Sympathy > Gift ideas
Donation "In Memoriam"
Remember the departed by making a donation in his or her name to a cause that was important to him or her during life. Give to a charity, whether local or global, and make sure a gift card is sent in your name to the family.
Also send a condolence card and mention that you are thinking of them.
Flowers: Sympathy lily
What better way to express one's sympathy than with a gorgeous flower? A peace lily is perfect for the occasion, as it is a graceful-looking flower that is easy to care for.
Scrapbook "In Memoriam"
A memory book with your fondest memories of the departed, including photos and stories of shared moments, along with a personal message are a great way to express your love and sympathy for the mourners. It also opens up the opportunity for them to talk about the departed - something a lot of them will greatly appreciate.
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.
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!