Any thoughts????

Newfs Forever

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I am one of three sisters, and my oldest sister is celebrating her 50th anniversary. She is very wealthy, unlike my second sister and myself! LOL!

What do we get them for their 50th?

They don't drink, so nice wines would be out of the question. They can buy whatever they want.

Again, any suggestions are appreciated.



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How long before the celebratory date? If you have time, get together with both their families and throw together a scrapbook of photos of each of them from as far back into their childhoods as you can go. Ask everyone to make good photocopies or reprints and contribute to the effort. It doesn't have to be cute or fancy. You could put their photos at different ages side by side just for kicks.


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A scrapbook with pictures, stories, favorite memories is usually a big hit. If you are able to contact childhood friends, family members, current friends to add to it that would be great. Have everyone add a "favorite" story of something they did together etc. If distance (or time) isn't an issue you can give others a paper cut in a neat shape (heart's, smiles or the shape from a favorite past time of your sister) and have them write (or print out) the story on those, add a picture or momento and bind those together also. Anything that is different and personal seems to be the way to go for the "person who has everything".

Jager's Mom

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Just to add to the scrapbook idea.... go to You can do an online scrap book. I've done several and they turn out great!

Also, if you have a pic of you and your sister's (and or family) from an early could go to and have a canvas made of that pic. I've also done many of these...they are really cool.

Last, if you have a pic of you and your sisters... go to .... you could have the pic put into a necklace with pendant (or charm bracelet...they have many options). They pendants can be worn 24/7, even in the water/shower. Again, I've made several of these.


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another "scrapbook" option, which my sisters and I did for our parents 50th. We took all the gathered photos and had them made into a video with music. It was a huge hit.


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I have that same problem with my dad each year for Christmas. So I started doing things that are a bit different. There is a meat market close to here that has great marinated pork chops. I got some of those with a fixings for a salad and some rolls. He loved it.

My sister who is on disability always worries about getting me something for Christmas. (I am in the same boat as you only the roles are reversed) The past 2 years I have requested and gotten home made veggie soup in single serve containers, frozen. My husband won't eat it so I won't make it nor do I have the time. I can grab a bowl for a quick lunch. (I save and return the containers)

Even when people have money and can buy anything they want small items are good. I appreciate gift cards to the local car wash. Or maybe a gift card to an exclusive restaurant. I know we don't go out to eat to an expensive restaurants unless we have a gift card to use. Expensive restaurants like O'Charlie's (my favorite)

Maybe even a gift card to a spa for 2? Or a weekend away even if the hotel is close by. Do you have a vineyard close by? How about a bottle of wine and a mixture of cheeses and crackers. Or have the wine/cheese/crackers in their room at a hotel.


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Do they have any hobbies? If so, design a gift basket around that theme. For example, if they are foodies, you could get a picnic basket and fill it with gourmet samples, cloth napkins and a gourmet magazine.

If they are movie buffs, get a huge popcorn bowl and fill with popcorn, gift certificate to a movie, magazines.

If they are golfers you might fill a basket with tees, balks, gloves, water bottles...

If they are gardeners get a planter and fill with plant name plates, plant food, seeds, trowel, gloves and a seed catalogue.

For couch potatoes, a nice blanket, pairs of slippers, and gift certificate to a book store might be the thing.

The scrapbook idea could be incorporated into any of these. Same with the homemade food.

On another tack, you could get them a personalized sign for their home with their house number or family name.

You could gift them with a certificate for a portrait sitting with a professional photographer.


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I have no advice as I struggle with the same issue at gift giving time. I too am one of three sisters, I'm the middle sister. Our oldest sister is wealthy, I fall into middle income, and my little sister is on disability. We struggle every time we have to think of gifts for our older sister or our nieces.


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I may be a little too philosophical in this, but I think that our ideas about gift giving need to be broadened. The idea is to show them that you love them and that you are thinking of them, and a gift is simply the way that it is traditionally been done.

I like to follow Gary Chapmans Idea of the 5 Love Languages. Many of us (myself included) don't get a whole lot out of material gifts, so a heartfelt letter or something you made (cookies or baked goods are always welcome, but the scrapbook thing mentioned earlier would be an awesome way to go) go a lot farther, because we know that you spent time and effort making them.

MC Sullivan

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My family has similar circumstances with siblings that are financially all over the board. We have gone to really just giving presents to nieces and nephews but if my brothers and I do exchange gifts they are usually something small and thoughtful versus big ticket items. For instance I love blood oranges and my brother went to an Italian market and found a frozen carton of blood orange juice imported from Italy. It was expensive as far as orange juice goes but not an expensive gift. For me it was a great surprise, which I absolutely loved.

50th is the golden anniversary. Maybe a box of gold foil wrapped gourmet chocolates. Or perhaps a large flower pot full of golden flowers they can enjoy all summer long. Good luck!


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Have something done in their honor - a tree planted, some land saved, a donation made to something they're interested in, a commemorative brick, board, etc. with their name on it, etc. This is always a good gift for someone who has everything. The year both my sons moved away, for Christmas I had a tree planted at a local historic home where I volunteer - then I wrote them a letter telling them how much they were missed, but this tree will always remind them that their roots are still in Kentucky. They loved it.
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