-Submitted by Dot Chmelik. Dot, now retired, served as the long-time activities director at what is now Carrington Place of Toledo.
Offer to record (on VCR or cassette tape player) memories and family stories
Poem or letter describing how much that person means to you
Offer to mend
Photo album or scrapbook of pictures of "favorites" (i.e., people, flowers, animals, food)
Hand-printed dinner invitation
Donation to a charity or cause in their name
Seasonal mobiles, pictures. and / or bulletin board to hang in loved one's room
Gift certificate to favorite restaurant (include a date)
Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes with note cards and pen
Suncatcher Bird feeder to hang on window and offer to refill on a regular basis
Warm socks, slippers with non-skid soles sweaters that can be laundered Tupperware containers with goodies
Special product from your part of the country
Calendar that ties into loved one's interest
But the best gift of all is a visit from YOU!