Handkerchief, or one of the small packets of tissues. Balsam usually do one with a Christmassy picture on. Bottle opener. Pack of AAA batteries. Block of fudge. Handbag mirror. Mug with a hot chocolate sachet and packet of marshmallows in. Pens. Soap.
I'm sure I've seen pocket survival/walkers/fishing kits in places like Debenhams. Chocolate sprouts. Niace pen. Diary. Xmas socks. Niace/Xmas teabags.
Last year we got my mum things like posh marmalade (TKMaxx - it was blood orange and something else flavour), posh candy floss (Harvey Nicks - £10!), mini fancy gins (Harney Nicks again), hotel chocolat minis, old fashioned sweet shop sweets...
Just joking. But I love how we assume old people are boring. I saw a fab drama on tv once where a couple used condoms they found in the parents’ bedside unit when they stayed there and the condom split so they got pregnant and the parents had actually been using them to snuggle cocaine and died when they split in their stomach. Or something like that. Though that now sounds ridiculous so maybe I dreamt it.
What about the ‘ingredients’ for a perfect night in...
New DVD (I know it’s Christmas, but unless you have Sky these days, tv can be a bit shit) Popcorn Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Something for a relaxing bath (bombs, salts etc) Something to do to relax - Crossword book, magazine, book to read etc... Perhaps a game that can be played by two if your parents are in to that. Christmas nuts or nice nibbles Nice candle
I do one for my mum every year as she always does one for all of us.
Bed socks, chocolate, those alcohol sets with a miniature and chocs in are all good and those small Yankee candle votives as well. I usually wrap 2 or 3 together like a cracker. Face masks, travel size smellies, mini bottle of wine, keyring.