Have you ever wanted to get your military spouse friend an amazing gift, something that will just wow them to tears?... Yeah, me too. I have struggled year after year, trying to find something that my spouse friends don’t have. I have searched high and low, from chain stores to tiny boutiques. I’ve bought gift cards, friendship bracelets, and clutches. This year, I’ve decided to do something a little differently. In this article, I will show you how I’ve overcome typical gift giving without breaking the bank.
First, I think about my friend. What does she like? What makes her happy? What does she need? Has she mentioned anything in recent conversations? After answering these questions, I start to get ideas of gifts that she may like. I do some research and put together a list of possible gift ideas. Then, I rip it up! She probably already has everything on the list or doesn’t have a use for it. I’m all about giving useful gifts. I want to get my friend something that will remind them of our friendship, but also something that they can use more than once.
This year I’m doing a "Sentiment Gift Box" for my friend. It will be a compilation of small, yet meaningful gifts that she will hopefully remember for years to come. I found the
cutest gift boxes for sale at my local hobby store. They are decorated and come in all different shapes and sizes. I bought a small journal that says "Grateful" on the front. It is a daily log to write down and remember the positive moments in her day. I put a daily affirmations calendar in the box for daily reminders of how amazing she is. I added a personalized water bottle because she is always forgets to drink enough water. I put in an envelope with two random food gift cards for the nights she doesn’t feel like cooking dinner. I added a booklet of "Friend Coupons" to the box. These can be redeemed for an hour of housekeeping, a babysitter for date night, or even a dinner or dessert; cooked by yours truly. I also included a gift card for a father/son round of miniature golf so she can enjoy a quiet moment at home, alone.
Of course, gift ideas are endless and can vary greatly in price. There are so many options for gift giving when you think about the relationship that friends share. It is a versatile yet strong bond that is not easily broken. Giving something that holds a sentimental value is worth so much more than a fancy clutch. Believe me, I have lots of clutches. Give your friend something they didn’t know they needed, something unique and specific to them. It will be one of the best gifts they will ever receive. Use what you know about your friend to uncover the treasures that are genuine to your friendship.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
Marla Bautista is an Army Spouse and mother of three currently living in New York. She is a freelance writer and recently released her first book, My Thoughts Abandoned. She has an Associates of Arts Degree from The University of Maryland University College and is currently working towards a Bachelors in Communications. She loves to volunteer her time within the military community and advocate for those in need. She is also an avid couponer and hopefully one day, a millionaire because of her frugal lifestyle!