Heart shaped balloons, chocolates, flowers. Not to knock the gesture, but it's the same things year after year. Wanting to think a little "outside of the cup" this year? Joy's Teaspoon has some wonderful ideas for alternative gifts!
I may not know the people, be able to provide a hot meal or a shoulder to cry on. However, taking the time to make a cup/pot of tea is such a simple way to comfort a soul in mourning, a body that is aching or a mind that is racing.