Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day have come and passed, but you’re still gushing with love for all the incredible people in your life. There are so many women who have shaped the direction of your life, and you want to celebrate those relationships. Here are 7 personal gift ideas that will be cherished by your lovely lady friends or family members.
1. Your Grandmother
If your grandmother is anything like mine, she already has everything she needs. That doesn’t mean you can’t gift her something nice, but don’t go overboard with “stuff.” Instead, focus on experience. Can you start a new habit of dropping by every other Saturday morning with gourmet donuts? If she sees you regularly, she’ll understand that you might not be able to stay for a long time. Instead, she’ll enjoy the short visits chatting with you at the kitchen counter. If you don’t live close enough to your grandmother to see her regularly, set a weekly reminder in your calendar to FaceTime or send pictures of your week. Gotta use those selfies for something, amiright?
2. Your Mom
Your mom has been cleaning up after you for your entire life, or well, most of it at least. To truly spoil her, hire a cleaning service to come do a big, deep clean of her home. Then, have them come back monthly for a light cleaning. When they’re working, relax together with an in-home spa night. Grab a jar of sugar scrub to exfoliate, soak your feet, and watch a romantic comedy or better—catch up on your favorite children’s movie. You know you’ve both been wanting to see Finding Dory.
Now that you’re both adults, it’s time to spend time with your sister because you want to, not because you have to! Invite her out for a paint-a-canvas night, to build a terrarium, or to paint some pottery. If childcare is getting in your way, make a do-it-yourself night in the comfort of one of your homes. Set the kids up with some activities or put them to bed in their cribs, and hand-knit scarves together over a glass of wine. Here’s a video that shows you how to knit a scarf using your own hands! Bonus points for drinking wine out of a straw. It’s going to be tough to knit and hold a glass at the same time.
4. Your Young Daughter
If you have a young daughter, chances are she’s already overloaded with toys, clothes, and stuffed animals. There’s nothing more that she needs or could want for. Instead, start now writing her letters that you’ll deliver when she’s an adult. Make it easy on yourself and do so every Valentine’s day, and reflect on the year past. In each letter, include $20 and a few pictures of the two of you from that year. When she opens the presents, depending on her age when you started, she’ll have a nice chunk of change and a collection of pictures she’ll treasure forever.
5. Your New Mother Friend
Mommin’ ain’t easy. It doesn’t matter if your friend is a first-time mom or she already has a few kids in her clan. Bringing a baby on board is overwhelming for many reasons. Everyone has to eat, yet meal planning (and making) are often the most annoying and time-consuming tasks when you’re elbow deep in diapers. Maybe it’s time you treat her to a yummy meal that she doesn’t need to make herself. Join together with other girlfriends to make one-to-two weeks worth of dinners she can freeze and stick in the oven or crock pot when it’s time to eat. Come prepared with disposable dinnerware, so cleanup is easy too. When things have settled down a bit, order a subscription meal service that delivers a recipe and all the necessary ingredients and cook the meal together. She’ll be happy to have company, and you can get your baby fix in and go home later to a quiet night of sleep.
6. Your Work Wife
Imagine what work would be like without your favorite gal pal. Who will you get your restaurant recommendations from or talk about what happened on last night’s This is Us episode? To celebrate how grateful you are to have a 9-5 friend, buy her a coffee every morning for a week or bring fresh flowers for her desk.
7. Your Other Girlfriends
We have so many different females in our lives that build us up, entertain us, or simply provide a safe space to talk about our feelings. To celebrate them all, buy a stack of blank note cards or funny greeting cards and commit to sending 3 short notes a month to the important ladies in your life. It doesn’t matter if you see them once a week in yoga class or you haven’t spoken in years, take a moment to surprise a lovely lady with a personal note in their mailbox.
What’s your favorite gift to give the women in your life? What gift would you LOVE to receive from a friend or family member? Let us know in the comments.
Erin Ollila Believes In The Power Of Words And How A Message Can Inform – And Even Transform – Its Intended Audience.
Erin graduated from Fairfield University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her writing can be found all over the internet and in print, and includes interviews, ghostwriting, blog posts, and creative nonfiction. Erin is a geek for SEO and all things social media. She lives in Southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and children.