2015-12-09 / Front Page

Gifts That Keep On Giving

By Liz Goff

Are you struggling to find a unique, useful gift for that hard-to-please person on your list?

This holiday season consider giving a “green gift” that gives back to the environment or a gift that helps a favorite charity. There are dozens of websites that list gifts that give back in many ways - from helping to save the life of a child to rescuing an abandoned or abused pet by donating to a local shelter.

Gifts that keep giving can include computer lessons, gym membership or gift cards to help pay for medications. Let us help with these suggestions:

  • Personalize It! Everybody has a favorite photo of friends or family members that can be printed onto a calendar, blown up to poster size or mounted in a special frame to make the perfect holiday gift. Act now and there is still plenty of time to order personalized gifts
  • .”Mommy and Me” aprons make a great gift for children and all proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which provides life-saving treatment for youngsters with catastrophic illnesses. For information visit www.shop.stjude.org.
  • Give your child a new pair of shoes and TOMS shoes will donate a matching pair for a child who has no shoes. For details visit www.tonsshoes.com.
  • Help a family member support a pet by paying for a license or veterinary services. Give a gift card for pet food or buy toys for cats and dogs from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). All proceeds are used to help animals in need. For information visit www.aspca.org.
  • Give the gift of computer literacy. Pay for a course in computer instruction for any family member or friend – regardless of age.

Learning to master the Internet and other computer functions opens doors for seniors who live too far away for frequent visits.

  • Give A Day Trip: If you are at a loss for just the right gift, consider buying tickets on a bus headed for Atlantic City.

You can purchase a package that includes transportation and lunch, which will                       also provide a voucher (in a predetermined amount) that can be exchanged at slot machines and tables at casinos.

  • Basketful of Cheer: If you are in the market for a gift for someone who is homebound or for a hard-to-please senior, consider buying a gift basket – wicker, felt, wire or other. Fill the basket with an assortment of post cards, greeting cards, thank you notes, pens, pencils, markers (different sizes and colors), wrapping paper, scotch tape, packing tape, gift tags, shipping labels, shipping paper, postage stamps and other items that can be used on a daily basis by those who love to stay in touch with friends and family. Include a note in the basket – a reminder that mail carriers will pick up letters and parcels from people who can’t get to a Post Office or a mailbox.
  • A membership to a local health club, aerobics or other class could be the perfect surprise for runners and sports enthusiasts on your list. And remember – today’s seniors are more likely to run a race than rock themselves to sleep.
  • You might also consider purchasing a Gift Card from a pharmacy or medical supply shop patronized by a senior friend or family member.

It’s the perfect gift for seniors who are trying to meet the skyrocketing costs of prescription medications and other supplies.

Give a gift card from a hair or beauty salon, a beauty supply store or for a fill-up at a local gas station. Give a gift card for “Lunch For Two” at a local diner or restaurant, or for a year’s worth of treats at a Baskin Robbins or Dunkin’ Donuts shop.

Considering the current state of the economy, anyone would welcome a gift card that provides necessities – or plain good fun.

You might also consider purchasing gift cards from local supermarkets. The cards, sold in different denominations, are available at store courtesy desks. They make a perfect gift for friends and family members who are struggling to make ends meet.

The cards are available in a series of holiday designs, in denominations ranging from $10 to $100 at most major supermarkets.

If you have an aspiring student (young or senior) on your gift list, consider prepaying for a course at a local college or specialty school. It’s a thoughtful, unusual gift that might pave the way to a new beginning for someone special.

And don’t forget about the gift that keeps on giving – a subscription to the Queens Gazette. To purchase a Gazette gift subscription call 718-361-6161 or visit us online at www.gazette.com.

 

 

 

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