L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" was first published in 1900. The story is about a Kansas girl named Dorothy Gale who gets swept up in a funnel cloud and taken to the colorful, strange land of Oz. The movie "The Wizard of Oz" came out in 1939 and has garnered a strong fan base every since. A fan of the story would appreciate a gift basket that revolves around the central theme of the Wizard of Oz. Of course, including a copy of the book and the movie into the basket will be appreciated, but consider some other items that will reinforce the theme.
Make the Wizard of Oz gift basket recipient feel a little like Dorothy Gale by giving her some ruby slippers. Red bedroom slippers are a nice addition to a Wizard of Oz basket. Or allow the recipient to choose her own shoes by including a gift card to a shoe retailer. You can cut a shoe shape out of red paper that is slightly larger than the gift card. Cut two slits so that two of the gift card corners fit in the slots. Embellish with red glitter or sequins.
Just as the Lollipop Kids greeted Dorothy to Munchkin Land by presenting her with some large lollipops, you, too, can bring a sweet treat to the recipient of the Wizard of Oz gift basket. Choose large, round and colorful lollipops. Tie a ribbon around the stick and add a tag that says, "Love, the Lollipop Guild." Use smaller lollipops as filler in the basket.
Oz is a land of strange and lovable characters. Dorothy meets the talking Scarecrow, who wants to go to the great Wizard of Oz seeking a brain. The Tin Man wants a heart, and the Lion wants courage. Give nod to each of these desires in your gift basket. Include a scholarly book to represent the Scarecrow's brain. For women, give a heart pendant to represent the Tin Man's desire for a heart. Give men a heart-shaped paper weight. The Cowardly Lion sought courage from the Wizard. Give a small plaque or bookmark with the word "Courage" written on it, or simply write a note that states how the recipient has shown courage, whether that is in child-rearing, going after a new job or fighting a life-threatening illness.
The capital city of Oz is the Emerald City. Emerald jewelry makes a nice surprise for a gift recipient. If genuine jewelry is out of budget, consider adding other green items such as costume jewelry or even something as simple as green-wrapped candy. If the recipient has a sense of humor, include a funny green hat or mustache reminiscent of the man who answers the door at the city of Oz.
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