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Aside from the food issue, though, people more and more are feeling bothered by clutter. Giving someone a gift that doesn't add to clutter and is useful is a real challenge!
Following are some ideas for gifts that may work for you for various circumstances--such as thank yous, birthdays, and get well wishes. Just be sure to carefully tailor the gifts to the specific people who you are giving them to. For example, if your best friend is bedridden, the last thing you'd want to give her is a gift certificate to go shopping at her favorite local store! Instead, small gifts that would pamper her, your help, and activities to do at home would probably be more appreciated.
One last note before we start: If you are someone without food allergies, the best thing to do is play it safe and never try to give someone with food allergies a food gift. Labels are horribly confusing and potentially unreliable, so it is not as easy as you might think to find something that will be safe for your friend.
business card holder
Christmas tree ornament
cooler lunch bag
credit card, prepaid
greeting cards (mixed)
greeting card organizer
hand-held electronic video game
handkerchiefs (embroidered, lace-edged, etc.)
online service subscription
outdoor bird feeder
outdoor squirrel feeder
postage stamps, self-adhesive
seasonal window clings
socks (with a cute design)
travel mug (insulated)
Themed Gift Baskets
Boredom BustersIf someone is bedridden, sick, or recovering from surgery, a basket filled with the following can help pass the hours:
Cleaning BasketPack a basket with a handle with cleaning supplies, such as:
Fruit BasketIf the individual is not allergic to fruits (which tend to be some of the less common allergens--be sure to ask first!), pack a basket with:
Choose different types of fruits (such as the more "fancy" apples). It will make the basket even more fun!
Picnic BasketPack a picnic basket with:
Sport Fan BasketPack a basket with:
Stationery BasketFind a flat reusable basket that is large enough to set stationery in (flat). Inside, why not put in:
Gifts to AvoidHere are some tips on common gifts to generally avoid:
Gift ideas contributed by: "A.," Tina Marion, and Melissa Taylor. Remember that people can be allergic to virtually anything, so these gifts are not guaranteed to be ones that won't cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.