Holidays, Customs & Traditions > Gift ideas
St. Patricks Day: Lucky charms
Give your friends a box of Lucky Charms(R) and tell them "I'm a lucky person for having you as my friend!"
New Year: Spicing up the coming year
Spice up the year ahead with a gift of assorted spices. Choose high-quality types in pretty jars.
Vernal Equinox: Spring is sprung
The first day of spring around 21 March is a great day for a gift of flowers, such as daffodils, precursors of the season ahead. Add a humorous little message like "Spring is sprung, the grass is green. You are the best friend I have ever seen!"
St. Patricks Day: Luck of the Green
The traditional St. Patrick's Day gift is home-baked soda bread, so why not make some (or buy it) and wrap it in green paper for lots of good luck.
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.
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.".
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!