Gift Ideas When You're "Just Friends"
Sometimes you want to tell a good friend that you appreciate their companionship or express gratitude to an associate or colleague. Here are some ways to make them feel special.
Fun & Entertainment
Treat your friends to a night at the movies or the theater or present them with a set of DVDs of their favorite movies. You could organize a weekend trip for the gang and make some happy memories or just find a new spot in your locality and bring on the good times.
Candles, Flowers & Chocolates
If you are looking for a gift for a business associate or an office colleague, chocolates, flowers, potted plants, and candles are all good options. Combine these items in a gift basket if you wish. Add a bottle of good wine and your pal will be pleased as punch! (Be sure to choose something that maintains the nature of your relationship.)
Gadgets & Games
A number of electronic items make useful gifts, such as pocket calculators and organizers, mp3 players, iPod accessories, watches, or clocks. Get a compass or pedometer for the colleague who goes hiking every weekend. How about getting a mini digital camera for your pal the new dad? Most people appreciate new CDs, DVDs and video games, as well as board games.
Encourage a Hobby
It is easy to think of a gift for someone who enjoys a specific hobby. The scrap booker would love a gift bag filled with specialty paper, ribbons, stamps, and stickers. The golfer would appreciate a new set of golf balls or colorful markers. Gardeners can always use seeds, bulbs or potted plants.
Picture frames, photo albums, and wall hangings make great gifts for friends or acquaintances. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors and you can give them alone or in sets. Bags of potpourri, scented incense sticks, or wind chimes are great for those with a spiritual side (add a Yoga mat or a lucky bamboo to make a complete set). Stock up on these and other small items that catch your eye and you will always be prepared with a gift for your friends.