I have a friend who has been really good to me this year. I live overseas away from all my family and had a baby 6 weeks ago. I was really worried about how my 2 year old would cope and who would look after her when I went into hospital. My friend is in her 50s and has no DC. She befriended my very shy DD over several months, came over with art and craft stuff, knitted an outfit for her favourite bunny, took her out for picnics, then came and stayed over while I had my section and took her to daycare the next day. She hired a car seat for a month and even quit smoking so she could look after my kids - she has smoked since she was 14! She's also helped since I had the baby.
I would really like to get her a nice Christmas present from us to show how much we appreciate her. She would not want anything expensive (I think it would stress her out in fact). I thought about a photo of DD in a nice frame but then wondered if that was odd as we aren't related! She hates having her own picture taken so can't do one of her and DD.
Anyone have any ideas?? She is an unusual character and a bit hard to buy for. Not interested in clothes, jewelry etc. Loves crafting, gardening and animals.
I think a frame would be nice. Or an ornament for the garden maybe? Depending how you feel and cope, you could maybe do a simple tree ornament from saltdough with your DD or go to a pottery paining store and do something?
DD has a "fairy godmother", an acquaintance from my MIL and we send pictures on a regular basis together with little letters from DD.
If she is interested in arts and crafts then maybe it would be nicer to get your daughter to make something. This could be a necklace made of beads or pasta, hand prints in a frame, a painting, homemade Xmas card or tree decoration etc. Feels like it would be more appropriate and meaningful as they do this kind of activity together.
It sounds like your friend is almost a grandmother type figure in your daughters life. She would probably really appreciate a framed photo though you could also include one of crafts suggestions with the photo?
I would be splashing a bit more cash for such a good friend who's done so much for me, and I would also get some of these ideas as well. A voucher for a lovely meal or outing or something similar. I like the crabtree and Evelyn hand cream and scrub for gardeners. Pottery painting vouchers a nice idea too.
Agree with merrily, I am very non arty but I made a cornflower based clay and me and my son (then two) stamped shaped out with cookie cutters, then made holes with a stew and baked. They actual looked really lovely (by my standards) but were simple enough for a two year old to have proper input into making them