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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:27 PM

Anybody have monthly gift subscription suggestions?

I would like to give a friend a monthly gift subscription for her birthday. This woman is my son's chosen grandma...meaning that even though he has two actual grandmothers, they've not pursued a relationship with my kiddo and as a result, he has bonded with this close family friend that he calls Nannie. That aside, I am fresh out of ideas for her upcoming 72nd birthday and I'm looking for something unique - such as a monthly gift subscription. She's not a big drinker - so alcohol every month might be too much. I'm hoping to come up with something other than fruit of the month or what not. Any ideas out there? Please and thank you.

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MontanaMama Sep 30 OP
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rsdsharp Sep 30 #7
MontanaMama Sep 30 #8
Jane Austin Sep 30 #9
MontanaMama Sep 30 #10
Jane Austin Sep 30 #16
MontanaMama Oct 2 #36
Totally Tunsie Sep 30 #11
MontanaMama Sep 30 #12
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Corgigal Sep 30 #13
MontanaMama Sep 30 #14
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MontanaMama Sep 30 #19
Alpeduez21 Sep 30 #18
MontanaMama Sep 30 #20
MountainMama Oct 1 #21
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MountainMama Oct 2 #23
IcyPeas Oct 2 #24
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AirmensMom Oct 5 #47
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MontanaMama Oct 2 #37
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cwydro Oct 3 #40
DeminPennswoods Oct 3 #39
MontanaMama Oct 3 #41
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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:43 PM

1. Forget the monthly gift subscription. Give her 12 gift cards for restaurants, Starbucks, Target, etc

Mix it up. Give them all to her at one time. I got a gift like that one time and it was like Christmas all over again.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:54 PM

4. I wondered about doing something like that

but second guessed myself. Thank you for the nudge!!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:50 PM

2. A couple I've used:

Mouth.com has a variety or choices. My mom liked the 'Indie states of America' subscription.
https://www.mouth.com/collections/subscriptions?ref=box-2

Also Piquant Post for a few different spices every month. Good for diabetics, too. https://piquantpost.com

Or Foot Cardigan. Yep, a sock-of-the-month club. https://www.footcardigan.com

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Response to yewberry (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:55 PM

5. Sock Of The Month club?? Yay!!

I love all your suggestions. Thank you.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:51 PM

3. Does she have hobbies? Does she

Like to cook? Bake? Craft? Knit? Garden? Read? Try new food?

My MIL is 82 and she loves to make jewelry. I love to play with polymer clay. They have boxes for each of those. I just googled. They pretty much have a box for anything!

I just subscribed to Misfits Market. I get to play "chopped" with a fresh produce box every month or so (you can set how often you get the box and the size of the box).

This list is in no way a full list, but to get you thinking you could start here:
https://urbantastebud.com/subscription-box-gift-ideas/

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:56 PM

6. She's a baker and a good cook.

I'll follow that link. Thank you!

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 04:08 PM

8. No way!!

I can think of a few people who would love this!!!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 05:52 PM

9. Cheese!

Audible Books.

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:39 PM

10. I wish someone would give me cheese

every month forever.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:41 PM

16. My son and his girl friend brought me

so much good cheese when they went to Wisconsin last year!

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:37 PM

36. Speaking of cheese...

The Washington State University Creamery...part of WA State University makes the most wonderful cheese. They make and sell it in limited quantities and selections vary year to year. Their flagship cheese is a sharp cheddar called Cougar Gold. Itís exceptional. I just opened a can of 2014 this last weekend and served with fresh Macintosh apples. Sooooo good. Off topic but since were talking about cheese.

https://creamery.wsu.edu/

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:46 PM

11. How 'bout a monthly house-cleaning service?

That's what I'd like to receive!

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Response to Totally Tunsie (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:49 PM

12. What a great idea!!

Youíve got me thinking now...I wonder if I could hire someone for snow removal at her house...thanks for the nudge.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:14 PM

15. Now you're talking!

At 72, most people don't need any more "stuff" - they're trying to get rid of "stuff". Having someone else take care of a pesky task that you don't have the energy or desire to do, however, is golden.

If she's another Montana gal, that snow shoveling would come in pretty handy about now!

I've told my family "If I have to dust it, or feed it, or store it, I don't want it." Sentimentality is a nice thought, but I don't have room for it in my down-sized apartment. My favorite gifts are those that disappear in a timely manner.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:05 PM

13. Lawn service,

or a monthly service for someone to straighten up the house.

At that age, well actually at my age, I would appreciate these.

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #13)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:06 PM

14. Such a good idea.

Thank you.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:46 PM

17. See if you can find a neighbor kid

who can get her recycling, trash and compostables out on the right days - a then bring the containers back from the street after collection.

I'm finding that more and more difficult to do - especially in bad weather.

Could your son do that for her?

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 09:04 PM

19. Wonderful idea.

I may be able to find someone in her neighborhood that offers that service. My kiddo would do it but we live 10 miles away and he doesnít drive yet. I know a few people in her development that might give me a lead. Love it.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 08:11 PM

18. Jelly of the month club

It's the gift that keeps giving the whole year.

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Response to Alpeduez21 (Reply #18)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 09:04 PM

20. Thanks!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:01 PM

21. I am old....

I immediately began thinking about magazine subscriptions!

"Smithsonian Magazine" is great for general knowledge/history.

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Response to MountainMama (Reply #21)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:39 PM

22. Thanks from one Mama to another!

Nannie loves primitive antiques and old country decorating...She might really like a magazine subscription about antiques. You all have such wonderful suggestions.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:20 PM

23. You're welcome!

There's also a magazine just called "Country" she might like as well.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:04 PM

24. I received this fruit-of-the-month gift from the attorney I worked for - I LOVED IT:

(edit: I know you said no fruit of the month club but I really enjoyed this, but I guess you have a reason for saying that)

Their pears are to die for. juicy, sweet - just scrumptious. They have other choices too. See:

https://www.harryanddavid.com/h/fruit-clubs





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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #24)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:18 PM

25. That looks beautiful!

Nannie may very well like fruit...I was just looking for something a little more unusual...and I admit that I often overthink things. It's one of my "superpowers". Harry and David has wonderful gifts to be sure. Thanks for the reminder!

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #24)

Sat Oct 5, 2019, 07:33 AM

47. You got lucky

if H&D didn't send you a bill for your gift. We had friends who sent us a gift from them years ago. The fruit was pretty mediocre, actually. A few months later, H&D sent us a bill, saying that our friends hadn't paid it and they would like us to pay, since we received the fruit. I refused. I never told our friends and I don't know what the story is, although they are not people who neglect their bills. I vowed then never to do business with that company and I never have. I mean, that was pretty damn tacky.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 03:53 PM

26. I once received a hot sauce of the month club gift

That was a ton of fun! Some of them were super hot -- habaneros, Scotch bonnet peppers -- while others were sweet or smoky, for BBQ or tacos, or just "all-purpose" hot sauce. I can't remember who ran the club, but there are a couple of them.

Real Simple has more suggestions you might want to check out as well: 30 Surprising Subscription Box Ideas. (The first is a hot sauce of the month club!)

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Response to klook (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 04:20 PM

27. Thank you for the link!!

I'm bookmarking it. There are such unusual items there!! I particularly liked MoonBox. Not for Nannie, but for me!! She already thinks I'm a hippie.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 04:51 PM

28. Far out!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 05:57 PM

29. Massage!

Give her a couple of massage gift certificates. You can even have the massage therapist come to the home for the service.

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Response to mysteryowl (Reply #29)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 06:34 PM

31. Wonderful idea.

Thank you!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 06:31 PM

30. Audible.

If she loves to read (or listen rather), itís fantastic.

I love my Audible subscription.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #30)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 06:50 PM

32. Hmmm.

Hadnít thought of that. Thank you!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #32)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 07:32 PM

33. I'm a huge reader, but also an avid gardener.

This allows me to do both at the same time!

Plus, I have some books I listen to just to put me to sleep. Great insomnia cure.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #33)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:43 PM

34. So I have a question for you.

I am an audible newbie. Iíve listened to a handful of books but I find that the readers distract from the material they are reading...at least for me. Maybe itís my book choices or maybe Iím missing something. Iíd love to have some books to listen to put me to sleep or just relax me. I love to read...and being read to sounds like it could be wonderful...I just havenít found the sweet spot with Audible yet. Any tips?

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #34)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:17 PM

35. I'm a newbie too.

I like a lot of British authors, whose books generally have British narrators. My parents were both British, as are all my surviving family, so that accent is wonderful to me. Only one narrator has distracted me so far in the British selections.

For sleeping, Iíve chosen some old favorites from childhood. Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, the Jungle Book, etc. (I was raised on those British books lol). Find your old childhood faves. Iím a Harry Potter fan too, so those are fun to go to sleep to, not the later ones so much though. Biographies are good for sleep, Iíve found.

They also have selections from the Great Courses, which I already was familiar with. So you can choose lectures on pretty much anything...even if theyíre interesting, at bedtime usually they put me to sleep! Iíve been listening to one called How the Earth Works, and that put me right out lol. That narrator does irk me a bit. No idea why.

Some really light reading that I love are the M.C Beaton books. They take place in England and Scotland. The Agatha Raisin series and the Hamish MacBeth series. Ostensibly detective stories, but funny as hell with lovable main characters and only bad people get murdered! Theyíre great to listen to go to sleep to, but I always have to listen in the daytime again because I fall asleep and miss it all. I love those books, and have read them in print again and again. Now Iím listening to them all even if Iíve read them. Kind of soothing in these effed up times. Great characters.

One of my sources for books besides Audible are the free library services. Audible of course we have to pay for, but if youíre a library patron wherever you live, thereís a great free audible (and print) service called Hoopla. Completely free. Also Libby. The selections on Libby depend on your library, but Hoopla has a really large selection. Check it out.

Well, that was probably more than you wanted, but Iíve really been enjoying it. I have to watch myself not to get carried away buying everything I want at one time. Let me know how it goes.

Meantime, Iíve enjoyed this thread with all the great suggestions. Especially intrigued by the socks of the month club!

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Response to cwydro (Reply #35)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:49 PM

37. This is exactly the info I was looking for

when it comes to Audible. I think Iím looking at the wrong types of books to get into the relax zone. I never even thought of childrenís titles like Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh. Theyíd be familiar and comforting. I will work a little harder at searching titles and genres. Iíve been in the rut of nonfiction and the narrators are often the authors and they tend to set me on edge for whatever reason. Time to listen to something different! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions cwydro.

ETA: My library has Hoopla! I never knew.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #37)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 02:24 AM

38. You want to go to sleep?

Get Dr. Andrew Weil's Breathing.

Just don't listen to if you're driving!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #37)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 07:38 AM

40. Glad you found Hoopla! It's a fantastic service.

You can only borrow 3 a month, which used to irritate me, but now that I have Audible I can balance it all out.

Iíve found some of the old classics are also good for going to sleep lol. Pretty much anything you were forced to read in high school.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 05:46 AM

39. The New Yorker Magazine

Always lots of interesting stories, reports, fiction, book/movie/tv reviews plus the cartoons.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #39)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 08:29 AM

41. Nannie might really like that.

Sheís a reader, and a political junkie and loves a good cartoon. Sheís also from upstate NY. Great idea!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #41)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 10:04 AM

42. This year's rate was $150 for gift subscription

I think that's for 48 issues - there's 3 or 4 weeks that are issues covering 2 weeks. My mom got me that every year for xmas.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 11:55 AM

43. The Kringle of the month club

I got a 6 month subscription one year for Christmas. Every month, a pizza sized Kringle would appear in a different flavor. They were all delicious. It is one of my favorite gifts that I have received.

https://www.kringle.com/store/product/kringle-of-the-month-club

Here are the flavors

January - Cheesecake
February - Cherry
March - Chocolate Chip
April - Raspberry
May - Cinnamon
June - Strawberry Cheesecake
July - Almond
August - Berry Crumble
September - Apple Cinnamon
October - Salted Caramel
November - Cranberry
December - Pecan

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Response to IrishEyes (Reply #43)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:14 PM

44. Oh my!!

I'm in the process of making my Christmas lists for our employees and I do something different for each of them. I have one guy who works here who would LOVE this. Many thanks!!

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #44)

Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:29 PM

45. You can also buy them individually.

There are a lot more interesting flavors. I think I will buy one or two to bring to my office Christmas potluck party. They are great to share. My old roommates were sad when the subscription ended.

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