8/7/2020 – all links are updated!
Mother’s Day is for showing Mom how much she’s appreciated, and gift baskets / care packages full of goodies are a great way to surprise and treat her on her special day. Pre-made gift baskets are nice, but a personalized DIY gift basket is even better because it’s customized for her, based on what she personally likes! Whether you’re shopping for your mother, grandmother or wife, here are some suggestions on how to build a perfect gift basket that she’ll love because of the extra thought you put into it!
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1. Start with a Cute Basket or Tote Bag
For the basket itself, you can use a cute wicker basket that that she can reuse around the house, or you can even use a cute straw tote bag that she can wear throughout the year!
2. Add Her Favorite Food Items
We all have our favorite food items and surprising her with some of hers would make her day! Does she have a hard-to-find favorite? Track it down and throw it in! Does she have a favorite drink? Get her a fancy version of her favorite brand, or one that she hasn’t tried before! For example, if she enjoys tea, get her the super fancy organic pyramid tea bags from Tea Forte! (I’ve tried it and trust me, it’s good.). If she likes chocolate (and who doesn’t??), get her a fancy gold Godiva sampler box, or anything from Recchiuti, my favorite San Francisco-based artisan chocolatier (yes, anything at all, they are all AMAZING). Another local favorite of mine is Miette Patisserie, which makes the cutest, most delicious cookies, candies and macarons available for mail order. Their Mother’s Day gift box is filled with all sorts of delights in the prettiest packaging!
3. Add Spa / Self-Care Items
Luxurious spa and/or self-care items are a great way to show Mom that she deserves to be cared for and pampered! Now’s the time to get her that luxury spa item or sampler set that she wouldn’t normally get herself. Safe bets are Jo Malone’s heavenly scented candles, rose scented soap petals, or luxury skincare sample sets from Nordstrom or Sephora. For something timely, how about a moisturizing hand cream for over-washed hands?
4. Add a “Best Mom” Item
Having a “Best Mom” or “I Love Mom” or anything with the word “Mom” on it is almost mandatory for gift baskets! Here are a few fun ones!
5. Don’t Forget the Flowers!!
Fresh cut flowers from the garden would be best, but if that’s not available, there are many beautiful faux options that she will also love!
Bonus Points: Jewelry
Every mom will appreciate a small jewelry token of appreciation!