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Gift ideas for mother in law!!! Assistance needed.

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HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 13:55:37

So me & mil don't get on very well but that's another thread grin

I still like to make an effort to give her a decent gift but unfortunately we only have a budget of around £30 (absolute maximum, if we could get her something for £20 I would love that).

Her birthday is a few days before Xmas so I also need to get her a birthday present of similar value.

I've lost count of the scarves, gloves, handbags & candles that I've bought her.

She's early 60s, retired and no hobbies to speak of.

Thank you.

MyBrilliantDisguise Tue 03-Oct-17 13:58:26

I think it should be up to your husband to decide. It's his mum!

drinkswineoutofamug Tue 03-Oct-17 14:01:51

Boots do a jar of sanctuary spa goodies for £10. Got one for my Mum

Santawontbelong Tue 03-Oct-17 14:02:48

Hardware store. .
Broomstick with a bit of tinsel wrapped around it. .

drinkswineoutofamug Tue 03-Oct-17 14:03:20


recklessgran Tue 03-Oct-17 14:12:42

Magazine subscription goes down well with my miserable mother.
You can normally find special offers on these.
[Some people are never happy whatever you do.]

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:13:25

Think I'll go with the broomstick grin

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:15:38

she can be awkward with body/bath gift sets. She doesn't have a bath and I know she gets upset if someone buys her a set with a bubble bath in it 😏 So I tend to avoid those like the plague. She doesn't read any magazines. Only the papers (daily mail!!!).

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:15:58

I don't mean to be awkward. She's just so difficult though.

martellandginger Tue 03-Oct-17 14:16:44

Hamper? A class to learn something? They were crafting in hobbycraft today. Theatre tickets? A blanket? Don’t laugh last year I asked everyone on here, advice about blankets for in laws and everyone shot me down. Well they love them. I bought welsh wool ones that look gorgeous and not to pricey.

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:17:17

I remember someone in her work secret santa (£10 budget) once got her alcohol and she was fuming, don't ask me why. She didn't stop going on about how terrible it was though.

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:19:40

A hamper could work? Any ideas for contents though?

She literally doesn't socialise or leave the house unless it's to go to the supermarket or maybe meet a friend once every few months so activities like theatre & classes are a no go. Her and FIL don't go anywhere together and she wouldn't have anyone to go with to anything, not that she'd want to go anyway.

SaddyMcSadface Tue 03-Oct-17 14:20:07

Do you have dc's? I got mil a plain silver bracelet for xmas a couple of years from Pandora for £25ish. Now, every xmas and birthday I get the dc's to pick her a little charm to go on said bracelet. I know they're tacky as hell but I do t have to think about what to get anymore and it gives an effect of being personal.

Alabasterangel6 Tue 03-Oct-17 14:21:37

Really nice fine porcelain mugs or cups or teapot? Then you could collect more at other gift intervals.

PoohBearsHole Tue 03-Oct-17 14:21:51

Subscription to the week. Newspaper style stories collatedftlm all newspapers. It's v good!

missnevermind Tue 03-Oct-17 14:23:34

B&M have a couple of lovely tea and jam type hampers I was looking at for my own Mil. Don’t remember the price but well within your budget and a lovely large basket.

Alabasterangel6 Tue 03-Oct-17 14:24:37

Trying to think of other things I've bought in similar veins.... garden centre voucher? Photo book of DC? Photo calendar? Voucher for her usual hairdressers?

Mushybanna23 Tue 03-Oct-17 14:25:21

I got my mum a subscription for some local Honey all made in different locations in England

Plsadvise Tue 03-Oct-17 14:30:22

jigsaw puzzle? glossy coffee table book? basket of expensive/unusual fruit? cooking gadget? posh coffee and biscuits?

crunched Tue 03-Oct-17 14:33:39

Voucher for afternoon tea and her DS to accompany her.

BiddyPop Tue 03-Oct-17 14:37:35

If she has no hobbies, what does she do all day long at home? Does she craft, or garden, or cook, or read, or do crosswords? Or does she literally sit and dream in a chair?

Is there anything that she might like from her youth, a book about a place she might have visited, or something to remind her of what she did with her DS when he was younger (your DH)?

Pithivier Tue 03-Oct-17 14:39:13

Is she a tea drinker? T2 and Fortnum do lovely teas In a caddy.
A FORTNUM Dundee cake is really good.
BETTY of Yorkshire do ntea related gifts and special Christmas fondant fancies.

White Company do cashmere socks.
Pretty Slippers.
Molton Brown Shower sets.

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:40:57

Yes, she sits, watches tv, reads the paper, goes to the supermarket, pops to her sisters house once in a blue moon, cleans, makes tea. Very very hard person to buy for since she doesn't have interests as such.

BiddyPop Tue 03-Oct-17 14:41:48

Rather than a pre-made set, could you put together your own nice set (of Sanctuary or whatever nice brand, especially if you can get a "3for2" offer) of things like nice shower gel, body lotion, nice loofah/sponge/puffy thingy, ...or whatever things she'd like - for one of the events?

And yes, what does her DS say??!!! fgrin

HappinessAhead Tue 03-Oct-17 14:43:18

I got her a beautiful Swarovski bracelet for her 60th birthday. Posted it up to her and not even a thank you. Then when I next saw her I asked if she'd received it and she just said, "yes, thanks for that". And that was it. She's the sort of person who'll find a reason to be offended by a gift and I try my best but she never seems pleased.

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