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« on: December 05, 2005 11:17:29 AM »

Holiday time always brings this problem - I don't know what to buy my parents.

They're both forty-five, both work at the same company (my dad is the founder) & they have everything. We're in the middle of remodeling our house too, so I can't do something decorative that'll take up a lot of space. Neither have any specific hobbies. My dad likes to bike, skii & play guitar. My mom really likes Law & Order & staying in. All I can do is sew & maybe put together collages, but I'd prefer the first.

Any help will be GREATLY appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005 12:07:41 PM »

Does your father bike through the winter? You should sew a bike hat. It's something to keep your ears and head warm while you bike under your helmet. So it doesn't interfere with helmet safety it should be thin around the majority but thick around the ears and can possibly cover the neck if you wish. I have one, and I love it. For your mother, I'm not quite sure, but if she watches a lot of television, a lap blanket is always a good idea. Also, one can never have enough hot pads (If you do a set of twelve- one for each month- with different holiday/seasonal patterns they aren't restricted to match the decor of their kitchen).
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005 12:14:19 PM »

Do your parents collect anything?  For instance, I collect art glass birds, my late DH collected die cast classic cars.  So the kids always have had that to fall back on when they get stumped
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2005 11:11:46 AM »

Do your parents collect anything?  For instance, I collect art glass birds, my late DH collected die cast classic cars.  So the kids always have had that to fall back on when they get stumped
unfortunately not anything I can afford. My dad collects Guitars & bikes. I think I can scrape something up from the Law & order swap for my mom, but I'm still clueless about him. ]:
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2005 11:47:51 AM »

This isn't a main gift suggestion, but my aunt always throws in catalogues for things I like in my Christmas box. For instance, I really like See's chocolate but can't get them where I live so she puts the latest catalogue in the box for me or catalogues for random artisan yarns etc. You should pick up some catalogues of this year's Bianchi, Canondale, Specialized lines for him to drool over (especially the Bianchi Pista concept. oooo soooo nice).
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2005 03:44:26 PM »

ohhh, I feel for you!  I have parents that are almost impossible to buy for as well.  The lap blanket sounds like a good idea, or maybe a little TV tray for eating in bed or doing projects or whatever while watching Law & Order.  Matching TV trays (nice ones) as a set, maybe, served with breakfast in bed?  My dad has recently got into Sudoku, which is like a crossword puzzle involving numbers, so maybe your parents might be into that.  I assume you're looking for something tasteful, but if you wanted something silly you could make them matching tshirts, like "I heart skiing and -->" for him and "I heart Law & Order and <--" for her.  Ok, maybe that's too ridiculous...  My parents have this obnoxious dog that they absolutely dote on, so whenever I'm completely stumped I buy things for the dog, like little gourmet dog biscuits.  They like that.  Also been successful in the past: grow-your-own bonsai tree kit (they actually fought over that one), themed gifts of fancy food, and those little snakes that you put at the bottoms of doors to keep the drafts out.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2005 04:20:56 PM »

You mentioned that he likes to collect guitars,

maybe you could whip out a cool guitar strap for him?
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2006 08:40:40 AM »

My mom likes law and order so i drew a collage of all the peoples faces in SVU
She liked it and she hung it up....whee
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