Gift baskets give you a chance to get creative, breaking away from the usual store bought items. As much as we might love an expensive bottle of wine or a set of fancy glassware- a set of thoughtful items have a charm of their own. Following are three convenient yet stylish personalized gift baskets with individual tag messages.
GUEST LAV BASKET
Pretty and practical- a basket of guest bathroom necessities. A few simple items to deck up a basic builder grade bath area. A potted plant, scented hand soap, a couple of hand towels and a chalkboard for the wall. Along with the useful cane basket add a matching message tag.
Co-ordinate each item to make it look like a complete set. I used a natural colour palette of brown, white, green and blue. I hand painted the terracotta pot with white acrylic paint, it will handle the watering well. Individually tied hand towels using jute twine and covered a blue handheld chalkboard with floral washi tape. I also printed out a personal message on thick paper and placed it in the pot.
The printable copy of the tag is at the end of the post.
GOLD TOOL BOX
A tool box is something your friends require, yet might have forgotten in the disarray of shifting. It is better to combine basic items from the hardware store than buying whole sets of multiple tools which they might never use. The items included are- hammer, pliers, electrical screw driver, torch, strong adhesive (Dendrite), extension cord, light bulbs, electrical tape, measuring tape and a few wall nails.
You could use any container for the tool-box big enough to fit all the items. I found a 9.5″ x 6.5″ x 3.5″ plastic box that fitted all the items. In order to add extra zing I spray painted the tools and the box in gold. If you want to go a step ahead you could wrap the other items in matching gold paper and remember to write down the product specifications too. A matching quote establishes the thoughtfulness behind this practical gift.
FIRST MEAL BASKET
If your friend is someone who likes to cook or has been too caught up in shifting to plan his meals, this is the gift to give. A basket containing a bottle of his/her favourite beverage, a recipe card, an apron, a serving/cooking tool and the main ingredients of the dish.
I used rafia ribbon to dress up the items with little bows. I printed a copy of Tarla Dalal’s ‘Bean and Pasta Soup‘ and stuck it on hardboard. Covered all price labels with fancy tape and added a serving glass bowl. You could also add all the listed ingredients to the basket. A pretty tag and multi-purpose tray adds to the value of the gift.
According to me a pretty looking gift is as important as a useful gift, so keep the creative juices flowing while packaging them. Have you received any thoughtful/ creative gift baskets? Do share in the comments below. 🙂
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