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Homemade Valentines Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day, like most other holidays, has become all about the spending. You have to go out and buy a card, chocolate, stuffed animals, a nice dinner out. Or do you? Do you really need to buy all this stuff to make Valentine’s Day special? Or can you just stay in and enjoy each other’s company?

Buck the trend! Stay in this Valentine’s Day and make some homemade gifts, and a heartfelt dinner and dessert. Your significant other will love it, I guarantee it (and if they don’t…well…).

Here are some ideas to help you have a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day this year!

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DIY Leather Conversation Hearts
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DIY Valentine’s Day Succulent Planters
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Bee Mine Valentine
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Candy Bouquet
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Custom Fingerprint Art
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52 Things- A Year in a Jar
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Red Velvet Chocolate Swirled Brownie Bars
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Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls
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Pink Velvet Cupcakes
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5 Great Gifts for Senior Citizens

If there’s that senior in your life, they deserve something great for the upcoming holidays. They have been through so many, they have surely received enough gifts and had their fair share of unused ones. You want to make yours special, you want it to be meaningful and useful.

It’s tough buying gifts for someone else. Sometimes you want to just get something you like, that you think they might enjoy. It’s a strategy, but maybe not the best one. You need to get to know them and what they like. If you find something that they have been wanting, but maybe didn’t want to go out and get, then you’re golden! But it can be hard to find out what they want without asking. We have some ideas to help you shop around for that senior in your life. If you don’t have a senior relative or friend, you should participate in a senior gift drive in your area. There are always many seniors each year living alone or in a nursing home that don’t have anyone to celebrate the holidays with. Check out your local newspaper or news websites to see what is going on in the area for Christmas and Hanukkah.

 

Photo Throw Blanket
Combine the heartfelt moment of a photo, but the utility of a blanket! No longer will a photo just sit on the shelf to be glanced at, Costco and other photo centers now offer the ability to customize a throw blanket with a photo.

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Tablet or Kindle
Who doesn’t love a good book? Nowadays, many of us read them on tablets or Kindles. You are able to access thousands of books without leaving your home. Getting a senior a Kindle will allow them to access all these books, and you can set it up to feature large print for easier reading. A tablet is also a great idea to keep them busy. Spend a few hours getting them used to the system and download some fun games, and Skype to keep them in touch with loved ones.

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Gift Basket
Don’t just get any old gift basket, get one filled with all their favorite things! Maybe they are a coffee nut. Grab a custom coffee basket featuring a mug, coffee samples, chocolates, and cookies. Maybe they enjoy charcuterie, then you can get them a platter of delicious meats and cheeses. Whatever their tastes or preferences, there is a gift basket for it.

Grocery Store Gift Card
Even if your senior is not living independently, many senior living homes offer trips to the local grocery store. Grab them a gift card to that store so they can stock up on their favorite foods and snacks without the guilt of spending.

A Trip
If they are able to travel, get them tickets to their favorite spot, or send them on a cruise for the winter! Who would hate a cruise during the snowy days of December or January? If they are unable to travel and you live out of town, plan a surprise visit! Show up and surprise them with love and gifts, then take them out to their favorite restaurant. An experience is always a memorable gift that is hard to forget.


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Christmas Shopping for the Elderly

Buying gifts for your elders is never easy.  Odds are, your tastes are quite different than theirs, they may not be able to use some gifts because of health issues you’re unaware of, and what might seem like a great present to you might be completely inappropriate to them!  To help you out in this fun but sometimes stressful time of year, we’ve compiled a bunch of articles that we’ve found that are just packed with great gift ideas for the elderly in your life.

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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Retirees

EXAMPLE: Dance lessons. These offer an opportunity for great exercise and great fun. Your recipient will also meet new people, and for married couples, it’s a wonderful way to rekindle the romance. (Husbands: Get the hint! This works better than jewelry, and it’s a lot cheaper. I can personally attest to the success of this gift.) Dancing is also rated highly as an activity to keep you mentally sharp in your later years.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Senior in Your Life

EXAMPLE: Smartphone — Phones are not only important for keeping the social connection—a necessary ingredient for quality of life—but also are crucial for senior safety. Many smartphones of today offer large buttons, photo speed dial, visual rings and more.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Tickets to Performances  For elderly people on fixed incomes, tickets to films, live theater, and concerts are often beyond their reach. A gift of tickets, especially to see a favorite actor, play, or performer, is often a special gift. Gift cards in multiple denominations for movies can be purchased from Fandango ‎ and directly from many movie chains. Tickets for current theater and concert offerings can be purchased from Ticket Master.

8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents or Grandparents

EXAMPLE: A memory quilt  Creating a quilt out of baby clothes, army uniforms (if your grandparent or dad served in the military), wedding dresses, and other unique clothes or heirlooms is a very special gift. Quilts are practical and meaningful Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or elderly parents, especially if you make it yourself – or you make it with them!

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Hire a maid: One of the things you can do for the elderly one this Christmas is to hire a maid to look after them, this maybe for a short while but it would surely mean a lot to them, and in the case where you can afford it why not engage the services of a nurse to cater to the old one, especially this period of Christmas celebration. There are maids you can hire for few days just to look after your old ones.

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents & Elderly Seniors

EXAMPLE: Terrarium  Flowers die, and a houseplant can require frequent tending. A terrarium, however, makes a lovely, elegant gift. With its own tiny ecosystem and landscape, it’s an unusual gift that will be treasured and, if made correctly, requires minimal (if any) care. They’re typically available at florists and can also be purchased online (e.g. Gothic House Terrarium with Live Plants). Or, if you have the time, make your own.