One of the unexpected joys of launching BAVETTE adult bibs was joining a resilient and supportive community of caregivers. It's hard to believe that today more than one in five Americans are caregivers. Honestly, caregivers are the unsung heroes of our time. Chances are that if you're reading this, either you or someone you know is a caregiver. So, this holiday season, show your favorite caregivers some love with these meaningful gift ideas recommended by our community experts.
"Each item in this collection is cozy, comforting and includes a thoughtful message to remind the recipient that they are not alone in the world-that someone is in their corner. My two favorites are the Giving Heart and the Giving Bear. To me they symbolize a warm hug and a listening ear."
Courtney Heiden | Financially Bright Strategies | @financially.bright | Litchfield Park, AZ
2. The Gift of Time
“Honestly, time is the best gift. To offer to hang out with the loved one so the caregiver can have time to do something for herself is invaluable.”
Tatiana Demirdjian | @tatiproperties | Chicago, IL
3. Magazine Subscription
"Especially in today's digital heavy world, getting something in the mail that you can hold is special. Reading a magazine feels like a pause, something to be savored. It's easy to personalize based on interests and it's a gift that keeps on giving - every month you get something new."
Michelle Seitzer | Caregiving Advice | @caregivingadvice | Macungie, PA
4. A Meal Train
"Gather a group of friends and schedule meal delivery to your favorite caregiver. It gives them a much needed break from preparing meals themselves. Whether for a weekend, or a week, this gesture feeds the heart too."
Ty Lewis | In Case I Forget, LLC | @iamgertrudejordan | Hawthorne, CA
5. "When Only Love Remains" by Lauren Dykovitz
"I wrote this book for those who've ever felt lost or alone on their Alzheimer's journey. I lost my mother to Early Onset Alzheimer's last year. Surviving her battle taught me that you don't have to be an expert on the disease to become an expert on loving someone who has it."
Lauren Dykovitz | Life, Love, and Alzheimer's | @lifeloveandalzheimers | New Jersey
6. A Spa Voucher and Self-Care Box
"This combo works well to motivate the caregiver to take care of themselves at home and take time to invest in their own wellbeing. There are a lot of options to make a self-care box whether creating one yourself or getting one from TheraBox [image above]"
Roxanne Santiago | Wilson and Grandpa | @wilsonandgrandpa | Naples, FL
7. A Classic Gift Card
“This gift is always appreciated and so versatile. And the caregiver can get exactly what he or she wants.”
Myrna Rousseau | Home Instead caregiver | Chicago, IL
"An important part of self care is reflection, processing and mental health. A journal allows the caregiver time to process all the feels and everything that comes with caregiving."
Patti LaFleur | @misspatticake | Auburn, WA
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