Putting together a birthday gift basket at home saves you money while giving you control over the contents of the basket. The result is a personalized birthday gift full of items that you know the recipient will enjoy. For a special man in your life, create a themed gift basket based on his interests and hobbies. Instead of a traditional basket, you can choose a functional container that's part of the gift itself.
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Choose a masculine-style basket, or use a plastic shower caddy as the basket. Nestle a monogrammed towel or robe in the bottom of the basket as the base for the contents. Add facial cleanser, moisturizer, aftershave, a loofah and other grooming supplies that are specifically made for men. Include a gift certificate to a day spa specializing in men's spa treatments or, if appropriate, make homemade coupons for massages or other spa treatments that you can perform at home.
Surprise an athlete or sports fanatic with a sports-themed gift basket. Use a masculine basket, or arrange the items in a duffel bag to add to the sports theme. Shred the sports page from the newspaper to use as a filler in the bottom of the basket or bag. Choose items based on the recipient's preference of teams and sports. Ideas include shirts, hats, mugs, books or sporting equipment. Complete the gift with a pair of tickets to a sporting event.
Give a movie-themed birthday gift basket to a fan of the cinema. Place unpopped popcorn kernels in the bottom of a popcorn bowl as the filler. Fill the bowl with movie-related items such as DVDs, microwave popcorn, boxes of candy, tickets to the movie theater or a gift card to a movie-rental store.
Decide on a specific food or beverage theme based on what the recipient likes. Specific food-themed ideas include chocolates, coffee, wine, barbecue, snacks and specialty beers. In addition to food and drinks, add appropriate kitchen utensils or accessories to round out the gift basket. Examples include a corkscrew for a wine theme, mugs for a coffee theme, decorative steins for a beer theme or grilling utensils for a barbecue theme.
Use a tool caddy with a handle as the container. Add sawdust or wood chips to the bottom of the tool caddy as filler. Arrange an assortment of handheld tools, nails, screws, batteries, work gloves, glue and tape in the tool caddy. Add a package of band-aids for a humorous touch, and use duct tape to create a fitting bow for the handyman gift basket.
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