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Creative Gift Ideas for Friends & Family
Creative gifts don't require an exorbitant amount of money. Thoughtful gifts speak volumes. When deciding what to give a good friend or family member, consider gifts that will create memories. Think also about your recipient's interests and hobbies
Create a hobby basket. If your recipient knits in her spare time, include interesting new yarns, colored knitting needles and a few pattern books in the basket. For a movie lover, use a popcorn serving bowl instead of a basket, and include movies, movie-sized candy, instant popcorn and a throw blanket. For beachgoers, use a beach bag and add suntan lotion, a beach blanket or bold beach towel, a water canister and maybe a volleyball.
If you have some interesting recipes or know how to make a mean brownie, create a goodie box and fill it with your homemade treats. Or, buy an attractive cookie jar and fill it with freshly baked cookies. If you see your recipient often, he may enjoy a refill from time to time.
Create a scrapbook. Fill it with pictures and nostalgic items like concert tickets and brochures. Write witty captions next to the pictures. The chance to reminisce will take your creative-gift recipient on a trip back in time--a trip she can take again and again.
Plan a day trip to enjoy with your friend or family member. Choose a place that holds special meaning to both of you, such as a park you frequented as children, or an old museum. You might also take a trip to a vineyard to catch up on each other's lives while enjoying some rest and relaxation. You could also plan a day trip for a group, such as a holiday-season outing for your extended family. Bringing all of their grandchildren together is a great gift for grandparents.
Rather than a day out, plan a night in. Cook an interesting dinner for your recipient, or for your entire family for a special holiday. Bring some board games and movies for entertainment, and try out a new recipe for dessert.
A humanitarian friend or family member may appreciate a donation in his name to a charity close to his heart. You can also buy non-perishable goods and send them through charities to developing countries instead of a monetary contribution.
Gift Ideas for Creative Kids
Arts, crafts, building and science toys are wonderful educational options for creative youngsters. There are all manner of toys available for a range of budget constraints which makes creative gifts some of the easiest to find. You can find gifts in both dollar stores and high-end department stores with just a little effort
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are readily available for children, although the majority seem to be oriented toward young girls, which may alienate some boys, so you may need to be picky when buying. Fortunately, there are many different kinds of art sets ranging from color pencil sets to acrylic painting kits with easels and a painting pad. There are also many sewing and beading kits that can be easily found for only a few dollars in most discount stores.
Building toys are usually intended for boys but they are a great option for girls as well. You can find toys and project such as building and painting small bird houses or even simple furniture like benches easily. Many simple wood projects can be found in art supply store for as little as $1 although they can be more expensive. However, for the budget conscious gift giver building toys tend to be the cheapest. For older children and young teens you may even consider giving them real toys and teaching them to build as your gift. A more expensive option may be a robot building kits or sets like Legos or Kinecs.
Science toys are usually found in educational sites and catalogs and can be dauntingly expensive for some people. These toys range from chemistry sets, on the pricier end to an at home experiment creating rock candy. You may be able to get creative when assembling these gifts to lower the price. For example if you are giving a rock tumbler set or a magnifying glass to view them under you may also want to take your child on a hike to find interesting specimens as part of the gift.