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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:11 PM
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What do I get a 93- year old for a birthday present?
I"m going to a party today for a friend (more of a friend of a friend, really) who's 93. He's a very very sweet old guy and still lives on his own.

I don't know what to bring. Maybe green bananas? Give him something to look forward to?
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:12 PM
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1. Get him a gift card
to some store. then he can pick out what he wants himself. and that works nicely since you don't know him that well.
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:13 PM
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2. Does he like music?
A recording of a nice piece- Carmina Burana, De Zouber Flota (sp?), etc. perhaps?
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:13 PM
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3. diapers
Edited on Sun Apr-17-05 12:14 PM by Zuni
one of those ear horns....an artifical hip...a 23 yr old stripper
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:14 PM
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4. I was just kidding on the last one
find out where he shops, and buy him a gift certificate for there. They are great---gifts that keep on giving
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:15 PM
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5. Well, he may never get to enjoy his present....
I think I'd go for something that he can enjoy right away. Maybe an instant lottery ticket. What kind of shape is his heart in?
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KC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:17 PM
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6. Can he
still see well enough to read? Books are always good.
Music/tape/cd ...songs popular during 'his time'
Some ready homemade meals/casseroles that could be frozen (if you can cook..lol)
Hard candy.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:18 PM
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7. My Dad is 93 (he'll be 94 in June)
Dad also lives on his own.

He expressed a liking for a bed comforter last year, so that's what we got him. We had the party at our house. Two weeks later, on Father's Day, we took him to lunch in the Napa Valley.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:19 PM
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8. spend some time with him
those that live that long and still have their wits about them often suffer extreme bouts of loneliness, having lost so many with whom they were once close.

He's got to have some fairly interesting tales to tell. Could be interesting.

Even at my age, I value great companionship over stuff anyday.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:20 PM
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9. How mobile is he? If he reads a lot or watches television, find a book
he might like or a video or dvd.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:21 PM
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10. good ideas all....
I'm gonna talk to my friend who who helps take care of him and ask him.
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:33 PM
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13. You could always
tell him that once every month you will come over and take him somewhere he wants to go. Buy a card, put in 12 coupons for a trip of his choice. If he has any special needs clear it early and make arrangements so everything will be ready. Nothing is more rewarding for you and so fun for them and really, I adore talking to old folks. They have so many interesting things to say.

If you have the time I would bet he would love that.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:16 PM
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24. I agree. Older folks love to sit and talk with someone who
isn't in a big rush to go on to the next thing.

A little time and attention is the best gift.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:11 PM
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23. Before my dad passed, he always enjoyed
going to lunch or dinner and just getting 'out'. Maybe an opportunity to enjoy your company would be a nice gift. A nice restaurant or a ball game or something like that. I know my dad loved that as he got older because he wasn't able to enjoy that stuff on his own.

Nice of you to want to do something appropriate for him.
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:28 PM
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11. A lifetime subscription to National Geographic
It shouldn't set you back too much.
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Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:30 PM
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12. Little Things Sometimes Mean A Lot
Especially to older folks who lived through the depression.

Do you have any idea what kinds of things he enjoys? Reading? Gardening - even if it is just a few houseplants? Movies? Dining? Particular beverages or foods? Cooking? Are you aware of anything that he needs or which would make his life more pleasant?

Gift cards are convenient. But many people appreciate gifts more than gift cards because they are more personal and reflect a desire to share something particular and enrich the life of another.

Absolutely nothing wrong with gift cards but I personally would try to buy at least a token gift to accompany the gift card. Some nice coffee or perhaps some nice decorative coffee cups. Some chocolates. A book of large print crossword puzzles. A small houseplant. Movie tickets. It will make that gift card seem a bit more personal. Promise.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:41 PM
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14. My dad (rest his dear soul)
used to love books on tape

just a suggestion
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watercolors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 01:16 PM
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15. Cookies, wine, magazine or book
if you know is tastes.
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 01:23 PM
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16. well
"Rotwein ist fr alte Knaben eine von den besten Gaben" ("For the old boys, red wine is one of the best gifts").

:hi: :shrug:
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 01:24 PM
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17. A $25 savings bond.
Along with a note that you plan to be there with him when it matures and he cashes it in for a trip to some island with lots of girls in bikinis... :)


Laura
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 01:45 PM
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18.  A nice card w/ an invitation to lunch.
Tell him that you would enjoy his company and would love to hear more about him (and maybe get some great stories out of him). That way, he has something to look forward to. He can dress up, enjoy some good food and have a great conversation. Tell him to pick the date, the time and maybe an idea of a great place to eat or the kind of restaurant to go to. Most elderly folks just want to be noticed and appreciated. I think that he would love it.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 02:41 PM
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19. A sweater.
I was a geriatric nurse for years, and older folks are always cold.
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Abelman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 02:42 PM
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20. Oxygen
but I like your green bananas idea better.
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:00 PM
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21. a unicycle
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:06 PM
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22. I think the best gift I ever got for my Grandmother
Was a small bird feeder that I attached outside her window. She loved to watch the birds come in and sit by her window.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 04:04 PM
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29. Wonderful idea Heebgbz
If I were 93, that's the gift I would appreciate the most.

Hearing birds always makes me smile. It brings back memories and connections to the world.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:18 PM
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25. savings bonds are out
happy birthday to your friend!
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:49 PM
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26. I was going to say a gold evening purse-
until I saw it was a man.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:55 PM
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27. Find something that would remind him of years past
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 03:55 PM
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28. A 22 Year old Hottle
That way he'll be coming and going at the same time
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 04:04 PM
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30. How about a girlfriend?
My wife's grandma is going to be 94 in June, and she's as active as ever. :thumbsup:
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shesemsmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 04:20 PM
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31. A good book or a gift card
would be my choice
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free_spirit82 Donating Member (125 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 04:54 PM
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32. Depending on how good a friend he is...
if you had enough pictures and memorabilia from his life, you could make him a scrapbook. We did this for my husband's grandparents (they're in their late eighties) for their gazillionth anniversary and they LOVED it.
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