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Christmas Gifts
updated: Dec 07, 2012, 11:06 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What kind of Christmas gift do you get for the woman who has everything? My mother is incredibly hard to shop for and each year I struggle to find a present. I'm trying to think of something creative and thoughtful but my brain is struggling. Any ideas?

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 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:12 AM

Buy Made in America

Tervis.com

 

 COMMENT 351364 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:17 AM

Something creative..something she can't buy. Maybe a family photo or family scrapbook. You don't have to be creative yourself just get the idea and there are people out there that will make it perfect for you! Good luck.

 

 COMMENT 351368 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:31 AM

nothing

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:34 AM

Agree with the creativity. One year I made my mom a desk calendar with family photos through shutterfly.com. It was a huge hit and she asks for the calendar every year now.

You can also make photobooks and scrapbooks online that's easy and fun to do.

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:37 AM

Facials, massages, gift cards at her favorite places. Coupon books for your time with her.

 

 COMMENT 351374P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:50 AM

A generous donation to her three favorite non-profits?

 

 COMMENT 351376 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 11:54 AM

Go the Santa Barbara Sunday Art Walk along Cabrillo Blvd. Lots of one of a kind gifts Made in America.

 

 COMMENT 351383 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:17 PM

Kiva.com gift cards!

 

 COMMENT 351384P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:22 PM

How about a gift certificate to Kiva? It's a gift that keeps on giving: http://www.kiva.org/gifts/kiva-cards

 

 COMMENT 351385P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:24 PM

Whoops, SREV. You got in before me (though it is dot org, not dot com).

 

 COMMENT 351390P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:39 PM

A gift certificate for a store that carries comfortable shoes that look great. Shoe brands that I'm familiar with are Aerosoles, Trotters, Naturalizer.There's probably more.

SB Axxess book.We've been using this for about six years.

If she likes hats, a gift certificate from The Green and Yellow Basket.They have other things but I couldn't tell you what they are since my mission on each of the six visits were for a hat.

 

 COMMENT 351394 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:46 PM

a blank check?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 12:57 PM

Something she enjoys..My mother has everything but she loves reading James Patterson books. Through Amazon I can order and pay for them before they come out so they arrive at her home within a day of release.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:03 PM

There is nothing more precious than the gift of your time. It is hard not knowing her likes and physical (as opposed to chronologic) age and your budget. A dinner and show/play/concert in LA and a stay in a hotel she would enjoy, a trail ride at Circle Bar-B plus or minus the dinner and show, a day of working in her yard and letting her boss you around (ok, just going on my own experience here), private or group wine tasting, the casino? I think stuff becomes less important over time. Plan something with her that she would enjoy, whatever that may be.

 

 COMMENT 351400P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:03 PM

I agree with 374P about making donations to charity. There are some great non-profits out there. Most of us don't need more possessions.

 

 COMMENT 351402P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:15 PM

The gift of quality time is good - how about compiling a list of questions about her life to share with the present and future generations? There are books that have one fill in the blanks to obtain a fuller picture of the loved one's life. Also, be prepared for some unexpected responses. Am grateful I did this with both my parents. A local guy compiled photographs and did a video of my Mom's life which is a private listing on youtube for others to appreciate also.

 

 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:17 PM

How about an upper level membership to Lotusland and / or Casa del Herrero to share with friends and family a beautiful place in Santa Barbara?

 

 COMMENT 351405 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:21 PM

A baby

 

 COMMENT 351409 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:27 PM

home cooked meal with you for dessert

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:39 PM

Not for your Mother@09 lol

 

 COMMENT 351428 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 01:57 PM

I'll be the third to say, your time is the best gift.

 

 COMMENT 351433 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 02:11 PM

I fourth the suggestion of time together.

You might also write her a handwritten letter, telling her of your memories and your thoughts about her and you, of what she means and has meant to you, of her role in your life, and of how much it means. There is nothing you could give her that will mean more to her than this--and if you combine it with time together throughout 2013 you will give the ultimate gift..

 

 COMMENT 351441P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 02:54 PM

When my mother-in-law turned 80, we (her 3 kids, 2 daughters-in-law and 3 grandchildren) contributed a list of 10 things we love about my MIL (8 relatives X 10 things = 80). My SIL formatted it and laminated it to give to my MIL. Some were sweet, like "her empathy and caring," and others were humorous, like "the way her pace picks up as she approaches a store." My MIL loved this gift -- better than anything money could buy.

 

 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 03:31 PM

Penicillin

It will cure most everything

 

 COMMENT 351465 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 03:51 PM

Does she like animals? How about sponsoring an animal at a local shelter that is in need of surgery or funding for special circumstances....my husband did that for me on my 40th and it was the best present anyone has ever given me. EVER.

 

 COMMENT 351475 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 04:06 PM

Get her a box big enough to hold everything.

Then leave.

 

 COMMENT 351482 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 04:10 PM

a spa day...

 

 COMMENT 351488 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 04:22 PM

You could go a little further than a letter and write stories about your memories of her. Maybe childhood, or even adulthood.

Charitible donations are good too!!

 

 COMMENT 351495 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 04:37 PM

We solved this issue by creating a hand-made "gift card" with a list of possible things that we could do together, or that we could make happen on her behalf. We added a couple of lines labelled "Your idea here....". The first line was a whale-watching trip on the Condor Express. She went for that one big time! The best gift ever.

 

 COMMENT 351497 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 04:40 PM

You can never have too many massages. Buying a year of NetFlix is also always appreciated. Or if she doesn't have a Kindle, the new Paperwhite is great.

 

 COMMENT 351506P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 05:11 PM

Does she own a fully restored vintage railcar? If not, you'll certainly amaze and impress her with this uber-cool gift! How about quality time together on a vintage railcar trip along the beautiful central coast, sponsored by the South Coast Railroad Museum? Enjoy the Saturday, February 16th "Sweetheart Special" daytrip on a magnificent fully restored 1956 "Vista-Dome" vintage railcar! Roundtrip from SB and Goleta to San Luis Obispo. Sit back, sip your favorite vintage and enjoy 360 degree views of green coastal bluffs, Vandenberg AFB launch sites and private ranches from the Vista-Dome. Lunch and sweet treats for your Valentine are included in the fare. Gift certificates are available by calling Terry at:805-680-0397. Or go online: https://store.goletadepot.org and save money on $102.00/person fare. $99 when booked online. Seats are going quickly.

 

 COMMENT 351510 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 05:17 PM

A digital frame loaded with family photos. I scanned 800 photos from old family albums and gave them to her on a digital frame. Also gave her boxed sets of notecards made from paintings by family members, including kids.

 

 COMMENT 351514 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 05:26 PM

If she truly has "Everything" - may I suggest a subscription to Modern Hoarder magazine.

 

 D8VANILLA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 06:06 PM

Sign up for a cooking class that you can do together. My daughter and I did that at the Santa Barbara Inn with Chef Isabel and we had a wonderful time. Small group met at the restaurant. Then, we decide as a group on our menu. Then, we drive to the Farmers Market to get fresh produce. Then, go back and watch the Chef prepare the food. Then, we all enjoy a 3 course meal, including dessert, and with several different wines.

 

 COMMENT 351546P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 07:34 PM

One gift idea - promise your Mom you'll always take care of her and make sure her future will not be in a "retirement home."

 

 COMMENT 351563 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 08:34 PM

Macaroni picture. Moms love those. If my mom was still around, she'd get a kick out of that and probably hang it on the living room wall.

 

 COMMENT 351604P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 02:38 AM

514. That's pretty darn funny.

546. You rock. I'd say 98% of moms don't want to move from their homes.

OP: Make that promise (see 546), make sure she knows you're serious. Then, follow through. Peace of mind at her age is a jewel beyond price.

Don't forget to make her that macaroni picture, a self-portrait, along with a handmade card. (Good one, 563.)

 

 COMMENT 351608 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 06:18 AM

At first I laughed at 351546P, thinking sarcastically that nothing screams Christmas spirit quite like promising dear old Mom that you won't lock her away in a retirement home.

But then I re-read Matthew chapter 2, and while the three wise men did bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus, their REAL gift was not returning to King Herod to tell him the whereabouts of Christ so that Herod could kill him or "put him away".

So I guess the no-retirement-home gift isn't a bad one after all.

 

 NMEYER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 07:08 AM

A Gift Certificate for The Ultimate Decleor Aromatherapy Facial at Skin Deep...it is truly one of the most beautiful gifts of nurturing and relaxation - for anyone at any age. We have hundreds of customers who give this special treatment to others each year - it is one that many would not consider doing for themselves...and a gift that is never forgotten.

 

 COMMENT 351622 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 07:09 AM

Chippendales gift cert

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 07:41 AM

You might also consider a new portrait of yourself. Moms love photos and a neat idea a friend used: in a double, hinged frame, her 5th grade school picture and a current head shot, same pose, done in sepia and hand colored.

I'd team this with ANY of the wonderful suggestions made here, other than those playful attempts at comedy. But maybe some comedy in her life wouldn't be so bad either.

Above all else, a big old hug and a juicy kiss on the cheek, maybe a tear of gratitude or two.

 

 COMMENT 351649 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 08:30 AM

How about nothing? Give something to someone else in need and do it in her name!

 

 COMMENT 351652P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 08:32 AM

475, LOL.

 

 COMMENT 351657 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 08:39 AM

A Vacation !

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 09:04 AM

How about a photo of someone she loves, beautifully framed?

Or a generous offering to a charity in her name. People who have everything often don't want any more things.

 

 COMMENT 351700 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 09:59 AM

Heifer Internaltion, Unity Shop, Catholic Charities, CALM......there are so many who have nothing when she has so much

 

 COMMENT 351721 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 10:59 AM

Modern Hoarder! I was just about to click off and Modern Hoarder came into view. Bust out laughing. THIS is why I used to read edhat daily... Most other posts have gone snarky or frankly, not very creative. Funny. Thank you.

 

 GRANNYFRANNY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 01:04 PM

I agree with several comments: make a donation in her name to a good nonprofit; Santa Barbara's own Direct Relief Foundation, Hospice, etc. -- or Habitat for Humanity.

 

 COMMENT 351744 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 01:30 PM

First go to the library and see if they have the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If not --BUY it.
It is worth the price.

Most people give what THEY want --how they feel most loved.

Instead this book/short quiz will help you know more about her and how SHE most experiences feeling loved: (and visa versa)

+quality time
+words of affirmation
+gifts
+acts of service
+physical touch

Then you will know how to best show her you like/love --care for her.

Karen T. Marriage and Family Therapist.

 

 COMMENT 351776P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 05:12 PM

Google friends of Woni Kenya and donate to help drill a water well in. Africa. Every well drilled allows dozens, if not hundreds of girls to go to school where, now, they spend their days walking to retrieve water for their family.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 06:26 PM

A gift of your time to do some things around the house she can't do for herself - handyman type stuff. OR anoher gift of your time - a day with her - breakfast out,a walk on the beach, a drive to the valley - nice lunch and afternoon.

 

 COMMENT 351793P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 06:35 PM

Take her out to The Rack at The Music Academy of the West at the old Jefferson Estate 1010 Fairway Road. I happened to visit The Rack today and was quite surprised at the color and quality of all the women's clothing and accessories they had. Colorful stuff. Some high-end luxury. Some unworn. Note that The Rack's donated stock is 90% used. The Rack is like a rummage store. It is an interesting "New Montecito Tourist" experience to wander and poke around and look at such an unusual quality and variety in one 1930's hidden-away cottage. Perhaps take your purchases to California Cleaners on East Canon Perdido just west of Milpas on your way home? A First Class place, it is owned and operated by a cheerful Mr. Lewis who is a genius in transforming Your Cherished Rummage into New Gift Quality. Any questions, stop there in his Green Zone. :-) This is a careful thought for The Woman Who Has Everything. :-)

 

 COMMENT 351795 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 06:48 PM

A basket with all the foods she loves...mine loves licorice, non pariels,artichokes,cheese,rootbeer, more chocolate, outback gift card, coffee, etc. People if you had a clue each and every one of us would know exactly what to get. Everyone is different, how the heck is a perfect stranger gonna know your ma?

 

 COMMENT 351821 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 08:37 PM

There is no such thing as a woman who has every thing.

While I appreciate the ideas and suggestions I believe that others might THINK another has every thing.

First off one needs to genuinely KNOW the person and then fill in what might be important. . .

My mother really disliked spending money on flowers because of the times during which she was raised. One needed to be creative in thinking of gift ideas for her.

My children really try to come up with great ideas and the clever ones are gifts which my spouse and I would just about never supply for ourselves like a night's lodging at a bed and breakfast and a whale watching trip.

But I believe that people who have suggested giving time to another are right. We are so often too rushed to hesitate. When I think of the people I've known who stood out they are the ones who hesitated a bit for others. . .

 

 COMMENT 351852 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 07:12 AM

Yoga! Doesn't matter how much you have if you don't have your health! I gave both my mom and my friend who just had a baby a series of 10 classes each at the Iyengar Yoga Studio of Santa Barbara Yoga Studio - they know what they're doing there- on De La Vina Street. That's a great gift to get.

 

 COMMENT 351914 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 09:53 AM

A membership to the Museum of Natural History/Sea Center and then take her to special events there. Or a Zoo membership, if she likes that.

You could also get season tickets to plays or music events and then go with her, if she needs a date!

 

 COMMENT 352094 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 06:47 AM

Modern Hoarder. HILARIOUS!
Tickets to an event and go with her. Time is everything. Memories really are precious. Or, get her an African drum and get her started with drumming lessons. My 89 year old uncle took up drumming, for exercise. He has tons of drums and loves just banging the big one with stick!

 

 COMMENT 352385 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 02:40 PM

A membership to Lotusland, or something along those lines. If she likes gardens, a garden membership. If she likes architecture, a membership or tour of someplace with cool architecture (or pay for a class?). You know her likes & dislikes - get her a membership, tour, class, lecture, performance, movie, etc. Even better, go with her.

Love the ideas of donating in her name. My mom donated to BUNS this year, and it makes me smile every time I think of it.

 

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