The Secret to Giving Great Gift Baskets

The Secret to Giving Great Gift Baskets

Article by R.L. Fielding

Do you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the special people in your life? Whether you are shopping for the person who has everything or can’t seem to narrow down your choices, a gift basket is the perfect solution. With a gift basket, you can give a little bit of everything the person loves!

Unfortunately, gift baskets can sometimes feel a little impersonal. You know the feeling if you’ve ever received a pre-packaged, generic gift basket that left you saying, “What am I going to do with this stuff?” To avoid this gift giving blunder, personalize your gift basket based on the recipient’s tastes. Here are some ideas you may want to consider:

Coffee Lover’s Basket

You can be very creative with the coffee lover’s basket. Gourmet beans, a grinder, and a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop are great ways to start your basket but, to really personalize your gift, add in some sweet treats or oversized coffee mugs. If your gift recipient is always on-the-go, consider giving a single serve coffee maker and a large box of coffee pods. Coffee pods make the brewing process quick and easy and come in a variety of gourmet flavors. Melitta coffee pods are universal so they fit most brands of pod coffee makers.

Furry Friend’s Basket

Pet owners love when their little darlings get attention, but they don’t want to feel left out either. Stock this basket with gourmet pet treats, specialty foods, personalized collars and leashes and fun toys, but don’t forget the humans! Coffee table books on breeds, personalized breed mugs, welcome mats, animal-themed calendars, t-shirts, and coasters are also great ideas that will leave both pet and owner feeling special.

Connoisseur’s Basket

Whether you are planning on a Wine, Beer, Gourmet Cheese, or Specialty Bread themed gift basket consider a small, samplers’ basket and an “of-the-month” club membership. These types of gifts last all year long and your gift recipient will look forward to a new surprise month after month. Most clubs send fresh foods and beverages based on the month and holiday. Don’t be surprised if your basket becomes the best gift of the season.

Rest & Relaxation Basket

A Rest & Relaxation basket would be a welcome gift for just about anyone! Fill this stress relieving basket with incense, bath beads, scented candles, aromatherapy soaps, massage oils and a gift certificate for a Spa treatment. Add in an electric back massager, comfortable pajamas, cushy slippers, a bestselling book or movie, and a bottle of wine and you have the perfect gift for the special man or woman in your life.

Movie Watcher’s Basket

DVDs, popcorn, theater tickets and candy make a great foundation for a movie lover’s gift basket. To really put together a basket that gets two thumbs up, add in an old fashioned popcorn maker, flavored popcorns, personalized popcorn bowls, TV trays, movie posters, oversized pajamas and fluffy pillows. This gift can be a great gift for the whole family.

Hobbyist’s Basket

Whether the gift recipient loves golfing, knitting, bird watching or fishing, hobby-based baskets can make the most functional and special gifts. Do a little research and find out what tools or items are used for the hobby. Find out what types of things always need replaced, or wear out over time. These items make great gifts that keep on giving, and tell your special someone that you support them and value his or her interests.

Regionally Themed Basket

Does your gift recipient miss their home town or love a particular travel destination? Regionally-themed gift baskets are fun and usually center on food, spices and kick-knacks. For a “South of the Border” theme, you might want to include specialty hot sauces and chips, chipotle seasonings, bean dip, hot peppers and a southwestern bandana or apron, as well as maps and magazines of the region. Other regional themes include “Viva Las Vegas” or “I Love New York”.

The secret to gift basket success is to build your basket around a theme the person will love. Personalized baskets can make awesome gifts as long as you take the time to research the person’s interests and tastes. Have fun, be creative and enjoy your gifts.

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R.L. Fielding Bio

R.L. Fielding has been a freelance writer for 10 years, offering her expertise and skills to a variety of major organizations in the education, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing industries. She lives in New Jersey with her dog and two cats and enjoys rock climbing and ornamental gardening.