As darkness closes in and winter approaches, some of us will already be thinking about Christmas and decorations and food and gifts. I know I am. If you’re already planning your pressies, have a different special occasion coming up or just love buying gifts, here are some unique and thoughtful gift ideas.
If money is tight, get creative. Use whatever skills you have, from painting to knitting and everything in between. Decorate an old jam jar and pop a tea light inside, or use Scrabble letters to create a framed phrase.
Has someone recently moved away to university? Make a cookbook to remind them of home cooking, perhaps entrusting them with your most coveted of recipes. If they’re the sentimental type, make a scrapbook full of the favourite moments you’ve shared. A scrapbook can be as simple or elaborate as you want; all that’s needed is a pair of scissors and a Pritt Stick to go to town on it. Quite cheap for something that someone is likely to cherish forever.
Got a poorly friend? Make a ‘care package’, or ‘treat box’, filled with their favourite snacks, magazines and pamper products. This is a great option for someone who’s abroad and missing their native junk food.
Do you know a new mother? This is a lovely gesture to remind her of the great job she’s doing. Present her with a voucher for a massage to make her feel special, or a gift certificate for a cleaning service so she has one less thing to worry about.
Short of money? Create a homemade, babysitting voucher she can cash in when she needs a nap.
A birthstone is a uniquely poignant gift to give to a new baby. The wearing of birthstone jewellery began in 18th century Poland, where each gem became associated with a calendar month.
Birthstones are said to empower through their enhancing properties which are absorbed when they are worn as jewellery. Making a pendant or a ring that the baby can wear when she’s older is a perfect gift.
The October birthstone of the Opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning “to see a change of colour”. According to the American Gem Society, “An opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its colour play and its background. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.”
The second October birthstone of the Tourmaline has become a favourite gemstone among designers since it is available in a wide variety of colours and therefore suited to almost anyone’s taste.
Whether you’re celebrating the birth of a new baby, a birthday or simply have a friend who needs a pick-me-up, these are gifts that people will treasure forever. It’s easy to pop to the supermarket for a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, but the sign of a true friend is an ability to show how well you know them.
photo credit: unsplash Annie Spratt