Holiday gift ideas for friends and neighbors
Giving a thoughtful gift is one way to show neighbors or friends you are thinking about them and value their friendship. With the growing crowds at department stores around the holidays, taking your shopping online or thinking outside the box of traditional holiday gifts can allow you to find the perfect, personalized gift for a friend or neighbor.
Check with your local craft shop to see if it offers wreath-making classes during the holiday season. Once you purchase the supplies, these classes are often free and the perfect opportunity to handcraft a wreath for the door of your good friend’s apartment or house.
Spend quality time together
For many, the perfect gift can be simply spending time together and enjoying one another’s company. Does your friend or neighbor have a favorite movie? The holidays are a great opportunity to track down that film and set up a movie night—complete with popcorn and candy! Another option if your friend or neighbor likes to get outdoors is to plan a time to take an afternoon walk to look at the changing leaves or admire the holiday decorations the neighborhood has up for everybody to enjoy.
Encourage your friend to record his or her lifetime memories to pass on to future generations with a memory journal. Research from the University of Texas at Austin found that regular journaling strengthens immune cells. Other studies saw evidence of decreased symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and stress—all of which benefit overall health. Consider purchasing two copies – keeping one for yourself – and spending time with your friend filling out your journals together and sharing stories.
In today’s world of email and junk mail, friends and family treasure a handwritten letter, or even a quick note letting them know you are thinking of them. Personalized stationary – popular websites include Minted, Tiny Prints, and Grandin Road – and notepads are easy to order, and have seemingly endless supply of designs. If the receiver likes to garden, for instance, look for stationary with a flower theme and a pretty font for his or her name. Consider including a roll of stamps with your gift. The thoughtful inclusion saves your friend a trip to the post office and adds a special touch.
Photo books or photo calendars
Create a digital scrapbook for a friend in less time and with fewer tiny scraps of paper than a glue-and-sticker version. Sites like Shutterfly frequently offer up to 50 percent off regular prices and have multiple options for themed books. Shutterfly’s simple path option essentially creates a book for you, with one to four pictures per page and the ability to type in your own captions. Perhaps you have a special joke you share with a friend or a memory that a particular photo conjures. These personal touches are great ways to have fun with photo captions and make your friend’s photo book more unique. Apple, Walgreens, and Snapfish also offer photo books and large-print photo calendars at various prices.
At Holiday Retirement, being social is one of the seven key aspects we have instituted to help our independent senior living residents lead enriched lives. Sharing gifts and quality time with fellow residents can help foster relationships with neighbors that can turn into long-lasting friendships.
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