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Birthday gift ideas appreciated.

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Mapleleaf Mon 19-Nov-18 12:28:44

I'm racking my brains wondering what to buy my friend for her 70th birthday next month. She's not into ornaments, particularly, anymore. ( She has some, but doesn't want more). She doesn't have many pictures on her walls, just a few, so I don't think she'd want another. I had thought possibly a simple necklace, but again, she has a few nice ones already, and perfume is such a personal choice - I'm not sure what she likes, so for some reason, I'm really stumped. I just wondered if any of you lovely people had any good ideas which just might inspire me! Thank you in advance. 😁

wildswan16 Mon 19-Nov-18 12:32:42

How about a subscription to her favourite magazine? Or some expensive jams or chutneys she might not buy for herself. Or take her out for lunch and then you could both enjoy her present !

yggdrasil Mon 19-Nov-18 17:09:09

Does she have a favourite charity she supports? My family give donations to mine, and I to my mother's. We don't give Christmas at all to adults, so it's only birthdays that need sorting

crystaltipps Mon 19-Nov-18 17:54:23

I agree with the lunch idea or maybe take her for a day out to a National Trust place/ exhibition/ theatre and treat her to a meal/ cocktail/afternoon tea whatever you think she would like. I’m almost that age myself and I’d love it if a friend did something like that for me.

travelsafar Mon 19-Nov-18 18:11:16

Saga are doing a special rate for their magazine if you take a years subscription.
I believe you are sent a magazine on a monthly basis, which are full of interesting information for the older person.

Coolgran65 Mon 19-Nov-18 18:23:27

I think going out is lovely, and no more stuff to take up space.

Or what about a planted pot for her front door. Such pleasure when going in and out.

Liz46 Mon 19-Nov-18 18:26:04

One of my daughters bought me a birds of prey experience and I had a lovely time. They put big gloves on us and different types of owl and other birds of prey landed on us! The one we went to is in north west England. Stockley Farm.

br0adwater Mon 19-Nov-18 18:36:15

Search online for 'gift experience', otherwise ...
Afternoon tea somewhere nice
Coasters with a photo of her grandchildren/house/pet
Voucher for a favourite restaurant/ hair salon/ cinema
Luxury hamper
Also, search online for 70th birthday and you'll get aprons, tshirts etc

Mapleleaf Mon 19-Nov-18 18:47:14

Thank you to you all for replying. There’s food for thought here, with some good ideas.

Glenfinnan Mon 19-Nov-18 18:52:58

I have a friend who is seventy soon e are taking her and her husband out to dinner.

NanKate Mon 19-Nov-18 18:59:16

We gave a Birds of Prey event to my DH which he said was one of his best presents ever.

nonnasusie Mon 19-Nov-18 19:49:04

My DD bought me a riding lesson ( horse mad gd idea) followed by a full body massage in the afternoon for my 70th birthday a couple of months ago!
I used to ride when I was young but hadn't been for a long time. Both granddaughters and their Mum joined me for the lesson.

Jalima1108 Mon 19-Nov-18 20:01:06

If you drive you could take her out for a surprise tour somewhere nice followed by lunch and/or afternoon tea.

Grammaretto Mon 19-Nov-18 21:36:28

I have recently had my birthday. I said please no presents because I really have enough stuff but I did get some lovely ones. A beautiful shopping bag, scarves, bottles of champagne, pretty gardeners goodies.
I like the idea of an outing. A friend and I always do this sometime between our birthdays.

SpringyChicken Mon 19-Nov-18 22:29:58

Take her to the cinema and a meal afterwards?
Lunch at a garden centre and a plant for the garden?
Garden vouchers?

By the age of 70, people have all the ornaments they'll ever want and consumables are more welcome.

Teetime Tue 20-Nov-18 09:16:20

Depending on how active your friend is she might like something exciting like a fencing lesson or a subscription to a club of some kind e.g. croquet.

JessK Tue 20-Nov-18 09:47:52

Does she like spa treatments? You could both go and make a day of it.
A subscription to the RHS or National Trust.

Telly Tue 20-Nov-18 13:22:09

Afternoon tea voucher. With a bit of luck she will take you! Alternatively you can send cakes or chocolates, if that might be her thing. If she has a pet you can get a pet portrait, have a look on etsy. Also good for handmade personal objects too.

Scribbles Tue 20-Nov-18 15:52:32

I have a friend who celebrated a "big zero" birthday this year who is really difficult to buy for. However, she's very interested in wildlife so I gave her the British Wildlife Photography Awards book which was something she'd never have bought for herself and was much appreciated. Maybe the OP's friend has an interest which could be catered-to with a suitable book?

JackyB Tue 20-Nov-18 16:48:52

I'd go for the evening out. let her choose the play/show from a selection you give her. Alternatively, and I'm not sure if these are still the fashion, but mystery dinners or a wine tasting might make for a meal out together with a difference.

Mapleleaf Wed 21-Nov-18 13:15:33

Some good ideas. Thank you. I'll let you know what I decided when I decide! 😁😁 (I think I have more or less decided, but have a few weeks yet before I must make the final choice).

newnanny Wed 21-Nov-18 14:31:30

Posh afternoon tea with Prosecco.

Nanabilly Wed 21-Nov-18 15:10:26

A hamper full of goodies , include something to eat , something to drink, something to wear ie a nice pretty scarf, something to do , a book , a film ,cinema tickets, manicure, pedicure, nice hand cream. I would love something like that.

Sydney2012 Mon 26-Nov-18 21:35:50

Or even a spa day. A day of treats and snuggly white gowns .. what’s not to like ?

M0nica Tue 27-Nov-18 16:37:00

I am not sure where you (or she live) but take her somewhere highly luxurious for Afternoon tea. A few years ago I was taken to the Savoy for afternoon tea as a thank you for something I did, and more recently we took DD to the hotel at Luton Hoo for a magnificent tea, when she reached a Big Birthday.