So. Assuming we can't reanimate Rod Serling and invite him over.
September 21, 2012 8:50 AM Subscribe
What should I get my mom for her birthday?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mom's birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and for the first time in my life, I actually have some money (let's say no more than a hundred bucks) to spend on getting her something cool.
Complications: she's very busy and stressed, I live 1000+ miles away from her, she actively dislikes all the "obvious" things. She's also got breast cancer (diagnosed this summer super-mild form, needs radiation but not chemo) and is being extremely secretive about it. She's still working full time (teacher) while going back and forth to her doctor, so I know she's exhausted, but she won't tell anyone because she doesn't want any special treatment or sympathy.
Things I know she will NOT like:
-any sort of spa treatments or massage
-hiring a maid service (my dad takes care of all the housework anyway)
-"experience" things that would drain her time and energy
-gift cards of any kind
Things she likes but does NOT need (i.e. adding more to the pile of unused stuff at this point will just stress her out more):
-relaxing bath products
Things I know that she DOES like, but I don't know how to frame a gift around it:
-sci fi/thriller stuff, even if it's campy (she LOVES MST3K, Twilight Zone, Hitchcock...)
-looking for deals online (she's an Amazon Prime junkie) even if she doesn't buy anything
-vegging in front of the computer (I don't know what she does aside from the shopping, but I know that when I was a kid she was obsessed with that Myst game, but then our computer crashed and her progress got lost and even though she brings it up all the time she's never gone back to it) She's not really computer literate, though.
-playing with her iPad (she's got a first generation or whatever you call it)
-her book club (we have very different tastes in books, and even so, she doesn't have time to read anything other than her club-assigned books)
-not into "girly" things
-likes geeky stuff
-doesn't have a whole lot of time to devote to learning something new
So...are any of you like that? Or know someone like that? What would you like for a birthday present?