Creating a gift basket is a fun way to show the bride-to-be how much you care about her. Choose something that is meaningful for you and for her; it makes the gift more memorable. One word of caution: It is easy to blow the budget because all of those little things add up. Before you get started, set a dollar amount and try to stick to it as you put your basket together.
After the bridal shower and the wedding, every bride must tackle the thank-you cards. Create a basket with note cards, stamps, a fancy pen and address labels. You can purchase the note cards or create your own at a site such as Shutterfly. You can even create real U.S. postage stamps with a photo of the happy couple.
Planning a wedding can be stressful. Encourage the bride-to-be to slow down and relax with a spa-themed basket. Include bubble bath, candles, lotions, facial cream, an eye mask, a relaxing CD, chocolates, herbal teas and a bottle of wine. To jazz it up, add a pretty wine glass and a plush bathrobe with matching slippers.
Make it naughty or nice! Include everything a couple would need for a romantic evening at home, including sexy lingerie, a romantic board game, massage oils, a bottle of wine and some mood music.
Fill a picnic basket with everything the couple will need for a fun, romantic picnic. Include a blanket, gourmet packaged food items and a bottle of wine. Tuck a gift card for a grocery store or specialty shop so they can purchase fresh items for their meal when it’s time to go. Don’t forget durable plastic plates, utensils and wine glasses – and a corkscrew, so they don’t forget to bring one.
If the bride-to-be loves to scrapbook, give her everything she needs to commemorate her special day. Include wedding themed papers, stickers, pens, markers and embellishment items. Print any photos you have of the happy couple to get her started.
This practical basket will come in handy, especially if the couple is moving into a new apartment or home. Include cleaning items such as pop-up cleaning wipes, Swiffer dusters, spray bottles of cleaners, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, sponges, paper towels and Magic Erasers in a large wicker laundry basket.
Ice Cream Basket
Fill the bucket of an ice cream maker with everything they’ll need for making sundaes. Include glass sundae glasses, banana split bowls, waffle bowls, a box of cones, ice cream toppings, sprinkles and nuts. To cut the cost down a bit, skip the ice cream maker; fill a regular basket with the other items and include a gift card for an ice cream shop or the grocery store.
Movie Night Basket
Fill a large popcorn bowl with the couple’s favorite DVDs, movie snacks, drinks, small bowls for individual portions of snacks, gift cards for movie rentals and reusable popcorn containers shaped like popcorn boxes. If you want to make a larger gift, include a hot-air popcorn popper.
For the bride-to-be who loves to cook, fill a basket with kitchen essentials. Include fun kitchen gadgets, measuring cups and spoons, a cookie sheet, cookbooks, pot holders, trivets and kitchen towels. You can create a specialized theme with a pizza stone, quesadilla maker or panini press with all of the non-perishable fixings to make some of the dishes.
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