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simple gifts for old folk

When my six year old came home with a request for Christmas gifts for the old folk of the community near her school, I reckoned it would be nice to give something a bit more thoughtful than a pair of socks or hankies. Together we managed to come up with inexpensive ideas for four grannies and one grandpa for a total of only 171 ZAR (excluding wrapping paper, crafting and found objects). And they’re also suitable for any other time of the year.

  1. Beautifully-wrapped soap such as Nesti Dante placed into a gift box (it helps if you’re a bit of a box hoarder/recycler) – no need to even wrap!
  2. Inexpensive tin (try PEP or Crazy Store) containing mini biscuits (Pick n Pay has the cutest mini marie, eet sum mor and tennis biscuits meant for kids’ lunchboxes).
  3. Paperback from a secondhand bookstore by a good author in a good condition and suitable for an older person. I chose Maeve Binchy. I made a sunglasses bookmark out of felt but you could make a more traditional one from craft paper or a piece of scrap fabric.
  4. Shop-bought facecloth embellished with crocheted edge. Add a mini soap and place into a recycled gift box.
  5. Shop-bought mary-jane cotton slipper socks (optional – embellish with gingham rose and felt leaves). Place into recycled gift box.

felt sunglasses bookmark

embellished shop-bought slipper socks

Buy Santas or any other mini Christmas chocolates and add one to each of your gifts. If you’re fortunate to have a small, artistic child around, get them to make and illustrate cards from coloured craft paper with ‘Merry Christmas Granny/Grandpa’ in their own handwriting (and if they make a mistake, get them to cover it with pictures from Christmas wrapping paper offcuts). Attach the cards to the gifts to act as a tag.

card collabo’ with a small, artistic child

It seems a shame that the neglected are often only remembered during the festive season but hopefully these simple gifts will make someone smile for more than one day. And you will have taught your child to think of people other than their immediate family. Happy wrapping!

Man finger bookmark

Light toffee-coloured felt dismembered finger bookmark with red blood detail. Hand sewn. We all have those days when we need to vent surreptitiously. So give someone the furtive finger that also doubles as a bloody bookmark or hang it innocently from your rear view mirror. Bring out your quirky passive-aggressive side.

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Disclaimer: B.A.D will not be held accountable for any dramas ensuing from the finger being given to BFFs, spouses, grannies, moms, or other sensitive persons. Please use responsibly.

lady finger bookmark

Light toffee-coloured felt dismembered finger bookmark with red nail and red blood detail. Hand sewn. We all have those days when we need to vent surreptitiously. So give someone the furtive finger that also doubles as a bloody bookmark or hang it innocently from your rear view mirror. Bring out your quirky passive-aggressive side.

lady finger bookmark

lady finger bookmark in book

lady finger bookmark in book cover

Disclaimer: B.A.D will not be held accountable for any dramas ensuing from the finger being given to BFFs, spouses, grannies, moms, or other sensitive persons. Please use responsibly.