By Laura Royer.
With the holidays approaching, military families may be looking for easy and cost-affordable gift ideas to give to family members. One cost-effective idea is to gift holiday baskets that, if strategically approached, can help your client save money on gift-giving this season.
The following are 13 ideas that may work very well for creating a customized holiday basket.
- Movie Night
Buy a bag of movie theater popcorn, with some assortment of candy, a DVD, or a gift card for a movie rental, and arrange the items in a popcorn serving bowl. Don’t forget toppings for the popcorn.
- Baking Time
Get an assortment of kitchen utensils, towels, oven mitts, and brownie or cookie mixes, and arrange them in a mixing bowl.
- Go Team Go!
Collect an assortment of sports team paraphernalia on sale and arrange it nicely in a basket or gift bag.
- Hot Cocoa Night
Combine cocoa mix, a bag of marshmallows, and two or more coffee mugs.
- I Work Out
Put together an assortment of workout DVDs, weighted gloves, stretch bands, a mat, a water bottle, and sports drinks, in a gift bag or basket.
- Have a Picnic
Grab a bottle of wine or another favorite beverage of choice, crackers, sausage, various kinds of cheese, a cheese knife, a wine opener, and wine glasses.
- Pet Lovers
Put together a collection of treats, toys, a leash, food, and other pet-related items.
- Hobby Time
Choose their favorite hobby and fill the basket with items that match that hobby. For example, scrapbooking would have a book, paper, stamps, pens, etc. Make it personal.
- Coffee Night
Gather various brands or an assortment of coffee, a couple of mugs, and creamer, and add some treats to go with the coffee.
- Light it Up
Put together a collection of candles with their favorite scent (including melts or plugins), decorative candle holders, lighter, and candle snuff.
- Green Thumb
Gather an assortment of garden tools, seeds, and gloves and arrange them in a nice pot.
Include a collection of spa-related items like a pedicure or manicure set, essential oils, bubble bath, a loofah, pumice stones, and foot cream to create a nice pampering basket.
- Family Dinner Night
Choose a dinner food theme like Italian cuisine and put all the ingredients, utensils, and potholders, and arrange in a dish that can be used for cooking the chosen meal.
Enjoy getting creative while stretching those dollars!
Photo by Masood Aslami