Whether people celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, or Hanukkah; the month of December is bound to bring some ritual gift-giving for almost everyone.
For Activity staff this is the busiest time of the year. They have to select and purchase affordable and appropriate gifts for clients. They are also on a mission to make the season as happy and festive as possible. Activity staff are keenly aware that for many residents the season is a time of increased loneliness for several reasons including memories of earlier, happier times and family gatherings.
A large part of the activities in the months preceding Christmas involve getting residents involved in arts and crafts, food preparation, decoration and of course gift-making for family and friends.
Gift giving, and receiving, brings joy, excitement, feelings of self worth, and shared experiences.
As the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts” - and homemade gifts rate highly for most people.
Indeed there are many benefits in engaging the elderly in gift making during the holiday season:
For me, Christmas was always one of the best times of the year; clients sitting around the table busy making gifts and Christmas decorations; Christmas carols playing in the background, the smell of cinnamon cookies; the animated conversation, and the joy of gift making.
I am sure I am not the only one who collected some treasures along the years from friends, children and clients.
Here are some ideas for affordable gifts and Golden Carers homemade gifts.
|Cactus or Succulent||Scented Bath Salts||Beaded Jewellery|
|Special words in a handmade Card||Abayomi Rag Doll||Keepsake Box|
|Large Print Calendar||Penny Candy||Cap or Hat|
|Colouring Books for Seniors||Homemade Cookies||Christmas Bon Bons|
|Decoupage on Glass||Photo Frame||Fresh Fruit|
|Large Print Game Books||Decorative Gift Jars||Hand Cream|
|Handkerchiefs||Bird Feeder||Scented Drawer Liners|
|Tote Bag||Handbag Mirror||Notepad & Pen|
|Face Washer with crochet trim||Rain Gauge||Salt Dough Magnets|
|Socks||Set of Greeting Cards||Boxed Tea Cup|
|Weather Thermometer||Bedside Torch||Wallet|