Gift Basket Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Are you thinking of giving a Valentine’s Day Basket to the special people in your life? Or may even giving one to yourself (you’re special after all)?
If you have a vague idea of a Valentine’s Basket as a gift, but aren’t sure what to fill it with, I’ve done some research for you.
Just one caveat: I’ve followed a mental health theme for the baskets, because this is a mental health website after all.
I started out planning to include one of the following for each basket theme: lip balm, candle, book, tea, bath bubbles, chocolate, and stuffed animal (my daughter helped me compile that list).
But, I soon realized that it’s not realistic to buy lip balm and chocolate off the Internet.
So instead, I’ve compiled a list of a handful of items for each theme that DOES make sense to buy online (save time for other things!) and then you can add some other little gifts of your own choosing that you can pick up locally (like lip balm, chocolate, etc.)
So, here we go! I’ve included seven categories, and I think you’ll be able to recognize which of these would best suit the special person you are putting the basket together for.
Of course, these are just suggestions to get your ideas flowing. You could even mix and match ideas and create your own entire basket!
Side note: If you live with social anxiety, I know how hard giving gifts can be (as well as receiving them). That’s why I’ve tried to give you a rough guide to take some guesswork out of it for you this Valentine’s Day.
Does the person in your life really need to chill out? Is their life non-stop chaos and they just need some time to themselves to relax? Or are they just super anxious and need help in that department?
Below is a list of basket ideas for the person who needs help with relaxation. You could also consider putting together a playlist of your favorite guided meditations on Youtube if you want to add a personal touch.
- Coloring Book for Adult Relaxation: Flowers, Animals and Garden Designs
- Yogi Tea, Honey Lavender Stress Relief
Beat the Blues Basket
Social anxiety and depression quite often go hand-in-hand, so perhaps you know someone who is feeling down or maybe you are feeling down yourself.
In that case, a “happiness” basket or one designed to beat the blues might be in order.
Try to choose cheerful gifts or those that are a bit tongue-in-cheek (but still cheerful) like the Furiously Happy book below.
Depression is a real illness, but offering a happiness basket can’t hurt.
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Mindfulness is the state of being in present awareness without worrying about the past or the present; it’s the perfect antidote to worry and negative thinking.
If you know someone who struggles with living in the moment, this might be one of the best Valentine’s Day baskets for them.
(Need tips on how to actually put the basket together? The video below should help)
Self Care Basket
Lots of people talk about self-care, but how many actually take the time to do it?
Self care doesn’t have to mean bubble baths and nail polish; it can also mean healthy eating and going to see a therapist.
However, I’ve listed below some more “standard” self-care items, since Valentine’s Day is all about pampering.
- Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Gift Set (Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, and Lip Balm)
Art Therapy Basket
Do you know someone who is all about art, or art is their life (my daughter is like this)?
If so, you could consider art therapy-themed Valentine’s day baskets filled with some of the items below or even some of their favorite art supplies (if you know what they like).
For example, my daughter loves Copic markers and a gift card to Michael’s is perfect for her.
Self Confidence Basket
Perhaps you know someone who seems to lack self-confidence or needs a pep talk. The first item on the list below—Get Your Pretty On Style Challenges—is something I do myself personally.
Each season I join the style challenge and am given a list of clothing items to put together a capsule wardrobe.
It’s a super way to get out of your comfort zone and also to simplify your clothing at the same time. I think it makes a terrific gift idea too, for someone you know well.
Finally, the inspirational gift basket is appropriate for pretty much anyone who needs uplifting (which I think is all of us).
If you can’t decide on one of the other baskets, this one would probably work. Throw in the person’s favorite chocolate bar, and some other personalized item, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
- INFMETRY 90 Pieces Capsule Letters, “Message in a Bottle” Glass Favor Bottle
- Life Is Tough Darling, But So Are You Bracelet
- F*ck This Shit Show: A Gratitude Journal for Tired-Ass Women
That’s about it for me! Which gift basket do you think is most appropriate for the people in your life: Relaxation, Beat the Blues, Mindfulness, Self Care, Art Therapy, Self Confidence, or Inspirational?
Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what you chose.
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