Post # 1
My mom will be getting married August 1st, and my brother and I (along with our SO’s) are stuck on a gift idea! She’s 65, he just turned 70…and have had more than enough years to gather everything they ‘need’.
I keep thinking something from Tiffany (a crystal bowl for their new home?), but seriously, what do they need a bowl for?
It’s only us ‘kids’ and our significant others that are attending the wedding (we will be aquiring 3 new ‘sisters’ in this marriage – all between the agest of 35 and 40), so it’s not as though our gift will be stuck in a ‘pile’ somewhere. Certainly a gift is not required, but we also don’t want to arrive empty handed and be shown up by our new siblings (can one start having a sibling rivalry when all the ‘kids’ are in their 30s and 40s?)!
They both love to ballroom dance, but I’m not sure we want to get them something that is disposable (ala lessons). Any suggestions for the ‘perfect gift’? My brother and I joked that I could just give them back whatever they gave me for my wedding…but now they’re getting married first and my plan is foiled! 😉
Post # 3
Do they live together already? Or will they be moving in together after the wedding? If it will be their first home together, I would get them something for the house that they would both enjoy.
I understand wanting to give them something tangible and lasting, but I think ballroom dancing lessons are a great idea.
Have you spoke with your soon-to-be step sisters? Maybe you can all go in together and get them one big gift (new tv for house, a weekend getaway, etc.).
Post # 4
My mom (same age) got remarried 5 years ago and we bought them a really nice bottle of vintage port, as it apparently played a key role in their getting together in the first place (Mom: "Charlie, would you like to come in and join me for a glass of port?" Charlie, "Why yes, I believe I would!" and the rest is history).
Not sure if your mom is a port drinker, but I would suggest a really nice bottle of Champagne or wine that they could enjoy together or with family is a thoughtful gift.
Or you could even get them 2 bottles – one to drink now and one to drink on their first anniversary.
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
That a lovely idea Noodlie! My mother’s opening line was ‘Glenn, would you like to carpool to the church event tonight?’. I hope that doesn’t mean we should buy them a car? Oh, why didn’t she have a cheaper opening line! 🙂
Thanks for the idea…I shall write it on my little list!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I like the wine/champagne idea, if they are wine/champagne drinkers (or at least appreciators). I wanted to get something like that for my mom and step-dad for their wedding (which was just this weekend!) but I realized that even if I got them a really great bottle, they wouldn’t have appreciated it much since both of them like nothing better than a bottle of white zin.
I don’t think ballroom dancing lessons are disposeable… I think they are a gift that, once used, will never be thrown away! And also that it’s a very sweet idea.
Post # 7
How about chipping in all together for some professional photography at the wedding, so your mother and her new husband have pictures of their entire family to keep and cherish?
I also like the getaway idea, especially if they haven’t planned a honeymoon.
Post # 8
We’ve just emailed with the future sisters, and it sounds like they are on board with the ‘group’ gift idea, so the pot of cash should be quite large. I like the idea of a professional photographer – first time the family photos would be great!
Post # 9
I think the photographer idea is seriously awesome. Wedding photography has changed so much since the first time she got married, she probably would be stunned by the amazing photos she’ll get!