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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:14am     #46
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I agree with some of the other posts, time... your time is all someone wants at that age. Ask questions, make them dinner, and just listen to what they have to say.
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:15am     #47
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For my elderly Grandmothers, I bought them stamps, gift certificates to use on their phone bills, gift certificates to have their hair done, gift certificates to a local grocery store or pharmacy. Think of every day necessities...
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:17am     #48
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All great ideas, especially the gift certificates. My aunt is turning 80 next month, so I plan on sending her flowers, which she loves. Although I have to figure out when to send them, she will be in Europe! I hope I am that active when I get that age!


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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:18am     #49
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I think I'm going to talk to my siblings (who are all still in school and have no income) and see if they want to put their names on this shirt for "Our Special Grandma" as her birthday gift from all of us and then make them each pick out a card.

http://www.giftsforyounow.com/Person...Mom-3417x.aspx


As for time, I call her daily and stay on the phone until she runs out of stuff to say and go over there and usually don't leave until she tells me to

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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:22am     #50
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I didn't read all the replies .. sorry .. so I don't know if anyone posted this or not but when my grandfater turned 90 yrs old I got him a copy of a newspaper on the day he was born. He LOVED it.

Here are some places that sell newspapers:

http://www.seniorstore.com/birnew.html

http://www.futurememories.com/w304.html

http://www.findgift.com/gift-ideas/pid-38892/

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to?
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:24am     #51
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I care for my father in law, he is only 65 but was injured in a fire, and his mind is not quite there. I know taking him shopping or out to eat or something would mean the world to him! He don't get out much, and it makes his day when he does! Also I thought the greeting card basket was a great idea, I know alot of older people enjoy sending cards for all occasions. I am sure she will love whatever you get, as long as she has the COMPANY!
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:25am     #52
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One more thought: You could pick out annuals or herbs or veggies and plant them for your grandma - either in her yard or in a container.
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:26am     #53
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Oh, I like your t-shirt idea! I bet she'll love it.
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:26am     #54
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My MIL never appreciated gift cards because she could never spend that much money!! She lived like it was the depression still and would only spend under $10 at the store.. whether it was food or clothing ( she would go to the Salvation army for her clothes )..

The only things she liked were flowers and chocolates.

My mom on the other hand could spend, but really didn't need the money.. she also loved getting flowers and chocolates.

But the best times I think were times spent with them .. bringing them places.. not to go shopping.. just to reminisce of their past... drive by places they used to live years ago.. etc.

But because I didn't wait for a special occasion to do that, birthdays were usually flowers or chocolates!

In anyone's case.. you really should find out what she likes. My MIL would have loved more than anything to be brought to the casino for the day!!!

Time to win, win, win!!
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:33am     #55
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I just lost my 85 yr old grandmother so this post was sort of sad yet happy that you still have yours.
My aunts constantly came and took her to Walmart, out to eat and where ever she wanted to go. They came in and helped her clean and reorganize her apartment, letting her decide where she wanted things to go. They were always getting extra prints of their pics for her and putting them into a photo album for her. They got her DVDs that she liked. One aunt took her photo wall and redid it for her. She put a huge flower thing on the wall and got matching ribbons that hung down in 4 seperate rows. On the ribbons she hung pics of each child, then grandchildren, then great grandchildren. They did this in the LR and her BR with different pics to get them all up. Clean things she can't reach or isn't able to. Clean out the fridge for her and the top of it off.
If she likes birds, get her a birdfeeder. IF she has one, get her some bird food. If she isn't able to feed them, do it for her. Just focus on what she likes and how you can make it easier for her to enjoy.
Comfy PJs, housecoats are nice gifts.
Get her dog some food or treats or get her a cute frame for her fav pic of her dog.
Just some ideas. Good Luck!!
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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:39am     #56
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My dad is 78. The gifts that really mean a lot to him are special photos (either framed or a "brag book") and TIME. He loves just going out to lunch to talk or to be invited to our home for a meal and spend time with us, his family. My dad is very active and still works part time. His wife is now retired, so he has all the material items.

I can't say enough about TIME, if you live near your loved one. Not sure about if you don't.

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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:39am     #57
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If my grandmother was still alive, I'd take her out for a fabulous dinner! My grandmother always had enough stuff. She just loved to spend time with her family and friends.


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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:41am     #58
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I just lost my 85 yr old grandmother so this post was sort of sad yet happy that you still have yours.
My aunts constantly came and took her to Walmart, out to eat and where ever she wanted to go. They came in and helped her clean and reorganize her apartment, letting her decide where she wanted things to go. They were always getting extra prints of their pics for her and putting them into a photo album for her. They got her DVDs that she liked. One aunt took her photo wall and redid it for her. She put a huge flower thing on the wall and got matching ribbons that hung down in 4 seperate rows. On the ribbons she hung pics of each child, then grandchildren, then great grandchildren. They did this in the LR and her BR with different pics to get them all up. Clean things she can't reach or isn't able to. Clean out the fridge for her and the top of it off.
If she likes birds, get her a birdfeeder. IF she has one, get her some bird food. If she isn't able to feed them, do it for her. Just focus on what she likes and how you can make it easier for her to enjoy.
Comfy PJs, housecoats are nice gifts.
Get her dog some food or treats or get her a cute frame for her fav pic of her dog.
Just some ideas. Good Luck!!

I'm sorry for your loss. I don't know how I could handle losing my grandma. She drives me nuts, and means the world to me. My mom lives with her and they do everything together. Mom takes care of any cleaning and cooking that grandma can't or don't want to do but grandma still does quite a lot of it. My moms got 4 kids living at home (2 of which are 4 year old twins) so grandma is kept quite active thankfully! That dog's got so many treats and stuff its nuts. He's her baby, she literally carries him around like a baby.


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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:44am     #59
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The last few years of my grandmother's life, I made her a personalized calendar with old family photos. The years I had plenty of time, I also marked each person in the family's birthday day block with their name and/or photo. She loved it, and loved the fact that when people came to see her, it sparked conversation.

The best one I did, I had a "theme" to each month and used lots of photos for each month. January I had a bunch of photos of different family members in the snow, February I used photos of my grandparents as a couple (he had died many years ago) thoroughout their lives, June I used graduation photos of various family members (some were kindergarten graduations!), May I used photos of her mother (for Mother's Day), October I used pictures of various kids in the family in their Halloween costumes, December, of course, I used various Christmas family photos. I'm sure others would have different photos, therefore different themes. My family was always fond of taking pictures of people with stringers of fish... so one month I had lots of "gone fishing" photos...

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  Old  April 14th, 2008, 9:56am     #60
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The last few years of my grandmother's life, I made her a personalized calendar with old family photos. The years I had plenty of time, I also marked each person in the family's birthday day block with their name and/or photo. She loved it, and loved the fact that when people came to see her, it sparked conversation.

The best one I did, I had a "theme" to each month and used lots of photos for each month. January I had a bunch of photos of different family members in the snow, February I used photos of my grandparents as a couple (he had died many years ago) thoroughout their lives, June I used graduation photos of various family members (some were kindergarten graduations!), May I used photos of her mother (for Mother's Day), October I used pictures of various kids in the family in their Halloween costumes, December, of course, I used various Christmas family photos. I'm sure others would have different photos, therefore different themes. My family was always fond of taking pictures of people with stringers of fish... so one month I had lots of "gone fishing" photos...
MY SIL did that for my mom for mothers day one year and she loved it! She just took pictures digital and used her computer. It was really nice looking
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