If there are any parents on your Christmas list — especially if their kids are young — chances are they don’t get out as often as they’d like. So why not give them a night out on their own? Offer to babysit for a night, then pair that with a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant.
1. Give Mom and Dad a night out
If there are any parents on your Christmas list — especially if their kids are young — chances are they don’t get out as often as they’d like. So why not give them a night out on their own? Offer to babysit for a night, then pair that with a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant. To make the “date night” complete, throw in tickets to a movie or a live show at a nearby venue.
2. Give the gift of ‘me time’
With busy work schedules and hectic lives, sometimes it’s hard for people to carve out any time for themselves. Most salons and spas offer gift certificates for their services. Maybe that hardworking person in your life wouldn’t normally take time out of the day for a relaxing massage — but having a gift certificate in hand will give them a reason to schedule time to take care of themselves.
3. Find something one-of-a-kind
Many organizations sponsor craft shows during the holiday season. Why not check out a few of them and see what unique handmade items you come across? Some holiday fairs also have make-and-take craft stations where the kids can make something by themselves.
4. Make an all-local gift basket
Do you have relatives who have moved out of the area? Give them a taste of home by assembling a gift basket full of nothing but items made locally. You may be able to find fine foodstuffs from local wineries and a variety of other specialty food manufacturers — just browse some of the smaller shops in your town and see what they suggest. You could also throw in a T-shirt or sweatshirt from their alma mater.
5. Preserve your favorite memories ...
Old photos, collected and assembled in an attractive package, can make a great gift for relatives or old friends. Some places will scan your old photos or negatives for you, allowing you to create a DVD?slideshow of memories. Or you can head to your favorite card or craft store and buy the materials for a homemade scrapbook.
6. ... or make some new ones
If someone on your Christmas list loves new experiences, let your imagination run wild. Try a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride or a skydiving lesson. Or for those who prefer something a little more down-to-earth, try a gift certificate for a parent-and-child bowling, ice skating or laser tag outing to help make some family memories that will last a lifetime.