Sometimes, the tiniest twist to a common gift can elevate a common gift to something special. Here are 10 ways to make gifts special with practical but fun touches the recipient will appreciate:
1. Elevate a gift card…
Everyone loves a gift certificate to a favorite store. This year, add a pretty zippered case that the recipient can use for credit cards or change. Speaking of gift certificates, have you thought of giving a gift card to the movie theatre nearest the recipient’s home? Did you know you can sometimes buy them at a discount from the American Automobile Association?
2. Complete a pair of pajamas with..
…some fuzzy bedroom socks and an eye mask, if it’s for a woman. Both can be found reasonably priced at discount stores like Target, Marshalls and TJMaxx.
3. Add amenities to a lightweight kimono
If you’re giving a lightweight spa robe, add some emollient lotions or even some nice shampoo and conditioner. Small sizes aren’t super-expensive and when given with a robe, make a wonderful spa-like gift.
4. Upgrade bedroom slippers….
by buying some with warm, fuzzy linings. If you really want to splurge, Uggs offers great slippers for men and women that many people wouldn’t think to buy for themselves.
5. Gift for your overnight pet sitter
Your overnight pet sitter might love having the equivalent of a portable airline amenity kit she can carry with her to jobs: a small toothbrush and toothpaste, eye mask, lotions, warm socks, even shampoo and conditioner in small sizes, all in a nice little bag.
Some of us have regular service providers we like to remember at holiday time. If yours are as dedicated and reliable as ours, you probably give them a little cash at Christmas. Why not insert the cash in a tiny box of candy? Or give a gift card for lunch to a restaurant you know they’ll enjoy?
7. Take a yoga mat to the next level
If you search online you’ll find companies that will customize a yoga mat with your yogi’s name or initials. Or mats with cool designs (like flowers). A fun, practical and cute gift for the yogi in your life.
8. Elevate a mani-pedi gift certificate
…by adding a few mini-bottles of nail polish, which can be found at stores like Sephora.
9. Take cute tea towels to the next level…
…by adding some colorful cheese knives or other kitchen utensils. Find them at stores like Home Goods. (or, give a small cheeseboard and knives. Those are mine, pictured above.)
10. Add to a bottle of wine….
…some gourmet snacks or wrap it in a nifty re-usable wine carrier. Some even come with cooling inserts that you freeze. Want to make it look festive? You can find cellophane wrap and ribbons at almost any craft store.
I’d love to hear your ideas for taking what seems like a common holiday gift to the next level.