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Old 11-18-2019, 07:55 AM
 
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What gift or gifts do you get for your adult children? All mine are married now, so I'm thinking a small gift for each individually and a joint gift for the married couple. This year I am just drawing a blank with ideas.


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You’re sweet to try. Mine either give me lists/links or I give them money. We were on a strict budget when they were growing up, so we could never afford guess gifts; no huge surprises, but well received...so they’re used to telling me what they want/need. Hope that doesn’t sound too mercenary.
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They still give me lists and I still look for something special they didn’t ask for. Currently, I only have one SIL and he gets a gift that sometimes is more personal and sometimes is something they both can use.

Groupon has great deals on restaurants and local activities. They both love the car wash deals.
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DH and I usually give each adult child and spouse a small gift to open, and a check. Last year, they all got a fuzzy blanket and a $100 bill. Not original, but it works for us, and the kids are happy.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:54 AM
 
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I may go with money this year. Kids are all strapped for cash and settled enough to not need more stuff.

I am making Christmas stockings for each member of dd’s Family...but giving them before Christmas so they can use them this year.

Maybe a basket with a game and some treats...or a museum membership...or a basket of gourmet treats...or pay to have a nice family photo blown up and framed...or create a calendar with photos and note family birthdays and anniversaries on the calendar...or tickets to a play...or a gift certificate to go out to a nice dinner (and cash to pay a baby sitter if needed)...or a gift subscription to a favorite magazine (I like National Geographic)


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Amazon gift cards by email. So easy.
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We usually go with $100 restaurant gift certificate which comes with babysitting! If we spend the day with one, we may get gifts too. We’ve done the snuggly blankets for couches and nice new pillows for beds are always a winner.
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We are surprising DD#2 with the pair of LLBean boots she wants.
Hoping she won't have to pay duty taxes because I'm having them shipped direct.


Got DD#2 her Lindt chocolate fix today.
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I am fortunate that my DD lives nearby so I usually get us something to do together (i.e paint night, art class, museum tickets). I also suggest one or two dates so that we both put it on our calendars so we don't let the opportunity slip away.
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I'm getting this for my brother and sister-in-law. They love nature and love their garden. My brother has worked on creating a woodland path through most of his property and then they have flower beds up front and a garden to the side. These are metal spikes that pound into the side of a barn, fence, or tree. I will probably get the nuthatch since there are plenty of them around here.

I'm buying one for myself as well. I may get an owl since the dang crows like to visit outside my bedroom window in the morning.

https://metalbird.com/collections/the-birds?page=1


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Old 11-19-2019, 04:14 PM
 
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Or consider giving them an experience, like a pass to the National Parks for a year. Botanic Gardens, concert series, art museum, theater tickets, dinner out with baby sitting, family zoo pass, etc. We’ve done stuff like that and they always SEEM grateful.

I suppose if you’re still stuck, give to one of their favorite charities in their name? Or plant a tree type agencies to reforest the Amazon?

We give them something to open and money. Plus something for each grandchild and a contribution on their birthdays to a 529 for college someday.

Some thoughts outside the box, anyway.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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Thank you all for the ideas and thinking out of the box, too.

The metal wildlife was very interesting too, as I have never seen anything like those.
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:30 AM
 
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Well, I ask for lists. (One dil is particular about everything- I don't know that I have ever chosen the perfect gift for her on my own). We also try to include smaller surprises.

One son always likes "memberships" to various outdoor organizations, which include a subscription to hunting/fishing/hiking journals.

We often do a joint gift for each couple, and so can get something a little larger for their home.

I love the suggestion of "experience" gifts. We've done this for grandkids, but I've never thought about doing it for the adults!
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