Buying gifts and presents can be tricky, especially as you get older and the recipient gets older too. What do you keep buying for friends who seem to have everything – something for them or something for their home, a bottle of wine, a gift voucher, or some socks? Thinking of ideas for gifts that will surprise and excite them is difficult, so here is a bit of inspiration to help you with some unique birthday gift ideas.
Sponsor an Animal
From dogs and cats to the more exotic pangolins, it is possible to sponsor almost any animal. Usually, for a one-off amount, you get a photo, email, or letter which tells you about the animal and how your adoption will help pay for the care of the animal you have chosen. If your friend is an animal lover, this is the perfect gift as you get to look after an animal in need.
From the best essential oils to the best cbd oil, you can create a hamper unique and personal to the recipient. Putting together a hamper featuring their favourite oils will ensure that they use it (and only them). Quite often, if you give a ready-made hamper that contains chocolates and goodies, the recipient ends up sharing the contents of the hamper, well not in this case. You know that everything you include in an oil hamper will be used by the intended recipient.
Sponsorship of a child
There are lots of unfortunate children who are not in the position to go to school or have new clothes when they need them, and some are even needing food. So, why not sponsor a child on behalf of your friend. Look after them for one year, do a good deed and make two people feel good at the same time – your friend and the child. Usually, when sponsoring a child you get a letter or an email update once a year letting you know how they are doing and progressing.
Planting a Tree
Deforestation is a serious issue. Trees are being cut down at an alarmingly fast rate, so why not help where you can by organising the planting of a tree or two. There are several websites that allow you to purchase trees in countries all over the world, from the lush rainforests of Costa Rica to the tropical surroundings of Brazil.
Food Bank Donation
Families are struggling, unemployed people are struggling, and even though you cannot help everybody, you can donate food and essential products to your local food bank or drop off point. Non-perishable goods, including clothing and toys, are items that some people just struggle to afford and provide for themselves and their families. This is a gift that is selfless, but it will no doubt leave both you and the recipient feeling good as you are aware you have directly helped people.
Personalised and unique gifts that you know a recipient will love is the best type of gift to give, it cuts down on waste, reduces rubbish, and leaves the recipient and yourself feeling good. Do you have any unique birthday gift ideas for loved ones?