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Freepers, help with gift ideas for a 93 year old grandmother

Posted on 12/20/2007 12:01:14 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan

Hey FReepers;

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.


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1 posted on 12/20/2007 12:01:15 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

digital photo frame?


2 posted on 12/20/2007 12:02:46 PM PST by absolootezer0 (white male christian hetero married gun toting SUV driving motorcycle riding conservative smoker)
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To: absolootezer0

Beat me to it!
(What he said ya’ll)


3 posted on 12/20/2007 12:03:42 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


4 posted on 12/20/2007 12:03:49 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


5 posted on 12/20/2007 12:05:16 PM PST by donnab (saving liberal brains...one moron at a time.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Name a star after her.

starregistry.com

???


6 posted on 12/20/2007 12:05:22 PM PST by Lexington Green (There ain't no news in the news no more.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


7 posted on 12/20/2007 12:05:32 PM PST by dellbabe68
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To: All

Excellant ideas!

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.


8 posted on 12/20/2007 12:06:10 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan ("When you can't make them see the light; make them feel the heat." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: donnab; All

That is a great idea too.

Everyone is so much more creative than I am.


9 posted on 12/20/2007 12:07:18 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan ("When you can't make them see the light; make them feel the heat." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


10 posted on 12/20/2007 12:07:40 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: Lexington Green

She already got one for her birthday.


11 posted on 12/20/2007 12:08:20 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


12 posted on 12/20/2007 12:09:25 PM PST by Excellence (Bacon Bits Make Great Confetti)
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To: wideawake

They are like “THE” gift in the nursing homes because the take up the space of one picture while storing 100’s.


13 posted on 12/20/2007 12:10:38 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
Here is a great site that has gifts you can send to the needy in Asia on her behalf.

Gospel for Asia Christmas Catalog

From the site: This is a place where you will find some very special Christmas gifts! Each gift represents an opportunity for you to bless a Dalit (“Untouchable”) family, or a native missionary, with a tangible expression of Jesus’ love this Christmas season.

14 posted on 12/20/2007 12:10:58 PM PST by JesusBmyGod (1 Corinthians 2:5, Jeremiah 29:11-13)
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To: 80 Square Miles

How about a warm and cozy quilt, pillows, high threadcount sheets and pillow shams?


15 posted on 12/20/2007 12:11:06 PM PST by Casie
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To: najida

My wife’s grandfather loves his. “Look, it’s everybody I want to see - not like that crap on TV!”


16 posted on 12/20/2007 12:12:12 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

World of Warcraft.

Ok, fine, how about a couple of books on tape that she would enjoy?


17 posted on 12/20/2007 12:12:17 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

You can never go wrong with photos.


18 posted on 12/20/2007 12:12:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

How about a long, long vacation for the Aunt? ;)


19 posted on 12/20/2007 12:12:44 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: Excellence

*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. :)


20 posted on 12/20/2007 12:12:46 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan ("When you can't make them see the light; make them feel the heat." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


21 posted on 12/20/2007 12:13:03 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: absolootezer0

That’s it.


22 posted on 12/20/2007 12:13:54 PM PST by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: wideawake

Exactly! To me, it’s one of the best inventions in the last 10 years. Couldn’t be better.


23 posted on 12/20/2007 12:13:54 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

A Harley-Davidson with nitrous injection.


24 posted on 12/20/2007 12:15:05 PM PST by Dinsdale
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
and bought her an acre on the moon. For her birthday, we named a star after her. Now we are at a loss.

And complete suckers for scam artists, apparently.

93, huh? Definitely not green bananas, then.

25 posted on 12/20/2007 12:15:49 PM PST by Sloth (Democrats and GOPers are to government what Jeffrey Dahmer and Michael Jackson are to babysitting)
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To: Excellence

Well how about getting granny a date with granpa Steve? Bet they’d both have a good time.


26 posted on 12/20/2007 12:21:32 PM PST by dblshot
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


27 posted on 12/20/2007 12:21:58 PM PST by MortMan (Have a pheasant plucking day!)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


28 posted on 12/20/2007 12:24:37 PM PST by trimom
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

I got my 92YO mom some Cabo Wabo tequila, some classic Cary Grant movies on dvd, and some shower gel.


29 posted on 12/20/2007 12:25:45 PM PST by holly go-rightly
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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?


30 posted on 12/20/2007 12:26:41 PM PST by Excellence (Bacon Bits Make Great Confetti)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


31 posted on 12/20/2007 12:28:25 PM PST by weegee (If Bill Clinton can sit in on Hillary's Cabinet Meetings then GWBush should ask to get to sit in too)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
I got my son-in-law's mom and dad memory books that have a daily question such as "Did you have any favorite songs?" or "What food did you learn to cook or prepare first as a youth?" They can fill it in and later give it to a grandchild or younger family member as an heirloom. Here are a couple of websites that have them:

Seniors.com

Amazon.com

I got mine for $10 each at Amazon, just do a search there for memory books.

32 posted on 12/20/2007 12:29:19 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Sloth

I don’t normally chastise folks, but your comment was both hateful and uncalled for.

It’s a shame you can’t buy class.


33 posted on 12/20/2007 12:30:16 PM PST by kimmie7
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

How about a Harley? Well... With gas prices and all, it might be more economical for her than a car.


34 posted on 12/20/2007 12:31:39 PM PST by Redcloak (Dingos ate my tagline.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


35 posted on 12/20/2007 12:33:29 PM PST by kimmie7
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
My boyfriends 86 yr old mother had the same mattress from the 1960’s(!!)—so we quizzed her a little bit about what type of mattresses she likes & we had a new set delivered. They took away the old one & put up the new, and she didn’t have to do a thing!! She was so happy & shocked.

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!

36 posted on 12/20/2007 12:34:49 PM PST by stylecouncilor (I'm a loner Dottie; a rebel.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


37 posted on 12/20/2007 12:35:58 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Dirtbike

(just kidding)


38 posted on 12/20/2007 12:37:13 PM PST by exile ("Get off my phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
Does she have a glider? They are so comfortable for anyone, and they have replaced rocking chairs in popularity with young families who have babies. Maybe other family members would be willing to contribute. You can find traditional or contemporary styles.


39 posted on 12/20/2007 12:44:04 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Books on tape if her eyes are weak.


40 posted on 12/20/2007 12:47:26 PM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


41 posted on 12/20/2007 1:01:36 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


42 posted on 12/20/2007 1:04:19 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Sloth

It would be my pleasure to take you on in a battle of insults.

NEVER MIND....YOU WIN!

Coal in your stocking this year?


43 posted on 12/20/2007 1:04:31 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Casie

Sounds good to me - anything to help her be comfortable pampered.


44 posted on 12/20/2007 1:16:56 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
From what you described, it sounds like the perfect gift would be. . .
Presto

The reviews at Amazon are very good

45 posted on 12/20/2007 1:41:41 PM PST by ZGuy (Everyone who goes to public school is a victim.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Get her OUT OF THERE!


46 posted on 12/20/2007 3:01:02 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

“World of Warcraft.”

I SECOND THAT.

Ilthbran; Lvl 64 Rogue; Duskwood.....


47 posted on 12/20/2007 3:54:28 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

A nice radio so she can listen to talk radio.


48 posted on 12/20/2007 4:13:29 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs for Christmas:))
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

bump


50 posted on 12/20/2007 9:36:16 PM PST by VOA
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