Skip to comments.Freepers, help with gift ideas for a 93 year old grandmother
Posted on 12/20/2007 12:01:14 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan
I'm in desperate need of help. My husband's grandmother is 93, and we want to get her something nice for Christmas. She doesn't wear jewelry, or garden, or really do much of anything other than what my husband's aunt tells her to do. (Long story). We used to see her all the time when she lived with my husband's father, but after he passed, his sister/my husband's aunt moved Nana in with her and Christmas is the only time we're "invited" (thus permitted) to see her.
We want to get her something special and nice, but I have no idea what to get her. Last year we had a calender made of my father-in-law's pictures, and bought her an acre on the moon. For her birthday, we named a star after her. Now we are at a loss. I was going to do something nice with all the pictures she gave to us after my father-in-law's passing, but I know the aunt will throw them away.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
digital photo frame?
Beat me to it!
(What he said ya’ll)
My 2 cents: Lotion. My grandmother always asked for lotion - she said it was because as she aged her skin became drier, and she was always using lotion. She also asked for postage stamps and stationery - it was difficult for her to get out and about and get them. Neither of those are as cool as naming a star, but they are very practical.
My 80 something yr old Aunt has a favorite chair that she likes to sit in at the beach because because she loves the view. I took a picture of the view from her chair, blew it up and framed it. She now can look at it in the winter from her favorite chair at home.
Find something that gives her that kind of pleasure,or if she likes a certain snack, arrange to have it sent to her once a month. She gets a double kick...getting a package and enjoying the treat.
Name a star after her.
A pedicure! At a nice place. Brief them ahead of time so they handle her with kid gloves. And a manicure. Not that these are big things, but she might appreciate them.
The star idea was very nice.
Thank you guys.
I hadn’t even thought of lotion...and the digital photo frame is an excellant way to get her the pictures of her son.
That is a great idea too.
Everyone is so much more creative than I am.
I have to second the digital photo frame idea. It’s a photo album you don’t need to lug around - and at that age, taking a photo album down from a shelf and turning the pages can be a chore.
She already got one for her birthday.
Something she can consume immediately. Something the aunt won’t be able to throw away before granny manages to consume it. I got granpa Steve chocolate truffles for his 95th. He loved them. Maybe petit fours. Or a very tiny bottle of really good Bourbon. Fresh Sushi. Imagine granny telling aunty “go to hell” as she pops it in her mouth.
They are like “THE” gift in the nursing homes because the take up the space of one picture while storing 100’s.
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How about a warm and cozy quilt, pillows, high threadcount sheets and pillow shams?
My wife’s grandfather loves his. “Look, it’s everybody I want to see - not like that crap on TV!”
World of Warcraft.
Ok, fine, how about a couple of books on tape that she would enjoy?
You can never go wrong with photos.
How about a long, long vacation for the Aunt? ;)
*LOL* That’s our dream come true. I shouldn’t be cruel; the aunt isn’t a bad person, she just has a different perspective on life than we have, and my father-in-law had. His death sort of took the “gumption” out of Nana.
We usually get her Godiva chocolates as a side gift every year too. If we could get her to drink Christmas Eve would be interesting. :)
Pre stamped and addressed cards, birthday,anniversary,graduation,etc.and a calendar with the dates marked so that she can keep up with the family celebrations.
Exactly! To me, it’s one of the best inventions in the last 10 years. Couldn’t be better.
A Harley-Davidson with nitrous injection.
And complete suckers for scam artists, apparently.
93, huh? Definitely not green bananas, then.
Well how about getting granny a date with granpa Steve? Bet they’d both have a good time.
Write her a long letter, telling all about the good things you have learned from her, emphasizing how much she has meant to you and your spouse. It’ll help clear the air, so when she’s gone you never have that “I should’ve...” feeling, and it will be a treasure for her while she is still here.
That’s how it was with my Dad.
Boxes of mixed greeting cards and postage stamps. Gift cards from ANY mass merchandisers, like Sears, JC Penney, etc. DVD’s of old movies. Even gift cards for local sit-down restaurants.
My mom lives with us and honestly, if family members send her any more candy or clutter, I’ll SCREAM. The gift cards allow them to be generous to others (buy ten $10 cards rather than one $100), keep in touch with friends, etc. or treat a loved one to a meal.
I got my 92YO mom some Cabo Wabo tequila, some classic Cary Grant movies on dvd, and some shower gel.
I like “do” presents. Movie tickets, restaurant certificates, things a person can do rather than have. How about an XM radio so she can listen to 40s music?
American Masters aired a real nice documentary on Les Paul who is 93 (or maybe a little older now) and still playing at least 2 shows a week (he has a weekly 2 show gig in NYC on Mondays).
The documentary has been released to DVD and is widely available.
I got mine for $10 each at Amazon, just do a search there for memory books.
I don’t normally chastise folks, but your comment was both hateful and uncalled for.
It’s a shame you can’t buy class.
How about a Harley? Well... With gas prices and all, it might be more economical for her than a car.
I’ll put my two cents in for the frame as well as the lotion. I think it’s lovely that you so want to make her happy.
She hasn’t slept better in years!
They can be pretty pricey, but a lot of the smaller stores have great deals to compete with the dept. stores.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
A basket of some of her favorite treats that she may not normally get like special candies or cookies, soups, teas or coffee, cheeses, etc. plus some essentials like thankyou notes, stamps, birthday cards.
Books on tape if her eyes are weak.
I scanned the replies and did not see the suggestion of a very “soft and cuddly” cape style sweater. Preferably with pockets for the inevitable hanky.
My experience tells me that being chilly is almost always a problem. Washable and extra soft! “Cushy” small pillows are very nice for padding chair arms etc.
The things you have done are very thoughtful.
What about a TV series. For example, perhaps the first season of the waltons (to get started). It might jog some good memories for her plus it is a pretty good family show. Of course it could be any TV show that she can “relate too”. Maybe she was a big Dallas fan back in the day...you know what I mean...lol.
It would be my pleasure to take you on in a battle of insults.
NEVER MIND....YOU WIN!
Coal in your stocking this year?
Sounds good to me - anything to help her be comfortable pampered.
The reviews at Amazon are very good
Get her OUT OF THERE!
“World of Warcraft.”
I SECOND THAT.
Ilthbran; Lvl 64 Rogue; Duskwood.....
A nice radio so she can listen to talk radio.
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