It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! At least that’s what all of the retailers would have you believe. It’s never too early to be looking ahead to the gift-giving season and how you may wish to treat those you love. Professional caregivers work so hard year-round for the families they serve and are certainly deserving of some love and acknowledgment this holiday season. Here are some fun and creative gift ideas that may inspire generosity to share some holiday cheer with the professional caregiver in your life.
Think of gifts that offer rest and relaxation. Caregivers put in long hours and the work can be physically demanding. Gifts like lotions, a soft blanket, slippers, or gift certificates for the spa or a massage will always be appreciated and put to good use.
Give an Experience
In a world where we already have so many material things, sometimes the best gifts are experiences. Your caregiver might enjoy gift certificates to a local restaurant, boutique, or movie theatre. Try to find out where they enjoy shopping or spending their time when not at work. Depending upon your budget and your relationship with your caregiver, you might even find something unique, like a hot air balloon ride, that they might enjoy with a friend or family member.
Give a Memory
Your caregiver has likely created many memories with your family, depending upon how long they’ve been working with you. If you have photos of your caregiver and your loved one, you can create a really special gift like a photo album, locket, framed photo, or digital slide show that captures these memories for years to come. Another way to gift a memory is to share stories written by your family that highlight some of the special milestones, funny events, or emotional occasions that you shared with your caregiver.
A final type of gift that always goes over well is a gift of “fun.” Does your caregiver have a favorite snack or treat? Buy it in bulk so they can indulge! Do you share a joke that could be reflected in a gift? Get creative! Offering to pay for their Netflix or Hulu subscription this year could be a thoughtful gesture and every time they enjoy a new movie or TV show they will think of you.
How do you plan to acknowledge your caregiver this holiday season? Do you have another idea to share? Join in the conversation by leaving a comment below.