Gift giving –– oh my, what a daunting chore it can be. So many questions. Let's see if we can think of some interesting gifts to give that will be pleasing to the recipient.
Gift giving –– oh my, what a daunting chore it can be.
With Christmas not far away, that sometimes-intimidating task can give us anxiety. Will we choose the right gift for the right person? Will the one receiving the gift like it? Will the gift fit?
So many questions. Let's see if we can think of some interesting gifts to give that will be pleasing to the recipient.
Handmade or items that look handmade are usually a hit, such as needlepoint items. They impart a sense of nostalgia and feel old-fashioned, which can be a nice feeling, particularly around Christmastime. A needlepoint pillow cover is an example. Did you know that there are iPad and Kindle needlepoint cases for sale? Check around the Internet.
Do you like to bake? Ah, you've given baked items for Christmas before, but have you put them into special containers that can be displayed and used year-round? Try a nice bowl that will work in the kitchen or can be displayed in the dining room.
Personalized items are another idea that makes it feel like you really thought of the person you are gifting. Anything monogrammed will work. Personalized stationery is usually a very welcome gift as well.
Of course, we can't forget the pets. Pet owners love gifts for their pets, so why not a pet sweater for your friend's best friend? If you don't know what to give someone and he or she has a dog, perhaps a gift for the dog would be better appreciated than something for the pet owner.
Robes, pajamas and slippers are items most people don't usually buy for themselves, so those could be a choice for the right person. Flannel pajamas? Ooh, nice. On the same comfy thought, how about a nice chenille throw for cold winter nights? The throws can be used as decoration on a sofa, loveseat or chair when not in use.
A cocktail table can usually use a nice, big interesting book or two. They make the table look dressed and can be conversation pieces. Perhaps a book would be a gift idea.
At any rate, give from the heart.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest(at)aol.com.