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Thread: I need suggestions! Please?

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    Ok quick explaination. My last hubby died in a car crash. I'am still very close to his mom, who is a wonderful lady that raised 8 kids on her own. I live in Ohio and she lives in Alabama now. In July she is coming to visit, and the family is giving her a suprise b.d. party for her 92nd birthday. Can ya guess? I give her something every year, and now I'm just out of ideas. She is a quilter, but thats getting hard for her now, so thats out. Pictures and windchimes are out too. Any ideas?

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    note cards /occasion cards with stamps

    fruit of the month--give all year

    memory quilt of family that you make

    prepaid phone card

    Rita

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    Why not give her a needlepoint kit? Get one of the nicer ones from a shop that specializes in needlepoint rather than from a craft shop like Michael's - it's frustrating to work with a low-quality kit.

    The large holes in a needlepoint canvas and the thicker, blunt-pointed needles may be easier for her to work with. You can find a picture or pattern that will be meaningful to her.

    If she doesn't already have an outdoor garden, you could buy her a container gardening kit. They even have mini greenhouse kits, where it's a little 3-shelf unit with a plastic covering and you put the potted plants on the shelves.

    Or you could buy her a terrarium or again, give her a kit.

    A magazine subscription?

    A fun hat, purse, or other accessory?

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    Boy I hope I look that good at her age, Lord willing I live that long. I have to agree with the memory quilt because I imagine she has all that she needs. Maybe a gift card to a store that she likes to shop at.

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    My grandma was a pistol. She was born deaf, raised 9 kids (8 of them boys) and lived to be 96. She was also a practical joker. FOr her 90th birthday, my siblings and I got her a super soaker water gun. She wore it out and was working on her 2nd when she passed. Give her something fun.

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    Spend time with her - - -

    Tell her - again - how much she means to you --

    Write a history/diary/memory book of things that she did that were meaningful to you and your family that she can take out and read now and then -

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    What a bunch of beautiful ladies!!!!!!! She is really pretty for 91! Sure doesnt look her age.
    I would do pretty stationary with stamps.....or somme type of special food she buys? Pretty candle? We always buy our Granma stuff she can use up, because she has too much stuff!

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    What a nice family. Your mom-in-law looks awesome. Wow.
    I like the memory quilt idea with stationaries. Or Memory pillows if she has no space to hang a quilt. Jewelry box with jewelry in it would be a nice gift. Gift certificate to her favorite store. Teas. Tea set. Garden ornaments. Diane Phalen picture to hang. Ohhhh I got, it a puppy. Naaaaa. Sorry I just had to through that one in. Good luck. Have a wonderful visit. That will probably the best part of her birthday is seeing family :thumbup:

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    If she is a coffee drinker, some of the little sample bags of different flavors and blrends. Millstone has some good ones, and I'm sure there are lots of others. And a coffeepot that makes about 2-4 cups., oh! some biscotii for dunking!

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    Quilted sachets for her drawers or a nice tote bag. Clay pots with potting soil and herb and flower seeds and small gardening tools for the windowsill. A jigsaw puzzle. A camera. A nice journal with pen so she can write her memoirs. Scrap book stuff with pictures of everyone over the years that she can put together.

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    She is wearing jewelry in the photo. Maybe a new Mothers ring. Thank you for sharing the photo with us. It is very good. /Regards, Dorothy

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    What a beautiful trio of woman!! You all take good care of yourselves. Bravo!

    Gifts- I can't come up with anything that hasn't always been mentioned. I always gave my grandmother notecards because she used so many....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    My grandma was a pistol. She was born deaf, raised 9 kids (8 of them boys) and lived to be 96. She was also a practical joker. FOr her 90th birthday, my siblings and I got her a super soaker water gun. She wore it out and was working on her 2nd when she passed. Give her something fun.
    Eight boys?! Deafness would almost be a blessing. Sounds like a fun lady ;-)

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    I like the memory book idea. How 'bout having everyone who will be attending the birthday party writing a special memory or two and making up a photo album of the attendees and including their written memories?

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    how about some subscriptions to quilting magazines or a gift certificate to a quilt shop!

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    Are you a scrapper at all? Make up some pages with blanks for letters and take instant photos of everyone at the party....let them write her a message and then put their photo next to it... I did that for my mom one year, she loved it, and when she went to hospice, it went with her...

    Make her a purse...or maybe just give her flowers?

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    What are her interests... does she have a computer... set up a skype account with you. Setting it up on both computers is free...just google Skype and go from there. Does she have a favorite restaurant? What does she like to do... go for her interests.. good luck she looks like a lovely lady. Happy Birthday to her!

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    Have each special person in her life write her a letter and put them in a book along with a picture of that person. And the little one could draw a nice picture of one of their favorite things.

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    Does she like pets? Maybe a kitten to keep her company or a new puppy? I know they can be work to take care of, but also a lot of company...

    Also, I am a scrapbooker, and any time my family gives me stuff to use, or pages already done to add to my books, I love it.

    I also quilt, and a memory quilt with pictures of the family would be something she could show off and snuggle under while watching TV and enjoy for years to come.

    Does she exercise much? Maybe membership to a local gym or take her to the senior center to make new friends. A camera is also nice, she can document the things she has done and capture moments of everything she plans to do.

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    How about asking her what she wished she had tried (maybe not think skydiving or bungi jumping, altho...) in her life or places that she never got to see, and try to fulfill that wish for her.

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    A gift certificate to her favorite shop, salon or restaurant. Our son gave us a year of Netflex and my husband loves it.

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    P.S. Your daughter is beautiful! She looks like she could be a model!

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    Very nice looking women, Your Daughter is beautiful. At your Mom-in-law's age tickets for 2 at a nice restaurant and movie, if she has someone that could take her. Usually have all the knick knacks you want then some.

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    If she is on a fixed income and living in her own home, helping with one bill each month for the next year would be a great gift--My MIL always appreciated flowers--bouquets as well as potted flowers.

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    could you ask your mother's friends if they have any idea what she would want or need. I know even a voucher so she can buy what she really wants could help. being a quilter myself having unlimited amount for some of that SPECIAL fabric that may cost more than I can afford would be great. even getting extra batting to put away for a special quilt is always a good thing to have. There are always things for the sewing machine or even up grade her old one with an
    embroidery machine could help. Hope these suggestions help a little

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