When you give someone a gift, they're going to be happy at the thought behind what you've given, of course. Would simple cash that make them much happier? Most of the time the answer is probably no so, wow about giving creative gifts that are capable of making them a little return all on their own? They really would consider that cute.
In a time when everyone keeps playing make-believe farming games on Facebook, how about going in with something a bit more real? How about giving them a farm share? If there's a commercial farm in their area , all you have to do is to pay $500 or so for several months’ worth of home-delivered fresh farm goodness.
Programmable thermostats can be creative gifts because the will keep saving money for the lucky recipient. One model in particular, called the Nest Learning Thermostat, has been in the news quite a bit for being the product of engineers formerly associated with Apple. Whichever model you should decide to buy, it should really end up saving them hundreds of dollars every year in saved energy costs. Great quality models cost no more than $50 or so.
Batteries may not cost much. But they can become a tiresome drain on anyone's pocketbook if there is a supply of batteries to constantly replenish. Buy a $30 set with a battery recharger and rechargeable batteries. Even better, buy a quick recharger. They'll never have to spend on throwaway batteries ever again.
A membership to a food-of-the-month club or a CostCo can be great creative gifts to give that keep on giving. A food of the month club can be great for someone who loves cheese or steaks or other special foods. It's like you’re taking them out to treat every month. A Costco membership, if they don't already have one, can be particularly fun. There'll always be able to look at this membership card that you got them for $50 and know that they could just run over for some great savings.
A personalised gift such as a movie poster or mug might be an ideal gift for the person who has everything. You can find many products at EP who are one of the foremost printing companies in Edinburgh but who also service customers worldwide.
A AAA membership can be one of those gifts that keep on giving, too. A membership entitles them to free assistance if they should ever find themselves stuck with the flat tire or no gas or something in the middle of nowhere. There are always all kinds of AAA membership discounts available at hotels, car rentals, bookstores and more, too.
Come to think of it, everyone should give gifts that keep on giving. They can be some of the nicest gift ideas around in a tough economy.