Giving a gift, whether you do so in person or have it shipped directly to the recipient, is a great way to show friends and family that you care. Whether it’s someone’s birthday, the holidays or you just feel like reaching out, read on for some ideas for easy and inexpensive gifts.
Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? If you have a penchant for baking, consider giving your loved one a homemade cake or batch of cookies. If you’re not so confident in the kitchen, research bakeries in your area where you can purchase cookie platters Schaumburg, cupcakes, or a cake or pie. If your recipient has any food allergies, be careful to ensure that the item you bake or purchase will not make him or her sick.
In today’s world, it’s all too easy to get caught up in fulfilling the demands of work and family and neglect to set aside time for oneself. Put together a small basket of items meant to aid relaxation, such as a bottle of bubble bath, some chamomile tea and a scented candle. Even if your friend or family member spends just a few minutes at a time enjoying the gift, it will go a long way towards improving his or her mental health.
A Heartfelt Note
“It’s the thought that counts” may be a cliché, but it rings true: a thoughtful, caring and well-intentioned friend is far more valuable than any material item. Next time you have a few extra minutes and want to brighten someone’s day, write a few paragraphs about how much he or she means to you on a blank card and mail it. You can also avail of a card online and personalize it with your message and signature.
Finding the perfect present for your loved ones can be difficult, especially when you are shopping for someone who already seems to have everything. Instead of going overboard with elaborate items, try giving something simple and from the heart. You may be surprised at how much it is appreciated!
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Meg is an author at Cinnamon Hollow. She writes on a variety of topics sharing tips and ideas for daily life.