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ZAHNASGRANDMA SparkPoints: (75,915)
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12/31/12 12:00 A

For the past few years it has been Publix gift cards and pictures of the kids

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
12/23/12 12:45 A

My parents are now in an elderly housing community, and we are not getting them anything because they have most everything that they need. We are taking them out as they want/see fit, but it is not the same as buying a present.

MISTY919 SparkPoints: (15,619)
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12/22/12 8:37 P

My b/f and i bought my Mom the Kindle Fire for Christmas this year so she could play games on it and do crosswords, plus reading that she has missed out on the past couple years. We gave it to her early due to her not being here this year for the holidays. To say the least she loved it and has utilized it since opening :)

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12/19/12 8:32 P

my family also loves playing cards ! we play rummy, phase 10, uno, and mille borne for a couple hours almost daily before dinner time. usually between 3:30 pm to 5:00pm. After dinner and/or early morning we have been trying to do a family "walk" to help all of us become more motivated about weight loss. This seems to make life easier, the fact of doing it together. emoticon

12/5/12 8:14 A

I asked for gift certificates to running specialty shops and to my gym.

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
12/5/12 4:21 A

games are great.... we play bridge as a family (for four people) and could even do something like give them two decks of cards, bridge scorers and a voucher for all of you to do a class/classes - where I am there are many local bridge clubs and they don't charge much if anything for classes...
we also love scrabble as a family, and bananagrams, and cranium and a norwegian game called The Train Game ....

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11/28/12 8:41 P

Thanks for the ideas. I got Scattegories for a family game gift, then also got them individual gifts, but I think scattegories will be good for us over the holidays when we're all home, my sister included.

ZEDMAY Posts: 41
11/28/12 4:14 P

The play is a great idea. We have done something similar for our parents. Any family outing has been appreciated (we have also rented snowshoes and taken everyone out for hot chocolate afterwards and gotten them tickets to a hockey game).

Another fun idea is to sign them up for a class that they could do together like a cooking class. Or get them a gift certificate to a favourite restaurant or a spa for a couples massage. They are just getting used to life as empty nesters and these sorts of gifts might help them see one of the biggest perks: a lot more quality time with each other.

AHENRY30 Posts: 1,011
11/19/12 4:41 P

For the last couple years we have gotten play tickets for my in-laws and gone to the play with them. It's a nice night out for the four of us and gives us a chance to talk without all the little kids running around.

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (251,081)
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11/18/12 8:28 A

As a parent with kids grown and on their own I like any quality time we can spend with them. And the games we played as they grew up are still the most fun.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,799
11/16/12 4:12 P

Cranium is a great game for all ages.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
11/16/12 3:49 P

I think a game you can enjoy together sounds fun. We got Forbidden Island for our family last year and it is a cooperative game for 2-4 players.

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11/16/12 9:55 A

So, I'm just trying to get ideas together. I'm 21 and I have one little sister who is 18 and just left for college this year. Our parents are 56 and 52. Trying to think of something my sister and I could get them, any good ideas? I know that since you don't know them at all it'll be a bit difficult, but maybe some of your ideas can align with what I know we do together.

One thing I was thinking was a good family game we could play together over Christmas break when we're all home. Any suggestions for that? We used to play quite a few board games, but I can't think of any that we'd like that we don't already have.

Just trying to get some ideas that I can bring up when me and my sister are together over Thanksgiving

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