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Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:34 am

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
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 3:13 am

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?

 
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 3:32 am

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.
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 3:34 am

Does he live alone? A weekly cleaning service might be nice.
 
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 3:36 am

No, he's got his wife (my mom), and they have a weekly maid.
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:08 am


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

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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:22 am

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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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Sun Dec 07, 2003 8:07 am

Everybody loves bobblehead dolls......
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:24 am

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).

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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:02 am

"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]
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:28 pm

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
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:09 am

maybe it was the "!"  Smile
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:29 am

What about a hooker ? I'm sure he'll appreciate. Big grin
 
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:39 am

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

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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:03 am

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.
 
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:01 am

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
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:16 am

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.

 
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RE: Help! Need Advice On A Christmas Gift

Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:52 am

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....
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