As we continue with our look at practical and functional gifts we turn our attention to window dressings and in particular thermal blinds. Giving a blind as a gift isn't a crazy as it might sound! We all know the cost of everyday living is continuing to rise at an almost alarming rate, as such giving a thermal blind is a great way to help friends and family get the interior they are striving for with the additional knowledge that you'll be helping precious heat from escaping through their windows. This type of gift isn't solely for the young who are setting up their first home, (although they would be grateful as well), how many years to do you rack your brains trying to find a gift for an older relative or friend who has just about everything? As we know the winter months can be tough on older people with many news reports telling us that many elderly people have to face the dilemma 'eat or heat'. So why not give them a gift which combines the two – window blinds to help them keep warm coupled with an edible gift of biscuits, chocolates etc. Thermal blinds are easy to fit, practical and versatile. If your gift is for a vulnerable person opt for the designs and style which have wand controls rather than pull cords to reduce the accidental strangulation issue. You could also choose to decorate a room – instant makeovers abound on the television so build your gift around that basis and you will be giving a well thought out gift and make someone very happy with a newly decorated living room or bedroom. Just make your own gift card pledging to come in the New Year to help transform their home. If you have a large family get everyone involved – it's a great way to spread festive cheer! If the person you have in mind isn't keen on the idea of blinds you always have the option of more traditional pencil pleat curtains – look for those which have a thermal lining and the principles of your original gift idea remains the same. If you're unsure of colour the safe choice is to go neutral with creams, ivories or tans. You'll also have to measure or ask the size of the window/s to make the gift hassle free. Your gift may not be a complete surprise however, think 'outside the box' this year and give gifts which can help the people you love throughout the following years.