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Two presents left to buy.. so stuck PLEASE HELP ME

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Cindbelly Thu 14-Dec-17 09:21:22

Hi all, so I’ve 2 people left to buy for, my DM and DSIS...

I’m so stuck for ideas...
DM hates flowers, is diabetic so no chocolate, and my step dad has severe allergies so she doesn’t wear perfume. She has no hobbies. An experience day would be a waste as she would never book it.
I’ve asked her what she would like, and she replied with a horrible tinkly laugh oh I don’t mind, will appreciate anything you buy as long as it’s not another scarf or Xmas jumper. As you can tell we are not particularly close and she has form for buying random charity shop tat for me and DH (I posted last year about that) so I’m ok with a generic type gift, just not sure what?!

DSIS likes: Harry Potter (I’ve never seen any of them so no idea what I’m looking at) baking and being on the PTA. She’s just brought a house with a garden and I was thinking something for that? Butterfly house maybe? She uses a wheelchair when out and about so again I don’t think she would appreciate an experience day.

Both are very ‘girlie’ I hate that term! Mum would probably like something sparkly I guess.

Please help me!

StealthPolarBear Thu 14-Dec-17 09:23:18

Your mum, a nice room diffuser? Or posh scented candle?

NanFlanders Thu 14-Dec-17 09:27:38

Your mum - bonsai tree. Dsis - Can you take her to the Harry Potter studio tour? I'm pretty sure it's wheelchair friendly - but you might want to check online.

Cindbelly Thu 14-Dec-17 09:28:58

Both hate candles! Should have mentioned that. Again anything with a smell is out due to stepdads allergies. fsad
I’m running out of time to order now as well aren’t I?

kohl Thu 14-Dec-17 09:29:06

A magazine subscription?
Delicious cheese for your Mum?
Sister: go to the British library website-they have a pop up Harry Potter shop at the moment which has lots of HP stuff to buy-or if you're near London -tix to the HP exhibition at the British library (has wheelchair access)
I'all keep thinking....

ZigZagandDustin Thu 14-Dec-17 09:29:29

Budget is important???

FluffyNinja Thu 14-Dec-17 09:29:54

You can order a nice rose bush from

They send them either as a bare root plant or in a pot with instructions of how to care for them.

I've ordered lots for family and friends over the last few years and they're very good quality plants.

gingerbreadmam Thu 14-Dec-17 09:31:41

Debenhams have lots of Padders slippers on offer. My DM highly rates them. Good for your DM?

There is a site about that does jewellery based on novels so will certainly have Harry potter things on I will have to try and find the link.

Also truffleshuffle have lots of Harry potter merchandise.

Cindbelly Thu 14-Dec-17 09:32:33

Bonsai tree would be a flower to my dm. Basically the flowers thing stems from anything that needs looking free and might die.
The problem with a HP tour means I would have to buy for her, bil and their DC which would work out very expensive I imagine and mean they’ve got extra gifts (as there’s are done) I certainly won’t be going.

gingerbreadmam Thu 14-Dec-17 09:33:38

Here you go I just found it today and thought I'd share.

Cindbelly Thu 14-Dec-17 09:33:55

Oh budget yes! £30 roughly.

Cindbelly Thu 14-Dec-17 09:34:13

Thanks everyone please keep the ideas coming

TossDaily Thu 14-Dec-17 09:35:04

Mum - silk pillowcase. Houseplant. L'Occitant Shea butter handcream.

Sis - silk pillowcase. Harry Potter merchandise - there's a lovely china mug which says 'I'm Waiting For My Letter'. Or an illustrated Harry Potter book - they're gorgeous.

kohl Thu 14-Dec-17 09:36:04

Bird feeder /seeds to plant for your sister?
House plant for your Mum?
Do you have DCs? Could you do a dc present for her if so-pictures of them on a calendar?
Box set for your Mum?
A manicure set?

TossDaily Thu 14-Dec-17 09:36:11

And if she hasn't already started collecting the illustrated HPs, you're lucky because this year they're on the third. Which means you're covered for the next six years if you get her one a year.

kohl Thu 14-Dec-17 09:37:44

Sorry-crossposted-no houseplant!

Minniemagoo Thu 14-Dec-17 09:38:12

Chrismas Decorations. A couple of really nice ones that will fit in with what they like or themed (we have some some lovely HP ones). Plus side is if they hate them they only have to take them out once or year or can charity shop them and pretend they broke.

LadyPenelopeCantDance Thu 14-Dec-17 10:50:04

Do they appreciate nice toiletries? Hand soaps or creams from Molton Brown or some Jo Malone bath oils?

mayhew Thu 14-Dec-17 10:56:28

Bird feeder on an easy to access stand so your sister can enjoy the garden.
Mum, magazine subscription. Go on a magazine website for lots of choice. My mum gets me BBC Homes and Antiques which I love as an Antique Roadshow fan.

MooseyMoo Thu 14-Dec-17 11:17:02

Your mum: National Trust voucher - you can get them from WHSmith.

Your sis - Primark have lots of Harry Potter themed stuff from pjs, mini potion fairy lights, cushions, stationery, bracelets, make up bag.

4forksake Thu 14-Dec-17 11:51:36

For your mum - if you're not necessarily looking for something personal maybe pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown, M&S (or another shop) voucher, handbag, gloves, books.

For your sis - loads of HP stuff in Primark, they have pj's, really nice throws, hoodies, tshirts,default,pd.html?cmpid=ppcgeorgeggle-plaOD34WOMENSCLOTHING--dskwid-s92700013688825464dt&cwd=geo&cwf=pm&cwc=ppc-pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwoKnbWJ2AIV7rtCh3ZHQl7EAQYAyABEgK2wfDBwE

Nice recipe book for sister depending what type of baking she likes, new apron, make up your own hamper with a large mixing bowl & bits according to her baking needs (cupcake stuff / bread things)

MiraB Thu 14-Dec-17 12:34:25

If your mum or your sis like makeup you could get something from BareMinerals, they have some great makeup sets at a decent price with free delivery -
(Code SC10 gives further 10% off and code Nude will get you a free lip sample(From Hotukdeals)). I just bought the Nude lipstick set from there.

You could also get your mum a nice watch.

You could get your sis some Harry Potter collectible editions such as the one below for a fairly decent price -

There are some more on that page if you scroll down, Gryffindor editions are quite popular.

There is also loads of Harry Potter merchandise at Next including a cute Travel Mug -

Unicorn81 Thu 14-Dec-17 13:00:39

What about a little hamper of diabetic treats? Boots do an ok range.

TheMamaYo Thu 14-Dec-17 17:50:23

I am hoping to buy some pretty shopping bags for my mil, it is the kind of thing that will be useful and practical. Maybe filled with some mincepies, chocs etc.

Or how about a barrel pond or water feature for sis, a comfy cushion for the wheelchair?

heymammy Thu 14-Dec-17 20:44:21

The do sound a bit it awkward to buy for! I'd go for vouchers and get your mum an m&s voucher then she can buy clothes or food, and for dsis I'd get a local garden centre voucher cos they usually sell more than just plants so it gives her a bit of choice.

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