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Sunday, November 02, 2008

PERSONALIZED GIFT BASKETS for BABIES and FRIENDS

What makes personalized gift baskets for any baby, mother to be or kid stand out is the one, single gift that serves as the centerpiece. This item should be the eye catcher placed in the center of your collection of gifts. There is no rule stating that it must be the most expensive piece, but chances are that it may be.

Also, no rule is in place regarding what this item may be. That decision, of course, should be based on who the gift basket is for. Gifts with the personal touch require more legwork or research than your generic, run of the mill gift. Knowledge of likes and dislikes as well as hobbies or preferences in color or design is crucial. To maintain the element of surprise, phone calls or emails to mutual friends and family members may be necessary unless you enjoy regular, day to day contact with the guest of honor.

PERSONALIZED GIFT BASKETS - IDEAS FOR BABIES

Just because unborn or newborn infants haven’t developed their own style or made their preferences known doesn’t give you a pass on gearing your gift giving to a particular theme, color or design. Nor should you pick up some stuff in pink, blue or the gender colors of green, lavender or yellow and call it a day.


PERSONALIZING GIFTS FOR KIDS OR BABIES

Older kids love to get presents with their names on them. Anything from sweatshirts to a painted wall canvas is so much more special with a monogram or entire name spelled in letters that children recognize. What an easy way to guarantee that your gift will be the star of the birthday party!

This is one of the best ways to take a cheap item and make it seem so much more expensive than it actually is, but you may not have this luxury when designing a personalized gift basket for the baby shower. What are we to do when the baby has no name as of yet?

Knowledge of what the baby’s name is or will be would be helpful as many consider it necessary for a personalized gift to display a name that has been embroidered, stamped or painted on it. This is where the flexibility of homemade gift basket ideas comes in handy. If the baby has not been born or the name has not been chosen, you can buy the best gift with a gift certificate to a local artist or seamstress to have this taken care of after the fact.


PERSONALIZED GIFT BASKET IDEAS FOR MOM or DAD

Mothers and fathers appreciate monogrammed gifts, but the “name game” won’t carry as much weight on presents for adults as it does for baby’s first gift or a decorative accessory for a kid’s bedroom. Adults appreciate items that support their favorite pastimes, activities and hobbies.

Young parents with budget restrictions tend to appreciate gifts that give them a moment of relaxation or a new gadget they would not be able to afford otherwise. To drill down and get to the heart of their wish list, plan an outing for lunch to the local mall and pay close attention to what your friend looks at with a longing in his or her eye. Imagine their delight and surprise at getting exactly what they wished for without so much as the slightest hint of what you were up to when they received the invitation.

Those are just a few ideas for designing personalized gift baskets. Please return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas for more ideas for gifts that appropriate in specific themes for your special occasions.

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