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3 Fantastic Gift Basket Ideas

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A gift basket is a fantastic way to bundle up a bunch of small, inexpensive items that may not seem very impressive on their own. Everyone loves to receive a fancy gift basket, so there's really no way to go wrong with this type of gift. Consider the following gift basket ideas the next time you need to give a gift:

College Dorm Gift Basket

There is one thing every college student has in common: no money. A college dorm gift basket is the perfect present for any broke college student because it can be filled with a variety of necessities and small luxury items, such as:

  • School/Office Supplies
  • Snacks and Coffee
  • Ear Buds
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Toiletries like Deodorant, Shampoo and Toothpaste
  • Cosmetics and Nail Polish
  • College Bookstore "Bucks"
  • Self-Stick Wall Hooks
  • Online Music or Movie Gift Card
  • Gift Cards for Fast Food, Gas, etc.

If you're mailing your teen a college dorm gift basket, you can simply pack it up like a care package. On the other hand, if you'll be giving the gift basket in person, consider making a creative "basket" (or container) for the gift, like a recycled movie theater popcorn bucket, cardboard soda pop case or a new laundry bag.

Pet Adoption Gift Basket

If a friend or family member recently adopted a new pet, a pet adoption gift basket is a wonderful way to welcome their new furry friend to the family. Of course, the items you include in the gift basket will greatly depend on the type of pet, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Puppy Pee Pads
  • Small Toys like Tennis Balls, Catnip Balls and Squeaky Toys
  • Pet Treats or Food Items
  • Gift Cards for Pet Store or Groomer
  • DIY Free Pet Sitting Gift Certificate
  • New Collar, Leash or Personalized Pet Tag
  • Pet Shampoo and Brush
  • Pet Toothbrush and Toothpaste

A new pet owner can never have enough treats or pet care essentials. Don't worry if the new pet already has everything he needs because your gift basket items will definitely come in handy sometime down the road.

First Home Housewarming Gift Basket

First-time homeowners often need a little of everything, so a housewarming gift basket is an excellent way to help them acquire household essentials they may not even realize they need, yet. Consider adding items like these to your gift basket:

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Wall Hooks and Picture Hangers
  • Bottle of Wine and Wine Glasses
  • Kitchen Utensils and Oven Mitts
  • Refrigerator Magnets
  • Gift Card for Grocery Store or Home Improvement Store
  • Set of Cloth Napkins and Napkin Rings

Try to choose items for the gift basket that won't interfere or clash with the new home's décor. Even if some of the items in the basket seem a bit generic, that's okay because they will definitely get used by the homeowner at some point.

To make your gift basket even more fun, gift wrap each individual item before placing it in the basket. This shows the recipient that you took time with the gift and didn't just throw it together at the last minute. (For more information, contact Eve & Nico Crafts Home Decor)