What to get MIL for Xmas?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by SkyWarrior, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Right now, it's tough because my MIL is a hoarder. She's 87 years and if you've seen "Buried Alive" or any of the other Hoarder shows, this is what I'm talking about. To make matters worse, she had a stroke. She's staying at a senior residence and hates it since we had to help her move up here. (She wants independence but wants people to do everything for her). [​IMG]

    Several of the nice presents we bought her ended up piled in her hoarding piles without even taking them out of the box or using them. Restaurants and food are problematic because 1. She hoards expired food and 2. She had terrible digestive problems and taste peculiarities that causes her to not eat anything with milk, eggplant, peppers, melons, spices, chocolate, caffeine, coffee, tea, onions, tomato sauce, mustard, garlic, and probably other stuff I don't know about.

    Basically, she's financially good and doesn't need stuff. Yet, I feel badly that I only got her a Snugglie blanket and have no idea what else I could get her that she would use.[​IMG] She hates reading, so books are out of the question. She senior residence has maid service.


  2. Pigzfly

    Pigzfly Hatching

    Dec 8, 2011
    Would she at all appreciate a donation to something in lieu? Something like the Oxfam Unwrapped campaign?

    Slightly different vein - premium cable package? netflix or skype setup?
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I vote to get her a backscratcher.

    Or a pair of slippers that can be worn in bed (soft soles that don't mess with your feet when you lie down).

    Or - well I like comfortclothing.com for my DH's socks (cancer survivor)... they might have something you like there.

    Just some ideas!
  4. StupidBird

    StupidBird Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Have a massage therapist do an on site visit. Many have folding massage tables or those goofy looking massage chairs.

  5. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    I find older people tend to be lonely and want company, maybe give her a coupon for an afternoon out...take her somewhere -- maybe a play? or a local casino? to Bingo night at the VFW?
  6. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Hmm guessing the offer of a dumpster is not on the list...hehehe....sorry I have spent what seems like years of my life cleaning up my parents property and I about have a heart attack everytime a friend of my moms shows up with her van loaded to the roof with trash.

    I would offer her a day out or a meal at a restaurant. Something she can not hoard and has to spend time enjoying.

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