How to Think of Sentimental Gift Ideas


Any one can give a gift to someone, but giving one that shows you put more thought into it speaks volumes. Sentimental gifts make great "just because" gifts or "care package" gifts. Life can feel mundane at times so getting a gift from someone out of the blue really makes someone feel special. Giving a care package for someone who is going through a tough time shows how much you care and are thinking of that person during their rough time. The list below will help you brainstorm ideas for sentimental gift giving.

  • Care packages don't have to cost a fortune. Gift baskets make great gifts. If the person you are giving a gift to love coffee or tea, make them a theme basket of hot drink mixes that include coffee, tea, chai mix, and hot cocoa. A movie basket is also a great gift idea where you can add a DVD, popcorn, and candy. These are sentimental gifts because you took the time to think of what the person likes and put together a basket for them.

  • If you have a creative side, then make your gift. Some great ideas are knitting a scarf, making a decorative piece of dishware from a pottery making class, or baking a batch of cookies or bread and putting it in a decorative tin.

  • Personalized gifts are always sentimental. There are many companies that can put personal photos of people or inscriptions on just about anything like mugs, blankets, or even pillow cases. You can even buy an item such as a figurine from a store and put your own personal touch on it, like inscribing the name of the person you are giving the gift to.

  • Creative packaging can be very sentimental since you put thought into the presentation. Craft stores have an enormous array of creative packaging ideas such as decorative tins for bakery items, vases you can decorate yourself with permanent markers to put the flowers in, and tying wine accessories around your bottle of wine like unique cork stoppers or stem rings. If you're looking to save money, save the comics sections of your newspaper and use that to wrap your gift. It's unique and fun.

  • What about the gifts for that person or couple who has everything you may ask? These are the kind of people who appreciate those gifts of things to do. A certificate for a dinner theater is always fun, just make sure they will be available to attend that day or see if you can make the certificate eligible for a range of dates. If you want to join them and enjoy it together, get tickets for yourself too. If money is no object, buy them cruise tickets to a destination they've always wanted to go. Even a bed and breakfast for a night would be great. Concert tickets are always appreciated to their favorite artist. This way you'll be giving them a lifetime of memories from the activities you provided.

  • Some people think gift certificates are impersonal and easy but if you make sure you pick a store or restaurant you know they frequent, it then turns into a sentimental gift. If you are handy around the house, you can get a gift certificate large enough for something they need. Let's say the person you're giving the gift to needs a dishwasher or a lighting fixture. If you're handy around the house you can get a gift certificate at Home Depot or Lowe's where they can pick out what they want. You can then create a homemade gift certificate of your own offering "free installation."

Tips & Warnings

  • Ultimately, it is the thought that counts.
  • Re-gifting is not a sentimental gift giving practice.

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