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Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

I have no idea what to get my dad. It was OK until about 4 years ago when he became basically wheelchair bound. He's 83 years old. All he does 24/7 is eat/sleep/watch TV/read paper--THAT'S IT!!!!!!! A few years ago, I got him what I THOUGHT was the perfect gift-BOOKS. Nope. He never read them. I don't know what to get him.  Sad

Any ideas?  Confused


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

Well, when you're 83 years old and in a wheelchair, you really don't care about much of anything anymore.

That being said, what about a subscription to-say-DirecTV (assuming he doesn't have cable-and few seniors actually do) or something like that?



User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

That being said, what about a subscription to-say-DirecTV (assuming he doesn't have cable-and few seniors actually do) or something like that?


Are you kidding? He has trouble w/ the remote he has now!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy He doesn't watch many channels, anyway.

Last year I got him resteraunt coupons, he HAS to eat.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

Does he live alone? A weekly cleaning service might be nice.

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

No, he's got his wife (my mom), and they have a weekly maid.


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1526 times:


Make him something special, like a family photo album, or get him something he s wanted all his life, something rare. Im sure he ll appreciate the thoughtfulness

Md11


User currently offlineA340pilot From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Another idea is if you have older home movies get them all put on VHS or DVD's so that he can watch them




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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8267 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Everybody loves bobblehead dolls......


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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

At 82..he's only worried about his health and comfort, right (not meant in a bad way).

Try something practical.....warm blanket, heated socks, a massage chair (if he isn't totally wheelchair bound), phone caddy (to keep cell or hands free phone with him)...

If he doesn't read, it might be because he refuses to admit poor vision. Try a subscription to 'large print' Reader's Digest or other popular periodicals (call the subscription department).

Just my $.02


User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

"Are you kidding? He has trouble w/ the remote he has now!"

Don't get angry or agitated, I am assuming Matt D was trying to help.  Smile

Buy him a fish tank or something that you could clean for him. Fish are very relaxing. Maybe a massage seat back for his chair. If he is bound to the chair, this would ease some of the pain.

[Edited 2003-12-07 20:03:41]


Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Try something practical.....warm blanket, heated socks, a massage chair (if he isn't totally wheelchair bound), phone caddy (to keep cell or hands free phone with him)...

Heated socks? I've never heard of those (the heated part that is) THAT WOULD BE GOOD! Who sells those?




Don't get angry or agitated, I am assuming Matt D was trying to help.

Umm.. EXCUSE ME????!!!! Did you happen to see the SMILEY FACE next to my statement? What makes you think I was angry or agitated???  Confused



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

maybe it was the "!"  Smile


Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

What about a hooker ? I'm sure he'll appreciate. Big grin

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

What about a hooker ? I'm sure he'll appreciate.

This isn't France.  Big grin


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Apparently you are not a skier! Heated socks are typically found in sporting goods or ski stores. They have a small battery pack that comes with them.
For a while Sharper Image had them.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Apparently you are not a skier! Heated socks are typically found in sporting goods or ski stores. They have a small battery pack that comes with them.
For a while Sharper Image had them.



Well, living in Florida, I don't think I'll find any ski stores.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy But I'll try some sporting good stores, THANX!!  Smile



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

I found a neat little gift on the Internet. The product is called "Radiant Frames." They are backlit frames that are designed specifically to work with injet printed photographs. Special, translucent paper is provided so that the glowing effect is maximized.

I bought three of them as family gifts. Tried one of them out. The frames are well-made and the effect is tasteful. They are equipped to run off of battery or plug into a wall outlet.



User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

I'm in Houston..not a hill for hundreds of miles...but there are several snow ski shops. I don't know of any online..but I'm sure a quick search will bring results....
Brgds.


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