Baking Tools Gift Basket
Wedding season is quickly approaching, and whether you are going to a shower or to the ceremony the gift is a huge part of the celebration! Gift baskets are a great way to wish the couple well in style and make your gift stand out amongst the pile on the table. To help you get it right, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite tips and ideas for wedding gift baskets to share on today’s Great Day Green Country (watch below!).
-Pick a theme. Hopefully you check the registry early enough and don’t end up with a random list of odds and ends, and can chose a grouping of items that make sense together, like baking needs (above), bath (below), outdoor items, wine, sushi night, etc.
- Stick to the registry. Mostly. It’s there for a reason. When it comes to essentials like kitchen/home goods or especially decor, picking something out for other people is never really a good idea. They have a vision of what they want – help them achieve it. Otherwise your gift will just be another trip to the Returns/Exchanges window for them. However, throwing in a personal touch like a pretty bowl, or even some gourmet food treats help liven up boring basics like cookie sheets and spatulas.
-When selecting items, chose a variety of heights, textures, and materials, while keeping the colors in the same family. This will help your basket look cohesive but interesting, and arranging items of different heights makes for a much nicer display.
-Make the basket part of your gift. Let’s face it, no one wants a bunch of cheap, ugly baskets sitting around. If you’re going to go that route, you may as well just wrap it up in a box. Find a basket (or other receptacle) that either serves a purpose (a pretty laundry hamper for sheets and towels, a kitchen organizer for cooking tools, etc.) or is something the couple would actually want to display in their home. When you set your budget for the gift, include the cost (usually $15-30) so you don’t get hit with an unplanned extra at the end.
-Leave the tags on. It’s tempting to pull the tags off everything to make it look all nice and pretty in your gift, but remember – weddings usually mean lots of duplicates. Make it easy for the couple to exchange items if needed, and include a gift receipt!
- When arranging the basket, put the tall items in first. Then add newspaper in the bottom if needed to support smaller items in front. Add a layer of pretty paper shreds or tissue. Arrange the items so that they are visually interesting, but secure in the basket. Tuck tags in or turn them to the back if possible. Be sure your card is securely attached somewhere inside.
I’ve shown both a kitchen items and a bath goods gift basket above, but here are a few more ideas for themes:
- Sheets and Pillows, held in a laundry basket, with a cute throw or bedside tray and laundry soap added in.
- Barware or wine glasses with a bottle of booze (match the glasses), coasters, held in an ice bucket.
-Gardening or outdoor equipment, with pretty gardening gloves, a citronella candle (they make good ones now!), held in an outdoor drink bucket or gardening caddy.
-Set of dishes, put in a kitchen rack with soap, a scrub brush and pretty dish towel.
-”Junk Drawer” – fill a shallow (drawer) container with necessities like scissors, tape, glue sticks, batteries, twine, flashlight, pens, post-it notes, extension cords, etc.