Killing siblings aside, a good consumable gift is one the recipient will enjoy, or minimally be able to use in the company of others to enjoy, if you may not know their preferences particularly well. DD2 has four special extra music directors/teachers in her life right now. She'll give them each a coffee card with a box of candy, varieties she knows they like. She has had a grueling school year and has had several of her teachers reach out or she has come to them for extra help, a calm down, a "let's put this in perspective" conversation, or she just really enjoys the class. She wants to give each a thank you. She bought a box of mixed dark, milk, and white chocolate truffles for each of them. Hopefully, at least one type they will like, but they can share with their family, friends, or other school colleagues.
Homemade gifts, particularly when a specialty of the gift giver are some of my favorite consumable items to receive. I make really good strawberry, mixed berry, and rhubarb mixed jams. I plan to give several jars this Christmas. When Sluggy, who happens to be doing a December give away stopped in Minnesota on their cross country vacation, she shared with me a jar of her special pepper relish. As she said, it is so good on a brat, hot dog, or our favorites Italian Sausages. She lugged this to Utah and back to Minnesota-that is a thoughtful gift.
Refillable items, where the packaging is a gift of sorts, and contents are consumed may make people smile. These tins were to put aside a portion of my Puppy Chow and Chex Mix before the first batches get all eaten, but equally could be used as a gift, and then refilled later for a subscription like gift. That was one of the raffle prizes at my work food shelf fundraiser holiday event. A colleague put two dozen cookies in a large Rubbermaid container with a card good for 6 refills throughout the year. Wasn't that clever?
It doesn't have to be food items. Think anything people like and use but needs to be replenished put together in bundles or individually as a thoughtful gift. Here's a short list of ideas:
- Box of assorted greeting cards, and stamps
- Stationary set and stamps-bring back old fashion real letter writing
- Wrapping paper and bow bundle
- Shampoo, conditioner, hair product,shower gel packs, or bought individually and bundled in a gift
- Small notepads, journal books, and a good pen or pack of pen
- Hand soap with hand lotions
- Bath spa items-bombs, milks, crystals, if you know the person is a bath taker
- Make up palettes-This is a tricky one, but you may know what they want specifically
- Car care kit-though I have to admit, this took the brunt of family jokes for a decade after this was one of DS's presents in college. A more mature recipient might not laugh at it so much. It was his version of getting a vacuum cleaner.