get well advice
Check out gifts and packages to show send a college student some love, whether it’s a sick day, bid day, test day, or birthday!
Not all roses are created equal. Red roses are most often associated with undying love and are the flower of choice for Valentine’s Day.
Not to be outdone, pink tulips represent caring, white are for forgiveness, red mean love and purple reflect royalty.
Different color carnations also express a variety of sentiments with pink meaning gratitude, yellow reflecting cheerfulness and red denoting admiration.
Calla lilies are regal, hibiscus and orchids are delicate beauties, geraniums imply comfort and daffodils signify chivalry. Daisies suggest innocence, Ivy represents fidelity and gardenias reflect joy.
Every Occasion is a Flower Occasion!
Fresh cut bouquets and a variety of flower arrangements in traditional, modern and even whimsical designs allow you to express yourself on any occasion although the most popular include Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and birthdays.
Even if it’s not an official occasion you can pick up a single stem or a bunch of fresh flowers to brighten any room or make any day special.
So Which Flower Should I Choose?
If you’re not sure what type of flower to give, ask your florist for assistance. Check out our beautiful flower collections for some great gift ideas! Notice the types of flowers featured for different occasions and times of the year to help you make the perfect choice.
Don’t be afraid to combine blooms to send a bouquet representing all of your emotions. Or, throw symbolism aside and pick the flowers you think the recipient would most enjoy.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Why not sweets for the sweet? Cookies and pies make for tasty treats, not to mention attractive table centerpieces, especially in a decorative box or wrapped in colored cellophane. If it's someone's birthday, offer to bake the cake (but do inquire beforehand as to number of guests and favorite flavors-icings-fillings).
Industrious, experienced cooks can whip up kitchen confections from scratch. The well-intentioned but less-inclined may “cheat” with store-bought out-of-the-box packages. Whether you are an experienced baker or trying your hand at something new, baked goods make a great gift.
Preserves, jarred fruit and vegetables are beautiful gift alternatives for those agile in the garden or produce aisle. A Mason jar with a raffia bow around the sealed lid equates to a simple, organic presentation. Great occasions for these gifts include housewarming parties or BBQ's, or as a simply 'thank you'.
MUSIC TO MY EARS
Download a gift recipient’s favorite musical artists and tracks, from any online music site (such as iTunes), and burn onto a recordable CD. CD cases may be personalized and adorned with photos, original drawings and liner notes.
POETRY IN MOTION
While oftentimes cards are attached to larger gifts (primarily to identify the giver), a homemade card in and of itself, fashioned from construction or heavy paper stock, can be a standalone offering. Include original freehand verse, or prose from a favorite author, to really convey sentiment. Or select a poem that you believe your friend or family member would appreciate and frame it. For an extra homemade touch, adorn the envelope with a favortie flower or fashion with a ribbon of their favorite color.
A STITCH IN TIME
Handy with needle and thread? Hats and scarves (or for the truly diligent, blankets and sweaters), are practical and priceless companions during the colder months. Homemade blankets and winter gear can be such a great gift, it can be passed on from generation to generation.
You'll never regret surprising that special relative, friend, or spouse by avoiding the department stores and taking gift-making in hand!
Who to Buy a Gift For
Everybody likes receiving a gift. It is always appropriate to give a gift to somebody who’s ill or injured, though you shouldn’t feel obligated to do so, unless it’s a close family member. A get well card is a nice alternative for a co-worker or casual friend.
How Much To Spend
You don’t need to spend very much on a get well gift. It’s really about showing the person you care! Something in the area of $20-$25 is fine.
When to Send a Gift
Don’t wait! Ideally, you should send a get well gift within a week of learning about the person’s illness or injury, but, as always, better late than never!
How to Deliver a Gift
You can brighten your friend or relative’s day by delivering the gift in person, but make sure to call first. There’s nothing wrong with mailing a gift or leaving it on a co-worker’s desk, assuming they’re expected to return to work soon.
What kind of Gift should I give?
The type of card or gift depends on the nature of the injury or illness, and your relationship to this person. A Funny gift is a great way to lift one's spirits, however for more serious matters your card or gift should have a less humorous, more inspirational tone.
Get Well Gifts for Men
- Food! - The best way to a man's heart is still food!. There is probably nothing they’d appreciate more than a good meal from their favorite take-out spot!
- Laughter is the best medicine! – A few funny movies are a nice way to help them pass the time while they recover.
- Boy’s night! – An easy night at home with the guys playing poker or watching the ball game could be just what your buddy needs.
Get Well Gifts for Women
- Traditional gifts like her favorite flowers, chocolates or balloons are a thoughtful way to show you care.
- Soothing gifts. An aroma therapy bath set is a great way to help her relax and ease her discomfort.
- Chick flicks! – Classic feel good movies like Pretty Woman or a recent blockbuster are a great way to lift her spirits!
Gifts for Children
- Delicious treats! – A cookie basket or pint of their favorite ice-cream is sure to put a smile on any kid’s face!
- A big get well card signed by all his or her classmates will make a child feel special.
- Mom and dad, this may be a good time to get your kid his or her first pet.
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Brainstorming about a person is a great way to come up with gift ideas. Think about their interests, hobbies, favorite things, and most of all, their dreams. If they’re a sports fan, but have never seen a live game, consider tickets for a minor league ball game.
Maybe they love German beer and have an interest in travel. Transport them to their dream destination with gift certificates to a nearby German beer hall, or enroll them in an international-beer-of-the-month club. Your lederhosen-sporting friends will thank you. Remember—the most important key to finding a perfect gift is to keep it creative and fresh.
Many people—especially if they’re cunning—will drop hints about what they like and drool over items that they wish they could buy throughout the year. These cryptic codes seem to only increase as the holidays approach. It’s a good idea to keep a notebook even in the off-season with a list of items that friends have expressed interest in but mostly likely have not bought for themselves.
Then when the big day comes and you offer your thoughtful present that they’re sure to love, you’ll be greeted with an awed appreciation that “you remembered!” Just check that your gift isn’t too perfect—meaning they loved it so much they already bought themselves one!
The Card Is Mightier
Never under-estimate a thoughtful, well-written card. If your gift may seem a little common place but you put a lot of thought into why you chose it, tell your recipient what about the gift reminded you of them. This is a great way to add depth to a present and show your friends that you know them well.
Let’s say you give a camera. This may seem like an ordinary gift idea, but explain in your card that you know your friend has always wanted to see the bright lights of Paris and you thought that when she does finally get there, you want her armed with a camera and a reminder of you with her.
Aw, shucks, you shouldn’t have.
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