Winter is here. For most of us, this means that the busiest time of the year has come. After they have consumed all their Thanksgiving turkey and polished off their great grandmother’s famous pie, most people face the month-long preparation for Christmas and New Year. For me, it signals the beginning of holiday decorations, the endless hunt for the perfect gift for my friends and the seemingly growing list of nieces and nephews, followed by the gift-wrapping sessions, which I actually enjoy.
Having done this for many years, I can say that I’m quite knowledgeable when it comes to brainstorming and ultimately choosing the ideal gift for a loved one. I’m saying that on the premise that I have not received complaints so far in that department, but still, I have been able to shop (and make) holiday gifts for the people closest to me without having to argue with another shopper on who should get the last toy truck available, so I feel that I can at least share with you some ideas when it comes to these things. In this article, I shall list three holiday gift ideas that keep your loved ones warm and comfy during the holidays.
- Hot cocoa mix in a jar – This one is pretty simple, yet the thought counts. And yes, I do mean it counts. Afterall, there’s nothing like the all chocolaty goodness of hot cocoa to melt the chill in your bones this season. Look for a hot cocoa mix recipe as well as a cute printable gift tag online, find a jar to put the mix into and get a cherry red (or whatever color you prefer) ribbon. Adding chocolate chips with your marshmallows is absolutely decadent. To keep it pretty, layer the milk, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, marshmallows and chocolate chips carefully – it’s really nice to look at inside a clear jar. Close the lid well, tie the ribbon, attach the gift tag and you have a sweet and thoughtful gift for your friends.
- Sweaters and scarves – Okay, I will admit this is kind of old as far as gift ideas are concerned and I certainly don’t want to you, dear readers, to end up like Molly Weasley who could only afford to gift sweaters, but I still find a certain warmth when I open the box and see a lovely scarf or sweater inside. It is classic and rather timeless and I have to admit, it’s still a favorite of mine.
- Quilts / Quilted blanket – When I think of quilted blankets, my mind immediately thinks of the patchwork quilts that I have adored when I was a child. There is something so adorable and homey about patchwork quilts that it brings back a much simpler time. However, you can always spice up your patchwork quilt by using band shirts of your loved ones favorite bands or just like Bella Swan’s mom in Twilight, use the shirts from the places you have visited with that person. You have to admit, the memories that one blanket can bring you are priceless.
There you have it dear readers – three gift ideas that literally keep your loved ones warm during the season. Whether you choose to stick with the classics when you give a scarf or you prefer to give a laptop or tablet, do remember that the real meaning of giving is more than just in its price tag, but your willingness and desire to provide some cheer into your loved ones this holiday season.