Anyone who has ever struggled to say what they want to say in writing knows that being able to write truly is a gift. If it’s a gift that you happen to have been given, you should use it. One really smart way to use it is to create gifts for others that showcase your talent. Written gifts are among the most creative, personal and special gifts that you can give to someone in your life. Whether it’s for your lover, your family, your children or your friends, a gift based on your writing is a gift that is going to be treasured by the people who are lucky enough to receive this from you.
Here are fifteen different ideas of things that you can write this year to make someone else’s Christmas a little bit more special:
1. Christmas Card. Many people overlook the opportunity to give Christmas cards as gifts. However when you choose a great card and write something really meaningful in it then it can stand as a gift all its own. This is a particularly great gift to write for friends and long-distance family members who you want to give something to but can’t really afford to buy something for.
2. Handwritten Letters. If you have more to say to someone than what fits on a card then consider sitting down and writing them a letter for Christmas instead. It’s so rare for us to receive handwritten letters in the mail today that just getting one can make Christmas feel special!
3. Family Newsletter. If you have a big extended family and simply can’t buy something for everyone then consider writing something for everyone instead. Send out an email or make some calls to find out what the latest good news is from everyone in the family. Write your own newsletter congratulating everyone for these great things. Make copies and email or mail them to everyone in the familiar.
4. Poetry. Giving the gift of poetry is always a nice way to make use of your writing talents. You can write fun little rhyming poems for the kids in your life and even illustrate them for them if you’re truly creative. You can write love poems and poems filled with best memories for the people that you are closest to.
5. Song. Put your poetry to music and you’ve got a song. Who wouldn’t love a special song written just for them?!
6. Short Story. If you’re more of a prose person than a poetry person then you might want to think about writing a short story for someone in your life. Write about a specific time that you really enjoyed with that person. Or write a brief story that tells the tale of your whole history together. This is a great way to show that you remember the important times that you and a loved one have shared.
7. Book of Memories. If you have a lot of random memories with someone then you can write them down in short form and paste them into a book. Get a blank journal and put one short memory on every page. Decorate it with photos or scrapbook memorabilia from the different events.
8. Lists. Even people who don’t have a real way with words are able to give their writing as a gift in some form. Lists are something that almost everyone can write. Make a list of reasons you love someone, best qualities about the person or things you want to do with the person in the year to come.
9. A Recipe Book. Are you someone who cooks for everyone in your life? If so then the special foods that you make probably strike a very important chord in their hearts. Put them all together in a handwritten recipe book. Add your own little notes and touches throughout the book. Even if they still want you to cook for them they’ll like having this physical reminder of the food that feeds their souls.
10. Coupons to Redeem. A great gift for anyone is a coupon from you for something that they really like. This doesn’t have to be a material thing. In fact, it really shouldn’t be. Give them a coupon to cash in for a day off work to stay in bed, a half day spent hiking, a weekend away together, etc. Try to be creative as you write out these coupons. Think about what the person would love that you’d really enjoy doing with them!
11. Special Notes. Get out a series of small notecards and write a bunch of notes on them saying why you love this person. Post these throughout the house on Christmas day – in stockings, on gifts, in the cupboard where they’ll go to get out coffee cups in the morning, in the dresser where their clothes are, etc. For kids you can do it in the form of a scavenger hunt to find the biggest of their presents hidden somewhere other than under the tree.
12. Personal Fortunes. Fortune cookies aren’t something that you normally think of having for Christmas but they can make a great Christmas gift if you get creative. Make your own fortune cookies and put your own creative fortunes in them. Give a dozen each to your friends and make them smile as they snack on them this Christmas season.
13. Notes on Flower Petals or Candy Wrappers. You can write little love notes or jokes on a gift for someone you love. Take a soft-tip marker and write them gently on the petals of a flower (Gerbera daisies work well for this). Get a pack of gum and write the notes on each of the gum wrappers. Buy a box of chocolates and stick a folded little note under each piece.
14. Messages in the Snow. If it snows where you live then get up before everyone else and go outside on Christmas morning. Write a note wishing your family Merry Christmas, saying “Santa was here” or expressing your love. This also makes a great photo spot for Christmas day pictures. If it’s not snowy where you live then you can do something similar in sand, spell it out with stones or write on the mirror in lipstick in the house.
15. Blog posts. Are you a blogger? Regardless of what you typically blog about, send a special shout out to your family or spouse this holiday season. Your readers won’t mind as long as you keep it brief. Your honey will feel special to have been mentioned in this way in a place where everyone can see it. This is the modern way of telling the whole world that you love a specific someone.
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Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 10, 2015:
Love all these ideas you've listed. Some of these have not even entered my thoughts.
Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on October 01, 2015:
Kathryn, these are simple yet great ideas anyone can use. Thanks!
bonetta hartig from outback queensland on January 14, 2010:
really like your ideas will give them a go cheers bonny
knowledgeispower on January 09, 2010:
Thanks for ll your creative ideas on composing great Christmas cards.
mickey on December 17, 2009:
ive come to expect nothing but great ideas from you. i will definatley take into consideration writing some xmas poems...
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on December 17, 2009:
Interesting ideas, very creative. I'm gonna need this angle this year, pretty tight around here! I especially liked your description of a book of memories, very thoughtful and unique. Glad I stopped by.
Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on December 16, 2009:
Wonderful ideas, and forgotten arts!
Rod Marsden from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on December 16, 2009:
I have used my own art for the first time ever this year to make Christmas gifts. I do put some effort into the wording of Christmas cards. Encouraging others to do so isn't a bad idea.
goldenpath from Shenandoah, Iowa, USA on December 16, 2009:
Very well thought out hub! These ideas would mean more to the recipient than a regular card because it show you actually put some effort into it. Great ideas!
Feline Prophet on December 15, 2009:
Great ideas, especially if, like me, you still haven't got around to shopping nine days before Christmas! :)
Amez from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2009:
I truly love this page Hub, really makes one think, not only of the Gift of Writing, but of the needs of others, especially during a Holiday, one which might fine many struggling with how they can give when funds are so low. May God continue to bless your Works.
xboxps3wow from chicago on December 15, 2009:
Haha writing Christmas gifts is a great idea and i never really thought about it! thanks :)
Kathy Rimel on December 15, 2009:
Our family has sent Christmas letters for a long time. We have a large family and it is hard to keep up with everyone, the letter keeps us all up to date. Also my aunt used to compose a long, very nice poem for Christmas every year. We really miss that now that she is gone
Loralie Lyndon from USA on December 15, 2009:
I love this! Never thought to use my writing for Christmas gifts. Thanks!
Cathy Sivak on December 15, 2009:
What a great idea to share with your writer and non-writer friends...I believe everyone has an inner writer, it just takes inspiration like Christmas. :)
Moneylady from Texas on December 15, 2009:
I enjoyed this! I will be back to read more of your writings
J Burgraff on December 15, 2009:
What a great and timely hub. You really have me thinking now! Thanks so much.
AdamCairn from UK on December 15, 2009:
Personally I wouldn't bother sending a Christmas card unless it had a meaningful message inside.
askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on December 10, 2009:
I try to write my own Christmas cards every year. I'm hoping to start a holiday newsletter too!
Great hub, thanks for sharing.
scheng1 on December 10, 2009:
Nice hub. I find that it takes much more effort to write short and inspiring sentence than long essay. I guess I'm simply not good at writing Christmas cards.
Love of Writing on December 09, 2009:
Great ideas. I think this year, I may write my own Christmas cards.
Lindsay Godfree from Arizona on December 05, 2009:
Parents love the gifts from the heart! Good ideas, thanks for sharing.
Krys W from Abertawe, Cymru on December 04, 2009:
Terrific ideas! Thank you.
dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on December 03, 2009:
You have some of the best ideas, Kathryn! Thanks for sharing this hub with all of us! I wish I came up with this idea ;)
Carson Creek on December 02, 2009:
OK I'm convinced, after years of buying cards with "the perfect message" and spending a fortune, I'm writing my own cards this year. Thanks for the many ideas!
Word Scribe on December 01, 2009:
Hey, great ideas; esp. the prose or short story one. Thx!
Ambition398 on November 30, 2009:
Very cool ideas! Thanks :)
Patti Ann from Florida on November 30, 2009:
What great ideas - if more people would do this Christmas wouldn't be as commercialized as it is now.