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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic love. It’s about celebrating love in all its forms, and that includes friends, family, and even coworkers. If you want to brighten someone’s day and show your appreciation for them this February, a gift basket is just the thing. Making your own baskets allows you to do something creative and meaningful for the special people in your life.
Are you looking for some tips on making Valentine’s gift baskets this year? We have some great ideas to share to help inspire your creations.
Thoughtful Valentine’s gifts
Valentine’s gifts for friends or coworkers should be platonic, thoughtful, sweet, and fun. Save the traditional romantic gifts for your significant other.
Gift baskets should also have a personal feel. If you are putting together several baskets, that doesn’t mean each one needs to be completely different, however. Choose a general theme, select quality items that fit your theme, and add personal touches to make it unique. This way, you can streamline your processes, but it is still clear you put thought and effort into the gifts.
Leading up to the big day, many stores are bursting with small gift items that would be perfect for adding to a gift basket. If you are assembling many baskets and have a budget to stick to, try shopping at the dollar store, the dollar section at big box stores, or local crafts stores to stock up on supplies and fillers.
Finally, to make a gift basket really stand out, create an impressive presentation. Even a small or inexpensive gift can be made beautiful. The right presentation will spark emotion and create a lasting impression.
Valentine’s gift basket ideas
Consider these gift basket ideas as a starting point for your Valentine’s baskets. These themes are perfect for showering family, friends, and coworkers with love.
Put a spin on the classics
When you think of traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, what comes to mind? Boxed chocolate, flowers, jewelry, greeting cards, and teddy bears are all popular choices. When making a gift basket for a friend, take these classic gifts and put a fun spin on them. Include candy like Hershey’s Kisses, Sweet Tarts, and heart-shaped lollipops. Instead of gold or diamonds, choose a personalized charm or keychain, and opt for a cute potted succulent or air plant over red roses. Go with one of these categories or mix a few for a custom combination. Cute stuffed animals and festive balloons make great add-ons.
A fun idea for a Valentine’s gift is a DIY treat basket. Create an ice cream sundae kit with all the fixings for a love-themed ice cream party. Or, put together a baking basket with a box of cake mix and a container of frosting. Add heart-embellished cupcake wrappers, sprinkles, and a cute oven mitt. As the saying goes, the best way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through their stomach. Create a fun experience to make their day sweet.
Many people like to use decorative items during holidays such as Valentine’s Day to spread cheer around their homes or offices. Expand their holiday décor collection by gifting an assortment of decorative items such as a heart-shaped bowl, love-themed vase, candle holder, box sign, or a strand of pretty garland. These gifts will look great when presented in a basket and can be enjoyed year after year.
This collection is pictured in a 8 in x 8 in x 2½ in wooden gift basket crate by Carpenter Core.
Valentine’s Day is also about loving yourself. Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to take some me-time with a calming gift basket. Include items such as an aspirational journal, scented candle, face masks, a cute scrunchie, a cosmetic bag, and a small bottle of bubbly. Spending time alone is a great way to reduce stress and allow time for self-discovery.
Make it festive
Chances are, your gift basket contents will make it pretty clear what your theme is. Valentine’s Day can be an over-the-top holiday, so don’t be shy about making it even more festive with your decoration. Patterned ribbons and bows, colored crinkle paper, and heart-shaped confetti are small touches that can make a big impact. Fill in extra space with foil-wrapped chocolates for a bit of extra color and shine.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to spread love between family and friends. You can make a thoughtful and fun gift basket by including an assortment of sweet goodies that makes a big statement. Use festive decorations to create an impressive display and show the people in your life how much they mean to you.