Nest Book Club
Dear Community,

Our tech team has launched updates to The Nest today. As a result of these updates, members of the Nest Community will need to change their password in order to continue participating in the community. In addition, The Nest community member's avatars will be replaced with generic default avatars. If you wish to revert to your original avatar, you will need to re-upload it via The Nest.

If you have questions about this, please email [email protected]

Thank you.

Note: This only affects The Nest's community members and will not affect members on The Bump or The Knot.

NBR: What sorts of gifts do you buy for your elderly relatives?

Tis the season, eh?  I never know what to get my Granny.  She's blind in one eye, mobility impaired, doesn't like fruit, doesn't need junk (edible or otherwise), and I just don't know what to get her!  I go through this every year.  Last year I got her a nook gift card because she can make the text huge on the nook so she can see it, but I hate gift cards in general because I always feel like the recipient is judging how much you spent on the gift.  What do you get your elderly relatives for Christmas/birthdays/etc.?
image

Re: NBR: What sorts of gifts do you buy for your elderly relatives?

  • the only elderly relative that i have to buy for is my grandma. she's elderly only in age-85. she's very active and always doing things. i buy her paints that she likes  (she loves to paint) or new brushes or paper, jewelry, starbucks gift cards  (the lady loves her lattes), dinner etc..

    Friday, December 28 2012. The day I had emergency appendix surgery in Mexico and quit smoking. Proof that everything has a good side!! DH and I are happily child-free!! No due date or toddler tickers here!! my read shelf:
    Alison's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf) 
  • I normally make something. Or we do just pictures, they like to have new ones, something to always look at :-)

    image
    my read shelf:Jess (Shepherdjel)'s book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • My only elderly relative is my Mema and she's very active. This year I'm getting her the Downton Abbey companion books since we share a love for the show. For someone older who isn't as active or may not be as healathy, maybe some special lotions and candles?
    image image image
  • My gran loves Bath and Body Works, so I usually get her a gift set and something else, like pajamas, slippers, a new jacket or shirts for Florida.

    image
    My new bff Gayle Forman!

    “You can have your wishes, your plans, but at the end of the day, it's out of your control"
    - Gayle Forman
    "People talk about escapism as if it's a bad thing... Once you've escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn't have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality."
    - Neil Gaiman

    Married Bio

    Lizzie's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

  • For the past few years I've been getting my grandma a new game for her Wii. She plays it all the time, and I know she gets bored with her games. For my grandpa I usually get him a nice button up shirt, or something related to trains. He likes trains.  This year we can't afford to get them gifts, we're only buying for my nieces&nephews, but I know they will just appreciate us being there for Christmas. 

    I'm sure whatever you get her she will love!  

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    my read shelf:
    Jessica's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • I was thinking about lotions or something like that.  Candles are asking for trouble.  She's not that old in my book (76), but she's physically and mentally old and has been for about 10 years now.
    image
  • You could make her a little basket, fill it up with some lotions, a nice new robe, and a pair of slippers. 
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    my read shelf:
    Jessica's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • The only elderly relative I have is my grandma. Last year we got her a paperwhite bulb, and this year we're getting her some nice handsoap and lotion.
    image.
  • Instead of tthe giftcard for the Nook, you could gift her actual titles for the Nook that you would think she'd enjoy. It is much more personal that way.
  • image jlq2005:
    You could make her a little basket, fill it up with some lotions, a nice new robe, and a pair of slippers. 

    that's a great idea. if she's a bath person throw some bath salts in too. who doesn't like cozy slippers :)

    Friday, December 28 2012. The day I had emergency appendix surgery in Mexico and quit smoking. Proof that everything has a good side!! DH and I are happily child-free!! No due date or toddler tickers here!! my read shelf:
    Alison's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf) 
  • Books.  I just have my husband's grandmother to buy for, we may be all chipping in for an iPad for her this year.  
    image
    Books read in 2011: 111

    Books read in 2012: 100
    Books read in 2013: 75
    Books read in 2014: 130
    Books read in 2015: 98
    my read shelf:
    Jennifer's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • image alithebride:

    image jlq2005:
    You could make her a little basket, fill it up with some lotions, a nice new robe, and a pair of slippers. 

    that's a great idea. if she's a bath person throw some bath salts in too. who doesn't like cozy slippers :)

    I think this is a great idea but the nurse in me would like to remind you to make sure the slippers have a grippy bottom so she doesn't slide around and  break a hip. If it seems like you could wear it outside, that's probably best. 

    I usually make my grandma an ornament or wreath and include some practical things like fancy hand soaps and lotions. One year I gave her a Christmas cactus and she loved it. Still has it and it blooms twice a year.

    image



  • The gift of time.  My grandmothers always loved lunch dates, movie dates, seeing a play, an attraction etc.... with us.  They couldn't get there on their own, but loved to get out.  Plus, the time together was more valuable than any trinket.  It doesn't have to be over the holidays, it could be in the spring or something. 
  • My maternal grandparents are in their 70s but still very active. I usually get my grandma books and my grandpap stuff for golf or working outside. My paternal grandma is in her 70s and not very active at all. I usually get her something more sentimental like pictures or picture albums. Last year, I made up small photo albums of DD for all of the grandparents and great-grandparents. I like the gift of time idea. Maybe you could make up a cute little coupon book with ideas for outings she would enjoy.
    View Full Size ImageView Full Size ImageView Full Size Image
  • Both Grandmas are getting photo calendars with pictures of their kids/great grandkids, with all the birthdays/anniversaries/etc. already filled in.
  • We usually get my grandparents on my dad's side restaurant gift cards because they love going out to dinner and they actually go out most nights.

    My grandma on my mom's side - we give her some edibles (her appetite has decreased tremendously and she's lost a lot of weight, so any cookies/candies/crackers that she'll eat, we get her).  I've also gotten her some of those thick fuzzy warm socks, new slippers, movies, etc.  Like yours, my grandma's mobility is very limited and she lives alone, so she's tough to shop for.  I've also done things like taken her out for an afternoon/evening - lunch or dinner, a little shopping and just spending some time together.

    This year, we're making both sets of grandparents Shutterfly books of pics of DS.  But maybe a Shutterfly book of your family with pictures of all the kids and grandkids (and great grandkids if there are some)?  I find as all of my grandparents get older, they get more sentimental about having lots of pictures and since none of them are really tech-savvy, it's harder for them to actually get their hands on pictures, KWIM? 

    image  Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    We go together like a wink and a smile. June 27, 2009 
    Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker
    BabyFruit Ticker
    52 books in 2014?
    image       Kristina's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • image jlq2005:

    For the past few years I've been getting my grandma a new game for her Wii. She plays it all the time, and I know she gets bored with her games. For my grandpa I usually get him a nice button up shirt, or something related to trains. He likes trains.  This year we can't afford to get them gifts, we're only buying for my nieces&nephews, but I know they will just appreciate us being there for Christmas. 

    I'm sure whatever you get her she will love!  

    This is awesome!

     

    What about an audio book?

    52 Books in 2014??
    image
    image

    imageimageimageimage

    My sweet babies:
    imageimageimageimage

  • I always get my grandparents a shutterfly calendar. My grandpa has actually threatened to disown me if he doesn't get his calendar this year. He is so funny about it. 

    I also throw in one of their favorite treats. My grandpa loves those chocolate covered cherries and my gram loves anything chocolate.  

  • I'm definitely thinking B&BW now with slippers and the like.  I love the Christmas cactus idea, too.  I hate that she lives so far away (12.5 hours), and I really want to go for a visit but we have NO money right now--I can barely afford gifts!
    image
  • I always get something edible. By that age, my grandparents had all the stuff they needed. Most times I'd get a fancy bread or muffin mix from Cost Plus. Though if you're grandma is not up to baking, you could go with something premade, some nice jams or something.
    My favorite place on earth: The Amargosa Valley.
    image
  • image Passanie:
    I always get something edible. By that age, my grandparents had all the stuff they needed. Most times I'd get a fancy bread or muffin mix from Cost Plus. Though if you're grandma is not up to baking, you could go with something premade, some nice jams or something.

    I used to try to give edibles, but she doesn't like things that I can ship like fruit and nuts, and though she likes chocolate she's really overweight and unhealthy and I can't in good conscience contribute more junk to the stash she already keeps in her house.  We used to do Harry & David, but it just goes to waste.

    image
  • My Grandparent In Laws are getting one of the Lysol handsfree soap dispensers with refills. They are both in their 90's and aren't quite as mobile as they used to be. We will be topping that gift up with sweets of evey shape and size. They love their sweets. My Grandma is getting a new pair of fluffy pj pants. She is currently known for her Hannah Montana fluffly pj pants. I got her a rockin' pair of fluffy Hello Kitty's. She is going to love them.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards