Blessings come in many forms, and I can honestly say that my mother-in-law is one of mine :)
When her birthday rolls around each year, I'm always at a loss at what to send her. There is no point sending her a gift that has no purpose...she is the most practical woman I have ever met. Forget ornamental. Forget decorative. Forget pretty. Ma likes practical...something she can use. Which is all very well until you have to place the item into a Postpak to send from one side of Australia to the other...then things get a bit more difficult :)
This year, to celebrate a milestone birthday, I decided to make her a gift that (hopefully) she will find useful...an embroidered doily.