Having trouble finding that perfect gift? Are you shopping for someone who seems to have everything? Wanting to give a gift that is personal and thoughtful? Finding the right Christmas gift can certainly be a chore so I have assembled a few ideas for you.
Gift baskets are a perfect solution to many a gift-giving dilemma. They are versatile, can be personalized, and with some planning can also be inexpensive. Start by purchasing a basket. Even used baskets that are still in good condition can be utilized. Thrift stores are a good place to look for cheap, gently used baskets. By cutting the cost on the basket, you will be able to spend more on the items that fill it.
Arrange your purchased items in the basket so that each one can be seen, by placing tall items in the back or middle of the basket and surrounding them with the smaller items. After you have the proper arrangement you can fill in the remaining space with colorful shredded paper or tissue paper.
Finally, wrap the basket in wrapping paper or wrapping cellophane and tie with a nice bow. Some stores even sell cellophane bags for wrapping gift baskets.
Hair Care Basket
In this basket you will want to place items like shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. Other nice additions can include brushes, combs, curlers and hair accessories. If the basket is for men you might purchase facial hair trimmers as well.
This basket can be a fun one to make. Purchase one or two DVDs to be the centerpiece of the gift. Add to the basket microwave popcorn, small boxes of movie candy, soda, chips and dip.
A candle basket is an especially wonderful gift for ladies. Fill this basket with candles of various sizes and scents. Don’t forget to purchase candle holders for the candles which need them and also include some lighters or matches.
Office Supply Basket
Shop at an office supply store for sale items to make this very practical gift a frugal one. Items to look for are pens, paper clips, stationary, post-it notes, stapler, desk organizer, rubber bands, label maker, folders, note pads, postal stamps and tape.
Pet Care Basket
A pet owner will appreciate a gift that honors his/her furry friend. This basket can include food treats, pet costumes, chew toys, nail trimmers, and fur brushes. A pet bed can be an alternative for the basket used in this gift.
First Aid Basket
First aid supplies are always in demand, especially in households with young children unfortunately . Disposable bandages, gauze, medical tape, finger splints, insect sting care, burn relief spray, antibacterial ointment, liquid bandages, aspirin, acetaminophen, rubber gloves, face masks, and tweezers are only a few of the many items that can be added to a helpful basket like this one.
Winter Cold Basket
This time of year often brings with it the common cold. A winter cold basket can be a comforting gift for someone with the sniffles. Purchase a box of facial tissues, a can of soup, a warm blanket or throw, a box of soothing tea, a jar of honey, a bottle of lemon juice, cough drops, lip balm, and some sore throat spray.
Car Care Basket
A teenager that has just gotten his/her first car will enjoy this gift. Include in the basket a jar of car wax, a bottle of car wash detergent, a car wash cloth, vinyl or leather cleaner, car fragrance, window cleaner and a hand held vacuum. A pair of fuzzy dice or a pine tree shaped car freshener could also be added for giggles.
Rest and Relaxation Basket
Give this basket to someone deserving of some time off. Prepare the basket with a good book inside along with some favorite chocolates, a warm robe, and a pair of fuzzy slippers.
Emergency Kit Basket
Everyone should have a few emergency supplies on hand, especially during winter months when power outages are perilous. Give your loved one a basket with items that will come in handy in an emergency. Flashlights, dehydrated food packets, candles, matches, water purification tablets, emergency blankets, and hand warmer packets can be a luxury in survival situations.
There is seemingly no limit to gift basket themes and contents. I hope I have given you a few ideas to get you started on your gift basket giving.