Welcome to Day 2 of the 14 Days of Valentines series! Today I wanted to touch on something that almost ties into an early career ambition of mine. When I was a SAHM with Sweet B, I wanted to start my own home based business. I looked into direct selling and actually got pretty far with Avon and Home Interiors but I waned to do something else. One of the options I considered was gift baskets. Gift baskets are a great idea for anytime of the year but I love them especially at this time of the year. Whether you’re buying a gift basket from a company or you’re making it yourself, a gift basket is sure to be an appreciated gift. With that said, here are some gift basket ideas for Valentine’s Day (pre-assembled and ideas to make your own).
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Some of the more common gift basket ideas are food based (gourmet variety, cheese and sausage, breads, cookies, etc.) while others may cater to a theme or interest. While it might be just as as easy to purchase a ready made gift basket, you can also design one yourself.
A Container to Hold Everything (this could be a basket, or a bucket, or a box). Wayfair.com has a three set of baskets (designed for use in a nursery) that could work quite well or you could also use a picnic basket. Other suggestions could include a decorative bucket, laundry basket, or hamper.
Cellophane and Tissue Paper (optional) this is an optional item depending on how you want to wrap or present your basket. Cellophane can also be used to wrap individual items if you so choose. Tissue paper can be used to line your basket or to wrap items if you so wish. Another option, if you’re creating a basket for a cooking or food themed basket would be dishtowels or cloth napkins.
Suggested Themes/Gift Basket Ideas:
Tea Lover’s Basket: Include items such as loose leaf tea from Teavanna, their most popular selections include: Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea, Blueberry Kona Pop Tea Blend, and White Ayurvedic Chai. Other items to include: a Perfectea Maker, a tea tin, and a rock sugar jar. If you’d rather not go that route, you can also choose a variety of Yogi tea, Twinnings, Bigelow or Stash. Another popular tea brand, especially in our home, is Tazo. My particular favorites include: Chai (chocolate, original, and vanilla caramel), Zen, and Awake. Other suggestions would be honey, a tea kettle, and tea cups or mugs.
Coffee Lover’s Basket: Similar to the tea lover’s basket, include such items as Starbucks coffee or K-Cups and finish with items such as coffee mugs or cups. You could also include a gift card for a favorite local coffee shop in your basket.
Cooking/Food Lover’s Basket: If you know someone who loves to cook, try a basket filled with cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, and utensils. Find a variety of items on sale now at FoodNetwork.com or stock up on clearance items and save up to 80% off at Cooking.com. Other items to include: small appliances and spices.
Other ideas for gift baskets include: car lover, book lover, pet lover (dog, cat, bird, etc.), music lover. There’s really almost no limit as to what you can do for a theme. Start with a few items and keep it small, or splurge on a big item and accent with a few smaller items. Whatever direction you choose, a gift basket is a great way to show someone that you care- especially when you take the time to put it together yourself.
Don’t limit yourself to the suggestions that I’ve provided, scour the $1 aisle at Target or visit your local Dollar General, Family Dollar, or Dollar Tree for basket stuffers.
If you’ve ever given a gift basket as a gift, what type of theme was it? Have you ever received a gift basket? What was it like?
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Those are all great ideas! I actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, so I don’t have to worry about getting anyone anything 🙂
These are some great ideas, I have to start planning all of these things for Valentine’s Day, it’s just around the corner!
I’ve given gift baskets before, but (and I hate to say this) they were store bought baskets. I put no thought into them whatsoever other than if they were appropriate to the holiday and if the other person would like them.
Such a great collection with a variety of prices. Thank you for sharing and Happy Valentines
I love your suggestions – our Valentine’s is always eclipsed as I have two boys born then so we always about the birthdays instead!
I would love a tea gift basket for Valentine’s Day. It may not be traditionally romantic, but it’s practical!
The hubby and I like to keep things simple on Valentines day. Card and chocolate and save the others stuff for our anniversary and special occasions in our life.
My husband and I actually go out to McDonalds to eat on Valentine’s Day. HAHA! That’s our tradition, I swear.
I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because it’s my nephew’s birthday too. I do love making fun gift baskets too. I like to go to the dollar store and put things together.
Assorted teas or K-cups would make a great gift basket. I keep finding great new flavors.
I love making gift baskets. It is always fun to go shopping for all the great things to put inside.
These are some really great suggestions. Gift baskets are always fun to give and receive.
I’d love a coffee gift basket. Anytime someone asks me what I’d like for a gift, I say coffee or anything that has to do with coffee. 🙂
Wonderful ideas! I just love gifting for Valentines day – it’s my favorite!
I love making gift baskets and receiving them as well of course. There much more personal when they are made versus buying one already made. Great post!
I would love to stock up on some goodies from the Food Network. I will have to hint to hubby.
I don’t believe that I have ever received a tea basket on Valentine’s Day before, but it would be surprising, yet delightful change of pace. I know I’d love the Tea Lover’s Gift Basket much as I love tea, especially organic tea!
These are all great ideas. I have never made Valentine’s Day baskets, but I make Easter baskets for my adult daughters and their husbands. Over the years I’ve used coolers, bathroom organizers, colorful mixing bowls, etc. as the container and they are always much appreciated!
You’ve given us wonderful ideas for a Valentine’s Day gift basket. I love personalizing a basket because that way, you know the items will be enjoyed. 🙂
Omg these are so fabulous!!! I would love to get a gift basket for valentines day!!!