Creating a gift basket makes for an excellent wedding present. If you can't decide on just one item, create a theme and build a basket around it! Any couple will surely appreciate the thoughtfulness.
Here's how to create a gift basket for a newlywed.
- Check the bridal registry list of the couple. This will give you an idea of the items they still need. You may purchase items to cross off on their registry list or go ahead and take the initiative to create a basket filled with things they may have forgotten to include.
- Try to purchase all the items in your basket from one store and have a gift receipt. Make it easy for the couple in case they need to make an exchange.
- Think of a theme for your gift basket. You may narrow it down by going with a room in the home such as a kitchen themed basket, bedroom basket or bath basket. Include items that both the bride and groom can use. You can further narrow it down to a specific group of items per room. For example, a kitchen theme can be narrowed down to a baking basket and include mitts, muffin pans, cookie sheets, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons. For a bathroom theme, try a spa experience themed basket and purchase his and hers bathrobes, monogrammed towels, bath salts, candles, bubble bath and oils.
- If you don't want to go by room, try to think of an activity for the couple and supply the items needed for it. For example, you can have a love and romance theme basket filled with scented candles, romantic music CD's, chocolates, champagne and even romance novels or condoms! For something more wholesome, how about a beach escape themed basket for their honeymoon? Pack some sunblock, sunglasses, straw hats, beach towels, flip flops decorated with some shells and bottled sand?
- If you want to be practical, create a basket for everyday items for their home such as light bulbs, some tools, and some cleaning products such as dishwashing soap, hand soap, bathroom cleaner, spray bottles and rags. It's a thoughtful yet practical gift and sure to be original.
- Choose a container for your items. A decorative basket is an obvious choice. Pick one from a craft store or the goodwill store home section. The container can be a gift as well, so use other things as containers such as a pail or basin, an old crate or even a magazine rack.
- Arrange the items in your basket so that all products can be seen. You will need to create height so stuff the bottom of the container with shredded paper. Tape the items onto the paper so they don't shift around. Finally, use cellophane wrapper to wrap the entire basket in. Place a jaunty bow and a card.
Creating your own gift basket lets the newlyweds know you took the time out to personalize something just for them. So get creative and make one the next time you are invited to a wedding.