Gifts from the Heart

December 16, 2015 | Tower Hill Insurance

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If you have run out of shopping ideas for the holidays, combine the old with the new to create thoughtful gifts from the heart.

Old photos. For your favorite avid scrapbook artist or most nostalgic family member, place copies of old family photos, letters, and postcards in a decorative box with a bow. Add a gift card to their favorite craft store, and if time allows, include a few notes about your own memories in the box for inspiration.

Books or Magazines. Not sure which new bestseller your favorite book lover has not already read? If you know their favorite author, consider purchasing a first edition or autographed copy at your local used bookstore. For your favorite crafter, cook, or sports fanatic, wrap up the latest issues of either new or vintage specialty magazines for hours of fun and ideas.

IOUs. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to promise the gift of time in the New Year. Whether your budget is small – movie tickets for a soon-to-be released film – or large — concert tickets for a weekend getaway – there is always an IOU to fit any budget. Free babysitting, dog walking, yard work, or housecleaning are favorites among both IOU givers and receivers.

Family Keepsakes. If it’s time to pass on a favorite family pie recipe to the next generation, do so with style and include the recipe card along with a new pie dish, apron, or baking utensils. Ready to share a treasured serving piece that has graced every family gathering for decades? Include a cookbook with the piece to help inspire the start of new traditions.

Check out Buzzfeed for more suggestions about meaningful gifts for kids. And for the person on your list who already has everything, consider making a donation to their favorite non-profit or to well-respected organizations that make a positive difference, such as Heifer International or Feeding America.