This Blast from the Past entry was previously posted in December 2006.
About fifteen years ago, I was asked to put together a display of holiday gift baskets for a Homemaking Night at our church. I decided that 101 would be the perfect number of baskets to assemble and for two weeks, I worked hard, creating exactly 101 gift baskets for the display. It was one of my favorite projects ever. I lost the original list on my old computer (Grrrr) but these are a few that come to mind easily and have been tried and used many times over the years!
It’s divisive in triggering thoughts and getting you going on some ideas for last minutes gifts and hard to buy for people. Your budget may allow only one or all or even more than what I’ve listed. But, put together in clever baskets and containers, these can be the beginnings of some fantastic and always to be remembered gifts! Most of the items can include some food items, which are great fillers, as well as an inexpensive way to add more to the gift and make it even more fun.
- For the movie buffs: DVD, microwave popcorn, 2 liter of pop, mix bag of miniature candy bars, wrapped in a fleecy blanket
- For the Working gal or busy mom: People magazine, Bath & Body Works bath essentials, candle, girlie bath towel, in a beautiful basket or a funky colored metal bucket
- For the outdoorsman: Foot warmers, hand warmers, new gloves, new beanie, favorite hunting or fishing magazine, Beef Jerky, nifty flashlight or cool tool
- For the campers: Flashlights, batteries, weenie roasting sticks, hot pad/gloves, first aid kit, bug spray, the makings for s’mores, all in a dutch oven or a cooler or 2 gallon thermos.
- For the gardener: Seed Catalogs, Garden Gloves, new hand tools for garden, all in a large clay pot with a bag of potting soil and fertilizer
- For the college student: HotPot or electric tea kettle, instant soups, cocoa mixes, set of mugs, cassette tapes and a mini cassette recorder for them to send messages back and forth to friends and family, all in a back pack that can be used for other purposes.
- For the person who lives away from family: a calendar with their entire family’s birthdays and celebrations, a package of homemade greeting cards all organized and labeled so that they can just write a message and sign their names, postage stamps, envelopes, pens, all wrapped up in an small desk trash can
- For the chocoholic: Hershey’s Kisses in several varieties, Giant Hershey Bar, Chocolate cookbook, Giant brick of white chocolate, Giant container of Hershey’s syrup, Hot Fudge Sauce, Oreo cookies, all sorts of chocolate treats all wrapped up on a cookie sheet or in a large mixing bowl
- For the small child: Dollar store coloring books, good crayons or markers, glue sticks, safety scissors and a picture frame or notebook with sheet protectors for finished projects in a little brightly colored organizing basket
- For the gourmet: A salt shaker and pepper grinder set, a few varieties of fancy pepper, a speciality cookbook , a unique cooking gadget from the cooking store, all stuffed inside the pockets of an apron or a utensil stone crock
- For the couple who both work lots of hours: Gift Certificates to a fun restaurant, gift certificate to a local spa or salon for pedicures or a massage together, an easy listening CD like Kenny G all wrapped up inside a nice blanket or tied to a bow wrapped around fresh new pillows
- For the Sports fan: A remote control pocket (To hang on the side of the Lazy-boy), a TV guide subscription, Sports Illustrated, a calendar with their favorite team, all wrapped inside a t-shirt or sweat shirt with their favorite team
- For the photographer: Rechargable batteries, a photography magazine or book, camera wipes for lenses, extra miniature containers to hold things in their camera bags
- For the pet lover: Doggie Bones, a doggie toy, a new collar or leash, a pet brush, a gift certificate for pet grooming, all placed in a small pet pillow
- For the reader: A BookLight to read by, a book mark, paperback or two of a favorite author, Gift certificate to a local book store, wrapped in a fleece blanket or a basket filled with chocolates or snacks
- For the music lover: CDs, sheet music for Piano to go along with( if they play), tickets to a local concert or performance out of their ordinary
- For the baker: A rolling mat, hot pads, an apron, a sifter, rolling pins of different sizes, all-in-one measuring utensils, recipe cards, packed into a great mixing bowl or baking pan
- For the Italian food or the Pizza lover: A Pampered Chef Pizza Cutter (there’s none better!), Fresh Dried Herbs, Romano or Parmesan Cheese blocks and a grater (like Olive Garden uses), a recipe book with pizza ideas in a chef’s hat or a red plaid tablecloth
- For the scrapbooker: An adhesive dispenser, refills, Journaling Pens, mechanical pencil and eraser, current scrapbook magazine or idea book.
- For the couch potato: A bag of chips, a 2 liter of pop, a universal Remote Control, TV guide, a neck pillow, a lap blanket
- For the babysitter : A child’s game like Chutes and Ladders or Candyland, bubbles, "Gak", a bag of candy treats, crayons and blank paper with templates, a hand puppet inside a portable clear carrying case for the kids to see what she’s bringing!
- For the Home office worker: A desk organizer, stapler, staples, paper clips in fun shapes and sizes, pens and pencils, sticky notes, glue stick, postage stamps and envelopes
- For the couple in love or newlyweds: A bottle of sparkling apple cider, two goblets, chocolates, a romantic movie, dinner gift certificates.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.