One of my favorite gifts to give is a picnic basket filled with something special. For a romantic evening include a bottle of champagne, glasses, candlesticks, cloth napkins, and gourmet goodies. Remember, picnics are not just for the summer. Enjoy a winter picnic in front of the fireplace or any other room in the house.
For the Movie Buff: Fill an old-fashioned popcorn box with microwave popcorn, candy bars, soda, and a couple of DVDs or movie tickets. You might even want to include a subscription to an entertainment magazine. Lights! Camera! Action!
For Food Lovers: Always appreciated is a gift of food. Place a favorite recipe and the ingredients to make it in a pot or bowl. Add a wooden spoon, measuring cup, and anything else that goes with it, along with a novelty dish towel or apron. Bon Appetit!
Wrapping Things Up: Baskets make great containers for gifts, and anything can serve as a basket: Flower pots, bowls, coffee mugs, jars, even a Frisbee. Fill them with anything from cookies and candy to scarves and jewelry. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a bow!
Family Fun: Find a gift that encourages the family to spend time together. Here are some thoughts: A digital camera to record special moments; a jigsaw puzzle to work on together; tickets to an event, activity, or movie. A gift card for a local restaurant, complete with takeout menu, also makes a great gift. Happy Holidays!