Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 110700 15-Oct-2012 10:56 Send private message

My parents both turn 50 in the next couple of months. I'm travelling back to NZ this week for their joint party this weekend.

I still need to get them a birthday gift - but am at a total loss as to what to get them.

Was planning to get them a bigger, combined gift - but could do separate gifts instead.

Really want to get them something that they can keep - don't want to get them something consumable or something that will wear out in a few years.

Was thinking of getting them an iPad, but that won't last more than a few years, and I don't think Mum would really appreciate it.

Anyone have any ideas? Budget is around $600-700 (for both of them).




Twitter: ajobbins

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
1814 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 110

Subscriber

  Reply # 701339 15-Oct-2012 10:59 Send private message

Have they got a PVR?
I got one for my parents, they love it. (also got them a Harmony remote to take away the coffee table remote clutter).

iPad is cool. Definitely worth considering.

xpd

Storm Chaser
5861 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 141

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701344 15-Oct-2012 11:03 Send private message

Grandkids ?




85 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 701347 15-Oct-2012 11:09 Send private message

I got my Dad a nice Swiss watch for his 50th when I was working in the UK and returned home for his 50th. That was 11 years ago and he still wears it with pride. (was a lot cheaper over there too than buying here!)

If you get the latest electronic fad then it doesnt have the same shelf life as something like a good quality watch.



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701349 15-Oct-2012 11:12 Send private message

xpd: Grandkids ?


I don't think they are in any hurry to be grandparents - that would make them feel old.

Likewise, I am not ready to be a parent! I enjoy having my income to myself far too much.






Twitter: ajobbins



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701350 15-Oct-2012 11:13 Send private message

flynkiwi: If you get the latest electronic fad then it doesnt have the same shelf life as something like a good quality watch.


I'm shying away from tech stuff for that reason. iPad/PVR/etc cool - but short life really, and not that sure they would appreciate it.




Twitter: ajobbins

1523 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 67


  Reply # 701357 15-Oct-2012 11:23 Send private message

What are they into?

Also gifts do not necessarily have to be a "thing" you could get them an experience, ( winery weekend break etc)



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701371 15-Oct-2012 11:40 Send private message

wellygary: What are they into?

Also gifts do not necessarily have to be a "thing" you could get them an experience, ( winery weekend break etc)


I dunno. Boring old people things?

Thought about a weekend away, but it's probably a bit beyond the budget. They live in the Hawkes Bay so wineries have all been done really.

Thought about getting them some outdoor furniture for the house they just moved into, but they said that they didn't want that.




Twitter: ajobbins

1523 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 67


  Reply # 701372 15-Oct-2012 11:43 Send private message

ajobbins:
wellygary: What are they into?

Also gifts do not necessarily have to be a "thing" you could get them an experience, ( winery weekend break etc)


I dunno. Boring old people things?



OK, then it is probably best to actually ask them what they want,

Sure it means it  wont be a "surprise" but given the $$$ you are spending, I would rather ask them for some guidance, rather than risk getting them something that will just be stuck in a cupboard.



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701379 15-Oct-2012 11:52 Send private message

Yeah I have asked them a couple of times and they have said they will 'have a think', but also that I don't need to get them anything etc etc.

Just want to float a few ideas around in case they don't come up with anything, which there is a good chance will be the case.





Twitter: ajobbins

1123 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 25

Subscriber

  Reply # 701384 15-Oct-2012 11:58 Send private message

I bought my Mum a hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast for her and Dad. About a month later the balloon accident happened in the Wairarapa where people were killed and they haven't used it... otherwise I think it was a solid gift.

For Dad's 60th I've got him a signed first edition of Buzz Aldrin's Men From Earth. He's a huge space nut but he hasn't got it yet so it might not be as cool as I reckon it is.

I've also got a picture of my brother and I when we were kids that i'm going to get printed onto a canvas and give to them at some point. Maybe xmas, not sure.



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701388 15-Oct-2012 12:05 Send private message

I like the idea of something like (but not) a Hot Air Balloon ride. Besides the accident, mum is scared of heights - but i'm sure there is another kind of 'experience' they could do.




Twitter: ajobbins

334 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 55


  Reply # 701402 15-Oct-2012 12:22 Send private message

How about a painting?

There are companies in China that will take a photo and turn it into an oil on canvas painting. They might like a family portrait done like that. Because the painting is done by hand, you can get them to clean up the background or even paint the subjects of the photo on an entirely different background.

A few years back, somebody at work was getting married and we got a wedding photo turned into an oil painting for them. We sent off the photo and a couple of weeks later, the company emailed us a jpg of a photo of the painting. We asked for a few minor changes and agreed the next photo. Then they sent us the canvas in a roll and we took it along to a local framing service.

For your budget you could get something of a decent size.


226 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 7

Subscriber

  Reply # 701414 15-Oct-2012 12:42 Send private message

The day after I turned 50 a letter arrived from my insurance company offering me funeral insurance.

It was really depressing Cry

986 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 22

Subscriber

  Reply # 701418 15-Oct-2012 12:47 Send private message

I know you said you were shying away from electronics - but how about a Kindle, say for your mum? Anyone who is a reader will love it. I may be wrong but women seem to read more than men. I don't see a Kindle as a fad really.



Awesome
3701 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 701427 15-Oct-2012 13:01 Send private message

Kindle's are great - but mum isn't really a reader. Dad is, and I have suggested a Kindle to him many times but he 'likes a real book'.

Like the painting idea - but maybe just a print on Canvas could be good. I'll add that to the possibilities list.




Twitter: ajobbins

 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic








Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new jobs are posted to our jobs board:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Forms of government for New Zealand
Created by charsleysa, last reply by JimmyH on 19-Apr-2014 17:49 (104 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


MH370 - Call for Search & Rescue Help
Created by DS248, last reply by Sideface on 17-Apr-2014 17:28 (735 replies)
Pages... 47 48 49


galaxy s4 now on 4.4.2
Created by nzrock, last reply by Cameron1991 on 19-Apr-2014 14:37 (53 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


why does the tax payer have to pay for the prince and princess' 6 star holiday?
Created by joker97, last reply by Geektastic on 17-Apr-2014 15:49 (67 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Snap suffering Trans-Tasman congestion 18/04?
Created by Lias, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 19-Apr-2014 00:05 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Help ! Home business connection and VDSL dead. yikes.
Created by Scotsman, last reply by Scotsman on 17-Apr-2014 21:10 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Amazon Fire TV
Created by sonyxperiageek, last reply by freitasm on 19-Apr-2014 11:04 (205 replies)
Pages... 12 13 14


TVNZ on Demand Jailbreak Detection
Created by TranceManNZ, last reply by hio77 on 18-Apr-2014 20:25 (12 replies)


Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.