TIPS SHEET ON CHOOSING PRESENTS
For last minute ideas, or avoiding costly mistakes, here are a few tips for gift ideas:
A food item that can be used quickly (so it won’t hang around their house all year or
can be given away if they really don’t like it).
A charity donation (most charities now allow you to donate on behalf of someone or to
‘buy’ something for a needy recipient. You can sponsor a puppy for someone with
sight or hearing problems, pay for the upkeep of a working donkey or mule, help
provide clean water or toilet facilities and lots more.
A subscription to something (magazine, organisation etc) but only if you know the
recipient will be enthusiastic about it.
Something you’ve made yourself – yes, you can do it! (Food, a photo collage in a
frame, a flower arrangement – whatever works for you).
A voucher for your time – made specific; for example: a voucher for an hour’s ironing,
or dog-walking, or baby-sitting, or driving to the shops etc.
A plant for the garden (something in a pot, a hanging basket, some bulbs or wild flower
seeds – whatever works for the size and type of garden the person has).
An ecologically sound replacement for a plastic item.
Bird seeds or nuts
A voucher for a photographic session
An online course in a subject the person will appreciate