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5 Small Gift Ideas for Friends, Family and Service Providers

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5 Small Gift Ideas for Friends, Family and Service Providers

Whether you're working from a tight budget or you simply don't have room in your assisted living apartment to accommodate great bundles of gifts, you can still bring a smile to people's faces with thoughtful small presents. The ideas below make great gifts for loved ones as well as service providers and professionals you want to show appreciation to this holiday season.

1. Special Socks

Socks may not sound like a snazzy gift when you first consider them, but think about the pleasure you get when sliding your feet into the perfect pair of cozy hosiery during the winter. Plus, socks are a great way to show off a little personality no matter where you're going. Many people won't buy fun socks for themselves, so they enjoy getting them as gifts.

You can find specialty socks at most department stores, online and at dollar and discount shops, including Dollar Tree and Five Below. Have fun picking out socks that speak to the personality of everyone on your list.

2. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a good-sense gift that helps people ward off seasonal bugs as they enjoy the company of others during the holidays. Buy small pocket-sized options in different scents and couple each with a candy cane for a tiny gift grab bag that people will appreciate receiving.

3. Cute Cocoa Ensembles

If practical presents don't match your personality, you can still create little gift bags on a budget that delight recipients. Tuck a packet of hot chocolate into a gift bag and pair it with one or two extras, such as specialty marshmallows, peppermint sticks or an inexpensive mug to drink it from. Alternatively, forgo the bag and pack the little gifts in the mug itself and embellish with a ribbon.

4. Useful Trinkets and Utensils

Think about what people like to do and what might help them accomplish their hobbies or work. Small kitchen utensils make great gifts for many people, whether it's a new ice cream scoop, a fun cheese spreader or a decorative pot holder. New crochet hooks, pencils for an artist or a tire gauge for someone who drives a lot and doesn't have one are all thoughtful gifts people can use.

5. Your Presence and Attention

In many cases, simply being there for someone or sharing a meal with them is an ideal way to celebrate the holiday. If you're meeting up with old friends or adult loved ones, make agreements not to exchange gifts and simply enjoy a special meal or dessert out together. You can also invite loved ones to dine with you at the Park Regency assisted living community in Thornton.

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