5 Tips to Compliment Your Gift Basket Idea

Giving A Gift Basket?

Or Receiving A Gift Basket?

Giving:  In giving we anticipate visions of pleasure in the creation of a delightful surprise.

Receiving:  In receiving  we anticipate a happy and grateful smile of appreciation.

If you have time, you can design a gift basket creation on your own and if you are pressed for time then there are lots of selections to choose from right here.

Five Tips on creating your own gift basket idea leave you with bragging rights on the final production.

Don’t FORGET Fresh Flowers and Plants: Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Daisies, Lilies, Orchids, Roses, Sunflowers, Tulips, mixed Bouquets, Indoor Plants

1. To Have A Winner – Pick A Great Theme:

A Gift basket idea with a theme makes sense.  Choose a theme based on the different likes and special interests of the person you are giving it to.  Use a bit of creative flair with this by asking good friends (who can keep a secret) for ideas too.

Buy small toys, gifts, goodies, and anything else that seems appropriate and fitting for your basket that fits your theme.

For Example:  My husband golfs and loves tools too, but he is a sports nut and techno geek also – That doesn’t mean he likes all the gizmos and gadgets.  He does like expensive, and trendy though, so that’s what he gets for birthdays, holidays and celebrations.

Friends, you may want to consider these other themes too:  Wedding shower (bridal shower), baby shower, bath time, birthday hobbies, cheap, scavenger hunt, personalized, holiday, for men, get well, group, couple, toys, children, electronic gadgets, family photos, favorite books (for a book club), wine and chocolate, wine only, sexy, monthly, coffee, coffee and tea, first house or apartment, homecoming, model cars, movies, movie night, specific illness patients – cancer patients or diabetic friends, congratulations, inspirational, motivational, sympathy, just because, cookies, exotic treats, specialty foods, fruit, adventure (weekend getaway or vacation package or thrill adventure like hot air balloon ride), organic, clients, and special appreciation for thoughtfulness.


2. The Right Materials And Tools:


So your gift basket is as easy as possible, you’ll want the materials and tools handy for a pleasant experience that looks professional. Gift baskets container varieties:  Baskets, trays, special china or glassware, gift boxes, gift bags, coffee cups, specialty or personalized cups and bowls, fancy (artistic or dainty or somewhere in between) stationery and matching envelopes for event tickets, wall hangings, garden accessories, flower pots,  . . . . Include shredded paper or wood to prop up the smaller items so they don’t get lost from view or flower clay to stick something in, and other filler materials that look nice. Bows and ribbons, cellophane wrapping and bags. Scissors, tape (both single and double sided) and glue.


3. Give An Abundant Impression:


Mae West said, . . .  “Too much of anything is a good thing!”   Use hard candies for filler materials if you run out of ideas, because it will make your gift basket look like it is overflowing and “abundant.”  Fill the gaps Completely.


4.  Great Ideas Using Little Touches:


Details make gift baskets great.  A couple of ribbons can make a so-so basket a great one.  Look in magazines and store shelves for ideas, or look online for suggestions. Keep your focus on the interests of the person receiving the basket.  If you don’t know them very well, then phone a friend or relative with knowledge (for a child’s birthday find out what other kids their age like, and phone the parent or a parent of a same age child).


5. Food Can Expire So, “Watch Out,” With Food Items:

Take these things into consideration if you use food in your gift basket:

  • Packaging used on the food item itself
  • Expiration Date
  • Diet Restrictions
  • Allergies
  • Food Preferences

Let yours be a meaningful and beautiful, carefully chosen gift.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson