Select an assortment of outdoor lights and hang them up for the homebound. They’re in every discount store, come in countless colors and will brighten hearts and abodes.
Score One for Santa
Games, crossword books and jigsaw puzzles promote creativity and fill hours with fun. From board games and cards to computer or video, there’s something for every interest.
A Bit of the Bubbly
Cocktails for two, or four, or more! Bring spirits, fresh bread, a fabulous cheese and a crock of soup to make it an evening. Champagne and wine are delightful, but dietary restrictions might keep many from imbibing. Substitute a variety of sparkling ciders and sodas and don’t forget flavored coffees and cocoas with mini-marshmallows and stir-sticks.
Kreative Kris Kringlesfrom 1 to 92
Start them on a new artistic path with a hobby kit, scrapbook set, stained glass, paints or writing journals to jot down hopes and dreams. Know a bookworm? Get them the latest edition from their favorite author or a gift certificate to a bookstore or gift shop (redeemable online to save them the trip).
Royal Treatment - Pampering for People and Their Pets
It’s spa-tacular! Spend the day at the salon: manicure, pedicure and hair-to-go! Don’t forget the massage. Many masseuses, hair designers and nail techs will go to homes if your recipient prefers pampering in private. Got pets? Take their Fluffy or Fido to the groomers to get their furs fluffed, too ($25-$50-plus depending on size and condition).
Santa Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Wrap Them Up in Warmth—Velvety wraps, bed jackets, velour robes, patterned flannel pajamas with non-skid feet, fuzzy slippers, electric blanket throws or splashy lounge suits (sweats) in sharp shades keep everyone toasty.
Don We Now Our NEW Apparel
Take them to their favorite shop to pick out an all-new ensemble.
Arrange for a mass or another spiritual ceremony or gift held in their honor.
Life of the Party
That’s what you’re ensuring when you present them with a mammogram (or any other prevention screening) certificate for 2018. Wellness is priceless.
Grown-Up Christmas Wi$h Li$t
In these challenging economic times, many non-profits and charitable organizations struggle to maintain their programs and services. In lieu of traditional gifts, consider contributions to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation to purchase a wig or a mastectomy garment or to provide transportation for a cancer patient.Visit www.rgcf.org to donate online.
What Are You Doing
New Year’s Eve?
How ‘bout a movie marathon? Rent a stack of action/adventures, chick flicks, musical classics or silent cinemas and spend the evening together in film-lover’s heaven. And no hangover!
Reproduced from ‘In the Know’ December 2012 Edition. Updated 12.2017