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by DaySpring August 3, 2015
So you’re looking for just the right gift to celebrate, bless, encourage, or affirm someone, and you have no idea what to get - we’ve all experienced that! Gift shopping can be fun when you know exactly what to look for, but it can be stressful when you haven’t a clue what someone would like. No need to panic, though - here are some tips that will help!
Gift baskets are great for just about any occasion! Know someone who enjoys gardening? Put together a gift basket of gardening accessories - pretty gloves, hand tools, gardener’s soap and lotion, and some flower or vegetable seed packets. Or how about a friend or family member who loves to cook or bake? Create a kitchen-themed basket with useful items like an oven mitt, kitchen towel, cookie cutters, a whisk...there are lots of possibilities!
It never hurts to give a gift on the practical side - people always appreciate gifts they can put to good use. Think about the gift receivers’ needs and lifestyle. Do they travel? Get them luggage tags, tote bags, or toiletry bags they can use on their trips. Do they enjoy spa time? Bath products, a terry cloth robe, or scented lotion are all nice pampering gifts. Do they love to read or keep a journal? Choose a book by their favorite author or pick out a journal they would enjoy writing in. Are they into fashion? A simple statement accessory is definitely something they will appreciate. One of my new favorites is this Village Artisan necklace! It’s the perfect statement piece that will make any outfit stand out.
When you’re invited to someone’s home and want to bring a little something special for the hostess, choose an item she can use in her home or at future gatherings. A unique kitchen gadget, a set of napkins or napkin rings, a decorative serving piece that complements her kitchen décor or tableware, or a decorative plaque.
Lots of couples and families are on budgets, so tickets to special events they would enjoy make great gifts. Tickets to a sports game, a musical, a concert, a movie, or a special conference are all thoughtful gifts that friends and family would appreciate. A gift card to a favorite restaurant or coffee shop is also a nice idea.
Homemade goodies are perfect for welcoming a new neighbor and showing appreciation to those who serve you or your family in some way (teachers, a Bible Study leader, the mailman, a newspaper deliverer). Baked goodies and treats - like cookies, muffins, and brownies - can be packaged in special bags, arranged in baskets, or displayed on special plates or trays that are part of your gift. You could even package some small candies or cookies in a coffee mug and include some coffee or tea with your goodies. If you’re giving to someone who needs healthier options, give a basket of fruit.
Keep these tips in mind for gift-giving throughout the year. And look forward to blessing others with a gift they will appreciate and enjoy!
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