4. Jazz up your wine gift
If you just want to buy a bottle of wine and call it a day, no judgment! But, you can still add some flair. Wrap it in a hand towel that goes with the theme of your friend’s house, with a beautiful ribbon. For an even more delightful presentation, spike holiday punch and bottle it in a mason jar (easily found at a flea market). You’ll save big—bottoms up!
Time is one of the most valuable gifts you could give. If your friend has children or pets, offer to babysit or house-sit. Make an official “coupon,” and follow up with a phone call to pin down the date, so she knows you’re serious. She’ll have peace of mind to know someone she trusts will be taking care of her family. What can beat that?
6. Get out there
Let’s face it: You may want to shell out cash rather than craft something from scratch. But that doesn’t mean a gift card has to be thoughtless. Check out memberships in the community, from art galleries to science museums. If those would bore your friend to tears, land tickets to an upcoming concert or musical your friend will enjoy. Don’t live in a cultural center of the universe? There’s always a gift certificate to your friend’s favorite restaurant. She’ll be thankful to take a break from cooking.