Gift ideas for the Mother in law who has everything?
Okay, I'm stumped.
We drew names for Christmas gift giving this year and I drew my mother in law's name. Now I am stumped. So is everyone else in the family. And this is ONE of the reasons why I hate the gift exchanging part of Christmas.
MIL already has everything she could possibly want or need.
She enjoys a little bit of gardening (during the 3 months of thaw here in MN!)
She enjoys her grandkids.
She enjoys reading, but I am not sure what she has and hasn't read.
She likes birds but already has a million bird houses and feeders from previous gift-giving occasions.
I can't understand people who don't have hobbies, lol. Hubby and I have at least a dozen hobbies, each, and we are so EASY to buy for!
I'm open to suggestions. She is the BEST mil and I'd rally like to get her something special.
Well how about a gift card to a bookstore, or a nursery?
I usually do not like gift cards htey do not seem as personal, but sometimes when you get a hard to buy for person they are the way to go.
If you really hate that idea how about getting a wicker basket and putting in seeds, a gardening book, trovel, gardening gloves and things like that?
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Bookmarks, a neck pillow or a reading light? You could cross stitch her a personalized bookmark or if you are artistic make her another type of bookmark. How about making her a calendar with pics of all the grandkids? A magazine script to a garden magazine? What music does she like? You can get her some cds and put in a pretty gift basket with bookmarks and flower seeds or something.
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How about making her a calendar with pics of all the grandkids?
Great idea. I thought of this last year and intended to take pictures of the kids throughout the year. In the end I forgot to do it and don't have enough good pics now. Definitely on th list for next year though. My brother and his wife used to do this for my mom and it was her absolute favorite gift.
%^$#@ those who have produced grand kids. We haven't.
I got my 'has everything' MIL a digital picture frame - we preloaded it with pictures of all of her grandkids and great grandkids. She loves having framed pictures of the family setting around her house but She's running out of places to put up new pictures of everybody, so we thought a frame that would hold a bunch of pictures would be perfect for her.
If you have spending limits for your gift exchange, you might want to look at doing the same thing with one of those digital keychains.
How about a tape of all of those grandchildren saying "Merry Christmas Grammy..here's what I love the BEST about you." wrap the tape up and attach it to the new bird seed mouse-proof container full of seed
(You know, that sounds SO good, I think I'll ask for that myself next year) LOL.
"In order to receive happiness, you must first give it away."
I'm just going to offer one thought - think comfort. . . perhaps a soft fleece throw with her initials/name, or soft flannel pj's with soft socks to match. Comfort is a personal luxury especially as we age.
I once bought my grandma who has everything a pair of brightly-colored garden clogs. She absolutely LOVED them. I don't know that she ever wore them, but she sure liked to look at them sitting by her door. She pointed them out to people when they visited and told folks that I bought them for her. Sigh...she's in a nursing home now. I should go see if they are still sitting by her door so I can bring them home and sit them by my door. Now I'm getting all weepy.
For those that have everything--I try to come up with a way to give them my time... so with a reader--you could coupon her that during each month you'll both read the same book and then meet for lunch to discuss... or coupon for helping her get the pre-garden setup work done... or a new raised bed or something fun like that... where you are spending time together.
My mom LOVES the digital photo thing--I set her computer up where her screen saver goes through her favorite photos and she leaves her computer on now all day and will still stop and watch sometimes as the pics go by... so the digital photo frame with a promise to help collect some of her favorite photos from all in the family to put on it (you could ask them all to bring their greatest ones on memory sticks to the family gathering).
Good luck--I know you'll discover the perfect thing--something will just hit you (I always pray and ideas come or I'll be in the right place at the right time to find something that they end up loving).
Merry Christmas!! Liz