Do you know someone who always seems to be chilly? The spouse who turns up the thermostat in the middle of summer. The family member who wears three pairs of socks, and the friend who’s never without a mug of tea. Now that the seasons are changing, you’re likely to know plenty of people who’d appreciate a cosy gift, either for their birthday or – dare I say it – Christmas. In the interest of warm friendships all year round, here are a few timely (and thrifty) gift ideas.
Comfort and coziness
If you can knit, crochet, or sew, you’ve got what it takes to create wonderfully warm holiday gifts for friends and family members. Observe your intended recipient’s wardrobe colours, and make them a scarf, hat, and woolly mittens in tones that coordinate. My first attempt at knitting was an ombre scarf for my husband and he loved it! You can also use knitted fabric to make a snood scarf with just a straight line of sewing – here’s my festive snood DIY tutorial to get you started. Socks are always a well-received gift, especially when they’re beautiful. From woolly slipper socks for wearing around the house, to over-the-knee cable knits for inside their wellies, socks are a perfect present that everyone needs.
Knitting isn’t your best skill? Don’t worry, simply browse boutiques for cozy presents with which to treat your special loved ones. For your friend who loves hot tea no matter what the weather, a pretty teapot or teacosy is sure to please. Cute ceramic infusers are just right for by-the-cup tea drinkers. For friends who wear boots, wrap up a nice selection of boot socks and boot cuffs – you can find a splendid assortment at Boot Cuffs & Socks Boutique. And you can put a smile on any little girl’s face with a crocheted mermaid tail blanket, recommends Country Living magazine.
Candles, comforters, and cookbooks make lovely gifts that impart warmth and merriment, notes Mashable magazine. Your friend who loves to potter about the kitchen is bound to enjoy a how-to-cook soup or stew book featuring palate-pleasing dishes to satisfy wintertime appetites. Offer the book with a canvas bag full of ingredients, and you may be invited to stay for dinner.
For the friend who has everything
Nobody ever has too many socks, but there are other things that might make a nice gift for the friend who says they don’t need anything. How about a furry car seat cover to warm them on their way home during the colder weather? Candles with wintertime scents of cranberry, pumpkin spice, or pine make a welcome hostess gift when you attend someone festive party.
Even if you’re reading this in summertime, it’s not too early to start shopping for friends and family members who are on your holiday gift list. And the more time you have to get knitting or crocheting, the more pairs of gloves you can produce before Christmas! Nothing says “I love you” more than presenting your special someone with a thoughtful (perhaps homemade?) gift that provides warmth and joy. Let me know what your dream cosy gift would be this season by leaving me a comment below.