Top Gift Ideas for the Elderly Loved One

Top Gift Ideas for the Elderly Loved One

Choosing a gift for an elderly relative or friend may be quite a daunting task. Most people in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s may be living in small homes or nursing homes. The main criteria for a gift are not its beauty and price, but its practicality and comfort. Most often gifts of companionship and spending time together are valued much more than tangible gifts.

Here are a few ideas for gifts for the elderly:

  • Gift baskets:  Agift basket assembled at home with items bought from a gourmet store or a supermarket is very good idea as it can be customized for the recipient. Ideas for gift  baskets include Reader’s gift basket (magazines, books, magnifier, hot chocolate or coffee), Memories basket (photos of family, art work by grand children, address book with names and contact details ) and Relaxation gift basket (bathing lotions, bubble bath or oils in favourite fragrances, a CD of relaxing music, couple of soft hand towels, chamomile tea and tea cup). Make use of hamper delivery in UK for sending these to loved ones far away.

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  • Gifts of food and beverages: Shopping for food for the elderly is difficult because of their dietary restrictions. If food is perishable, it is best to gift a small quantity. Items include a bottle of red wine, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, favourite brands of chocolates, a basket of fresh, seasonal fruit and homemade cookies.
  • Restaurants and gift cards: An elderly person who is mobile will appreciate a gift card to a favourite coffee shop or restaurant. Eating out is usually out of the reach of those with a fixed income. Gifting cost of transport is a bonus; you can drive him or her to the place yourself or arrange for a cab.
  • Tickets to events: The elderly also have cut down on their attending favourite events like concert, films and plays. You can gift them tickets for the same, especially for an event featuring a favourite actor or performer.
  • Special playing cards: For elderly with failing vision, playing cards of big sizes are suitable. Automatic card holders or shufflers can relieve stress on hands affected by arthritis. There are different types of card holders: hand held or table placed.

Jigsaw puzzles are also loved by the elderly. They have adult themes and large designs. They are suitable for low vision and arthritic hands.

  • Audio books, Game books, MP3 player: Audio books are ideal for those with vision issues. Game books come in large sizes to suit elderly players and enhance their cognitive function. Games include Sudoku, Crossword, Word Search, etc. MP3 players provide lots of music from a small device. Get it uploaded with favourite tunes before gifting it to the loved one.

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  • Assistive items: For the elderly, there are a number of practical and useful items to suit their daily needs. These needs include poor vision (over sized calculator, clock, watch, magnifying glass for reading, head lamp), hearing impairment ( personal headphones, light systems for alarms and door bells, amplified telephone, etc), stiff joints (electric scissors, can or jar openers, elastic shoe laces, comb with long handle, etc) and limited mobility (wheel chair clips, grabber, bed rails etc.)

These are some ideas for giving gifts to the elderly.

The organic giver – gift natural, be natural

The organic giver – gift natural, be natural

Gifts make us smile! Gifts make us not just happy, but delighted! Gifts warm us, make us glow… Gifting is not just a social protocol, but a delightful, superb way to let someone know how you feel. Gifts tell the person how much you care. Exchanging gifts highlights all social events – birthday gift, anniversary gift, return gift, wedding gift – the list goes on. What is important is, gift giving changes with every change in social interactions. One’s graduation from school to college, from college to work and from work to marriage – the kind of gifts he gets and gives keep getting more and more sophisticated, more mature. It is the norm.

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With the increase in environmental awareness and understanding of the threats and hazards our lifestyle poses to nature, the outlook of educated, enlightened individuals has become holistic and organic. People these days prefer organic fruits, vegetables, even fabrics! Biodegradable and eco-friendly choices are being made to preserve the environment for the coming generations. In such a scenario, gift giving becomes even more meticulous. Any common items will just not do – getting creative and looking for a pro-nature, eco-friendly gift is the norm of the day.

Then what to do? Look at these ideas for your sensitive and aware friends and family and gift them something they will just love:

Plant – gift a plant! Get something low maintenance for that busy workaholic friend of yours, so that he can manage looking after it without being guilty of killing it. Get a delicate orchid for the one with the green thumb. A plant gives back much more to nature than it takes, and the satisfaction both of you get out of such a gift is immense. Thank you nature!

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Eatables – Edible gifts are becoming a bit of a rage these days mainly because they neither require any space to keep, nor there is a question of like or dislike – we all eat, and that is the basic idea of a useful gift. Buy and send fresh fruit hampers online for that fitness freak cum naturalist yogi aunt of yours and earn that special place in her good books! Another good option is a freshly baked, home-style cake on order, of the choice of flavour; or maybe cookies or even organically grown vegetables. These are all available with many local retailers.

Bamboo Products – Be an environment friend as well as help some small scale artisans by buying bamboo gifts like baskets, fans, pen holders and many other useful items they weave and make. Once their use has been met with, they can be easily degraded in the environment and do not pollute.

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Clay Gifts – Go for unpainted pottery as an eco-friendly gift option. Many poor artisans are also benefitted along with nature. Hand-painted and hand glazed pottery is not only very attractive but also a great gift.

Go green and spread the message of a sustainable gift culture by using these ideas. Impress your friends and family by such creative and off-beat gifts, bound to bring lots of smiles in return!

The Art of Gifting

The Art of Gifting

The special warmth that runs through your body when you open a gift given by a loved one is so enthralling! The rush of excitement that accompanies you is a feeling incomparable, the euphoria is too much to handle – haven’t you felt this way too? Getting and giving gifts is a symbolic gesture which counts so much for any special occasion! But giving proper, loved and appreciated gifts is an art, which anyone can master, but it requires observation and the willingness to see that special smile on someone’s face.

These days, gifts are not really based on need – we all have everything we need. So, the basis of choosing a gift for someone should be aesthetic value, creative value and something connecting the giver of the gift to the receiver in a unique and personal way. Gift giving is certainly not an easy task!

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If it is someone’s birthday, anniversary, wedding, celebration of some achievement or any such special occasion, gift giving is the best way to convey our happiness for the same. A carefully chosen present is worth a thousand words. So, keep in mind the following, while you pick up that special something for the recipient:

-          The person’s taste- Is the recipient intellectual? If so, does he read? If yes, what does he read? One question must follow other in a logical fashion and gift picked accordingly.

-          What do you have in common? Is it through the drawing class you met or at a history symposium? Select something that may mark your first meeting, any special incident or some patent one liner you share as a joke – anything up, close and personal.

-          Some generic gifts – If you are really not sure what will be a good gift, items like laptop accessories, daily use items like bags or purses, watches, organic or gourmet soap, pots and pans, pens, mobile accessories or bed linen is a good idea. These things can immediately put to use and never lose their utility.

-          Cost of the gift – How well do you know the person? Do they or do they not value an expensive gift like precious metal or stone? Are they a simple person who appreciates even low cost gifts? These are the questions you must take note of.

-          The hamper question – Will it be appropriate and fitting? A multitude of options are available on the internet to buy cheap hampers in UK. The UKtops the charts for sale of cheap hampers to give away as Christmas gifts. But they may be too generic and not classify as well-thought after gifts.

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-          The person’s occupation – If the recipient is a teacher, it may be a good idea to gift them nice pens. If they work for a corporate, think about personalized stationery or cufflinks/ briefcase.

Gifts are wonderful! A person who has mastered the art of gift giving, will ensure there is a lot of warmth for every person they give a gift. Gifts have even grownups getting all jumpy like kids. That’s the charm! So, follow the key pointers while picking a gift and make them smile with your gestures!

Gift ideas for your teachers

Gift ideas for your teachers

Whether you are a child, teenager or an adult, you never forget that one favourite teacher you had in school or in college. You do not need an occasion to thank or gift something to your beloved teacher, so if you are planning to surprise your teachers with something special anytime soon. Here are some ideas which could help…

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  • Show all the appreciation: – Make her/him feel special by showing how much you respect and appreciate their efforts. There are tons of ways to show this gesture. You can give gifts, send a thankyou card or buy something they would really like. Giving best teacher mugs and certificates is a good, sweet and affordable idea.
  • Think unique: – Go unique if your teacher loves humour. You can gift things like food items with best teacher written on it or a small trinket. You could also gift them things like, a coffee mug giving out a funny yet nice message like thank you for making me smart and so on.
  • The gift should be thoughtful and meaningful: – If you are aware of their favourite book, then you could always write in a sweet message and give that to them. You could create simple cute hampers at home too by putting in little memories from your days in her/his class. If you have pictures with your favourite teacher, then use that to make a memory scrapbook.
  • Go generic: – Sometimes going simple and generic is a safe bet. Things like gift cards, flowers, spa vouchers; mugs, accessories and etc. work well if you are super confused and do not really know what to narrow down on. Mix up these few things and make a sweet hamper for your teacher. And, in case, your teacher isn’t in the same city or country, you can send hampers by post.
  • Be creative: – Creativity is very important when you are planning to gift your teacher. And if you are making a gift by yourself, then make sure it is unique and special. Teachers value what their students gift them. So, if you are painting something or making a scrapbook or stitching a bag, then keep their choices in mind and make it different so she/he always remembers and cherishes it.
  • Moderate budget: – Keep the budget of the gifts moderate but filled with sentiments. Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most special ones. A personal note or a letter or a poem about the teacher makes a lot of difference. If you are low on budget, you can ask some of your ex and current classmates to chip in so that everyone can make one gift and assemble it to create a nice hamper basket. Everyone can put in something they want to gift with personal notes on each present.

So, the next time you are planning on surprising your teachers, do consider these things before you plan your gifts. Putting in special efforts will never go waste. They are much better than materialistic gifts.

Gifts for your better half…

Marriage is one of those important milestones in everyone`s life and celebrating the first anniversary is special. And that’s why you want to plan the best for your beloved better half. On that, here are some special and unique ideas to make your life partner happy on this special day. And if they aren’t with you at the moment, then you can always send gift hampers by post anywhere across the nation.

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®  Go down memory lane:  Make a scrapbook or a journal of all your wonderful pictures together. Begin from the time you met or from the time you clicked your first picture together. Cut them out and paste it well with captions and decorations on each page. It does sound a little immature, but it shows a timeline of your relationship together till this day. Make sure you write little sweet notes below every picture reviving the memories of that day. Also, you can include some other fancy tiny objects with this large scrapbook and make it into a lovely and romantic hamper basket. This will surely bring a smile on your loved one`s face.

®  Personalise gifts: Apart from the scrapbook which you make yourself, you can gift things like rings, key chains, watches and other things, which are personalized and engraved with initials of the two together. You can always give a ring with a love message engraved and both your names together in a cute heart. Other than this, a watch with engraved initials is unique and a timeless gift. They will always remember and miss you when they see one these gifts. You can mix match gifts and create a lovely gift basket for your better half.

® Pamper them:  You can pamper your loved one in several ways. You can cook a delicious meal for them and all that but treating them to a spa sounds amazing right? Coupons for couple spa are an ideal choice and good too. An hour of togetherness in a place with aroma of rose petals and relaxation is what you need. Added bonus is the soothing music. If you cannot plan out an exotic vacation then a spa idea is the best!

®  Send delights online:  If your partner is out of town for work, and you cannot celebrate your anniversary together then do not worry, you send gifts online too. From cakes to personalised items to gift baskets and many more things. You will find a number of options to pick from and you can mix and match them too. So, create the best hamper and surprise them at work. Do not comprise with anything. After all, first anniversaries do not come again. Make your day special by choosing the most incredible hamper gift basket.

These tips will help you make this day a little bit more special for both of you. This memorable day will never come again so celebrate it to the fullest. Make the most unique gifts for your loved one and surprise them!

Basket Full of love on Christmas

Christmas is a time of rejoicing and celebration. It is not just the December 25th but well before it and continues long after. The preparation of Christmas begins four weeks earlier; it is called Advent and ends on 6 January, the twelfth day after Christmas day in which Epiphany is remembered. Christmas is no longer a festival for Christians only. All the other religions enjoy Christmas as well. Christmas also marks the beginning of the New Year. The feel of festivity can be seen from a month before Christmas till the first week of January. There is so much preparation of the feast and gifts that market always seems to be overcrowded and people confused.

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Gifting is a process that requires a long planning and more so if it is a Christmas gift. They have to look elegant without being a pressure on your finances. It is always a better option to make a gift basket at home rather than buying. Moreover, Christmas hamper delivery in UK and other parts of the world is very easy now. So here are some ideas for your gift basket:

1. Man basket: It is called so because it holds everything you husband, your father or your son loves. You can add a bottle or two of their favorite drink, a pocket knife and few things of their hobby. Nothing would make them happy any more than the knowledge that you thought so much of them.

2. Box of sunshine: This is a really wonderful gift for someone you appreciate but don’t really know. Fill in the basket with lemony aroma and yellowy stuff like lemon drops, lemonade, yellow bears, lemon hand wash, lemon cake mix, etc. Decorate it with yellow cellophane and yellow papers. It will give a warm feeling.

3. Shot basket: Get some shot bottles or pint bottles of their favorite drink or liquor. You can arrange them as a bouquet or a basket. Decorate it with some ribbons and papers. It will make a wonderful gift for your close ones.

4. Just add ice cream: Put a variety of wafer cones and cups combined with chocolate chips, gems and other toppings. Put a tag saying ‘just add ice cream’, wrap and gift. No gift can be sweeter than this.

5. Her basket: Women appreciate some pampering and some time for herself. So, consider gifting her those. You can gift her some vouchers for spa or a basket of bath salts, manicure or pedicure kits, aroma candles or tickets to concerts or programs she love. This will mean a lot to her.

6. Tea or coffee basket: For those whose day doesn’t start without these, you have hit a jackpot. In a basket, put together a mug, flavors of coffee or tea and other accessories related to them. They would never stop thanking you for this.

There are a million of things you can think of for gifting in Christmas as a basket or hamper. It is important to keep in mind that before you decide on what to buy for whom, set your budget for every individual. This will not only help you in deciding what to gift, but also how much to gift.

Ideas to make this Christmas special for your loved ones

Christmas is the most awaited occasion of all time. Whether it is children or adults, everyone, looks forward to celebrate this special occasion with their near and dear ones. Parties, music and listening to Christmas carols are some of the usual’s which are practiced perhaps in every household. While this surely demands a festive mood, here are some ways in which the celebration of Christmas can be exemplified manifold:

House party- Well, what is better than enjoying this special day with family and friends. Arrange a house party with all homemade food and delicacies keeping the theme of Christmas in mind. A full baked turkey with an English truffle is one of the great choices to try on. Since, it is a house party; cool arrangements can be made to make the guest comfortable. Even games can be organized which either relates to Christmas or includes one or the other items in the list. Enjoying the season in the accompaniment of the friends is a great way to rock and roll the party.

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Go for a dance session- Dancing one’s way out through the Christmas Eve is a good way to spend time in the embrace of your loved ones. There is lots of way to do this. Either select a particular hotel which is organizing a Christmas party or give the two of you a complete alone time by arranging such an arrangement in your house itself. Dance and enjoy the evening leaving behind an indelible memory.

Cooking delicacies- Another great activity to indulge with your partner is to cook Christmas special delicacies together. It can be a cake, truffle, pancake or any other delicacy that the two of you enjoy doing together. Christmas marks a time of pure love and happiness which can be truly gained by cooking special delicacies with the loved ones.

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Enacting a play- A unique idea could be to enact out a play, featuring the briefs of how Christmas started being celebrated on the birth of Lord Jesus. This could be fun way to teach your kids and toddlers the importance of this festival and make them a part of the same. All the more, one can also involve the children in decorating Christmas trees which will be a great and fun activity for the kids.

Sending cakes and hampers- There are times when the loved ones are quite far away either because of work issues or other problems. Though far, one can make ones presence felt by gifting a hamper as their symbol of love. There are many online services which deal with Christmas hamper delivery in UK and the same can be approached to select the best of the best gifts for their dear ones.

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Plan ice skating or snow activity- Taking full advantage of the situation, plan out an ice skating session with your loved ones, family or friend. This could be a good way to enjoy snow and likewise celebrate Christmas.

With all these ideas, one can surely make Christmas special for themselves as well as for their loved ones.

Birthday hampers for kids

Kids are very picky when it comes to gifts and that’s the reason parents have to brainstorm their heads to decide what to gift their child. Skip all the drama and read this…

Since we are always ready to help, we are going to help you all with how you can surprise your kids on their birthdays: -

  • For her –

Simple make birthday hampers to avoid any complains. A ton of gifts will make them happy and keep you happy at the same time. While buying or making hampers for a girl, here is what you require -

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The basket has to be colorful or pink. The color pink attracts little girls and they love it. Barbie dolls, fluffy toys and dress up materials are a must. Little things like headbands, cute earrings could be added. You could also buy her a tea party set or a princess dress up set. Make sure you include chocolates too. If it is for an older girl then clothes with some soft toys does your work. Again, decorating and adding glitter to the hamper basket will save you from buying too many gifts. Packing too matters when you are gifting a girl. If she is a school going kid then what better than some stationary that is useful complemented with a cute princess bag.

  • For him –

While gifting a boy, you have to make sure to add some gadgets. Or a video game would serve your purpose. Small toys like animal plastic statues or action figurines can be additional to the hamper. Board games and other game sets are also useful. They will learn as well as enjoy playing. Apart from these things, you can even bake for children. If you know their favorite desserts then bake that and gift it in the form of a hamper. Never forget to include chocolates. Be it any kid, they absolutely love chocolates. Also, sports items or related to that are an easy gifts for boys.

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We know that parents try their best to go beyond limits to gift their kids the best but sometimes you need to think out of the box. Instead of gifting or making hampers, you can take your child for a trip too. Maybe a Disneyland trip (only if it fits your budget). General gifts are stationary items, shoes, clothes, drawing sets, paints, sports items, games, and chocolates.

With all this, packing too is essential. A boy will not notice too much of the gift packing or the basket until and unless it is pink. On the other hand, your little girl will surely want something that shimmers and shines with a touch of pink. Pack the items well to get them more and more excited about the hamper. If you are going modest with the money then homemade hamper baskets can be a good idea too. And if you have less time to make things at home then small gifts all together will be incredible.

Be a star when it comes to gifting kids!

Unbelievable birthday baskets

Birthday is the most happy and important day in a person’s life. And it is their family and friends responsibility to make it better. Hence, you should know how to surprise your friend or family member with some unbelievable gifts they never thought they would receive. Birthday hampers are important, so be wise when you choose. If you are in a jiffy then here is what will help.

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  1. For women:While gifting women, keep in mind that she probably will receive make-up sets, clothes, and jewellery and make-up items. So, go a different path when deciding what to give her. Read our options: -
  • Cotton dispenser: – A cute bunny cotton dispenser is something you will find easily. This adorable gift is convenient and did we mention cute?
  • Quirky lip balms: – A hamburger lip balm box, a shoe shaped balm box, cat/ dog shaped balm box and many other quirky styles, is something she would like. This is an exceptional idea. Right?
  • Utility bags: – Small sized, large sized and medium sized, a girl will always need utility bags for her things. Give her a set of all different sizes with cute prints on it. She will thank you for life.
  • Personalized gift: – a personalized jewellery box with her name or personalised mugs or other personalised items will make her smile.
  1. For men:While gifting men, make sure you know what he likes. If you are giving a present to your father then do not go too quirky. He may not really use it as much. But nonetheless, here is what you could gift a man: -
  • USB glow lights: – Since men love gadgets, how about a fancy USB glow light? This gift can fit your bill well if you are finding something that is inexpensive.
  • Cocktail kit: – Cocktail making sets are something that a man would admire. You can also give an entire bar set if you have a larger budget.
  • 3 in one: – A Swiss knife, bottle opener and keychain in one. Cool right?
  • Hip coasters: – Shaped and printed in different characters and styles, coasters for him is an appropriate gift.
  1. For kids:Gifting kids can be difficult since they can be a little choosy about what they want. Check this list for some assistance: -
  • Cartoon lamps: – If they love a certain cartoon then gifting a lamp figure of their choice is a safe bet. You can find many Tom and Jerry lamps.
  • Slippers: – Cute, furry, unicorn slippers is what a little munchkin would want.
  • A car: Nope, not the real size car but a small car with a horn and lights is a sweet gift for birthdays.
  • A play gun: – Usually small boys enjoy shooting around and playing with guns. Buy them a quirky gun which actually makes a real shooting noise.
  • Board games: – This gift will never go out of style.

Now picking birthday gifts for a woman, man and a child is stress-free than you ever imagined. You can combine all together and make amazing hamper baskets for them too.

The Perfect Gifts for HER

Surprise your ladylove, mother and all the women in your life with these precious and unique gifts. It is complicated to actually decide what to gift a woman but do not worry, we are here to help you out. Read on to find out which gifts is one of the quirkiest to gift a woman.

Chocolates:It isn’t an unknown fact that how much women love chocolates. A basket filled with her favourite chocolates is one of the best gifts you would ever give her.

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Candy jar:A huge jar full of her favorite candies and sweets (which are packaged well) will enhance her mood and she is surely going to love it. Do not go too big with the jar otherwise it can be difficult to send across. Gift hampers delivery around cities is not an easy process, so skip food items while sending it by courier.

Spa items:As much as a woman loves eating chocolates, she enjoys a spa day too. Since her jam-packed schedule doesn’t allow her to go to the spa, you can play the cupid here. Give her a box filled with exotic spa items.

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Jewellery:We aren’t suggesting diamonds and golds if it isn’t in the budget. But you can add a number of different accessories like a charms bracelet, earrings, necklace, rings and any other jewellery she likes wearing or would adore.

Beauty set:Lotions, shampoo, cleansing cream, exotic creams and many other beauty items are fantastic gift items for a woman. Whatever her age may be, she will always use these things on almost a daily basis. Why waste money on something she wouldn’t even use, buy a beauty set and make her happy.

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Make-up box:Since we are talking about sets and beauty, how can we forget make-up sets? If you know her favourite brand, then go ahead and purchase a make-up box and if not, then pick a reputed brand in your budget. While gifting beauty products, keep in mind to buy good and harmless goods.

 

Flowers:If you are planning to visit her place or gifting a hamper in person, what better than some gorgeous flowers? Make a bunch of numerous flowers of different colors and put it in a fancy basket. This is a no fail idea.

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Books:If she is a book worm and enjoys reading novels, gift her some of her favorite ones or something you know she would be interested in reading. Many women are fond of books. It isn’t a fancy idea but is a good one.

Movies:Few chick flicks and few romantic DVDs is all you need. Pack it in a colorful and nice basket or box and you are done!

Other items:Other items like mugs, jewellery boxes, wine bottles with glasses; clothes (if you know her choice well), bags set, diaries and many more things are simple and affordable gifts.

We are sure after reading this, you are wondering that gifting a woman is not all that complicated!