Gift Baskets on a Dime

This blog post is written by my lovely contributor Mendy Hendrix

Gift Baskets on A Dime

Gift Baskets on a Dime

Tis’ the season for giving and who doesn’t love shopping for that perfect gift.  Whether you are shopping for a Baby Shower, a Wedding Shower, or even Christmas for that matter, I always find myself trying to decide what to get.  Do I shop from their registry?  Do I buy what they want?  Or, do I use my better judgment and get all those little, but much needed necessities?  What better way than to buy everything you see on the shelf, and stay on a budget while doing it!

Here’s how!  Shop at your local Dollar Tree.  If you don’t have a store near you, search for the dollar bins around Wal-Mart, Target, etc.  You will be extremely surprised at what you come across.

Determining what is most essential for your kiddos, yet using all the awesome conveniences of today is hard to balance out!  LOL!  Don’t forget the mom-to-be either.  She always needs a good pampering, too!  (And, she will definitely want those convenient necessities in the hospital.)  If you have kids, you know what I mean.

The idea for Gift Baskets on a Dime is to spend anywhere from $10 to $30 and mix in a few great needs and wants.

Baby Shower Gift Basket“Baby Shower” Basket:  (When you start shopping, first, choose your basket or even a smaller laundry basket can be a great option.  Then, choose  at least 8 or more of the following.  Your quantity of items and sizes depends on the size of you basket, fyi.  You may want to do a quick pre-trial fill in the store to determine if you have too many or not enough items before checking out):

  • Diapers wipes
  • Diaper disposal bags
  • Boogie wipes or Kleenex
  • Baby wash, lotion and/or powder
  • Diaper rash ointments or creams
  • Bibs
  • Washcloths
  • Socks
  • Onesies
  • Spoons, bottles, Sippy-cups and/or snack and bowl containers
  • Bottle brush
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Baby books
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby clothes hangers
  • Rattles, teethers and/or crib and car seat toys
  • Onesies
  • Booboo packs
  • Nail scissors, nail clippers, or manicure kits
  • Bulb syringe and/ or thermometer
  • Bath toys

Mom-To-Be Gift Basket“In Need of Some Pampering” or “Hospital  Necessities for Mom-to-Be” Baskets:  Shop for at least 8 or more of the following items.  (Don’t forget to choose your basket first.  Here, I decided to pick a basket that could be useful in her bathroom to help organize her health and beauty products):

  • Socks or slippers
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Hair ties, hair clips, headbands and/or hair brush
  • Compact mirror
  • Powder and/or blush
  • Manicure kit and/or nail polish
  • Lip gloss, lip stick or Chap stick
  • Make-up remover wipes
  • Lotion, body wash and body spray or perfume
  • Scrubby sponge or washcloths
  • Bath salts
  • Hand sanitizer or hand wipes
  • Feminine wipes and sanitary pads
  • Kleenex
  • Tissue paper
  • Congratulations card
  • Disposable camera
  • Magazines, books and or crossword puzzles, or stationary
  • Chocolates or special goodies
  • Candles
  • Greeting card

Once all your basket items have been purchased, head home and begin to stuff your basket!  Using a few pieces of tissue paper matching your basket theme, gently scrunch and fill the bottom of basket for some filler.  Choose the larger items for the back of the basket, shorter, squatty items in front and small and slender items to fill in gaps.  Using more tissue paper, stick into remaining gaps around outside edges to boost up the sides.  Any items that can hang, like bibs, can be used for front or handles of baskets.  Even if you want a bow or ribbon, feel free to weave that through the basket or attach to front for an even more decorative touch depending on your theme!

I hope you get a ton of compliments when you give out your own Gift Basket on a Dime!

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About Mendy Hendrix

My name is Mendy Hendrix, a faithful wife to an amazing, well-rounded husband and a delighted mother to an inventive 8 year old boy and a determined 3 year old girl. I’ve never been afraid to let my artistic and inspirational ideas shine! I love to arm my family with glue, glitter and paints, because that is where true family memories form.

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