If you’ve ever wondered how to make a gift basket that includes all the right stuff and brings joy to the people you love most, we’ve gotcha covered! While the process of putting together a gift basket for the holidays might seem scary, the truth is, all you really need to make it very merry is a little bit of prep work and a spark of creativity.
From Christmas socks (obviously!) to herbal tea, here are some ideas for what to put in a Christmas gift basket, plus tips for how to include thoughtful touches that will make it extra special.
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When you decide to take on the task of putting together a gift basket for someone you really care about, you might be feeling a little pressure to get it right. That’s totally normal, so don’t let it keep you from getting started!
Before you dive right into filling up your gift basket, it’s helpful to keep a few key things in mind. As you through the process of learning how to make a gift basket, ask yourself these questions to guide your shopping:
- Who are you shopping for, how old are they, and how well do you know them?
- What are some of their favorite pastimes?
- How much are you planning to spend in total?
- Will you be shipping the gift to their home or delivering it in person?
While you don’t need to set out with a complete checklist, understanding who you’re shopping for, what your budget looks like and what logistics you might need to consider to ensure your gift basket arrives safely will make your shopping experience so much easier!
think about themes, and then get all your ideas together.
When it comes to considering what to put in a Christmas gift basket, the key is to make it cohesive. Considering different items that pair nicely together — like wine and chocolate — or that perfectly reflect your loved one’s unique balance of hobbies.What Better Present for a Christmas Gift Basket Than a Pair of Christmas Socks!
While you’re sure to come up with some wonderful ideas on your own, here are some pairings for inspiration:
- Relaxation Basket: Considering the year we’ve all had so far, odds are anyone would benefit from the gift basket equivalent of saying “goosfraba” over and over again. Include items like a box of herbal tea, a soothing eye mask, bath salts and a desktop zen garden.
- Christmas Collection Basket: Even though we think that Christmas socks are appropriate for every single type of holiday gift basket, they’re practically an essential component of an all-out Christmas-themed one. Include a holiday mug, festive hot cocoa mixes, a scarf, pair of gloves and an ornament, along with anything else that will remind them of just how special the holiday season truly is.
- Arts, Crafts and Creativity Basket: Your friends and family don’t have to be aspiring artists to enjoy an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing. Cute journals, a coloring book or two, pens, pencils and paints go well together and might even spark a new hobby!
- The Home Movie Theater Basket: With not so many people willing, or in some cases, even allowed to go to movie theaters during the coronavirus pandemic, the holiday season is the perfect time to bring the theater experience to the home of someone you love. Include some popcorn, candy and maybe a homemade list of hand-picked Christmas movies to stream online.
- “Gift Card Tree” Basket: OK, so we’ll admit that this one isn’t exactly a basket, but it’s a fun way to put together a collection of cool gift cards. If you know where they love to shop but aren’t 100 percent sure on sizing, simply hang a few gift cards to their favorite stores from a mini Christmas tree.
- Caffeine Fiend Basket: Everybody has that friend who’s nuts about their coffee beans! They’ll love a gift basket that includes everything they need to get that jolt of energy they crave in the morning. Fill the basket with artisan beans, shelf stable creamer and a festive travel mug.
A study on Christmas gift giving involvement showed what we generally know to be true, that most of us — even children — appreciate the thought behind the gift more than the gift itself. We think that’s something really special to note when you’re working on planning out what to include in your Christmas gift baskets as well as the rest of the items on your holiday shopping list. You really don’t need to break the bank on fancy-schmancy name brand items because, as long as you give from the heart, you can make your loved ones smile!Shop Now!