Flowers are always a
good go to gift. They are a sure thing if you need to say “I love
you” or “You are on my mind. ” But after a while, the appeal of
always getting flowers as a gift wears off. Finding something else to
gift will not only surprise the receiver, but it will also show a bit
more thoughtfulness. There are many ways to make someone smile or
feel loved. If you are looking for thoughtful alternative gift ideas,
here are 9 gifts that are better than flowers.
Make a home
Even if you are not
the best cook, making a meal at home is one of the most thoughtful
things you can do for a person. This can be a full course meal, or
just a couple of baked gods. It will show that you are willing to put
in time and effort to make them happy.
Give them a
printed, framed photo
In the age of
sending photos through mobile phones in an instant, printed photos
have become even more special than ever. Print and frame a photo of
you and the gift recipient if you really want to show them you love
Write them a poem
Some may find this a
bit cheesy, but corny gifts are still cute at the end of the day.
Writing a special poem for your loved one—and reading it aloud if
you’re really brave—will create a special memory they will never
Take them to a
A movie date is so
much more intimate than a bunch of flowers, and is a bit more fun
too. If this is for a romantic friend, a movie is the perfect
opportunity to get up close and personal.
Make them a
Music is such a
personal thing, and truly reveals someone’s personality. Making a
playlist for someone shows that you know them in and out, down to the
kind of music they like.
Get tickets to
their favorite activity
Whether this is
pottery class or a candle making workshop, find something interesting
that aligns with their current hobbies or with something they’ve
always wanted to try.
Buy them a
This may seem like a
cop out from an actual gift, but the art of card giving is really
meaningful to many people. An especially selected card with a
handwritten message with hit home right to the heart.
Does your special
someone love a really complicated Starbucks drink, or some obscure
candy you can only find on the other side of town? Tracking down
their most coveted treat will show them you love them and can
actually remember the weird things they like.
Make a DIY gift
If you are feeling really inspired and imaginative, you can whip out your arts and crafts supplies and make your loved one a homemade gift. This can be anything from a card or a candy bouquet, or something more intricate like a painting or something knitted.