A little thought goes a long way toward
picking an appropriate - and appreciated - gift. Here are a few things to
consider when shopping for someone else.
- Have they expressed an interest in a new pastime and could you find
a book or a kit about it?
- Do you know of anything they have that's tattered or worn out that
you could replace?
- Could they use an auxiliary of something for the office or for the
- Have they appreciated a particular item in a store, or made a
remark about something they've seen a friend wear? These perceptive (or
not-so-subtle) clues will help lead you to a gift they'll love.
- Do you know of a specific brand they like? Coffee? Tea? Cereal?
Look closely - perhaps there's something!
- Do they delight themselves to something like Starbucks coffee or
Godiva chocolate? Can you afford to treat them to that?
- Home Sweet Home: some
cute decorative items, a bunch of flowers, picture frames, photo albums
(include a picture of the giver?), blank note cards with or without
stamps, candles and/or holders, mugs and cocoa, teapot and tea, good or
flavoured coffee and a pretty tin (or a rugged and manly tin, depending on
the recipient!) , dishes and toppings to make ice cream sundaes, recipe
book, portable file box and files
- For the car:
nice car seat covers, o car wash kit, organizer, emergency kit,
flashlight, basic tool kit, jumper cables, travel mug, mug holder, a
portable chair (that folds to a small size)
- For the office: personalised
calendars, name plate for door/desk, day planner, legal pad holder (to
take notes in meetings), desk organizers, a small coffee maker, business
- For the holidays: souvenirs,
momentos, ornaments, ornament organizer, disposable camera, holiday-themed
mugs/dishes, Christmas music or video.
us remember that
the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of
first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event
history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the
medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost
thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating
heart." -- George Matthew Adams
The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas
trees are perfect!" -- Charles N. Barnard
of time and love are surely the basic
ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." -- Peg Bracken
am not alone at all, I thought. I was
never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas.
never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word
seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses." --
if Christmas isn't found in your
heart, you won't find it under a tree." -- Charlotte Carpenter
in its final essence, is for
grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for
old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man." -- Margaret
else be lost among the years, Let
us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or
fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for
hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again." -- Grace
give books - religious or otherwise - for
Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently
personal." -- Lenore Hershey
Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It
makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite
grows small." -- Eva K. Logue
is Christmas? It is tenderness for the
past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent
every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every
lead to peace." -- Agnes M. Pharo
there is no joyous way to give a festive
gift, give love away." -- Unknown
snowflakes, my Christmas memories
gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone." --
worry about the size of your Christmas
tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." -- Larry