No matter how much you love buying gifts for your loved ones, finding the perfect present can sometimes be a real pain in the neck. Some people claim to have everything, others are impossible to please. But even if the recipient is an exemplary giftee, you may still be stuck for ideas or even forget that you need to buy a gift. Oh and yes, not to forget the most annoying scenario when you do find the perfect present, but your wallet doesn’t seem to agree with your choice.
Whatever your case might be, you know that showing up empty-handed simply isn’t an option. No one wants to swallow that bitter concoction of feelings of guilt and shame you get when you show up with no gift or a terribly bad one. Since we’ve all been there, (heads up if you still haven’t, it’s going to happen at some point in your life), it’s good to know a thing or two about a really awesome gift that never disappoints.
Ladies and gents, a round of applause for the MVP of gifts, the good old gift hamper. Wait, what? Is hamper a good gift? How can it not be when it’s comprised of the three most popular gifts of all times; chocolate, flowers and a greeting card. And if you’re feeling extra generous, there’s no limit to the goodies you can put inside.
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What Makes Gift Baskets Such a Great Option?
Gift baskets have come a long way through the years. What was once a traditional gift for Christmas, has now evolved into a delightful surprise suitable for any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, wedding or any other special event that involves gift-giving, there’s a ready-to-purchase hamper to fit both the mood of the big day and the recipient’s taste.
The wide variety of ready to buy edible gift baskets is also very convenient if you’re dealing with a limited budget. Edible gift hampers come in all shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find something that won’t deplete your wallet. There are absolutely gorgeous edible gift baskets that cost under 50 bucks! Now that’s a steal if you take into consideration the abundance of artfully presented goodies that come inside.
Even if you don’t find a pre-made basket that suits your needs, you can always customize your hamper to create a bespoke gift that’ll leave your giftee speechless. Wondering what can you put in a gift basket? The answer is literally *everything*! From adorable plushies and body care items to exquisite liquor and snacks. Feeling naughty? You can even spice up your basket with an equally naughty adult toy. Pair it with a bottle of champagne, chocolate strawberries and you’re bound to knock your partner’s socks off!
What I find most convenient about gift hampers is that they’re absolute lifesavers in last-minute situations. Instead of going for a frantic shopping spree, you can pour yourself a nice cup of coffee, open your laptop and create your basket from scratch in under 20 minutes. Some heaven-sent companies even offer same-day baskets delivery Australia-wide, so you’ll never have to make an awkward excuse again!
Enough chit-chat about how great gift baskets are, let’s get your creative juices flowing with these mouth-watering gift hamper ideas down below.
Plant Hampers for the Green Thumb in Your Life
Flower bouquets may still hold 1st place in gift-giving, and that’s fine. But do you really want to send a gift that will end up in the trash after a week or so? Probably not. Wouldn’t it be better if you surprise your giftee with a living plant instead? A plant hamper makes an excellent choice especially for your millennial friends who for some reason became obsessed with plants over the last few years.
If your giftee is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many plants, add to his or her collection with a lush plant such as a Peace Lily, cyclamen or money tree. And if your friend loves plants, but doesn’t do a great job at plant parenting, get an easy to care for succulent instead.
Once you’ve chosen your plant, boost your basket with a plethora of sweets and treats, because you know how they say, the path to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Then, you’ll probably want to raise a glass for the occasion, so it’s nice to be prepared. You can include a bottle of gin or a complete gin-tonic kit to fix your favourite drink right there at the moment. After all, there isn’t a bad time for gin, is there?
Craft Beer Galore for the Hoppy Pal
We all have at least one craft beer aficionado in our lives, and if you don’t, you’re probably the one. If your giftee prefers her or his water with hops, delight their taste buds with a craft beer galore. Boy, oh, boy, what an on-point gift for someone who likes to get down with the amber.
Since Australia is the place to be when it comes to independent craft beer breweries, you can easily find new exciting flavours and aromas to delight your giftee’s palate and create the best gift they ever received. To make your hamper even more awesome, you can include some branded beer glassware and of course, some carefully hand-picked munchies!
Adorable Chocolate Bouquet for Mum
Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, you might be on the hunt for a unique gift to spoil your queen this week. Instead of going for the already-seen flower bouquet, step up your gift-giving game with an edible chocolate bouquet. These gorgeous arrangements come loaded with the finest chocolates and they’re guaranteed to leave your mum speechless.
Although these arrangements are ready to purchase, you can customize your bouquet with a thoughtful greeting card or a ribbon. What’s more, you can choose the type of edible flowers used in the bouquet. You can go for heart-shaped posies, chocolate stars, dark chocolate, vegan chocolate, you name it!
Super Special Bubbles for Super Special Occasions
Everyone knows that champagne bubbles make everything feel more special. So if you’re attending a wedding, graduation ceremony or any other big event, a champagne basket makes an excellent gift. But not just any champagne, talking about the finest bottle of bubbly you can get your hands on. You can go for Chandon, Moet or Hentley, just to name a few.
And of course, don’t forget to include the adequate snack pairings that will bring out the full flavour of the champagne for a complete experience. Think strawberries, chocolate truffles or savoury treats such as cheese and crackers. Special occasions this, special occasions that, almost forgot to mention that you actually don’t need to wait for one to happen to surprise that special someone with a lovely gift. As a matter of fact, you can send a gift basket right now. So off you go, put a smile on someone face today!