While I’m not on the bandwagon that all gift baskets are for everyone, I DO think you can tailor a gift set to anyone’s liking. I feel that gift baskets are often overused and are sometimes an out for someone who has no idea what to get for another person. When that happens, the gift recipient often ends up with a ton of funky doo-dads they have no idea what to do with. Therefore, when you make gift baskets, be thoughtful and cognizant about what your recipient can use. Don’t place items in the basket (or other container) just to fill space.
I virtually constructed several unique gift sets you can give to poker, baseball, beach, yard, and food-lovers. After you read these, I hope you get inspiration as to how you might be able to fill a gift set for someone you love who has a different passion. Have fun with it, and they will clearly see that you put some effort and thought into this gift!
Feel free to use my templates below to print out for your loved one and stick into your gift set. If you are using them on your own website, please post a link so they can see where the original came from.
THE FOODIE DAD:
Now this is a creative gift idea! Although it isn’t a basket, it’s an awesome idea (if I do say so myself!) I can’t wait to try it out! Schedule your own food tour around your county. Include dates, times, and the restaurant you will attend. These can be favorites of your dad/husband, or they can be new places you’ve both wanted to try. The “tour” can take place over a week, a month, or even a year! Don’t forget to get babysitters as a few weeks ahead of time. You can make the “tour” secret, or you can give your loved one a cute agenda. I made a template you can type into. Lucky you! Restaurant Tour agenda. If you want a version you can edit, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it over!
POKER NIGHT DAD:
Make playing card coasters by taking an old coaster and cutting playing cards down to size to fit on top. You can cut them into small pieces and put them together like a puzzle, or you can use larger pieces. You can glue them down and either leave them like that, or if you want a bit more longevity, use Mod Podge to seal the cards onto the coaster.
Add your coasters to a Poker Night kit. You can fill the kit with non-perishable snacks (because he might not have his Poker Night for a little while), new poker chips, his favorite beer or other beverage, new cards, a book on different poker games or strategies, and a homemade pass letting him know you are happy to let him have Poker Night for the guys at your house (or just give permission for him to go somewhere else — that might be easier!)
Your gift set can include a baseball (if he needs one), a jersey from his favorite player, a glove (if he doesn’t have one or has been wanting one), the classic baseball snacks (peanuts, cracker jacks, gum, etc.), and an invitation to a game party you will host at your house (you will do the work, and he can enjoy the game with his friends).
Plan a beach trip, but spruce it up with a gift set that includes new sandals, dad’s favorite beach snacks, a frisbee or volleyball, gas money, a gift card to his favorite coffee shop on the way, sunblock, a beach towel with the pattern that you know he’d enjoy (beer, a woman, haha, a car, a sports team, a certain animal, a map of someplace, a picture of your family– I’m sure some company does that, etc.), and an invitation to go with you on a certain day.
YARD WORK DAD:
Give the yardwork-loving-dad a gift set that includes garden gloves, his favorite summer beverage, a new hat, sunglasses, fertilizer (make sure you know what he likes), a kneeling pad, some new tools, a gift card to a local nursery, and a day pass for him to get as much done in the yard as he wants without any distractions from you or the kiddos. Another idea would be to include a coupon saying that you will schedule a babysitter to watch the kids out of the house and help him for 4 hours in the yard.