Help - Gift for Mom's 70th Birthday

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Any ideas for my mom's 70th birthday? We are having a surprise birthday for her memorial weekend.

She has 3 daughters...12 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. My parents just had their 50th last year so we put together a sentimental wall hanging that has pictures of everyone plus them. I do a photo album of my family's events for her every Mother's Day.

Honestly she could buy anything she wants...even though she doesn't. I was thinking some dainty earrings or necklace. Is that too unsentimental?

I was going to pay for a photographer for her 70th birthday and to take a family picture but realized that not everyone is going to make it...

Any ideas thoughts?
The surprise party is a lovely idea. As for the present, it depends on what she is like. You mentioned possibly earrings or a necklace. Does she enjoy wearing jewelry?

If that doesn't strike you as really "her" think about what interests or hobbies she has. Does she like to cook, travel, attend religious events, sports, read? What is she like as a person? Is she adventuresome? How would she describe herself?

Let us know what you decide. I love buying gifts for people! I hope you have fun with this.
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My MIL really enjoys getting a gift certificate for manicures,pedicures, and restaurants. She likes going out for lunch , so she combines getting a mani/pedi and then going to lunch.
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What a WONDERFUL day!!
I remember my mother not really wanting anything as she got older. I also remember buying her things I never saw her wear or use. Now that I am 61, I understand. We really don't need anything. It is hard to come up with a gift idea at this age. I personally like restaurant gift cards. If she wears jewelry and you know her taste, then I'm sure she would appreciate a nice piece. What about a nice purse like a Coach or something that would last. Like I said, it is hard to give you ideas because us "older folks" pretty much have everything we need.
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My grandmother loved my gift of having her carpets cleaned. I also gave her a homemade gift certificate of my personally coming over and dusting , cleaning bathrooms and such. She used them to get us over for the day do that we could chat, cook, eat and laugh! It was great! My hubby would do the yard with our dons. She felt like a queen! And it gave her bragging rights with her friends!
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My one grandmother loved restaurant and salon (hair, not into getting her nails done) gift certificates.

The other loves "group" gifts. For their anniversary one year, all the cousins split a wooden double rocker and burned our names into the back. She keeps adding the names of the great grand kids and loves showing it off.

For her birthday one year - 75 maybe? - we got her a swarowski bracelet that she wears all the time and like to tell her friends about
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If she likes jewelry, that is what you should get for her.

On my grandmothers 75th, I wrote her a letter. I told her all about my memories of her and grandpa and how much I appreciated her. She died last year and we found that letter in her special keepsake box in her closet, along with other sentimental things.
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Could you organise a trip away somewhere for her? My Mum was 70 last year and my sister and I paid for a trip to France for her (they're in the UK) for a few days. It was so she could see her Dad's grave (in one of the war cemeteries) which sounds grim but was something that meant something to her.
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Sorry for the later response..was not near a computer all weekend. Love all the responses. After reading them...she likes jewelry but she's not a jewelry fanatic...something curlypearl said about hobbies and reading. She has always loved to read.

I wonder if Kindle is simple enough for her to handle. She's better at the internet these days...she could go to amazon...and buy a book...it would download or vice-versa. I always remember her when I was younger get mad at herself...because once she started reading a book she couldn't put it down. LOL. Now that her and dad travel a lot in the travel trailer...this would be a nice to have...especially a kindle fire... I'll need to make sure the words can get bigger so she can read it easier...but I think it does. hmmm..

Thanks Ladies. I love the sentimental letter as well..

The ideal trip would be for us 3 daughters and her to take a trip but organizing that with all of us having little ones is the hard part of that.... I can afford it...but it's getting someone to take care of the kids is the hard part.
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Sorry for the later response..was not near a computer all weekend. Love all the responses. After reading them...she likes jewelry but she's not a jewelry fanatic...something curlypearl said about hobbies and reading. She has always loved to read.

I wonder if Kindle is simple enough for her to handle. She's better at the internet these days...she could go to amazon...and buy a book...it would download or vice-versa. I always remember her when I was younger get mad at herself...because once she started reading a book she couldn't put it down. LOL. Now that her and dad travel a lot in the travel trailer...this would be a nice to have...especially a kindle fire... I'll need to make sure the words can get bigger so she can read it easier...but I think it does. hmmm..

Thanks Ladies. I love the sentimental letter as well..

The ideal trip would be for us 3 daughters and her to take a trip but organizing that with all of us having little ones is the hard part of that.... I can afford it...but it's getting someone to take care of the kids is the hard part.
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls

Maybe a generous GC to B&N or Amazon w/ a brochure on the Nook or Kindle. then if she feels up to it, she can try it. Or id not, she can buy books or games or audio books or CDs or whatever.

But personally, I think all of you should chip in and buy her a uxury item she would never buy herself.
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