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Old 12-06-2019, 06:18 PM
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Looking for Christmas help here. My parents are 70 and have everything they could possibly need and they always say ďdonít get us anythingĒ. My kids love to give them gifts but Iím at a total roadblock. I have no ideas at all. Iíve googled Ďgifts for people that have everythingí more times than Iíd like to admit. Iíve found nothing. Neither has a hobby. Any ideas for people that have everything and if they want something can easily purchase it for themselves. Thanks for any and all suggestions!


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Old 12-07-2019, 01:20 AM
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How about?

Photos of family members with lovely frame

Gift certificate to car wash/oil change

Tickets to concert or movie
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Old 12-07-2019, 03:11 AM
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Maybe plan a getaway/travel gift? Gift card for a state park?
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Old 12-07-2019, 03:11 AM
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I would also suggest tickets to a movie theater or concert/show if possible. I am lucky in that my parents winter in a place where there is a Performing Arts Center so that's what I get them every year . I have been doing this for five or six years now since they moved there. I also visit them on my February break and this year I got tickets to a show that I can go to also :-)
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:11 AM
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What about a quilt that has a collage of pictures on it? You can order them from any place that does pictures (Walmart, Walgreens, Shutterfly, ....). I got my mom one and she still talks about it.

I get my in-laws gift cards to restaurants every year because they love to go out to eat. They also use their Keurig a lot, so we get them a box of random Keurig drink pods.


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Old 12-07-2019, 05:13 AM
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A photo album with either older or current pictures of the family that they can show their friends?
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:16 AM
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When people say not to get them anything, I don't give them a gift. I don't understand why people feel the need to do so.

If you are determined to give them something, a framed photo of your family might be the way to go.
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:33 AM
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We did experience gifts for my in laws. We gave Dh parents tickets to a Broadway show, dinner, and a car service to get there and home. They loved it. They also didnít need anything. I told this to a good friend and now she does the same thing with her siblings as a gift for their parents. You could do a concert, dinner, movies, or any experience.
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:39 AM
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Restaurant gift certificates or tickets to a show. Or a bottle of wine. We love gifts like that. Consumable. Do not need another thing in my house!
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:48 AM
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More than anything from my DS, i would like an experience with him and his fiancee. I don't need stuff, and love to have 'experiences', but I really would like to do it with them.


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Old 12-07-2019, 11:31 AM
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I have told my children that we don't want any gifts because we are trying to declutter. Gift certificates to restaurants, concerts, movies, theater, etc. are more appropriate for us at this stage of life.
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:58 AM
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My kids have very little money...I asked them for a nice current family photo. I already have a frame, and I would take the photo in a digital format and get it printed to fit the frame.

Yep, they probably really, really donít need a thing!

Gifts of activities, tickets to events, etc are great.

If they live close, how about dinner at your house once a week or once a month?

Or some nice food treats? Consumable gifts are good options.

Kids can give coupon books for chores, hugs, and activities together.

If your parents might like it, a donation in their name to a cause that is important to them might be good.

Look around their house...are they making do with shabby towels, sheets, or PJs? Socks or underwear? (If you are close enough to be aware...)
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:58 AM
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As a grandparent, what I would like is to do something as a family. Science center, museum, play area, zoo, etc. Maybe arrange something like that?
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Old 12-07-2019, 02:34 PM
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An experience. Gift certificate for a restaurant they like or would like, tickets to a show, gift card for a class they would like to go to, or invite them along for a first annual "Day of Fun" with activities planned that everyone will enjoy. Give them the gift of your time and company, something to do instead of something to have.
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Old 12-07-2019, 02:49 PM
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Gift card to a restaurant
Tickets to a museum
Omaha Steaks
Gift Card to a Food Market
Theater Tickets
Movie Tickets
Car Detailing Gift Card
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Old 12-07-2019, 03:59 PM
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I'm working on seeing about paying for a couple visits from a cleaning lady for my mom.
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:14 PM
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If my kids ask, like your parents, I always say I don't want anything. One year they gave me this
https://ineedit.club/you-said-you-wanted-nothing-box/

Note: I would not have held a grudge. Actual gift was a joint one with DH. Tickets to see Jay Leno
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:13 AM
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I make a Christmas ornament with the kids pictures every year. That satisfies my want to get them something and their need to not receive anything they don't want/need.


One year I got them phone covers with a picture of all of the grandkids. That was a hit!
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