister- normal average mother of 2 small children, still likes to party, loves animals.
BIL - lorry driver, again average bloke,
DHs Aunt, doesn't expect anything but she buys lovely presents for the kids so like to get her something
DHs Nan- can afford everything she needs
DHs cousin- another lorry driver, early 20s, loves cars.

ajandjjmum Mon 14-Nov-16 11:14:23

I think you'll need to say what your budget is for each of them grin

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 14-Nov-16 11:19:13


BrieAndChilli Mon 14-Nov-16 11:24:09

Budget would probably be helpful you are right!!
MIL and SIL - £50, possibly more for the right thing
Sis, BIL, Nan - £30
Aunt and cousin £15

Ragwort Mon 14-Nov-16 11:25:33

Prosecco and chocolates?

Charity gifts (Goat or similar).

Your time - as in a day out doing what they would like, offering to do a chore for them. The one gift I would love is for someone to wash and valet my car grin.

Ask people - I have everything I need and want and really, really don't want any more 'stuff' in my life - I have finally (late 50s grin) had an honest discussion with people who used to give me presents and now, apart from the occasional token bottle of wine or similar we just don't exchange presents.

SloanePeterson Mon 14-Nov-16 11:29:57

Your family sounds very similar to mine. For mil we're buying her a voucher for a local tea rooms to have afternoon tea. She's been before and raved about it. She'll most likely take sil with her. For sil we've bought her some wireless headphones and Prosecco gummi Bears. In previous years we've bought her Bobbi Brown makeup. Hotel chocolat boxes for some of the others? Dh bought me an amazing box from there for my birthday and it felt like a real treat. Someone else bought me my first ever manicure, that was much appreciated and I felt very relaxed afterwards. We're trying not to fall into the trap of buying pointless tat in a panic this year. Consumables or experiences seem to be the way forward, no one needs random novelty gifts clogging up their cupboards. We're finding the children of the family the most difficult to buy for.

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 14-Nov-16 11:33:21

I'd get Orchids/alcohol/chocolate type gifts for the Aunt and the Cousin, SIL might like a voucher for beauty treatments or something?

MIL - a nice Scarf

When my bil/SIL had young children we made them up a box with DVD, mini bottle of Prosecco, popcorn, Doritos etc, that went down well.

Also fancy coffee usually is a hit with people who like, you know, coffee grin

Driving gloves/touchscreen gloves

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 14-Nov-16 11:34:00

Second voucher for Afternoon Tea idea

Wombat87 Mon 14-Nov-16 11:36:36

Sister - loves to party? Perhaps a cocktail kit thing that you can get in department stores? Or if she drinks at home one of those hand painted wine glasses, think they have em in JL? Sounds naff and it's not normally my thing, but someone bought me one once and i actually really love the glass.

SIL - big department store nearby? Voucher? Or if it's more personal and you know she has a favourite concession stand, a voucher for it?

BIL and Cousin - what about one of those brew your own kits? Mum bought me one from Wilkos last year, was actually pretty good, pretty cheap and brewed nice cider (brew in the box just add water type thing)

Fueledwithfairydustandgin Mon 14-Nov-16 13:52:30

Katie loxton bag?

Ceaser1981 Mon 14-Nov-16 19:34:04

We got this for his parents

Plus some nice bath stuff, bottle of wine or mulled punch.

wowwee123 Mon 14-Nov-16 19:44:47

nice bag / purse for sisters? river island always have fab ones in your budget.

they used to do nice slippers too.

does mil wear jamas / dressing gown? i got a luxury m&s dressing gown off dp last christmas which was gorgeous hold off till money off though

men - wallet ninja, alcohol, staffling pig do some great pork scratching gifts. mighr be available on not on the high street too.

pandora studs for the females or joma bracelets?

wowwee123 Mon 14-Nov-16 19:56:40 bracelets purses dressing gown snaffling pig

wowwee123 Mon 14-Nov-16 19:56:55 wallet ninja

wowwee123 Mon 14-Nov-16 19:58:43

boux avenue have 2 pairs of pyjamas for£35 if any good for sisters?

have blue white candy striped ones similar to victorias secret ones.

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