Disclosure- The items mentioned below were generously donated by the companies mentioned to assist with my gift of sleep surprise gift to my neighbors for this post. I received no compensation for this post except the joy that giving to others brings.
I already mentioned in this post that I was selected to be a part of an amazing campaign to “give the gift of sleep” to a baby/family in my community. My first thought was to surprise my next door neighbors. They have a 9 month old daughter and the husband works off shore most of the month and is only home 8 days at a time. This leaves his wife to take care of their baby by herself most of the month. She works from home but as their daughter gets older and more mobile, it has gotten harder to work, get things done around the house, etc. I knew she could use a little break and I was excited to surprise them both with goodies.
I began to brainstorm ideas of what to give them. I thought about getting them new sheets for their bed but I didn’t know what size bed they had and I couldn’t get them pajamas because I didn’t know their sizes. Then I decided to get them a couples massage and include a candle and some body sprays and lotions in the gift basket. As I planned this gift, I decided that I wanted to “give the gift of sleep” to as many people as I could. I came up with the idea to donate pajamas to a local women’s shelter but I knew that pajamas would be expensive. Instead of spending the gift card for things for my neighbor’s gift, I contacted several companies to see if I could get things donated. This way I could use the entire gift card for my pajama donation and still be able to treat my neighbors.
I contacted Bath and Body Works and they loved my idea. They generously donated a large candle and aromatherapy sleep body mist and aromatherapy sleep body lotion to give to my neighbors. When I first contacted them I wasn’t even thinking about actual aromatherapy sleep products, I was just thinking of their regular lines of products so I was so excited when I opened the package and saw how perfect the sleep body lotion and sleep spray mist were.
I found out that GoldenTouch Therapy offers a two hour couples massage class! So instead of just sending them to get a one time massage, they could learn to give each other a massage. Perfect! Much better to teach them to fish then just give them a fish as the old expression goes. I contacted GoldenTouch Therapy and they generously offered me a certificate for a free couples massage class to give to my neighbors. Now the total amount on the gift card was free to buy pajamas and I could still surprise my neighbors with the gift of sleep, too.
I created coupons for 1 hour of playing with their daughter so my neighbor could work or relax as well as a coupon for a night of babysitting from us. I also purchased a comfortable blanket and a laundry basket to put it all in. I wrapped up all the presents and waited until my neighbor came back in town to deliver their “gift of sleep”. They were so surprised by everything. It turns out that they were just discussing the night before that they wanted to take a couples massage class and they needed a laundry basket so the whole present was perfect. Giving to others is really the best gift for yourself. There is nothing more heartwarming than knowing you are helping someone else. And truth be told the gift of playing with their daughter and babysitting is as much for us as it is for them. My girls love playing with her and so do I.
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