The other day on BBC Radio news, I heard a piece about small pleasures -- that these are the only ones that last, that can be counted on. This is so true for those of us who live, almost entirely, in our own houses.
If you are struggling to decide what to give someone who is ill this holiday season, this idea would be a good guiding principle. First, of course -- ask. We each have different preferences and needs, so the best pointers will come from the recipient her/himself. My ideas will not suit everyone; they come from my own inclinations.
I am, by temperament, a person who values small luxuries. Others may not be so frivolous, nor able to afford -- even as gifts -- unnecessary indulgences. So, ask. Perhaps your friend would most appreciate a gift certificate from the grocery store, or a payment on an energy bill. At the end of this post, I'll direct you to some other lists that are, perhaps, more practical.
These are a few of the things that make my life easier, more pleasant, and more fun: