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Ideas for What to Put in a Gift Basket

Posted by Kate on January 27, 2014 in Inspiration, Post archive |

Shop smallGift baskets are great gifts for virtually everyone on your list for all types of occasions. Ordering a generic gift basket can be impersonal on one hand, on the other carefully chosen or customized gift baskets can be truly a creative gift for anyone to receive. Prepackaged gift baskets are often one of those impersonal gifts that many people don’t like to receive because they may only include generic low quality gifts anyway, such as hot tea packets, chocolate candies, and other types of food or candy that you may not even want.  I also encourage you to find those little niche places to shop whether online or in your hometown.  They are more likely to have those unique items that make gift baskets so much fun.

However, if you make a gift basket right and include all of the things that the person you are making it for may like then you may also win the prize for best gift ever! After all, giving a gift is the most important concept about a gift basket so making sure that it is received well is of utmost importance!  If you do not know the recipient well, perhaps a generic basket is best as they will know you meant well.  If you do know the person well; make sure your choice of items in the basket reminds them that you care and pay attention to tem.

The problem with gift baskets usually lies in the fact that many people simply are at a loss as to know what type of gifts to put in their gift basket for whoever they’re buying. Because there are many people who arrive at a loss or hesitate after they start making their own gift baskets, here are some suggestions for what to place in the gift basket you are creating:

Movies and Books

Who says that movies and books don’t make great gift ideas? Chances are that if you are purchasing a basket and making a gift basket for one of your close friends or family members then you know the types of things that he or she likes. Most people generally love to watch movies and read books, so these can make great gifts when put together in a gift basket. On the other hand, if you’re not too sure about whether or not the person loves to read then you can also buy a gift card along with the inclusion of the movies so that the recipient will be able to return the unwanted book gift card if they so desire or in many cases today’s bookstores have so many other items – they may find just the thing and be able to treat themselves without spending a dime! Nevertheless, though, books and movies are great components to add to a gift basket for any occasion!

Stationary

Another great gift for almost anyone you are buying for is stationary! Stationary can come in lots of forms, shapes, and sizes so you may want to try to find creative stationary gifts to include with your gift basket. Ideas like pens, pencils, and perhaps some letterhead paper that may even have their name embedded on the product somehow adds a perfect personalization technique to the gift basket you’re filling!  Be sure that the stationary, pens, stamps, etc. that you choose have some personality to them.  Maybe metallic pens with a shaped notepad that reminds you of them in some way.  Some folks are known for flip flops even in the dead of winter…perhaps a beach themed stationary basket.

Food & Snacks

Do they have a favorite snack?  Do they love jerky, or popcorn, or jelly beans?  Maybe they are more the smoked cheese and fresh grapes type of person.  You could add in a pretty cheese slicer so they can enjoy the gift and have something to remember you by.  Gifts should be enjoyed, but it’s always good to be just a bit sentimental if you are able to do so.

Home Spa Products

Nothing is quite so relaxing as a good warm shower or bath at the end of a long day.  Fluffy socks, flaxseed pillows, and naturally fragrances bath and beauty products that match their own preferences.  High quality essential oils and natural lotions can add that extra special touch to a well chosen basket.

Jewelry

What if you surrounded a simple piece of jewelry with other accessories such as sunglasses with a seashell style necklace.  A simple sterling pendent that may go together with a pair of tickets to a particular play.

Of course there are plenty of other great things to add to your gift basket as well! Much of knowing what to put in a gift basket relies on how well you know the person that you are buying the basket for, but you’ll have that issue no matter what type of gift you are trying to buy anyway. Buying a gift basket will make buying something extra-special a whole lot easier!

 

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