Gift Card & Basket Ideas


Getting somebody a gift card within a gift basket is a thoughtful gesture that still gives the gift recipient control over what they purchase. The key to a successful gift card is in the presentation of it. A gift basket is an ideal way to complement a gift card, and should be filled with goodies that support the theme of the gift card.

Culinary Themes

  • If you are giving somebody a gift card to their favorite culinary or kitchen store, such as Williams-Sonoma, you have endless possibilities for gift basket ideas. Fill the gift basket with homemade muffins, cookies or other baked goods, small jars of jam, blocks of cheese, dried soup or fresh fruits. The type of food you choose to include in the gift basket depends on the gift recipient's palate, so stock her basket up with items she is sure to enjoy and that go well with the gift card.

Coffee Themes

  • Coffee gift baskets are ideal for people who can't get enough java. Start by purchasing them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop and fill their gift basket up with coffee paraphernalia. Coffee mugs, coffee beans, stirrers, specialty syrups and chocolate-covered espresso beans make excellent gift basket items to complement a coffeehouse gift card. Or, if the person you are giving the gift to is a tea drinker, substitute all of the coffee items out with tea. You can still leave the mug, but throw in some tea bags, special jars of honey and biscuits to go along with the theme.

Spa Themes

  • Spa gift cards make excellent gifts for people who are in need of a relaxation and pampering day. Put enough money on the gift card so that the recipient of the gift can choose from one or two -- or more -- spa services at the local or resort spa. Then put the gift card in a basket surrounded by white washcloths rolled up, bars of small soaps, a container of shea butter and a scented candle. These items definitely set the mood for the spa gift that is to come.

Electronics Themes

  • If you are getting someone a gift card to the electronics store, put her gift card inside a basket or box that is filled with other electronic-related goodies, such as a DVD, CD and other electronic accessories like headphones or an MP3 player holder. If the gift recipient is into video games, look for games to add to the gift basket as well.

Literary Themes

  • The writer, reader or literary buff loves gift cards to bookstores. Give a bookstore gift card in a gift basket that supplies the recipient with relevant literary items, such as a small journal notebook, desk calendar, word puzzle book or bookmark.

Baby Shower Themes

  • If someone you know is having a baby shower, she will appreciate a gift card to one of the stores she registered to. Gift cards allow new parents to stock up on things that they need for the baby. Come up with a cute way to present the gift card in a gift basket. Add other baby items into the basket as well, such as a pair of infant booties, a rattle or bibs. Use colors to decorate the basket with that match the baby's gender, or use yellow or green for neutral colors.

Salon Themes

  • A gift card or certificate to the salon is a great way to give someone pampering and beautifying time. Treat your gift recipient to a haircut, color, deep conditioning treatment or styling. In the gift basket include miniature shampoos and conditioners.

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