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I’m a big fan of gift baskets, especially for the holidays. For Valentine’s this year, I wanted to take it up a notch and make a game of it, so hubby doesn’t just get awesome gifts, but a fun activity together. Here’s how you can make your own Valentine’s Day Gift Basket: Guess the Gift game, then enjoy gifting it to a special someone!
Hubby’s really use to getting gift baskets – like the Superhero one we did for Father’s Day one year. This year, he’s got a whole different type of surprise – I’m making him guess what each gift in the basket is before opening them! And here’s the fun – things aren’t quite as they appear 😉 To start off, make sure you have all your gifts and wrapping/basket supplies together. I always grab some American Greetings tissue paper, gift wrap and stickers to make the gift look festive. And call me crazy, but I usually grab a couple of American Greetings cards to give hubby – there’s so many that are just perfect, in different ways, that I can’t choose!
This Valentine’s Day, I selected THREE cards to give him – a romantic, sweet one, a more playful one, and then a pop-up one because, guys, it’s a POP-UP! This year is extra special, as our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY is right before Valentine’s Day. Yup, I’ve been married to this amazing man for 10 years, and he’s still my best friend & fellow partner in crime. After all he does for me, I want to show him how much I love him, and that he means more to me every year we spend together!
Now that you’ve got the perfect gifts and supplies, here’s where the fun comes in – find a variety of shapes and sizes of containers. Get creative – use things like pieces from a lunch box…
…..or empty chocolate box. Put things inside that wouldn’t normally be in that shape or size of package, making it more challenging for the recipient to guess what their gift is.
Since I love giving ‘date night’, I stuck money in a bunch of these packages – but I doubt he’ll ever guess this ‘boxed chocolates’ shaped box is a $5 bill!
For larger or awkward items, use your imagination. To give him this fun mug, I tied a bunch of socks around it first. It looks and feels JUST like a package of socks!
My favorite is that gift in the basket to the right…
…it may LOOK like a bottle of sparkling cider, but it’s really a new t-shirt! Here’s how to wrap it up….
The trick is just making sure the top is thinner than the long bottom – just like a bottle. After all this creative wrapping, you’ve got everything you need for a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket that will leave them guessing!
If you want, you can download and print off some fabulously festive printables from American Greetings, like this cute mobile/desktop wallpaper calendar that I printed off for my daughter’s locker, or the shopping list complete with tear-off ‘love notes’, or even the 8×10 Valentine’s Day frame-worthy quote to add a little decor to your home. And don’t forget the February calendar!
Since my folks will be visiting soon, I found an American Greetings card for my kiddos’ to give them – it’s the perfect combo of sweet, thoughtful and fun. It even comes with a magnet they can stick on their fridge to think of their grandkids!
And if you need some ideas for what to write in a Valentine’s Day Card, American Greetings has a great post here, so check it out. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest – as well as their own blog!