It is often challenging to find great Xmas gifts. If you have grown children or grandchildren, it may be even harder to select presents. You may also have to keep to a budget while trying to find special gifts for them. There are, however, gifts that quite economical, yet are even more special because of your personal touch.
If you have a box of family photographs, consider organizing them into albums as presents for your children or grandchildren. Include a legend that tells the names of the people, when it was taken, and the location or occasion, if known. You might also include a page or two explaining relationships or describing interesting anecdotes about the individuals.
For a mother who has young children at home, give her the chance to pamper herself a bit. Present her with some bubble bath or bath oil, a fragrant candle, and some lotion. A bath pillow might be a welcome gift as well. For the second part of your gift, make arrangements to watch the children so she has plenty of time to indulge in a luxurious bath and maybe a nap.
Use old neckties to make “snakes” for recipients to place across the bottom of their doors to block out drafts. Simply sew the ties together, stuff, and then close the ends. You can add a tongue cut from red felt and make eyes from felt or attach the type you can purchase at a craft store.
Give a detailed history of the family or create a family tree. There are websites that allow you to conduct your research for free. If you know some interesting facts about any of your ancestors, include notes to help bring them to life. Add information about occupations, achievements, or military service in as much detail as possible.
Most cooks have a collection of favorite recipes. You might purchase an inexpensive, hard-backed journal with lined pages and write your own cookbook. Include your own recipes as well as any you inherited from your own mother or grandmother. If you have any old-world or ethnic recipes, include those as well. You should also include any tips or notes that might help others achieve the best results.
Often, people do not have addresses and telephone numbers for all of their aunts, uncles, and cousins. Record all of this information on index cards, then place them behind alphabetical dividers in an attractive card file. If the relatives still have young children at home, include their names and ages on their parents’ card. You might also add cards in the front, one for each month, with all the birthdays and anniversaries in that month.