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Old 11-24-2021, 05:17 AM
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Since y'all gave such great ideas for adult children, how about some for my mom? She's almost 80, widowed, stays home a lot, likes puzzles and playing cards with her friends sometimes. All her kids/grandkids live nearby.


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Old 11-24-2021, 06:39 AM
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She has the greatest gift her family nearby and friends!



Nice paper napkins and plates for when her friends come to play cards.
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Old 11-24-2021, 06:47 AM
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Lunch or dinner dates once a week or month?

New slippers? Comfy cardigan. Gift box with small serving size ďjust add waterĒ type things for soups or mug cakes. Special teas or hot chocolates. Hot cocoa bombs. Cookie of the month club?

My parents are mostly at home but trying to get rid of extra stuff. Christmas is hard. I did hickory farms last year and Omaha steaks before. This year I am wrapping snack items for the Christmas countdown. 25 chocolates, chips and crackers for them to open until Christmas Day. I got slippers and Jammieís for the day of Christmas. We will see how it goes. I will not see them over Christmas.
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Old 11-24-2021, 06:52 AM
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I think we are all craving time with loved ones and experiences. Would she like a trip to an exhibit or performance with you? Many museums and theatres have reopened with limited numbers and health guidelines. If she has trouble getting around, use a wheelchair. Combined with a meal it would be a fun outing.
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Old 11-24-2021, 06:54 AM
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I gave services a few years.
a window washing service
hairdresser gift certificate
4 hour house cleaner


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Old 11-24-2021, 07:36 AM
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Iím 70 and widowed and I donít need much. I appreciate comfy/cozy clothes (maybe a supersoft cardigan), loungewear, and jammies. I like soft and comfortable. I donít cook much (I just canít make sense of cooking for 1), so I appreciate food gifts.
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Old 11-24-2021, 08:19 AM
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I love gifts from the heart.

*A letter from you telling her how much her being a mom has meant to you over the years. Include special memories, as well as everyday things that you remember. I'm currently typing one up for a loved on on Google Docs. I work on it a little each night and/or as memories come to me. I'll print it out and bind it into a book for Christmas. (It's currently 18 typed pages long, so more book form than letter form).

*52...Jar (see attachment). One to open each week for the next year. I made each of my 3 children one of these one year and they cherished it! You could change the wording...52 wonderful memories, etc.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:07 AM
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Last Christmas, my sis yet and I gave my mom a 6 month subscription for a puzzle a month. She loved it!!
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:55 AM
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Adding on: I also did the jar and it was a huge hit. One of the things most loved was specific memories of things they’d done/said as kids/teens. I’m certain an older parent would love it even more, and I’m strong in advising you to be specific.
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:37 AM
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A photo frame where family can upload photos to and someone to manage the photo folders has been one of our enjoyments.


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Old 11-24-2021, 02:44 PM
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My MIL got one of these. She refuses to use it because she has to plug it in and it uses electricity. So....its in a drawer still in the box with our pics loaded on it. She is 88 so we don't say too much.
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Old 11-24-2021, 05:53 PM
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Maybe you could coordinate with local family and have someone bring takeout or take her out for a meal once a week/month. She would get something different to eat and some company.
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Old 11-25-2021, 04:56 PM
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I always send my parents candy, honeybell oranges, cookies, cakes/pastries through out the year. Maybe there is a favorite thing your mom likes. I sent mine for her birthday some Hamantaschen, Rugelach, Babka & Raisin Challah. I also include a couple boxes of her favorite teas. We are not Jewish, but my mom has always loved the above and I order them from a Jewish Bakery in NYC. I also send her Honey from Zac & Zoe's.

This year I bought my mom pants & turtle neck shirt with a cardigan. In the past pjs and robe.
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Thanks!
Old 11-26-2021, 09:48 AM
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Y'all are awesome as always! So many great ideas! I'm saving some of these ideas for her birthday and Mother's Day later since I always struggle with what to get her.

Thank you!
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