NEW: Got questions about energy? Put them to Gary and Andrew from MSE's Utilities team during our energy-themed 'Ask An Expert' event. Check back here from Tuesday 9 August, 12pm

80th Birthday, present & party ideas (merged)

Anyone got any suggestions for something a bit different to get my Gran for her 80th birthday this year?

She's still quite active - lives alone in sheltered accomodation, but still manages to do her shopping, have trips out, goes to OAP's day clubs and she plays bowls.

She normally gets loads of bath stuff, fancy biscuits and books for Christmas/Birthdays so I wanted to stay away from those.

All I can think of so far is making her an embroidered sampler and framing it. Any other ideas appreciated.
Here I go again on my own....
«1345

Replies

  • dora37dora37 Forumite
    1.3K Posts
    For my Grandads 85th, I asked all my aunties & uncles to send pictures of them and their children at different stages, plus any they had of my Grandad and Grandma over the years.

    I scanned them into the computer (therefore not spoiling the originals), printed them onto photo paper, then mounted them randomly onto a board (couple of pounds from art shop). On the bottom I printed a small card with his full name, date of birth - Present. And then framed it (IKEA).

    It was time consuming, however not too expensive. It was also fun looking at the photos sent from Aunties/Uncles, as I had never seen them before.

    My Grandad absolutely loved it and it took pride of place on his Living Room wall - where he showed everybody who visited. Much better than all those bottles of Whiskey he received!
  • Get her an indoor bowls kit :D

    http://www.hawkin.com/rkmain.asp?PAGEID=20670&STK_PROD_CODE=02031

    Only £12.99. She can practice in her spare time :)

    Heres a pic of it...

    e1955-lrg.jpg
    :starmod: :staradmin :starmod:
    I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers
    :starmod: :staradmin :starmod:
  • What about organising a party or meal for your gran.

    We did that all her kids and grankids chipped in, we invited all her friends, sisters, brothers, cousins etc.

    We felt that teh only time they all met up was at funerals, so at least they could all be together for a happy occasion, the day was fantastic and all had a great time, cant wait for the 85th
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2009 Challenge
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2009 Challenge £1,000 overpayment.
    Total Mortgage £90,000 (as at 01/01/09)
  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
    10K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Bungee Jump? :p
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • BeclesBecles Forumite
    13.1K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    Hawksmuir wrote:
    What about organising a party or meal for your gran.

    Already in planning stages!

    The sheltered accomodation has a large communal room with a kitchen off it stocked with plates, cups etc. The warden has said we can have free use of it all for as long as we want.

    Due to my Mam working on the 30th Dec, we're having it the day before her birthday so it'll be a big surprise as she won't be expecting it at all.

    Thanks for the other suggestions :)
    Here I go again on my own....
  • scuzzscuzz Forumite
    2K Posts
    dora37 wrote:
    For my Grandads 85th, I asked all my aunties & uncles to send pictures of them and their children at different stages, plus any they had of my Grandad and Grandma over the years.

    I scanned them into the computer (therefore not spoiling the originals), printed them onto photo paper, then mounted them randomly onto a board (couple of pounds from art shop). On the bottom I printed a small card with his full name, date of birth - Present. And then framed it (IKEA).

    It was time consuming, however not too expensive. It was also fun looking at the photos sent from Aunties/Uncles, as I had never seen them before.

    My Grandad absolutely loved it and it took pride of place on his Living Room wall - where he showed everybody who visited. Much better than all those bottles of Whiskey he received!

    I did something similar for my Nan's 80th. Got a really nice photo album and put them all in that
    Comping, Clicking & Saving for Change
  • A voucher for something she'd enjoy doing but doesn't think of for herself.

    We live near a small airport and people give helicopter rides, trial flying lessons (all ages!!)

    I was once given a day out at a stables which has carriage-horses. After being shown around the stables and introduced to all the horses we went out in a carriage (the kind that gets hired for TV and film work). A nice lunch, then I was given a lesson in driving a pony and trap.

    A ride in a hot-air balloon, on a preserved steam-train....the list is endless.

    Or a really lovely day's pampering at a health farm/beauty parlour.

    Aunty Margaret
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Æ[/FONT]r ic wisdom funde, [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]æ[/FONT]r wear[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ð[/FONT] ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
  • PeakmaPeakma Forumite
    728 Posts
    My grandma is quite large, she loves swimming but daren't reveal herself in a cossie to the world.So my Aunt organised her a private swimming party for all the family.She loved it, and it gave her the confidence to go in future to the pensioners session.
    Ideas off the top of my head; A bird bath or feeder(some nice window ones), a comfy outdoor chair, good led torch, hot air baloon ride!-never to old to want this, aquality pen-boring but usefull,heated foot warmer for using whilst watching the tele, pill box despenser with timer,a cosy fleece, a special day out with you-a quaint village, or theatre.....
  • kdee_2kdee_2 Forumite
    298 Posts
    It's my dad's tomorrow!

    I bought him a dvd player (which he never would have bought in a million years :lol) and The World At War" collection (£70 worth of stuff about the war.)
    On a similar note, why not a load of black and white classics, or romantic movies or musicals. ?
    Tried and Tested
  • Friend of mine organised to take her Mum and a few of her friends out for afternoon tea. Unknown to her Mum she had arranged a stretch limo to take them to the "posh" hotel.

    The ladies were thrilled icon7.gif
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Homes, hornets & high heels

This week's MSE Forum highlights

MSE Forum

Kids eat for 'free' or £1 this summer

Little ones can enjoy hot meals for less

MSE Deals