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FIL gift suggestions - 70th Birthday!

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Flutterworc Fri 25-Mar-16 08:21:11

Hoping for some collective inspiration! FIL is 70 in July - lovely man, but a bugger to buy for! We want to buy him something meaningful, but are struggling to think of something appropriate. Things to bear in mind:
- he's very unassuming, so nothing 'flash y'all - doesn't wear cuff links/ties etc.
- doesn't drink and is diabetic
- loves his garden but has ALL the kit
- has iPhone/iPad and any other gadgets he thinks are useful
- previous gift successes have been a glasses case saying 'Grandad's Glasses' and a phone cover with a pic of him with our DS - £10 'stocking stuffer' type gifts
- isn't much of a clothes horse: despite a fairly good income (he still works part time at a well paid job), still wears the clothes he loves from the 80s, with the occasional addition of a jumper from MIL for Christmas.


Any amazing ideas, folks????

Jenijena Fri 25-Mar-16 08:22:59

We're in the same situation here. For his 60th we clubbed together and bought him a flying lesson, I suspect something similar this year...

QuerkyJo Fri 25-Mar-16 08:28:54

If he loves his garden, what about one of those bird boxes with a camera attachment that he could watch from the house. Or binoculars, or an insect hotel.

Flutterworc Fri 25-Mar-16 08:36:32

Ooo, nice idea with the bird cameras - he has binoculars and we bought him an insect hotel for Christmas, the thr bird box is going on the list!

AgentCooper Fri 25-Mar-16 08:38:37

Could you do him a nice photo book of pictures of his children and grandchildren? You can get lovely ones made up on the Blurt website.

Flutterworc Fri 25-Mar-16 08:41:42

Another goodie!

QuerkyJo Fri 25-Mar-16 09:04:18

Does he have a good comfy bench, chair or footstool for his garden? Does he need to upgrade his parasol or garden table and chairs? Do, they need new softer cushions? Or a new planter, with some garden vouchers.

My OH is 70 this year and would love anything to make his aching limbs more comfortable.

Chorltonswheelies422 Fri 25-Mar-16 09:07:35

I would go for an experience - if he loves birds , what about a day at a bird of prey centre where he can actually fly one?

Or anything he's always wanted to do or see - they make for real excitement and memories and great photo ops

Clayhead Fri 25-Mar-16 09:10:40

I did the photo book thing for my fil - scanned in loads of old pictures and so we had a record of the whole seventy years, he loved it.

mammmamia Fri 25-Mar-16 09:20:14

I got my dad a copy of the times from the day he was born in 1945 for his 70th. It was a fab gift.

Flutterworc Fri 25-Mar-16 09:24:55

Bench and newspaper on the list!

Flutterworc Fri 25-Mar-16 09:26:01

(Love the experience idea, but that's MILs go-to option, so he's done EVERYTHING...)

Jenijena Fri 25-Mar-16 10:02:36

that's the other thing we did - national geographic from the month of his birth.

Schoolchauffeur Fri 25-Mar-16 10:13:40

We have similar problems with our four parents all in 70s and 80s. Recent successes for us have included:
A night away in a city they've not been to. They like cathedrals so we've done Canterbury and York.
Tickets for Hampton Court Flower/Garden show
Voucher for afternoon tea at Ritz
London eye tickets

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