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2014/12/17 15:58:18 (permalink)

Are you a good present buyer?

How much thought do you put in to your presents? I'm struggling to find something(s) for my mother.

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 16:40:12 (permalink)
    I'm relatively good lol
     
    What is she in to?
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 16:52:12 (permalink)
    haribo
    What is she in to?



    I dare any of you.
     
    Well she's nearly 60 now, and spends some time in the garden (doesn't have grass) and she cooks a meatloaf for the dogs with all sorted of herbs and spices in, so figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and buy her this for her garden/utility room with a few packs of seeds for herbs / vegetables.
     
    Then she complains that she never has time in the morning to eat breakfast and won't eat til around midday (she wakes at 7), a habit I insist she tries to break- she has such an old blender that she attemps to make smoothies with but the cleaning time of it alone puts her off I think, so I was thinking of buying her this with a recipe book so she's never short of ideas when shopping.
     
    Her dogs are her world, so I figured maybe buying a custom made iPhone case with a picture of them on would be a nice little touch, as well as some sample yankee candles (12 or so) with a nice little holder or two and then maybe to finish a nice selection of Rose wines.
     
    Fair? I'm usually really, really bad at buying.
    post edited by welshwizard10 - 2014/12/17 16:59:07

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 16:57:56 (permalink)
    Those ideas seem decent mate.
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:02:16 (permalink)
    I am useless at it!  I Used to be great at it  .... so great that looking back now I can't work out what I did so differently. 
     
    I will walk from one end of the town to the other,  and then for some reason even when I had a BLOODY LIST telling me what to buy, I'll make some excuse not to buy from particular shops, or convince myself I'd be better waiting for a 'better' opportunity. 
     
    Had a specific town visit Monday when I was supposed to cover everything -  Came home with two Toblerone's and a couple of cards! Telling myself I could get it all online -  And then Lo and behold I caught myself this morning looking at the Net thinking to myself  "Nah, I'll pop into town and get this lot!"   
     
    Really need to pull myself together on this. 

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:07:00 (permalink)
    Does she drive places to take the dogs on different walks?
    I'd have loved this as an incentive to take my dogs to different places and for me to see more around the country.

    It's one of them kinds of presents that you probably wouldn't get round to buying yourself. But would be really nice to recieve.

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:09:38 (permalink)
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    Does she drive places to take the dogs on different walks?
    I'd have loved this as an incentive to take my dogs to different places and for me to see more around the country.

    It's one of them kinds of presents that you probably wouldn't get round to buying yourself. But would be really nice to recieve.

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    Typically not, no. We live on an island and the choices on where to take the dogs are endless so I'd worry this would be money wasted. Nice thought though, thanks.
     
    Dr Z you sound exactly like me when it comes to clothes shopping. Insist I will go in to town and buy some clothes: 1st shop and a bucket of sweat later I'm walking home telling myself I'll do it online instead.
     
    Cheers DC - spent hours on Amazon last night!

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:10:54 (permalink)
    To be honest mate.... They are really good ideas!
    What you worrying about fool! lol
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:12:03 (permalink)
    haribo
    To be honest mate.... They are really good ideas!
    What you worrying about fool! lol




    My brothers are calling me selfish because they want to go all in on a 40" Samsung TV with all the gear (Netflix etc) and I fear my little presents will be opened and thrown aside.

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 17:53:32 (permalink)
    I love your ideas!! You've given some thought to her lifestyle, and what she enjoys and how to make life that little bit easier for her. I wouldn't change a thing. A female is less likely to be impressed with a TV!!
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 18:55:14 (permalink)
    I get annoyed by people buying me beer etc despite all knowing i dont drink. Even work give me 2 bottles of red wine and say
    " i know you dont drink but im sure you can make use of these"

    People say its the thought that counts, but to me that means its the thought that goes into it, not what it costs. Everyone else seems to think it means its that they thought to buy you something.

      




     
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/17 19:33:04 (permalink)
    My gf is amazing at buying she always suprises me and its always bang on. She's never got me  bad present...
    I HATE IT!
    People say aw thats good wish my partner was like that?!
    Really? You get an amazing present and she gets some junk that you thought was a good idea... Or she finds out about what your getting her so your reasonable present aint a suprise.
    Iv tried eveyrthing asking sisters, stalking her ebay/history alsorts and i always seem to end up with a crap present for her.
    Not this year got it sussed... Not posting tho cos knowing my luck she will see haha.

     
     
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/18 00:47:45 (permalink)
    I'm usually pretty good at present buying. Mums over 60 usually appreciate being warm and comfortable, My mum still raves about an electric blanket I bought her 3 years ago, she still loves the fuchsia coloured fleece I bought her and microwavable slippers. She doesn't even remember what my sister would of bought her, Mwahahaha.
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/19 10:02:39 (permalink)
    Considering I haven't done any xmas shopping... no, I am not a good present buyer.
     
    I like to leave it 'til the last minute, flapping around the shops before they kick me out.
     
    Makes the presents a lot more random and unique!

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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/19 15:09:24 (permalink)
    I'm terrible at it, I spend ages going round trying to find the perfect thing and end up not getting anything and then panic-buy.
     
    You never know what might turn out to be a great present for someone though. A few years ago my grandparents gave me a microwave steamer (amongst other things) and at the time I thought, bit random! But I've ended up using it pretty much every single week, usually several times.
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/19 15:24:54 (permalink)
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    What is she in to?



    I dare any of you.
     
    Well she's nearly 60 now, and spends some time in the garden (doesn't have grass) and she cooks a meatloaf for the dogs with all sorted of herbs and spices in, so figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and buy her this for her garden/utility room with a few packs of seeds for herbs / vegetables.
     
    Then she complains that she never has time in the morning to eat breakfast and won't eat til around midday (she wakes at 7), a habit I insist she tries to break- she has such an old blender that she attemps to make smoothies with but the cleaning time of it alone puts her off I think, so I was thinking of buying her this with a recipe book so she's never short of ideas when shopping.
     
    Her dogs are her world, so I figured maybe buying a custom made iPhone case with a picture of them on would be a nice little touch, as well as some sample yankee candles (12 or so) with a nice little holder or two and then maybe to finish a nice selection of Rose wines.
     
    Fair? I'm usually really, really bad at buying.




    Why do you insist on her eating breakfast?
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    Re: Are you a good present buyer? 2014/12/20 05:31:14 (permalink)
    I'm terrible when it comes to presents. My wife gets all her daughters' presents and it's easy to get toys for the grandkids, but wondering what to get my missus is a nightmare.
    The other morning I just shuffled around Asda with a basket and filled it with a nightie, two books, a gift card for WHSmith, a Mrs Brown's Boys box set and a Michael Buble :eek: CD
    Did find a nice silver wrist watch at Next though, so maybe it wasn't so difficult in the end.
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