Stamps, batteries, selection of new birthday cards, seeds, sweets, biscuits, de-icer, scarf , insoles, toothbrush, soap, hand cream, gas alarm, candles, matches – basically all the little things that you want handy/ emergency supplies of. It’s a thoroughly useful present and one that’s quite fun to compile. This is a really good present for kids to get for grandparents.
Write out a menu card, with Starter, Main and Dessert, but leave the foods blank. Your recipient can fill in the menu card with their favourite foods, and you will promise to cook it for them. Probably only works if you have a bit of a cooking repertoire.
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.
Bought my boyfriend 16 token things for his birthday in one big box. Was quite fun to do – did things from socks, to a cd. Each one had a meaning. Works for any age (although it does get more expensive 😉
Instead of the latest X-box I bought my son some wood and some nails and a cloth for a flag. I helped him do the basic structure but it is now a very good looking treehouse. Great gift idea and good for quality time. Either get a ready made one or attempt to make one yourself!
My boyfriend and I agreed not to spend more than £10 on anniversary gifts, so I made him a home cooked meal – three courses and all. Was actually really nice and he really appreciated the effort… the important thing to know about me is that my usual idea of cooking involves a microwave
Bought my boyfriend Lego for his 27th birthday – I kid you not – he and three of his mates spent all last Sunday building a Star Wars themed fight scene. GOOD TIMES! You can pick this up at bootfairs or charity shops really cheaply. Pirate ship next ?
If you have ever seen the film The Notebook you will love this idea – provide someone with the template to write their memoirs. We bought it for my granddad, now 70, for his birthday and he has really enjoyed writing. It is nice to read about his experiences as a refugee from the war. For the guidance see http://www.therememberingsite.org/, but you can also buy them nice stationery