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6 Presents For Someone You Care About
If you’re all out of ideas for a gift for someone special, why not give them something personalized? Here are some ideas that will allow you to say thank you, happy birthday, or happy holidays to someone you care about.
- Personalized soft blanket or throw
- Scratch-off USA map or world poster
- Tea or coffee sampler box
- Handmade craft item
- Fill-in-the-blank book
- Daily tear-off calendar (with handwritten notes)
1. Personalized Soft Blanket or Throw
Have you ever wanted to hug someone you loved but couldn’t because they were living miles away? I sent this cozy throw blanket to my daughter to give her a virtual cuddle whenever she needs one, and she loves it. It keeps her warm on chilly days while she works on her college studies, and it reminds her of me.
There are a number of messages you can customize it with. The one I picked says “To my daughter, whenever you feel overwhelmed, remember whose daughter you are and straighten your crown. Be brave, have courage, and love life. Wrap yourself up in this and consider it a big hug. Love mom.” The throw is machine washable too, so no worries if she spills a bit of hot chili sauce on it.
2. Scratch-off USA Map or World Poster
I was given a scratch-off map by my best friend during the lockdown. She said it would help me remember the good times we’d had traveling and keep my spirits up by helping me look forward to better times, and her ploy definitely worked. Scratching off stopover points from past holidays is great fun and inspires me to make new plans for future holidays.
There are single country maps available as well as the world on one giant poster. You can also get it framed, as it comes tightly rolled, and it is quite hard to get it flat. Use a dime to scratch-off the intended target, but be careful not to accidentally scratch places you haven't been. The colors on the map are bright and cheerful, and the paper is sturdy. These posters make great gifts for anyone who is already widely traveled as well as those who plan to see the world as soon as travel restrictions allow.
3. Tea or Coffee Sampler Box
On the theme of comfort and memories of home, a sampler box of someone's favorite beverage always makes a thoughtful gift. Drinking tea or coffee is no longer just a matter of dunking a teabag or spooning instant coffee into a mug. Premium hot drinks are now sold with lots of information about their origins and the precise plant varieties used to create them. A new generation of hot beverage connoisseurs can identify different types in the same way a sommelier would when drinking vintage wine.
I recommend this tea sampler box because the selection includes both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties. Sometimes, it's nice to just relax and not get over-energized. This is an ideal present for regular tea lovers as it will introduce them to the wide range of flavors the humble tea leaf can produce. Even occasional tea drinkers will like this gift, as each sachet is double wrapped to stay fresh longer.
4. Handmade Craft Item
Some of my favorite memories are of receiving homemade cards from the children in my life. The more artistic ones created drawings and paintings to celebrate special occasions. Some even made flower vases or leather purses to show off their skill. The fact that they had taken time to think about what I would enjoy was more important to me than the actual object.
A thoughtful, personal gift is likely to be remembered for years to come (along with who gave it and why). However, not all of us have the skill to make that special handcrafted item. If you're not the crafty type, move on to the following items. The next few ideas are things you can buy then personalize to make them special.
5. Fill-in-the-Blank Book
There are all kinds of these DIY books. Some are aimed at kids, while others are written for adults. They make it easy for you to tell that special someone the many little reasons you love and appreciate them. There are gaps in sentences on each page for you to complete with the person’s name or a key place or moment in your lives together. For example, in What I Love About Us, you fill in things like “I love how good we are at . . .” or “I love it when we . . .”
The prompts are simple, but they help you to be creative, and they really make your gift personal. A child’s book could include a story about a football team with blanks for you to fill in with the kid’s name and favorite team and players. These make great stocking fillers and unique birthday or thank-you presents.
6. Daily Tear-Off Calendar (With Handwritten Notes)
Calendars can be plain and functional or glossy and colorful. The great thing about a daily tear-off calendar is that the user will think of you every day of the year. You can make them smile (or frown) by adding a handwritten message on each page. That way, you will not only help them keep track of the date, but you will also ensure that you are constantly in their thoughts.
There are some lovely daily desk calendars available with vintage cartoons. My favorites are ones that have drawings by Ronald Searle (of St Trinian's School) or delightful pony cartoons by Norman Thelwell. Handwrite some random little messages of love on a few key dates and make your loved one’s heart beat a little faster. A daily tear-off calendar can truly be a memorable and thoughtful gift for all the right reasons.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.