Thursday, November 21, 2013

What to give-what to give?

I love giving. This is something my hubby knew well, when he met me. He understood it even better, when we married too. It's always part of the budget, crafting and gifting. Trust me, the eyes start rolling in July, when I start talking about Christmas. 
Is it just me? I didn't think so?




Anyway, I thought I would share some of my faves today about great ideas to give those who are housebound or in a nursing home.  Things to think about when giving a gift; what would they like? what do they need? what is a luxury? In the end, what would brighten someone's day or bring them a lasting smile?  Being remembered by someone unexpected is always a good feeling.

I love fingerless gloves which can help keep the person toasty, or a fleece wrap.
Although I think anyone of any age would love these!

Pattern Found here on Etsy


Easy Crochet Fleece
Other ideas include,
treats and fresh fruit which are always nice, a small planter or indoor garden, photos and cards. 
Warm socks, warm packs, and warm hugs. 

Anything bird-watching-related is also popular. And why wouldn't it be, they are so fun to watch! 
A great gift can be  bird feeders or as simple as a bottle of birdseed with a bow on it.
I think making a simple birdseed ornaments, with no cleanup to be a great gift.
It's fun to do with the kids and so pretty.
Below are my two favorites!







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Fun things in the holidays would include, decorating for someone, whether the porch or a window, use clings, lights, a wreath, anything to make it beautiful.  Remember if you decorate for someone who is homebound or elderly, please, please, please remember to set a time to go back and take it down for them. They should not be getting up on anything to take something down, or worried about it. What would be the point of the gift if it caused more worry. Another thought, singing to them, the old wonderful treat of carolers, it's fun and inexpensive and a beautiful way to connect.

Having listed all these things, let me add the all time best thing!
All time best thing to offer is TIME



There is nothing like time together, whether it's sharing a pot of tea, watching a show together, making small talk, playing cards, or even better, helping them reminisce about the beautiful moments.  I have found that any amount of time offered including a hug, holding hands and a smile is appreciated more than anything else.

So, go get out there
and
Share the Day!







Sharing with these lovely parties.



4 comments:

Tammy N said...

Very inspiring. Giving of yourself is the best kind of hobby.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love those bird treats. How fun! Watching the birds at the feeder is one of my favorite winter pastimes. Besides, it's too cold and snowy to do much else (except whine about the snow and cold.)

Carla from the The River said...

Hi,
I like your ideas.
And I agree, your time, is the best gift of all.
:-)

Presvytera Eleni said...

Thanks everyone, I 'm glad you like the ideas. The cold is here!!! We already have our time set to go caroling at the nursing home too! We are going to bring stickers along to hand out, as candy can be a dicey option, not knowing about different food restrictions that might be present.