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I was in the same situation last year where I had to buy 23 xmas presents for our Day Centre. I was given a budget of $5.00 per person and 4 weeks to find the gifts.
As we all know this is not a lot of money and as our clients are a mixture of community, and residential we had to be careful of choosing the gifts. As the majority are from the community and live independantly I focused on their hobbies and interests. However, this can be easy do for residential too, if you know your client base well.
I tend to stay away from soaps, perfumes, chocolates etc as these may cause skin problems and also clients who are diabetic.
I was lucky to shop at a major shopping centre and looked in the cheap shops, cheap as chips, neds,also the main department stores and look for discounted items. Here is a list of some of the items I managed to buy.
boxed tea cup and saucer
xmas cookie cutters
coasters for the table
diaries and note pads
flasks to keep water cool
knitting wool and patterns
I brought a couple of each item and they all had a lucky dip. The residential clients xmas presents were chosen seperately and marked with their name as we needed to be careful on which present they received.They mainly recieved the necklaces for female and the men had the diaries and note pads.
I have learnt from my experience last year and I have already started to collect items. I look at the Junk Mail that gets delivered and see if there are any items of use.
hope that helps
Start taking photos of residents now, and utilize online coupons and deals, like vistaprint. Get a mug etc printed with their picture. Or frame a lovely photo of them with something they love doing in the center.
I have previously had to provide 120 gifts for retired volunteers for very little $$. Think outside the square sometimes helps. It's the thought that counts.
thanks hope this is helpful
I wrote to Dulux as they have a promotion giving away 2014 vintage calendar and they have sent one for our facility. Lovely for a reminisce program. Worth asking them for it.
I am going to make a christmas hanging decoration for them to hang where ever they choose. etc, candy cane, bells, wreaths. Sheryle
We are having Adopt a Door this year for xmas. Each staff member draws a residents name from the hat and they then decorate that residents door for xmas.
This sounds like a great idea how did you do it??
I have used an adopt a resident program with limited success
It seemed like some of the staff was very into it and some were not
But you will know your staff best so you can bring this up at a morning meeting and see what the response is
We had church members that bought things for residence all so you might think about it home health aide companies who want to get some referrals from your facility they may be willing to donate some gifts also
Sometimes veterans groups are willing to donate presents to the veterans