Caregiver Appreciation Day is rapidly approaching and with the year we’ve all had, you might want to do something a little special for those that have helped you and your family out. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to get the caregivers in your life something special though. Rather, you can easily create an assortment of things yourself, which will show how much you appreciate them all the more. These ten ideas can help you stay on a budget while allowing you to put a lot of passion and creativity into the gifts that you provide to those that have worked to care for you.
1. Thank You Card
If you’re not sure what to give, then a simple thank you card is one of the best routes to go. Not only are cards one of the easiest things that you can give, but they can be some of the most heartfelt. If you’re not feeling creative, then you can always purchase cards in bulk. Once you get your cards picked out, then write a personalized message to the recipient or group of people. Of course, if you’re looking to save money or you simply want to show off some creativity, then you can make your own cards. You can make cards out of almost anything, which will help you save even more money on your gift. Once your cards are finished, mail them to the location the caregiver works.
2. Make Floral Décor from Garden
Spring is coming up, which will allow you to easily find some items to gift to the caregivers in your life. You can have a lot of fun crafting things straight from your garden, too. For starters, you can create beautiful bouquets that will light up any facility that you send them to. If you don’t want to go the bouquet route, then you might consider a fresh wreath that can be temporarily placed in the facility. If you have seedlings, then gifting one in a pot might bring hope to others. You can get crafty too with pressed flowers, painted rocks, and so much more. If you’re not sure where to begin, there are lots of great ideas online to help you out.
3. Send Coffee
During a long day at work, one of the best things you can provide people with is coffee. A lot of caregivers don’t have time to run out and grab a cup of coffee and sometimes the coffee available to them has been sitting around for a little while. So, if you’re looking to really make someone’s day, bring coffee. You can brew it at home to save some money and distribute it with a large thermos. You can even make lattes in your crockpot to share with those that prefer a sweeter option. If you don’t want to make the coffee yourself then you might work with a local coffee shop to see if you can get donations for the gift or to see if the café would be willing to donate the coffee too. The gift of coffee might bring more joy than you realize, even if this gift does take a bit more work than other options might.
4. Baked Goods
Nothing says love quite like homemade baked goods. If you love to get in the kitchen and bake, then you might consider whipping up some of your favorite treats for the caregivers that you want to celebrate. Baked goods are pretty cheap to make which is why you can easily make an abundance to ensure everyone gets something special during their work shift. You can even make little goodie bags filled with items to ensure the gifts feel even more personal. There are many cheap baked goods you can create too, and much of the time you’ll already have everything on hand to make the items. If you’re not sure what you’d like to make, there are lots of fun recipes online to help you choose something tasty.
5. Homemade Lunch
If baking isn’t your thing, but you still like to spend time cooking, then making a homemade lunch is another great option. You can choose something that you really like to cook and then make a huge batch of the item. One of the easiest routes to go is soup, stew, or chili, but you might also consider platters of enchiladas, pasta, and so on. Of course, if you’re not a chef, but you still want to bring in some lunch, then you can go as simple as sandwiches, chips, salads, and other easy dishes to make items. Whatever you bring will help so many caregivers enjoy a meal served with love during such trying times.
6. DIY Fun Masks
Lately, the news has been suggesting that people start using two masks instead of one. With this demand, a lot of people are constantly having to wash their masks. Caregivers may even be burning through their masks due to wearing them for long hours and having to wash them constantly. If you want to spread a smile or two then you might consider making some masks. You can use fun prints that will lift the spirits of those that wear them. You can also use your own embroidery or fabric painting skills to create unique styles that people will love showing off.
7. Host a Drawing
If you don’t have a lot to give, but you still want to give something, then consider one prize. You can choose a facility and have caregivers submit their names for the competition. You can even make a big fuss about it on social media to encourage people to join in. You might even get enough attention that other people will donate prizes to the drawing too. When it comes to prizes, you might offer things like gift cards, daily supplies, snacks, and so on. This can add even more than just a gift to the caregivers you’re trying to celebrate. It will also bring a bit of fun and anticipation to a rough year, which is a gift in itself. There are lots of ways to organize a drawing too, including online options that will do most of the work for you.
8. Gift Basket
Another great way to bring some joy to someone’s life is to offer them a gift basket. You can easily create a fun gift with a huge selection of items that all suit your budget. Some of the easiest items to add in are baked goods and other treats like candy. However, you might also consider putting in masks, inspirational messages, soaps, and more. There are lots of great ideas you can put into a basket, so if you’re having trouble planning it out then you might look for some ideas online. This will help you add even more creativity to your project while ensuring the recipient feels the love that you put into it.
It has been a very trying time for so many people over the past year. With Covid-19 taking over the nation, caregivers have been asked to go the extra mile in order to keep the country going. Everyone from hospital workers to nursing home caregivers had to take new measures to keep themselves and others healthy. This has taken a huge mental toll on many people. One way to actually help people out is to provide them with a journal. You can purchase journals in bulk, or you can make your own journal to offer inspirational quotes and more. Journaling will allow the recipient to blow off some steam while working to improve the way they process problems. It can be a huge asset for numerous people in the caregiving field.
10. Lend an Ear
If you have nothing to give, then one of the best things you can give is time and comfort. Being a shoulder to cry on or someone to vent to can do more good than you will ever believe. Of course, if you’re going to volunteer to listen to others then you might utilize some tips to help you become the best listener possible. This will help you and the person you are listening to get more out of the conversation. If you have a friend that is a caregiver, you might have to reach out to them as many won’t want to burden others with what they are facing.
Caregiver Appreciation Day has always had a special meaning. However, it might mean even more to you this year. These ten ideas will help you to bring more comfort to the caregivers in your life while ensuring you show just how much you appreciate everything that they do.