Welcome back gifters! So, if you caught my last post, then you’ll know this is a continuation of 5 loveable gift baskets. In case you missed it or need to refresh your memory, check it out HERE. I was inspired by a sudden wave of pregnancies and births surging through my church and it became apparent I should help you create a loveable gift basket for a new baby.
3. Baby Shower/New Baby Loveable Gift Basket
A baby basket can offer accommodations for the new mommy, daddy, just baby or the whole family. I love these little storage boxes. You can find them at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. I found this one on sale:
Isn’t it cute?! Use a dense baby blanket to build the base at the bottom. Now, add some rolled muslin swaddling blankets, burp cloths and baby towels. A small pack of diapers and some other baby essentials such as: baby wash, diaper balm, lotion. Let’s move on to packing something for mom. As a mom, I can totally relate to how little you think of yourself when you have a baby. Stick something in there for mom. If she’s nursing, add a cute water bottle to encourage mom to stay hydrated. Of course, those calories are super important too, so add some really nourishing snacks like granola, nursing cookies etc. Mom is essentially down an arm, so everything should be one arm accessible.
Let’s not forget dad! Dad is sometime lost in the excitement of a new baby coming and often, never really gets a gift. To make a gift basket more loveable to dad, consider this: dad may work out of the home and have the least interaction with the baby. Add an element that will allow dad to have a really special bonding moment with the baby. Baby bottles are usually included in baby gifts, but why not personalizing a bottle just for dad to use? Adding a vinyl decal with dad’s favorite sport’s team will go a long way. A burp cloth embroidered with dad’s name or a sweet poem will also add a thoughtful touch just for dad.
2. Loveable Gift Basket for the Littles
Since I am already talking about families, here’s a great gift idea for a child, an art basket! Start with a 6-qt. plastic bin and package it with the basics. Crayons, markers, glue and glitter, but don’t stop there. Also add molding clay, mod podge to seal, sidewalk chalk, kid friendly magazine clippings for collages. What I really love about this basket is the age flexibility. An art basket is a great gift for a preschooler or an adult, just tweak the elements to match the demographic of the receiver, for example: watercolor paint for young children, acrylic for an adult. Switch it up when you need to, but some part of us will always love coloring and creating. In case you are wondering, yes, I love coloring.
Another really cool spin on this would be to build a dream board kit for high schoolers. Don’t know what a dream board is? Read up about it HERE. High school is when students start nailing down career aspirations, college applications and learn to think with the future in mind. A dream board is a great way to help them make their plans more concrete and create a visual picture to connect to. Pack up magazine clippings, pictures of them doing things they love, articles and anything else they identify with.
1. Loveable Gift Basket for the Him
What I have learned from marriage is to keep it simple. Packaging seems to be lost on some men, so if that is true for the man receiving this gift, stick with the basics. In a large box add a custom koozie, coaster set, a bento set up (popcorn, jerky, chocolate) personalized deck of playing cards. The idea is to personalize as much as you can with activities and snacks he likes. Men tend not to care about theme heavy gifts, but rather a mishmash of all their favorites things.
Gift baskets are one of those gift institutions that will never go out of the style. If I am truthful, a basket packed with any combination of the receiver’s favorites, you’re on your way to a win. Don’t box yourself in. Feel free to experiment and change things up. After all, it’s the thought that counts.