I keep a collection of inexpensive bowl or small baskets I've found at the thrift store and given a thorough cleaning. Depending on the size of the family, pieces of fresh fruit (placed on a colorful napkin in the container) are usually welcome. I've also given a small collection of all-occasion greeting cards I hand-crafted.
If a person is handy with a camera, taking pictures of the event and telling the hostess you'll make her a photo CD is really a nice gesture.
It's definitely a personal thing. It depends on the person who is getting the gifts. I like to make as many of my gifts as possible, so it might be a set of quilted pot holders or a basket I've woven or something I've baked. I have to know the person well to know her tastes. As a rule, it will be something I make, what it will be depends on the person.
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I like to make gifts of things I know the person will like. I also like to keep nice candles on hand and try to get them when they are BOGO as they always make a nice gift. I know lots of people are getting like I am and don't want things they can't use up as we are all trying to not continue "collecting" things. I like to recycle things-one of my favorites is to make lights out of unique bottles and give them as gifts. I watch for the bottles at yard sales, thrift stores and friends save them for me.
I'm a crafty person, so if it is appropriate i prefer to bring a homemade gift if possible. It's usually much more affordable but, even better than that it is more personal. What I make is completely dependent on the person. It may be a food item if I know their favorite treat or they are trying to gain a healthier lifestyle and I know a great "light" version of their favorite dish. It may be something cutesy or decorative if it is for a someone redecorating or moving into a new home. It may be something that falls into a "special interest" category unique to that person. The possibilities are truly endless and your gift is almost guaranteed to be unique.
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