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Wrap It Up! Ideas for the 2020 Season of Giving

By: Tammy Donoho 

Presents! Presents! Presents! Nothing says Happy Holidays like a PRESENT!!!!

Whether receiving a gift or giving one, there is something exciting and mystical about a festively wrapped package. The anticipation and intrigue of wondering what’s inside is half the fun of the exchange: a little shake, a guess, and finally the satisfaction of ripping the package open to reveal the item chosen just for you. 

Picking out the perfect gift is equally exciting as you imagine the joy you will bring to a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a service worker or an angel on a tree! The thrill of watching or envisioning the recipient joyfully unwrap the surprise with a warm smile is the best gift of all. 

And remember, it’s the thought that counts and you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the season. 

Make shopping a breeze not a blizzard!  Use the ideas in this partial listing of innovative ways to give. Most of the links in the lists are directed to the appropriate page to save time and do not require searching the website to give a gift. A little time saved is a gift for you!

Practical gifts are a thoughtful way to show you care:

  • Create a “Simple Shopping Binder” by filling sheet protectors with printed or clipped coupons for  favorite items, restaurants, and shopping spots
  • Family Celebration Kit – a calendar marked with family birthdays, assorted cards, stamps and a package of pens
  • Hidden Treasures Basket – Undergarments and socks
  • Hygiene Basket – Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, loofahs
  • Kitchen Kit – Dish soap, dishcloths, dishtowels, scrubbers
  • Laundry Day – Laundry basket filled with detergent, fabric softener, hangers
  • Lights On – Flashlights, batteries, light bulbs, candles, long reach lighters
  • Make a Meal Box – Recipe and ingredients for a homemade casserole along with a batch of homemade cookies and the recipe. (Fancy paper plates are a bonus.)
  • Office Supplies – Tape, pens, pencils, paper clips, post it notes, envelopes
  • Pet Packet – Dog leash, catnip, bird seed, fish food, treats and toys
  • Quick Snack Bag –  A mug, Cup of Soup packets, snack crackers  and cake-in-a-cup tucked in a reusable shopping bag
  • Safety Kit – Radon detector, carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector, weather radio
  • Sewing Basket – Thread, needles, buttons, safety pins, hem tape
  • SleepyTime – Pajamas and blankets, stuffed in a new set of pillow cases
  • Stylish Gift – Certificate for hair cuts and maybe include $ome ca$h for the tip
  • Tooth Fairy Holiday Take Over – Fill a basket with toothbrushes, tooth paste, floss, jars of homemade applesauce and include these Mouth Friendly Recipes
  • Vehicle Needs – Gift certificates for gas (keep in mind a place that is in route for the recipient), oil change gift certificates, gas can, ice scraper, or jumper cables 
  • Winter Survival Kit – Mittens and scarf, hand warmers, chapstick, tea or hot chocolate packets


Inexpensive Gifts and Activities  


Give Twice: The organizations listed below provide an opportunity to purchase items and give back to a worthy cause.


If it’s within your budget, consider charitable giving

Wish List Giving – Donations of much needed items are a great way to support your favorite organization


Memorial Gifts- Honor the memory of a loved one


Financial Donations- “If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?”-  A Charlie Brown Christmas (Sally)


Get that “ugly sweater” out of storage and haul out the holly. It’s time to wrap up 2020 with unique celebrations and distinctive gift ideas. Face It wishes you a wonderful winter season and a Happy 2021!


Image: Pexels – Andrew Wilus