On Sunday my husband's grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday.
I was in charge of buying her birthday present.
Now, I find buying gifts for the older generation something of a nightmare. They already have everything they need (and more). In fact, every time we visit, we are laden down with unwanted wares as they try to declutter. It is often more difficult for them to get out and about. Hobbies are pared down due to failing eyesight and difficulty with movement.
Plus, with a big, milestone birthday, you want to get something that's a bit extra special.
My first option was to get a framed print of all the big things that happened in 1923 along with a coin from that year. These are made by a lovely lady in Teignmouth who runs a business called Beadazzled. She has a store on eBay and also sells at local fairs and in a shop in Teignmouth called Gallery 8 (43 Teign Street TQ14 8EA). If you give her enough notice, she can personalise the print with the name of the recipient.
However, I was too late to order it in time. So I had to do a last minute dash to the shops.
Luckily, I work in Exeter, which has an array of amazing shops. I had a limited time in my lunchtime to get the perfect gift. And I struck gold in the first shop: Neal's Yard Remedies.
Now all women, no matter what their age, enjoy a good pampering session. Plus, Neal's Yard products are made with natural products, so are suitable for even quite sensitive, more mature skin. Their Pure Indulgence Organic Spa Collection gift, which costs £37 was perfect.
Nanna no longer takes a bath as, after two replacement hips (on each side), she finds it too difficult to get in and out. But the Aromatic Foaming Bath can also be used as a shower gel. The set also includes the bestselling, radiance boosting organic Wild Rose Beauty Balm, which boosts even the most tired skin. This is complemented by a Rose Body Cream. There is also a muslin cloth and a gorgeous smelling Organic Aromatherapy Candle, to really set the scene for some luxurious relaxation.
For me, the perfect gift is something you'd love to receive yourself. All I can say, is please don't wait for my 90th if you plan to get me the same!