Here is a fun idea that could be used for a number of different people. I once took one of these to a family where the husband was recovering from surgery and the mom was working full time. They had two elementary age daughters and I thought they might not have time to bake - but that this could be a fun family activity for them to do together.
Bake sugar cookies either from homemade or store bought - it is the thought that counts here! Mix white frosting in desired colors - I used store bought as I had a coupon for a free container. Then I put plastic wrap between the colors so I only had to part with one container. I found the sprinkles on sale for 0.39 at Walgreens recently when their spices were on sale and put some peppermint sticks in a small plastic bag. Put all the "ingredients" into a cute gift bag and deliver!
This decorating kit was delivered to our local children's shelter for children who are removed from their homes when it is unsafe.
A small investment of time and certainly inexpensive, this is a great way to reach out to those around us at a time of year where not everyone has time or resources to do this on their own!
Oh, and if you open your cabinet to find that when you last put the red food coloring away there was only one drop and it has dried: add a few drops of water and shake - the color won't be as strong but it got me out of a pinch!