Holiday gift baskets make an ideal present. Gift baskets can be personalized based on hobby or interest. Gift baskets can be made inexpensively. Gift baskets simplify giving. Here are ten items to include in a gift basket. When I do gift baskets, I make them for everyone on my list. I list every person and decide upon a theme for each person, based upon favorite hobbies or interests. Then I find personalized variations of each of these ten items to put in the person’s gift basket. Here are six items to include in every holiday gift basket you give this holiday season.
Book, magazine or activity booklet: I am a teacher and former homeschooler. Ergo, no holiday gift basket leaves my home without at least one piece of reading material. I keep lists of my gift recipients favorite magazines, authors, book series and literature genre. I note which books they already have. Then I sniff out book bargains at Barnes and Nobel, Bargain Books, Amazon ( which sells used as well as new books) and my local secondhand book stores. Senior citizens also get a magnifying glass or large print books. I might add crossword puzzle books, volumes of favorite cartoons or how-to books.
Clothing: Here in Michigan it gets darn cold in winter, so my mind naturally turns to warm things for holiday giving. In your holiday gift baskets, include toasty warm gloves, hat or handmade scarf. Sweatshirts or hoodies with favorite sports teams are popular also. My favorite item to add is a cozy blanket. Wal-mart, Family Dollar and Meijer sell 50×60 polar fleece throw blankets for as little as $2-$4 dollars. Watch the sales.
Beverage holder: Check dollar stores, discount stores and even secondhand stores for unique coffee mugs, tea cup and saucer sets, wine glass, beer mug or travel mug. Wash throughly and it will look good as new.
Beverage: Tuck a pound of gourmet coffee beans, a box of specialty tea, packets of cocoa mix or even soup mix in your gift baskets. Again I always think warm, but a bottle of wine, package of Mojita mix, a bottle of fruit Schnapps or six pack of beer is great, too, if your gift recipients aren’t teetotalers.
Food or snack item: I also keep track of my loved ones favorite treats and place several goodies in their holiday gift basket. Summer sausage, specialty cheese, protein bars, mixed nuts, dried fruit, smoked almonds, gourmet salsa, jam, jelly, crackers or popcorn make a great treat.
Activity: Include at least one item that relates to the person’s interest, hobby, favorite game or sport or collectible. Spend as little as a dollar or so using these suggestions: golf tees or golf balls, tennis balls, guitar strings or picks for the guitar player, craft supplies, knitting needles, yarn, crochet hooks, pet supplies, video games, DVDs anything related to the recipient’s hobby.
By shopping carefully, following sales and discounts and hunting through bargain bins and clearance aisles, you can make a nice gift baskets for friends and relatives for $10- $20 each. Happy Holidays!