A Valentine’s Day gift isn’t any good unless it’s unique and from the heart…but it’s even better if it is also an inexpensive gift. And to accomplish that, all you have to do is make your Valentine a basket! It’s heartfelt, it’s special, and if you do it right, it won’t cost you too much at all.
The special thing about the gift basket is that it is personalized to the person you are giving it to. All you have to do is listen, and you’ll make them the perfect valentine present.
Where do you get the supplies? Surprisingly, thrift stores like Goodwill have a huge selection of baskets for about a dollar a piece that you can use. Just remember to keep in mind your contents when picking it out. As for the filler and basket bag or shrink wrap, any dollar store should have that for you. Don’t get conned into paying too much at a craft or party supply store!
You could even make your entire super special basket out of one simple trip to the dollar store! Got a candy junkie friend? Just get 15 different candy boxes, and you’re set! Got someone who needs to relax? Go to the bath and body section and pick out a bunch of relaxing scented soaps and body washes – they don’t need to be from the expensive boutique at the mall! Movie junkie Valentine? Just get them a double feature DVD with popcorn bowls and popcorn, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic movie night theme. The basket is special not because of the price, but because it was truly well-thought out and customized to your Valentine. What about a child who is a lover of crafts? Put crayons, construction paper, pipe cleaners, glitter, glue, scissors, and stickers in a basket, and you’ve probably even saved their mother’s life as well by keeping the craft lover busy and happy.
If you have a whole group in mind to be your Valentine, obviously Costco is your best bet. You could do an Italian-themed array of baskets by buying their bulk pasta, pasta sauce, parmesan, dried salami, pizzelles, biscotti, etc. Most of the stuff there is individually wrapped in bulk anyway. You can make a cheese lover very happy by scouting out the cheese section there, or even at any local grocery store. Or, put together a basket full of individually-wrapped healthy snacks for the whole office for Valentine’s day (That way, you please everybody – many people are still trying to hang on to that New Year’s Resolution of losing weight or getting healthy, or it’s simply their actual life style on a regular basis). Don’t forget about the wine lovers! Partner their favorite bottle with some cheese and crackers, and they are going to have one good night whether they have a Valentine or not!
You see, companies that sell gift baskets as a product either surcharge for the packaging, or they are able to do it at a reasonable price because they can buy bulk. Well, like I already said, you can do that at Costco, or even call in a favor from a friend who maybe works in a business where they are able to get even better bulk pricing for products by a supplier. Either way, the key is to make it personal, and not spend too much on your Valentine’s Day gift if you don’t have to!