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Gift Voucher: A Helping Hand
Give the gift of free time to your Mum by offering to take care of some chores for her. Make your own gift vouchers for a range of household tasks and stick them in a fancy envelope. Whenever she wants to take some 'me' time, she can redeem one of the vouchers. Include blank ones too, so she can choose which task she would like to be done.
Time: Mom's Day
Treat your Mom to a well-deserved day off and take over the household tasks, give her a book, a drink and her favorite sweets so that she can indulge and relax. If you want to really treat her, make dinner (or order it in) and rent a movie she'll enjoy.
Home Office: Glued together
Give your mom a set of useful desk accessories, personalized stationery and a bottle of glue, tape, paper clips and a stapler. Add a personal message saying "Mom, thanks for being the glue that holds this family together. Here are some things to help you keep it all together".
Music lover: Serenade
A truly unique gift idea is to hire a violinist or guitar player to serenade for your special lady. Whether under her window, in her living room or at a restaurant - this is definitely going to be a huge surprise from "her biggest admirer"!
A great gift, esp. for mothers and grandmothers, is a journal to keep track of all the important dates in your family, like birthdays and anniversaries. Record each family member's birthday, along with addresses and preferences (hobbies, sizes, etc.), so she has all the important information at hand. Add a picture of each person if you can, to add a special touch.
Journal: Family Recipes
Buy a beautiful journal, some high-quality pens and fill the first few pages with your favorite family recipes. Think about the dishes you most enjoyed as a child or those your children love the most. Leave plenty of blank pages for her to add her own treasures to the collection of family recipes, kitchen tips and wisdoms.
Flowers: Brighten up life
Women just love flowers, especially if they are given by a loved one. A great gift for any woman, whether mother, lover or friend, is a beautiful flower bouquet. If you know her favorites, go for those but don't worry too much about it: a bunch of different flowers in a range of colors will do the trick too. Add a message saying "Thank you for brightening up my life!" to make your gift more personal.
Watch: Its about time
A watch or a clock make a great just because gift or thank you present. Your message could read "It's about time I told you that I appreciate you in a great way!" or "It's about time I told you how much you mean to me!".
Pillow: "You can lean on me"
A pillow with a beautiful, comfy pillow case makes an excellent present for anyone in a difficult situation. Whether confinement to bed due to illness, requiring back support for the elderly or "a shoulder to cry on" for someone going through a rough patch - this is a fantastic and personal gift providing comfort, both physically and mentally.
Food: Driving you nuts
We all drive each other crazy sometimes, yet the people close to us still put up with us even when we are being difficult or annoying. A big bag or basket of different nuts, peanut brittle, chocolate-coated nuts, along with a note saying "I know I sometimes drive you nuts. Thank you for loving me regardless!" makes a great gift to show appreciation or to say sorry.
Electronics: Web Cam
Is a loved one moving away, or indeed, are you moving away? Why not give Ka web cam so you can keep in touch? With high-speed internet connections being available almost anywhere in the world, it is easy enough to keep in touch.
Sweets: Yellow Candy in a Jar
Need a gift for someone who is feeling blue? Help them 'beat the blues' and give a jar of yellow-coloured candy (or in fact, any other yellow items).
Your message could read "Green is the colour of hope, regeneration and strength. I'm giving you a little yellow to turn your blues into a beautiful green!".
A lovely gift for those about to move away is a home-made movie. Get your family and / or friends together to tape messages of best wishes, shared memories and funny stories. Put on a DVD, this gift has the potential to be the most treasured of all times!
It is also a great holiday gift for those who already live far away: if you can't spend the holidays together, the video will bring you a little closer.
Whether a friend is moving abroad or your child is leaving home for the first time - if you give them a video camera you can participate in this new experience. Just ask them to record all their favorite impressions and share them with you.
Stationery: Personlized notepad
A simple yet personal gift for anyone with a tendency to make notes on the back of grocery receipts and other bits of paper is a personalized notepad. You can tailor the personalization to refer in some way to the gift occasion or go for something standard like "From the desk of [name]". You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes, from self-sticking notepads to address labels.
Animal Lover: Adopt An Animal
A great gift for all animal lovers: organizations like the WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) offer the chance to 'adopt' an animal. You usually get a certificate, a photograph and a plush toy as part of the adoption. Prices vary, depending on the type of animal you choose to adopt. Alternatively, check with your local zoo.
This gift will be extra special if you add a personal message that relates the recipient to an attribute of the animal you have chosen: "I know you are having a hard time right now, but keep going - you are strong as a bear!". If you have a special nickname for the recipient your message could also be something like "For my little monkey / tiger / etc.".
Scrapbook: Book of Honor
Mark a special occasion or milestone by creating a personal scrapbook for the recipient. Get the whole family or a group of friends to participate and ask each of them to fill a couple of pages with their best wishes and personal memories, including photographs and other small items, to create a truly unique gift.
Electronics: MP3 Player
Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.
Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!