The Best Gifts for Cousins

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Choosing the perfect gift for your cousin during a holiday or special occasion may seem daunting, but it is possible to find an appropriate gift he will love. The best gifts for cousins are those that promote memories of childhood or are related to personal interests.

Sentimental

  • Bring out your cousin's sentimental side with gifts that remind her of your past together. Put together a photo album or scrapbook with photos from your childhood, or have your favorite pose together framed. Give her a toy or figurine that represents how you feel about her or that relates to some of your favorite memories together such as a volleyball figurine if you spent your summers playing beach volleyball. Give her a set of DVDs of movies you enjoy watching together.

Personalized

  • Go one step further to make the gift more memorable with a personalized item. Some of the best gifts for cousins are customized with initials, names, words or phrases that will remind him of the bond you share together. Get him a plaque with a poem dedicated to him, or a variety of monogrammed items. Give him a photo album, picture frame, linens, bath towels or glassware engraved with his initials or name.

Hobby and Interests

  • Let her hobbies and interests guide you to finding the perfect gift. Get her a present which incorporates her favorite hobby, such as a gift certificate to fabric or craft store, a gift set of crafting supplies, craft storage, scrapbooking supplies or book for stamp collecting. Instructional books are always appreciated by those with crafting hobbies. For a sports fan, get season tickets or a signed jersey. If she is a movie buff, movie tickets or a selection of DVDs with popcorn and candy would be great.

Gift Baskets

  • Some of the best gifts for cousins are gift baskets, due to their variety and options of customization. You can put anything in a gift basket; choose the basket and put it together yourself. Start by choosing a basket or other container like a large bowl or box. Choose a liner such as tissue paper, cloth or raffia. Then fill the basket with items according to the theme you have chosen, if any, cover it with a gift-basket wrap, then tie it with ribbon. Possible themes for gift baskets include gardening, gourmet chocolates, wine and cheese and special interest baskets like a car-wash gift basket using a water bucket in place of the basket.

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