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    help! i need to get a present for my 70 year old mum, what do i get her?!

    My mum is a very sprightly 70 year old, more active than me and she won't tell me what she would like for Christmas!! I have got her a book, a top, a dvd and some bits but i want to get her a main present and haven't a clue what to get! Suggestions please someone!! Not hampers unless its a different sort of hamper to food - she is an Oxford United fan so I was going to get one of those books made up but can't find anywhere that does Oxford! Please help, will add rep for all the interesting ideas! budget up to £40 on this one as I have already got loads of smaller bits and she would only compain if i spend more than that!!! (you see what i am up against!!!!)

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    Comfort is usually a priority for the elderly - and she's getting to that stage, right? - so how about a beautiful, warm knee rug to help fight the winter. And matching slippers and a dressing gown if you are feeling generous..?

    Just Thinking The Same

    has she got a freeview box ?
    tony

    Does she have weak wrists? My mother-in-law does (she's 71) and I have ordered her a One Touch Tin Opener and One Touch Jar opener - not exciting presents but useful.

    it sounds like you have already boutght her enough material items x something more personal would be nice. How about a memory box or memory album x put lots of memeorys in ther that remind you of your time together x Maybe pictures of you as a child, some of your favourite times, her favourite food ie biscuits or chocs, have a look on ebay for a little peice of oxford memorabilia and put that in, write a poem and pop that in .. etc etc x x x mums love things like that and something she will keep and cherish x

    digital photo frame - this is really the answer for the person who has everything, convenient and can be personalised

    digital frame sounds good-you can keep updating the memory card for her-my mum uses hers loads-her grandchildren are all over the country-so each family regulary sends an updated memory card (the cheap ones) so she feels involved with them all.

    Not sure if she is 'into' this sort of thing-but places like Laura Ashley do lovely throws to go over the bed in the winter-real old fashioned quilt types in lovely material-how about something nce, a treat and practical like that?

    Original Poster

    thanks guys - my mum isn't at the blanket and weak wrists stage yet, she's far more active than me!! did the digital frame last year (haven't seen it round the house so assume that its still in the box somewhere!) did dvd player and she has cable and freeview - she's v computer literate and has all that stuff - see I told ya difficult to buy for!! will have a look on ebay for some memorablia, just really struggling for a main prezzie!!!ah well back to the drawing board!

    kezanddaz;3550097

    it sounds like you have already boutght her enough material items x … it sounds like you have already boutght her enough material items x something more personal would be nice. How about a memory box or memory album x put lots of memeorys in ther that remind you of your time together x Maybe pictures of you as a child, some of your favourite times, her favourite food ie biscuits or chocs, have a look on ebay for a little peice of oxford memorabilia and put that in, write a poem and pop that in .. etc etc x x x mums love things like that and something she will keep and cherish x



    I will hope and pray my boys think like that when they are older :whistling:

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    Banned

    if your mum is active.. I would buy her a Xbox 360 and rock band drums!!.... rock on granny!!!:gift:

    Original Poster

    i have to say my mum is probably closer to the xbox idea than anything!

    Elder people do not like to be left out all this time of the year - even though they do not complain about it. What about a cooking book where you/family can perhaps join in and cook a dish or two for a special meal from a recipe? If she is more active than you, then let her join in the preparation too. This way, you can always do different pages on different weeks/months ahead - giving her the choice of choosing the next dish. Who said a cooking book is only for Christmas? :-)

    NB: Whilst choosing recipes/ingredients, please be careful of anything she cannot/should have.

    BTW, you can get superb cooking books in newish condition from most charity shops at a quid or two, so you are not really breaking the bank. I would go for more traditional books, rather than trendy Gary Rhodes/Jamie Oliver/'F-word man' etc... but you never know if she likes their dishes.

    royston;3557138

    I will hope and pray my boys think like that when they are older … I will hope and pray my boys think like that when they are older :whistling:



    ha ha x me too royston x and the minute i am lucky if i can get them to brush there teeth !! :-D

    Ticket for a show or play she might like?

    My Gran (72!) has a ds lite and LOVES brain training!! We got her a course for 'silver surfers' at her local college last year for christmas...now she's never off MSN!
    - Any old films she really liked on dvd
    - an ipod filled with her fave songs from when she's out and about
    - magazine/dvd subscription
    71 in my family is very young...my other gran just turned 98 and wants the transformers dvd for christmas and she thought she was 'a bit old to be going to see cartoons at the cinema'!!!

    Original Poster

    Hotdealguy that is a v sweet idea, however when say my mum is active i mean she is really active!! most people who meet her wouldnt believe her age, she is amazing,does a toddler group twice a week and cubs and scouts, she sells stuff on ebay, she is more like a 50 year old really!! she also is an amazing cook with lots of recipe books already - she is v like myself in that if there is something she wants then she goes and gets it!!a proper nightmare to buy gifts for!!!!!!!

    Original Poster

    yep 70 is young in my family!! my great aunt is turning 100 next year!!thanks for those ideas

    getting my mum a talking bird of some kind ,,,,fed up with her talking to herself ,,,,,,
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