There is a plant called ‘The-Mother-In-Law Tongue’ which looks great in any home. I bought it for my new son in law as a wedding present to add a little comedy – he tells me he waters it every day! (which is far too frequently and tells me he’s clearly trying to kill it).
For my sister’s wedding, I bought her and her husband a house blitz – bascially a professional cleaning company scrubbed their house from top to bottom. Their house is always clean and tidy anyway, but the cleaners did all those jobs that you never get round to doing. It was the perfect way to start their new life together – clean and bright. Would make a nice Christening gift for stressed out mums.
I read we lose a year of our lives to noise stress (things that make our hearts hammer unexpectedly!) and after getting stressed about this, my boyfriend bought me one of these lamps for Christmas. They use light instead of noise to wake you up, like a natural sunrise. It is fantastic, I feel a lot more awake in the morning
This year (because my brother had no money) mum suggested he could paint a room in grandmas house as his christmas present to her. Mum bought the paint, so this wasn’t something he had to buy. Seemed to work out well for all involved.
Sounds a little crazy we know, but my friends and I bought our friend a beehive for his 40th birthday, this included the hive, the bee-keeper suit and instructional DVD. You have to buy the bees separately in the Spring. Apparently it is extremely rewarding and you can even sell the honey and some kits come with a honey for sale sign! how sustainable!
Pollinates the garden as well, supports the British countryside and also saves the dying-out honey bee! Cost: hive £125, beekeepers suit and gloves £60, DVD and accessories £80, membership to Beekeeper Association £33 so about £300 (excluding the bees)