What do I get my grandma?
July 27, 2006 11:33 AM Subscribe
Good gifts for a loveable curmudgeon?
posted by Gucky to Shopping (20 answers total)
It's my grandmother's birthday -- I believe she's in her early 80s -- and I haven't a clue what to get her.
She hates technology. (The DVD player I got her collects dust on the top shelf.) She can't have anything edible, as she's on a restricted diet. She doesn't go out, except to bowl and drink with her friends (despite the restricted diet). (And yes, I've given them everything vaguely related to bowling over the years.)
From what I can tell, she and her husband sit around, drink, smoke and sleep. She doesn't wear anything but polyester jogging suits. If she gets jewelry, she claims we're just giving her stuff to get back once she dies.
I gave her a blank book and a bunch of books on writing a memoir for Christmas. She couldn't have been more annoyed. "What? I have to do work?"
I used to get her lots of interesting books, but I've worn out all my approachable favorites (John Irving, Tom Robbins) and my new favorites (Umberto Eco, graphic novels) aren't her cup of tea. Also, I don't think she's willing to spend the mental energy to follow anything but fluff these days.
It can't be experiential, as I'm only in town for long enough to stop in and say hi (and when I am with her, all she wants to talk about is when I'll get married and then the conversation goes dead). She's got all the pictures of her great grandaughter that she can stomach.
She used to be a fun, artistic, amazing woman, but age and giving up on life have kinda taken that away. But I still love her so I'd like to get her something that demonstrates that. And yes, she's the kind of lady that needs dramatic demonstrations.