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Help - ideas for Mum's 75th birthday present please

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Lottie4 Tue 10-May-16 14:27:30

Mum means well, but can be tricky and it's hard to get things right with her. We had a massive fall out around her 70th and she wouldn't celebrate it, so am trying to get it right this time but am struggling (I usually end up getting gift vouchers, box choccies, bunch flowers and a toiletry item, but am trying to get some more original). Does anyone have any ideas please. I've eliminated:

CLOTHES as she's down because she can't find any to fit her

GARDEN ORNAMENTS/CERAMIC POTS as she's wanted them before and they are still in the garage

THEATRE TICKETS - I asked her if she'd like to go with me and she said all the best shows will already be booked. Said I could check online and got no reply

SPA DAY with me - she's thinks they're awful places

I asked her if she'd like anything special to keep. She said she doesn't want JEWELLERY. She said she was going to buy herself a WATCH, so suggested we could buy one she liked, again got no reply

She doesn't wear PERFUME

FLOWERS DELIVERY - she keeps saying she's going out in the day, so she may not be around to accept delivery. She's fallen out with a neighbour recently so I don't want to risk them going there

I'd be nervous about buying ornaments/pictures as she's got quite expensive tastes and think she'd notice something cheaper

I've got her some nice bath crème and body lotion from M&S from DS. We're taking her out for a meal - she's a bit put out it's later than she'd like, but DH can't leave work earlier (he asked ages ago!)

Lottie4 Wed 11-May-16 10:05:27

Bump - has anyone got any ideas please?!

starfish4 Wed 11-May-16 14:24:29

Oh I sympathise, mine isn't much better! Don't know what to suggest, but you could always get a larger bunch of flowers made up. Does she has any interests or hobbies?

CMOTDibbler Wed 11-May-16 14:29:25

How about a really nice pashmina/scarf thing? I bought my SIL a beautiful hand woven bamboo fibre scarf which was printed with a lovely flower pattern from a local shop - folded up it was a scarf, let loose it was a wrap.

My parents are always pleased with an Ocado delivery of flowers, stuff for a cream tea, special food (dressed orkney crab for instance), bottle of fizz etc on a birthday, and the Ocado guy says happy birthday.

Or do a photobook with family photos?

PlayNoBill Thu 02-Jun-16 20:09:20

I got my mum for her 75th some fridge magnet photos of the grand children, a wool and silk scarf, dressing gown, bamboo socks, lots of creams/moisturiser/hand creams, glittery hair spray, some gold glittery sneakers from TKMax and some silly things like a felt vase!

I just kept in mind get silly or nice things. Try TKMax (just walk around till inspiration hits), Pylones, Cath Kidston, John Lewis, Etsy, Not on the High Street and Pinterest. Photobox is good for photo based things like a photo book of her life and family. There is also something I have seen online called The Book of Everyone which I want to do for Dads 70th this year.

Leeds2 Thu 02-Jun-16 22:32:20

Would she go out for afternoon tea as a special treat?

Nice wine, if she likes it.

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