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Topic: My granny's 80th birthday... Very stuck on ideas!  (Read 1266 times)
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« on: February 06, 2007 10:44:42 AM »

Hello!  Cheesy

It's my granny's 8oth birthday in 2 weeks time! But as usual I'm totally stuck on what to make.

She's lived all her life in Ireland (in the country) and is religious. She has loads of grand kids (me including, duh Grin ) and she lives in a sheltered housing err... thingie.
She likes doing cross-words and reading, but she dosnt do much cooking or anything that demands to much energy.

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2007 07:46:50 PM »

A few ideas both purchased and created:
A family photo DVD slideshow
A family photo lap quilt or wallhanging using iron-on inkjet transfer paper (LOVE this stuff)
large-print crossword books or Sodoku
pre-paid cell phone for calls to grandkids :-)
super-soft slippers/pillowcases
A trip to the salon to get her hair/nails done
A photo calendar (daily or monthly -- you can do it on your computer for free!)
My mom (who is 73) just loves those "Chicken Soup for the <whatever> Soul" books.  I buy them for her for 50 cents to a few bucks on half.com, and make fun bookmarks for her using ribbon and rainbow felt.
I  hope that helps!
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007 02:40:55 PM »

I made my grandmother a bunch of notecards and sent her some stamps with them.  She loved it because not only does she have lots of children and grandchildren, but she is really hard of hearing and it's hard for her to talk on the phone.  For older generations, cards are always good because (at least in my family) they don't use email and who doesn't enjoy getting mail?!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2007 03:26:58 PM »

Grandparents seem to like mail. A lot. I agree so much with you, Poleyism.

Perhaps if you wrote some letters, bought a load of stamps, and sent her something once a week/month for a year?
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2007 03:04:24 AM »

80 reasons why you love her?

I'm in Ireland too Smiley

Maybe get her some books from the 1920s/1930s the decade in which she was born. If she's into history, it was a time of great change in Irish history, with the Irish civil war and such.

A scarpbook with 80 pictures, maybe cut out from magazines and photos, etc. Of things she likes?

« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007 01:36:42 PM »

I usually make things for grandparents' gifts. Here are some I've done in the past:

Took a photo of her & her family (husband and kids) and did a drawing of it, matted and framed it (the drawing wasn't great, but she liked it anyway!)

Cross-stitched a pretty design on an afghan

Made a lap quilt

Embroidered a pair of pillowcases

Decoupaged picture frames

Did a painting of flowers

I think when I was younger, I made some wreaths and baskets.  Have probably also made some jewelry...

Items I bought:
Native American pottery
Pretty flowery wreath
Flowers (can't go wrong!)
Massaging pillow (if you have something like Sharper Image or Brookstone, they have great stuff for people who are hard to shop for!)
Corn pillow that you microwave to warm up

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