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Old 12-05-2006, 11:58 AM
 
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I am stumped on what to get my mother in law for Christmas, she has everything. So I was wondering what was the best gift you've ever given, doesn't have to be for Christmas, just a great gift...
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:03 PM
 
Location: STL
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The best gift I have been given was on my one year wedding anniversary from my husband. He gave me flowers, but had one carnantion (my fav) in there for every year that we had been together (before we got married) It was a thoughtful gift, and I was quite shocked it came from him.. with no help. haha...
I don't think that is somethig you want to give your mother in law though..
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:04 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Last year I found a local salon/spa that had a special package for a full day of treatments and bought that for my mother in law. She LOVED it. If there is something someone needs and won't get it for themselves I like to do that. Then there are the people on the list like my parents and inlaws that if they need something, they get it. So I try to get things that are special treats that they would like that they just won't do it themselves, like the spa day.
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:07 PM
 
Location: STL
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Yeah.. obviously I didn't read well enough on the original question. Oops.. oh well.. they were still nice flowers..haha

The nicest gift I have given was a bracelet for my mother in law. It had a birthstone for each of the kids on it, with charms hanging off of them for each grandkid.
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Daingerfield, TX
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My inlaws that live in Ft. Worth who have EVERYTHING...eat out all the time....so every Christmas, we load them up with gift cards to Cracker Barrell, Luby's, Ryan's, etc....since we can't be there with them to take them out to eat often, they love it! It saves them money, and makes for a very simple and easy solution to our Christmas gift for them!
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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I HATE, HATE, HATE gift cards and am irritated when I receive them, so I won't buy them for other people unless specifically requested to. To me they're a huge ripoff and a pain in the a$$ to use. I don't begrudge those who give them to others who enjoy them, but I do not. I think a really nice dinner out at an elegant restaurant with all the trimmings makes a very nice gift, or a bottle of fine French champagne, something special like a real parfum instead of Eau de Toilette (especially if you buy it overseas at it's source..I bought my mom her favorite perfume, Nina Ricci at a parfum boutique in Paris a couple of years ago...sure wasn't much perfume in the bottle, but it was a crystal decanter, small, elegant, and she loved it). I also really appreciate baked goodies like homemade candy, etc. One thing is to know if the person collects a certain thing and see if you can find something to add to it too. One of my favorite gifts was from my mother. She paid for one-half of an exquisite living room set for me as a housewarming present when I bought my house in Las Vegas in 2000. It's the most comfortable furniture I've ever sat on, hugs you, and it's elegant too. I also appreciate underwear and socks or shirts in my size as I don't like shopping for them.
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Old 12-05-2006, 01:10 PM
 
Location: STL
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I HATE, HATE, HATE gift cards and am irritated when I receive them, so I won't buy them for other people unless specifically requested to. To me they're a huge ripoff and a pain in the a$$ to use. I don't begrudge those who give them to others who enjoy them, but I do not. I think a really nice dinner out at an elegant restaurant with all the trimmings makes a very nice gift, or a bottle of fine French champagne, something special like a real parfum instead of Eau de Toilette (especially if you buy it overseas at it's source..I bought my mom her favorite perfume, Nina Ricci at a parfum boutique in Paris a couple of years ago...sure wasn't much perfume in the bottle, but it was a crystal decanter, small, elegant, and she loved it). I also really appreciate baked goodies like homemade candy, etc. One thing is to know if the person collects a certain thing and see if you can find something to add to it too. One of my favorite gifts was from my mother. She paid for one-half of an exquisite living room set for me as a housewarming present when I bought my house in Las Vegas in 2000. It's the most comfortable furniture I've ever sat on, hugs you, and it's elegant too. I also appreciate underwear and socks or shirts in my size as I don't like shopping for them.
Uhm... can I be adopted by you and/or your mother? Thanks.
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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I am stumped on what to get my mother in law for Christmas, she has everything. So I was wondering what was the best gift you've ever given, doesn't have to be for Christmas, just a great gift...
I have it goingreene!!! I just ran into a message on another thread which mentioned mariebelle chocolates from New York. They are the BEST chocolates you've ever had...each one a little square of gourmet chocolate decorated like modern art and they come in boxes from 4 pieces to 36 (the 36 pieces come in a tiered leather box). I had these chocolates for the first time last Christmas at a friend's house...they are so good....so delectable...so amazingly fantastic that you literally go into a semi-orgasmic rapture over them. They are that good. Honest. No exaggeration. Now that I'm reminded of them by the other posting, it solves my Christmas dilemma of what to buy everyone as they can be delivered directly to the recipient by Fedx overnight. The fancy tiered box with 36 costs $80 I think. I think my parents and sister and brother-in-law would really like them. I'll bet your mother-in-law would too! And, remember, before you eat one, you look at it first and it looks like modern art paintings on a chocolate surface, but completely edible. They are truly the best of the best in my book, far better than Godiva, etc. NO GIFT CARDS!!!!
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Uhm... can I be adopted by you and/or your mother? Thanks.
I just don't enjoy shopping and to be given a gift card means you have to go to the store, get the items that range within the limit of the card, then stand in line and face a clerk who more than likely has no clue how to process it. I just prefer a gift to be a gift, whatever it is, cheap or expensive. As far as adoption...you might have better luck with me after a few drinks than with my mom...we just found out about ten years ago that my step-dad has a grown daughter he didn't know he had...on top of his other eight children from his previous marriage (my stepsisters and stepbrothers are half Filipino (their mom) and Swedish (my stepdad)... very interesting family I've got!.... (he was an airline pilot who made deposits in a lot of ports...)
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:13 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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Go to Photoworks.com and make a photo album of her family. Kids as they were growing up, grandkids etc... It's time consuming but will probably be the most thoughtful and appreciated gift she receives. I did this for my mother and I added text to each page with famous quotes and poetry. Really came out nice.
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