Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Christmas

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When giving a gift, many people believe it's the thought that counts. A thoughtful gift doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive, but it should be something given with the recipient in mind --- something that he or she will appreciate or cherish. Whether the gift is something that you know they need or something that makes you think of them, a thoughtful gift can really brighten someone's Christmas holiday.

Basket of Treats

  • If your gift recipient has a sweet tooth, filling a beautiful gift basket with his or her favorite goodies is a thoughtful idea. You can bake brownies, cookies and other homemade treats. For an added touch, try decorating the cookies with festive designs and messages. You may also consider baking him or her a cake or making a favorite dinner dish. If you lack culinary skills, a gift basket filled with favorite store-purchased treats is also thoughtful. In this case you may consider decorating the basket yourself for added appeal.

Photo Gifts

  • Personal photos can be used as part of thoughtful gifts ideas. For a spouse, you may consider enlarging or framing a picture of the whole family as a gift. Parents may appreciate a customized photo album or scrapbook filled with photos of special times or events. A grandparent may appreciate it if you had old photos restored or made into a painting or sketch. Children may appreciate journals, mouse pads, bags, phone cases or laptop covers customized with photos of them or their favorite things. Other photo-gift ideas include a collage of photos in the shape of a heart or a locket with a special photo inside.

Plants and Flowers

  • Many women love receiving flowers as a gift. You may consider having flowers sent to her at home or work the day before Christmas, or you can deliver them yourself. Plants are another option. You can give her a large houseplant or an indoor herb-garden kit for growing herbs such as basil and thyme.

Custom CDs

  • Custom CDs are inexpensive gifts because you only have to purchase blank CDs and cases. You can fill the CDs with songs that the recipient loves or songs that make you think of them. A husband may consider giving his wife songs that they danced to at their wedding, or a wife may give her husband a CD of songs from his youth.

Memory Box

  • A memory box is something a variety of people may find thoughtful. You can purchase a special wooden or decorated box and fill it with memorabilia you've collected over the years or items that make you think of the person. For instance: a napkin from a date, the first picture you took with the person, a DVD of the first movie you saw together, an item from the place where you met or a ticket stub from a concert you two attended.

Provide a Service

  • Offer to watch your siblings, clean your best friend's house, walk your neighbor's dog, cook a meal for your family member or pick up your grandmother's medicine from the pharmacy. Performing these or other helpful services can be a thoughtful gift if done free.

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