Now that the wild flurry of December holidays is over, I’m settling back into a more relaxed relationship with the subject of gift-giving. From the safe vantage point of mid-January, I view my family’s upcoming birthdays with equanimity, knowing that my husband (February) and son (March) already love me and do not require proof of my love for them in the form of perfect presents.
Still, I think that the art of the gift can be well worth practicing, both for the giver and the recipient. With that gentler approach in mind, let me suggest three sweet gifts* for elders and their caregivers to raise the spirits in any season.
1. Breathe Mug: Perfect for elders and caregivers alike, Stress Resources’ new mug reminds us to take a healing breath. Also available, the Breathe Mug and Meditation CD, four mindfulness meditations by nurse/meditation teacher Pamela Katz Ressler with guitar music composed by Louis Arnold.
2. Miniature Canvas on Easel: Add visual interest to mealtimes with a festive place card. Use a colorful felt-tip marker to write a loving message on a miniature artist’s canvas. A plate stand makes an attractive holder. I found everything I needed at the West Concord (MA) 5 & 10, but you could order small stretched canvasses online at Dick Blick and plate stands at Plate Stand Source.
3. Scrub tops and pants: Bring charm and comfort to the daily tasks of care with affordable custom clothing from Sassy Scrubs. Sized from XXXS to 6XL, these medical scrubs are a practical gift for men as well as women. Choose from over 1400 prints and solids in cotton, polyester, or blends. The Snappy Scrub Top, which opens in the front, can be a good selection for a loved one who spends a lot of time in bed.
Finally, may you enjoy the intangible gifts of ease and contentment in the year to come.
* Note: These ideas are freely offered and I do not receive any compensation from the companies mentioned.