’Tis the season for gift giving, and while you may be making a list of family and friends you plan to buy for, you may want to check it twice and add a few folks who are often forgotten: service providers.
These are the people you rely on for some of the most important aspects of your life. From your babysitter, hairdresser and paper carrier to your personal trainer and your child’s teacher, they’ve got you covered all year, so why not show them a little love with a gift of thanks?
Monetary tips, personalized ornaments and funny T-shirts related to their line of work are always a fun way to spread some cheer during the holiday season. But here are a few more ideas if you want to make your gift a little more personal.
Goat Milk Stuff Foot Care Pack: Your hairdresser likely stands up all day long, so a gift to help take care of their feet will be well received. This foot care pack from Goat Milk Stuff features all the items needed to put more pep in their step. They can soak their feet in a foot bath using the peppermint bath fizzy, exfoliate using the peppermint foot scrubby luffa and moisturize those rough areas with the peppermint lotion stick, all tucked inside an organza bag ready for gifting!
Hair Tools Rhinestone Apron: Keep your hairdresser protected from dye and hair clippings with this two-pocket poly-cotton blend apron – a great way to help them stand out. Featuring a hairdryer, comb and scissors outlined in rhinestones, your hairdresser will sparkle and shine under salon lights like the hair wizard they are.
Dylan’s Candy Bar Cupcake: Let your babysitter know they are doing a “sweet” job keeping the kiddos safe and entertained while you’re away with this cupcake filled with gummy bears by Dylan’s Candy Bar. Add a personal letter and a photo of your sitter with the kids for an adorable touch.
Pre-Printed Photo Book: Speaking of photos, your kids have had plenty of moments with their babysitter throughout the year (or years!). Capture all of the memories in a photo book that will be treasured long past 2016 with a variety of options at Shutterfly.
The Buddy Pouch by Running Buddy: They whip you into shape and make sure you take good care of your body. Whether they’re full-time employees of your local gym or schedule special home visits that work with your hectic schedule, your personal trainer is literally running around all day. Help them keep the things that matter to them close by with the Buddy Pouch. It’s water resistant and holds items like a phone, keys, cash, credit cards and even a power bar. It’s lightweight and has no belt. It simply uses a magnet to keep the pouch secure on the waistband so they can wear it during workouts and runs.
Ice Chips Candy: This sweet treat was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and boasts the benefits of Birchwood Xylitol, which is an all-natural sugar alcohol. It’s a refreshing treat to have pre- or post-workout as it easily dissolves, has a cooling effect when you pop it in your mouth and has dental benefits for your mouth and teeth. With over 20 flavors, there’s something for everyone. Ice Chips Candy comes in small tins or re-sealable packs in classic flavors like lemon and peppermint, seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and cranberry, and even special edition flavors like “Moana” pineapple coconut as part of the new Disney animated movie! As an added bonus, it may be a good option for those with diabetes.
Starbucks Create Your Own Red Traveler: The newspaper is in the same place at the same time every morning, and it’s the way you start the day with a cup of coffee. Help your paper carrier get the fuel they need to make it during the wee hours of the morning with this Create Your Own Red Traveler. This ceramic double-walled cup has a press-in lid with silicone seal, but the best part is the paint pen that’s included so you can write their name and draw some holiday designs to brighten their day. It also comes with a belly band to hold the pen to the cup so they can use the pen to make their own designs later!
Touchscreen Texting Gloves: They’re sorting, they’re driving, they’re walking and they’re braving the elements to deliver the news right to your doorstep. Keep their fingers protected with warm touchscreen texting gloves. These unisex gloves stretch to fit hands of various sizes. Add a note of thanks inside the gloves, and they’ll get the warm-and-fuzzies.
Buddy Pouch Crocodile Clutch: Teachers are on the go all the time, so the Buddy Crocodile Clutch is the perfect solution, as it can be worn as a handheld clutch, over the body, as a cross-body pouch or attached magnetically to the waist, all while carrying all the essentials. The XXL size works for the latest models of smartphones, which tend to resemble small tablets these days, and includes three credit card slots. Available in red, black and brown, your child’s teacher will be stylish and organized without having to carry a bulky bag.
Personalized Bookmark: Give a personalized gift that promotes reading and learning! Male and female teachers can appreciate this personalized red tassel apple bookmark from the Personalization Mall, made of stainless steel.
These are just a few ideas to help you show the service providers in your life that they’re appreciated. How will you show your gratitude this holiday season? Share your ideas with fellow Zing readers below!
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