Presents to Make People Happy by Eloise Williams

Ok. So not all of us have oodles of cash to splash about on Christmas presents. Here are some ideas that won’t cost you the Earth and, dare I say it, might actually be a bit more meaningful than just dashing into a shop.


1.Write an Acrostic Poem

Put the person’s name down the left-hand side so that each letter of their name is the first letter of the line.

Here is a fine example based on the fine name ‘Eloise’.


Eloise is a bookworm who

Loves libraries the most

Or sitting home and reading

In pyjamas warm as toast

So bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla,

Eloise the Elf.


I never said I was a poet.


But I really was an elf!

It’s a good look for me, right?


  1. Write a story

I know this is a variation on Number 1. But have you ever had a story written for you?

Where perhaps you are the main character? Which includes all the things you love and makes you the hero?

I would love someone to write a story for me. *Hints heavily*

‘Once upon a time Eloise went for a walk to collect blue things because she has a bit of a love for the colour blue….’


Just writing that first line has made me feel happy. Give it a go.

And if you can draw you could illustrate it too?


  1. Give a reading.

Do you want to get a present for someone who is exhausted and never really has time to relax?

Get them to sit down in a comfy chair. Tell them this is your present to them so they have to make time for it. And then read them a story. Act it out for them if you want to. You could even give them a part to play.

It can be a story you’ve made up yourself or something from a favourite book.

I would LOVE this as a present.

Perhaps you could make it a Christmassy story? Or if you celebrate the festivities in a different way you could make it a lovely wintry story instead.



  1. Make a recording

I’m still stuck in what I would expect most young people would call ‘The Olden Days’.

However, I am aware (because my eleven-year old niece told me) that it is possible to make a recording of your voice on a phone or computer quite easily nowadays. Tsk.This modern life!

So why not make a recording of a story or poem and then email it or send it to the person you are gifting?

You could even add photos of your time together? I couldn’t, because I haven’t got a clue how to do it, but I bet you could.



  1. Gift your time

Finally, and I think most importantly, give someone your time.

Go to them and say ‘You know what? I don’t have much money but I’d really like to spend some time with you. What would you like to do?’

This costs nothing and is the most important thing of all.



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