My mom likes to go with friends for coffee and occasional meals. She has requested nothing but gift cards for a couple of years now. She lives in a small place and really has no need for more stuff. But gift cards allow her to enjoy time out with friends more often and is something that will last a lot longer than a bottle of hand cream.
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My grandparents always liked when we would create a gift basket/ box with all sorts of goodies in it. Things like jellies, jams, cookies, candies, cheese and sausage, cocco, teas, etc... Nothing has to be very large, as a matter of fact, like liked the small jars of jellies and such because they would not sit around for so long and if you buy different varities, it kind of mixes things up a bit...
You can find all sorts of things like that and have real good luck at a local (Mom and Pop) shop, farm stand, etc... that make the sort of hard to find stuff; maybe things from days of old that your grandparents may like and have not had it in ages...
As it was said in the movie Christmas Vacation; "Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year"
Do they listen to music? I know I've been trying to get my mother some CD of old LPs that she used to have. Same with movies, do they have a DVD player? Maybe find some old VHS movies they used to have and get them on DVD? A few years ago I got my Mom and Mother-in-law beautiful Christmas wreaths they could put up each year.
I got my parents a sign that says: Welcome to Nana and Papa's Place, where hugs and kisses are given! That is from my kids. They will love it. It wasn't expensive either. Only $9.00 and I found it on ebay.
__________________ The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. - Burton Hillis