One of the love languages that I “speak” with is giving gifts, so I adore the entire process. I genuinely enjoy contemplating what would be useful/amusing/appreciated by the receiver, searching for the perfect item and, especially, wrapping it up or presenting it. I honestly delight in it.
Gift baskets are a type of gift that I love to prepare the most because of the opportunity to select a few different, small items in one diverse package. Creating one for close friends can be especially rewarding as you tailor it to that person and/or friendship. Gift baskets would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your close girlfriends or “Thank You” gift for a friend or family member.
A few general elements that I like to incorporate when designing a gift basket are:
1) something that smells good (an artisan candle, a Bath & Body Works Wallflower, homemade potpourri, a local wax melt) — to invite memorable aroma.
2) a fresh plant or flower (freshly picked flower in a mini bud vase, a single potted succulent, fresh herbs tied to the basket, a packet of seeds to plant) — to liven the gift.
3) something edible (your friend’s favorite treat, something they can cook or bake, something that you love and want to share) — to allow the thoughtful gesture to last a little longer.
4) something to touch and/or use (a soft hand towel, a silky neck scarf, cozy socks, a velvet hair tie) — to add to their home or wardrobe and remember who gifted it.
By implementing these elements to your gift basket, you’re offering a carefully curated gift that tailors to the senses and emulates thoughtfulness. Each piece doesn’t need to be expensive nor extravagant, just intentional. Try to enjoy the process and allow creative freedom through finding things that you would love to receive.
[All items from World Market]