Gifts to Show Loved Ones That You Care

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.

A Scrapbook

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.

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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.

Treat box

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.

Vouchers

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. 

Birthstones

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.

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