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Gift ideas for awkward elderly, but young at heart relatives?

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I have 2 elderly relatives (hubby and wife) in late 60's/early 70's. They are youngish at heart, but a nightmare to buy for. They don't drink, and the wife is quite religeous. The few hobbies they hav… Read More
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
I have 2 elderly relatives (hubby and wife) in late 60's/early 70's. They are youngish at heart, but a nightmare to buy for. They don't drink, and the wife is quite religeous. The few hobbies they have (gardening for her and half finished art/craft things for him) have been done to death.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Rep will be handed out for all suggestions. Ta.
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
a day out on a coach tour, paid for you by yaself of course
1 Like #2
[url]www.iwoot.com[/url] has lots of random gadgets........dicount codes on here too :-D
1 Like #3
look for some cd of muisc from when they were young, or take them out for the day,hope this helps
1 Like #4
what about national trust membership for a year, than they could visit as many gardens as they like, 1st ever reply so hope this works ok
1 Like #5
For her:
http://www.giftideas.co.uk/gifts/cover-babe.html#aMAGAZINEMIRROR
For him:
http://www.giftideas.co.uk/gifts/gentlemens-ball-scratcher.html#aBALLSCRATCH
For both (more serious):
http://www.giftideas.co.uk/gifts/lav-nav-toilet-lights.html

That last one is probably the most practical and I think they would like it more than the other two...?
1 Like #6
For my grandparents i make a hamper at christmas now, as they don't collect anything and need for nothing. My grandad into his food so i find some really nice bits like, chutneys, posh coffee and some different cooking sauces bits they might not buy for themshelfs and are a treat. Fairtrade do some nice bits you can get it in some supermarkets and oxfam.
1 Like #7
they would love a pureaire - especially with the sandalwood essence - you can get off ebay for about £20
1 Like #8
My mum is 69 and would be horrified if i sent her off on a coach trip with "old" people!

Some gifts I have got her in recent times have been -

One of the great boxed sets of Hitchcock movie DVDs that crop up on this site occasionally
(ooh here it is! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchcock-14-Disc-Box-Set/dp/B000BND224 )

Magazine subscriptions for her fave gardening magazine. For part of Christmas this year Im getting her a National Geographic subscription with my Tesco Clubcard points :p

Other boxed sets of DVDs including Darling Buds of May, Touch of Frost, Poirot.

Sets of books from The Book People (Agatha Christie, etc)

Wireless router for her laptop

Games for her Nintendo DS. She loves her Dr Kawashima's brain training, her brain is 37 now :p

Most recently, a set of five blueberry bushes for her garden, from J Parker Bulbs. They usually have great free gifts when you place an order. http://www.jparkers.co.uk/index.cfm

I avoid buying compilations of music of "their era", as we don't tend to like compliations of "our era" so they are no different!

Hope this is of some help!
banned#9
coach trips aint just for old people :?
1 Like #10
therealslimkaty
My mum is 69 and would be horrified if i sent her off on a coach trip with "old" people!

Some gifts I have got her in recent times have been -

One of the great boxed sets of Hitchcock movie DVDs that crop up on this site occasionally
(ooh here it is! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchcock-14-Disc-Box-Set/dp/B000BND224 )

Magazine subscriptions for her fave gardening magazine. For part of Christmas this year Im getting her a National Geographic subscription with my Tesco Clubcard points :p

Other boxed sets of DVDs including Darling Buds of May, Touch of Frost, Poirot.

Sets of books from The Book People (Agatha Christie, etc)

Wireless router for her laptop

Games for her Nintendo DS. She loves her Dr Kawashima's brain training, her brain is 37 now :p

Most recently, a set of five blueberry bushes for her garden, from J Parker Bulbs. They usually have great free gifts when you place an order. http://www.jparkers.co.uk/index.cfm

I avoid buying compilations of music of "their era", as we don't tend to like compliations of "our era" so they are no different!

Hope this is of some help!


Your Mum is young for her years by the sounds of it though.

I laughed at the thought of my Dad who is 75 using a laptop or a DS,he can manage Sky and that's about it:w00t:
1 Like #11
Vera Lynn CD in the charts, my nan loves it and she is hard to buy for, she even sits in her flat listening to it on her own, its all the war songs
#12
Thanks everyone! I acn use a few of these suggestions, but I forgot to add that they don't watch films or listen to music. Like I said.......awkward! Anyway, rep for all of the replies. Ta muchly
#13
As much as they dont listen to music, i bet they would of during war, even just buy it and take it back
#14
JboyJayJason
As much as they dont listen to music, i bet they would of during war, even just buy it and take it back


If they are in their late 60s they would have been born DURING the war. lol. Doubt they listened to much music. :-D
#16
Photo of family?
Biscuits - all old people love biscuits. In fact, all people love biscuits. On offer at M&S at the moment as well I think.

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