With all the buzz about back-to-school gifts, some of the lesser known observances in September often go unnoticed. From celebrating women of achievement to paying homage to jazz music, the month is filled with many quirky, fun celebrations. When you’re looking for a unique way to give a gift this month, consider some of the special acknowledgements in September.
Apple lovers across the nation will rejoice to know that September is Apple Month – a program related to the U.S. Apple Association. Originally started as National Apple Week in 1904, the observance was expanded in 1996 to include a three-month promotional window from September through November. Schedule an apple-picking adventure or gift a gourmet apple pie. Other apple gift ideas include a gift basket of caramel apples, red apple apron, and apple-scented gift soaps. For an extravagant gesture, consider gifting an Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad.
National Sewing Month
Thanks to President Ronald Reagan, National Sewing Month was born in 1982 to recognize “the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” To celebrate this observance, pay attention to the crafters in your life. Challenge their talent with new patterns. Encourage a new project by creating a gift basket filled with needles, thread, gadgets, and other sewing goodies. Introduce a child to a beginners sewing kit, such as the Chicken Socks – Super Simple Sewing. Gift a new sewing machine (like Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine) for the small business owner in your life.
For family and friends looking to improve their overall quality of life, September is the perfect time to start because it is also Self-Improvement Month. It’s a nice time to encourage loved ones to improve their health, quit smoking, lose weight, or take up a new hobby. Gift ideas include a membership to the gym or Zumba classes, hypnosis CDs, self-improvement books, exercise equipment, yoga DVDs, and motivational jewelry.
Sponsored by the USA Rice Federation, Rice Month is a program held in the month of September that highlights the contribution of this important staple to the public. Events are held at local grocery stores and restaurants, but you can show your praise by sending gifts to family and friends. Establish a rice gift exchange that samples the rice of loved ones living in different parts of the U.S. Consider creating a gourmet rice gift basket with accompanying cooking utensils, like the Aroma ARC-150SB 10-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Steamer.