When that special friend in your life is expecting a baby, you want to give her something memorable. There are plenty of amazing traditional baby shower gift baskets available, but if you want something truly unique, you have to think “outside of the box.” Creating your own gift basket adds a personal touch that simply cannot be accomplished by purchasing a pre-made basket. Below are some great ideas to help you put together a perfect, personalized, and original baby shower gift basket.
Antique and vintage item
Antique and vintage items are innately unique because there are likely not many copies still available. The options are unlimited in this area. Antique baby doll strollers make wonderful baskets. Even antique baby strollers work well if you plan to have a large number of items in the basket. Old hat boxes or even large vintage hats provide a lovely area to display gifts. If the expecting mother is a fan of vintage items, consider putting some vintage baby gifts inside the basket. Vintage handmade baby blankets are a popular choice. You can find these items at flea markets, antique stores, and online websites like ebay. This will take some advanced planning of course. Do not assume that all antique items are expensive. You can often purchase these items at a very reasonable price. The key is to use your imagination.
Handmade or custom-made
One way to ensure your gift is original is to use handmade or custom-made items. This can include everything from crocheted bags, hand-woven baskets, and hand-painted boxes. The gifts inside your basket can also include some unusual custom-made things. If the baby’s name has been chosen, consider having his or her name embroidered on a blanket or pillow. If you know the theme of the nursery, you can make or custom order a mobile for the crib. Parents sometimes have a difficult time finding a mobile to fit well with their chosen theme. If you are crafty, use your own skills to make some of the gifts. If you are not so crafty, etsy is a great website to find custom and handmade gifts. It is also a perfect way to support artists. Obviously you may pay a little more for a custom gift rather than something you could pick up on a store shelf, but these items are generally reasonably priced. You may even know a local crafts person that you can approach to help with your endeavor.
New but unique
If you prefer to stick to new items, you still have a lot of options from which to choose. In this situation, consider using a non-traditional basket. Actually, remove the word “basket” and replace it with “packaging.” Erase the concept of your gifts needing to be in an actual basket. This will help you open your mind to new possibilities. You can use nearly anything to hold and present your gifts. If the expecting mother is particularly fond of a specific theme or idea, pick a bag, box, or bucket displaying that design. It is also nice to choose packaging that has a purpose. For example, a toy box makes a great gift basket. A diaper bag or infant bathtub work perfectly also. Think about things the baby will actually use and see if you can turn it into a basket. You can always dress it up with ribbons and balloons.
Traditional and non-traditional baby baskets can be unique if you put some time and effort into creating it. It simply takes some thought and planning. Use your creativity and imagination. Make your gift basket stand out by adding your personal touches. This is a great way to ensure that your friend will appreciate your efforts. If you are unsure of the sex of the baby, stick with colors and themes that are gender-neutral. Yellow, green, and even purple are great choices and in this circumstance. Keep the themes general and select concepts such as animals, the alphabet, and nature.
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