What is the perfect gift? It largely depends on who’s receiving it, but the perfect gift should be something the recipient loves. It speaks to them on a personal level and shows that you’ve put a lot of thought behind it.
Sure, we can go out and buy a box of chocolates or flowers for someone. Both gift ideas are great – and they can have some thought behind them. However, they lack a little bit of personalisation that stops them from being the perfect gift.
When it comes to great gift ideas, regardless of the occasion, there’s one thing that stands out: a hamper. Hampers are exceptional gifts because they look pretty and you can tailor them to each individual. While it’s possible to buy premade hampers online, you’re about to learn how to create one of your own!
Creating the Perfect Gift: 5 Easy Steps To Making a Hamper
Step 1: Figure out what the recipient likes
The first step in every great gift hamper is working out what you’ll put in it. To do this, research the person you’re giving the gift to. Is it a loved one or a friend? In either scenario, you should already know some of their main likes and dislikes. Create a list of all possible things you could get and set it aside for later.
You will come back to this list in just a moment, but there’s another step to consider before you go out and buy anything.
Step 2: Think about the occasion
Why are you giving this person a gift? Is it their birthday, an anniversary or Christmas? Are you giving someone a gift because they got a promotion – or perhaps it’s for a colleague that’s retiring?
The occasion matters as it dictates which things are suitable to buy for the person. As an example, let’s say you’re making an anniversary hamper for your partner. Here, you want to get them things they like, but with a theme around love. This might mean getting heart-shaped chocolates instead of a chocolate bar. It could include a bottle of red wine that they love or even a few cheeky gifts. If you’re buying a present for someone’s birthday, you’re less likely to want to follow this theme.
So, think about the occasion and pick gifts that are suitable for both it and the recipient.
Step 3: Get your gifts together
The next step involves buying or making all of the gifts for your hamper. That’s right, you can create some lovely homemade gifts if you want. This adds a personal touch and shows you’ve made much effort. Putting a hamper together is already a lot of effort, so this is a great way to demonstrate your willingness to go the extra mile.
Refer back to your list from earlier and purchase a selection of things for the receiver. I always think you can’t go wrong with a few food and drink items in the hamper. Then, it’s up to you to add whatever else you like – will you go for a lot of small gifts or a couple of big ones? It’s completely up to you and largely depends on your budget.
Step 4: Get a hamper basket
You could collect all of your gifts together and put them in an old gift box or bag. However, this doesn’t look that great and stops the hamper from having a wow factor. Ideally, you should look at some hamper baskets for this gift.
A basket will add a few things to the overall present. For one, it makes the hamper look more impressive and professional – the receiver won’t believe you made it from scratch! Secondly, it adds an element of surprise to your gift hamper as everything is hidden inside the basket. Finally, it gives the receiver a bonus gift! They now have a lovely hamper basket to use however they like. This could make a wonderful picnic basket or some nice in-house storage. Alternatively, you’ve given them a basket to fill with gifts and give to someone else in the future!
On that note, you’ve finished all the steps required to make a brilliant hamper. It’s the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion because you can change so much about it. Make it smaller or bigger, choose different gifts and make themed hampers depending on who you’re giving it to. It’s a thoughtful gift idea that can be personalised to show the recipient how much you care about them. It will certainly beat your usual idea of socks or a gift card!