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#1 Posted on 23.8.05 1506.46
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Aaron and I desperately need your help on this one, because Mom and Dad are both having birthdays in September.

(Please do not use this thread as an opportunity to remind us that your parent(s) are dead.)
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#2 Posted on 23.8.05 1525.08
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Dad never gives a straight answer when I ask him what he wants, so I usually give him a big gift certificate for places he likes. Last year, I gave him $100 for the local Puma store.

Mom usually gets a big dinner and a piece of jewelery, or I'll just ask her what she wants. She's usually a lot more straight-forward when I ask her.
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#3 Posted on 23.8.05 1526.44
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We got my Mom a Senseo coffee maker for her last birthday. Both her and Mrs. JJD say they're the best.

We just bought my stepdad a Captain Morgan logo T-shirt for his birthday last week (kind of a gag gift), but for his 50th we bought him a Leatherman and had it engraved "Happy 50th Birthday" or something like that.
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#4 Posted on 23.8.05 1542.17
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Dad got a new set of irons (Mizuno MX-20s) & a golf bag (Bennington Quiet Organizer... my Dad loves anything that keeps stuff in an order).

Mom got a new Audiovox camera phone & her monthly Verizon cell phone bills taken care of by her loving son. :-)
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#5 Posted on 23.8.05 1625.15
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I got my father-in-law a W.C. Fields DVD box set, and my Mother-in-law a Paul Newman DVD box set.

I don't remember the last thing I got my mom. Probably a musical on DVD. My mom, luckily, keeps a wish list. My dad -- I think a pillow with a lighthouse on it from Sweden, and a mug with a disparaging comment about Swedes on it. (He needs more household-y stuff that's in good shape.)

--K

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#6 Posted on 23.8.05 1632.23
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Dad: Set of steak knives

Mom: A vibrating pillow for her bad hip.
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#7 Posted on 23.8.05 1753.03
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I always got Mom those pins you wear on your suit jacket (if you're 70 and you wear a business suit to go to the community center). She had a zillion of those.

Dad, well, he's the man with everything, so it's usually music these days. He likes Bill Gaither, so I got him a bill Gaither Homecoming CD and a set of Sony noise canceling headphones for his little CD player. He looks like a stud on his three wheeler at the trailer park in FLA.
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#8 Posted on 23.8.05 1813.17
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For my dad, I got him The Office DVD boxset with the Xmas editions. I might have bought him something else to go with it, my mind is blank.

My mother got an Il Divo CD, a large box of chocolates and a bouquet.
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#9 Posted on 23.8.05 2020.41
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Tire Minders (mileskimball.com) for my mom's new car so that she wouldn't have to hurt her back or knees ever checking the tire pressures. And Winnie the Pooh floor mats also for the car because she likes that kind of stuff. Weird AND practical!
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#10 Posted on 23.8.05 2031.22
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Two UConn shirts for the dad, two scented candles and a UConn shot glass for the mom. Yep.
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#11 Posted on 23.8.05 2041.36
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Well, my parents' birthday is coming up soon (yes, they were born on the same day).

Since my family considers me a movie buff, I think I'm gonna get my dad Caddyshack, and my mom Night of the Living Dead on DVD.
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#12 Posted on 23.8.05 2100.54
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My brother and I bought my mom an Italian Charm Bracelet (jjkent.com) for her birthday a year ago. We started her off pretty simply, with just her name. It comes as a starter kit with the blank charms and as you buy more, you take the blank links out. You can make the blank links into a second bracelet, too. Mom gets charms for holidays, and then when she travels places she can find a charm from that place. She says it's like a scrapbook she can keep on her wrist at all times. I say it's not as cool as the fun plastic link charm bracelets with the dangly charms they used to sell on the boardwalk. But whenever you're stuck for a gift, you can always buy a charm.

Dad got lawn tools, a canister of fuel for the lawn mower, brunch at his favorite place, a Craftsman tool cabinet, and tickets to a football game.
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#13 Posted on 23.8.05 2226.41
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It wasn't the last one I bought, because she didn't want anything this year (I got her a couple hundred bucks from the 99), but 2 years ago I got my mom a TV with VHS and DVD built in. She loved it.


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#14 Posted on 23.8.05 2317.23
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Huh, now I don't feel bad about getting Mom a phone. But that was because Dad doesn't answer it, making the rest of us do it. Since my father's birthday is in October, it'd be a little late for Our Fearless Leader, but he got Van Morrison's newest CD and a copy of Astral Weeks for Father's Day.
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#15 Posted on 24.8.05 0039.15
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    Originally posted by krakken2000
    Mom: A vibrating pillow for her bad hip.
*wink wink*.



My father generally likes a "Happy Birthday" in the morning, prime rib at night, and no other mention of it.

My mother hasn't had a proper birthday in years -- been taking care of her mother constantly. But since grandma passed in January, my brothers and I are going to ma her due this year.
One part of that is a decent portrait of her boys. Maybe that's not feasible for y'all Zims, but if it is, they think it's a huge deal. Parents are suckers that way.
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#16 Posted on 24.8.05 0651.35
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I have found (especially with my dad) that functional gifts work best. When I buy him something I think he'll like--it just sits until he gets around to using and/or wearing it. Now, if I buy something I know he needs it gets used and he seems more pleased/excited.

For example, he and my step-mom took a vacation to Jamaica around his b-day in July and I used that as an opportunity to get him all new swim gear: trunks, tanks, beach sandals,and aqua socks. Worked like a charm. I wish he played golf--as there is always something golf-related that a golfer may want or need.
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#17 Posted on 24.8.05 0654.34
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We took my mother-in-law out to lunch this year and threw in a twist...Another of her daughters, who lives in Texas, flew up to meet us there. She just walked in, sat down..."Hi!". That was an awesome surprise. Afterward, they spent the rest of the day together.

So although it's probably cost-prohibitive, if you guys could get them into a restaurant at a certain time and just show up...

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#18 Posted on 24.8.05 1000.22
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I usually find the best way to handle a birthday gift for my mother is to go into Bath & Body Works (or any of the other 8,000 equivalent stores), find a salesgirl and say "help".

As for my father, ever since the invention of the media, every birthday/Father's Day/Christmas I've bought him a season of some police show or another on DVD (NYPD Blue, The Commish, The Sheild, 24, Monk, Law and Order), and he's never been less than thrilled.
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#19 Posted on 24.8.05 1000.34
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A Coast Guard license plate holder for my veteran dad, and a Precious Moments figurine for my collecting mom.
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#20 Posted on 24.8.05 1236.08
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The last things I got for my folks were DVD sets - Star Trek Enterprise Season 2 for my dad (his choice), 24 Season 2 for my mom. I've also bought sets of 24 for my dad (my folks are divorced so they each get their own DVD sets) and The Sopranos for my mom.

Best present ever - my dad talked about going to the movies as a kid, and he would see the serials, one of which was the Green Archer. He went 14 weeks in a row, but he missed the 15th week where the Green Archer was revealed. He complained about how this had haunted him for 40 years.

eBay had Green Archer DVDs for cheap.

My dad was beyond thrilled, even though the show was terrible and the identity of the Green Archer was obvious from about one minute into the first episode. I've never given anyone that awesome a present before or since.
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