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Christmas gift ideas for grandparents

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KH1979 Mon 07-Nov-16 14:14:54

Hello, I am at a loss as to what to get my MIL/FIL/mother this year for Christmas! Can anyone please give me some suggestions for gifts this year?! Grandparents are early 60s in age, all love dogs... but no other hobbies in particular. Food/dining gifts sadly not appropriate.

Any suggestions greatly received!
Many thanks

Teetime Mon 07-Nov-16 14:20:16

Cashmere scarves- that's because I am longing for one myself and I'm 63.

tanith Mon 07-Nov-16 15:54:03

Cinema/show tickets/restaurant vouchers.

ninathenana Mon 07-Nov-16 15:59:45

DVD box set
Framed portrait of family

Jayanna9040 Mon 07-Nov-16 16:05:44

How much are you planning to spend?

Granarchist Mon 07-Nov-16 16:07:53

That our profile
I always appreciate bubble bath/bath oils/shower gel
(+ gardening gloves, garden vouchers but that because its my passion) - nice wine, champagne - all prettily wrapped.
DH really couldn't care less but always needs handkerchieves - his best present last year was membership of the Wine Society.
what about sub to a magazine so they get something once a month or similar.
Tickets to Crufts Dog Show? I went last year for the first time because my sister had qualified her dog - it was fantastic -
book vouchers -
Photo album of their grandchildren - easy and not expensive via Photobox or similar on line.

grannypiper Mon 07-Nov-16 16:15:02

National trust membership is always welcome and if you add grandchildren it is only £4 more

Stansgran Mon 07-Nov-16 16:30:48

I'm still enjoying a monthly gift of letterbox flowers. Magazine subscription is good and wine by the bucket/ case/ bottle.

rosesarered Mon 07-Nov-16 16:34:20

A lot of expensive suggestions there grin
I am happy with chocolates, books, any type of attractive scarf or a bit of jewellery, and DH chocs, Baileys ( me too!) books, music.

Christinefrance Mon 07-Nov-16 16:48:19

Books, Baileys, and chocs for me too rosesarered. Liked the idea of Crufts tickets as well. Amazon vouchers always welcome .

rosesarered Mon 07-Nov-16 16:52:31

Yes! I love Amazon vouchers too.All that choice.

Ana Mon 07-Nov-16 16:58:13

Last year DD gave me a calendar with a photo of the GDs for every month, she'd done it herself.

I think that was my favourite gift ever! smile

M0nica Mon 07-Nov-16 17:32:53

How about the new Ladybird book, in the new adult series: 'How it works: The Grandparent'.

I have already seen one review by a journalist in her 70s, who is clearly suffering from a sense of humour failure. It sounds great fun.

kezia Mon 07-Nov-16 22:10:47

Anything made by the grandchildren :-)

Coolgran65 Mon 07-Nov-16 22:55:19

Lovely cashmere tartan scarves in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. And I found Barbour tartan scarves in the Gretna Outlet Centre for £25.
4 sons and 4 dil plus dh are getting beautiful scarves this year. I bought 9.

Lillie Mon 07-Nov-16 23:16:25

If they all like dogs then maybe the Dog Bingo game. It comes in a good quality box and is educational too. My grandchildren enjoy the strange names of all the breeds as well.

Aslemma Mon 07-Nov-16 23:36:08

I would not recommend buying bath oil etc unless you know what the ladies particularly love. The stuff I received last year went straight down to the charity shop in the new year. Scarves are a very good suggestion, whether warm or (for the ladies) light and floaty. I've got several tartan ones for the grandsons this year, including the 3 MacKenzie ones - modern, ancient and dress. Another suggestion is the bigger ones (pashminas). Cufflinks are another idea for the men and they come in a variety of styles and prices.

JackyB Tue 08-Nov-16 11:42:51

Time is always the best present. So how about a promise to go on an outing with them and the grandchildren once a month definitely. Zoo visits, or whatever the children and grandparents will all enjoy. If they can cope, you could even opt out yourselves and give them the time with the DGC.

This need not cost a lot - in summer it can be a picnic, or feeding the ducks, in winter a snowball fight or an outdoor barbecue and big bonfire.

jusnoneed Tue 08-Nov-16 15:13:33

We had a similar conversation with my son yesterday, he came out with the dreaded "what do you want for christmas?" to which we both replied "nothing". Then of course it was "but I've got to get you something.."
Ummmm no you really don't, there is nothing we need so why waste your money?
I have thrown so many unwanted smellies, ponging candles (hate, hate, yuk) as I call them etc in the bin over the years, I really would prefer the givers bought something they want for themselves.

Izabella Tue 08-Nov-16 17:49:35

Donations to Guide Dogs - or whatever your personal preference would be.

Judthepud2 Tue 08-Nov-16 18:18:44

Vouchers, warm things for dog walking, donation to favourite charity, Amazon vouchers are great as I like downloading kindle books on my iPad. I personally love body and face moisturiser to help reduce the prune look but you would need to make sure it is the right kind.

Swanny Tue 08-Nov-16 18:31:17

Oh some lovely ideas here! I'm always stuck when DS asks what I want for Christmas. Now if only someone could come up with some ideas for him and partner ... I've already bought panto tickets for us all but do want to give them something to open too so DGS doesn't think all the presents are for him grin

silverlining48 Tue 08-Nov-16 22:07:59

Time, as Jackie says. Got to be the best spending time with the children and grandchildren. Would be my choice.

KH1979 Wed 09-Nov-16 20:22:00

Thank you all so much for lovely suggestions! Some really good ideas here.

Also loving seeing what is on your wish lists for Christmas, especially when the answer to this questions from the grandparents is always "oh please don't get us anything". They are always so generous with us and the children, it just doesn't feel right! I'd rather get something that might be wished for and sought after!

rosesarered Thu 10-Nov-16 08:59:15