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Is it just me, or are the holidays simultaneously the best and the most stressful time of the year? Ha ha …
I’m sure I’m not alone, so I decided to create the gift of relaxation, a cute holiday gift basket filled with fun ways to relax and unwind!
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There are so many traditions I cherish at this time of year: making cookies, shopping for and wrapping presents, getting together with family and friends, and checking out holiday windows, to name a few. Actually, my husband and I are making our annual walk up Fifth Avenue to take in the lights and window displays today. I’m so excited!
All this activity can get a little hectic though, and at the end of the day, I love to relax with a cup of hot tea. Is there anything better?
I tried a few new-to-me flavors of Bigelow Tea recently, Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Spice. Mmm … both are so delicious, plus they’re a guilt free way to relax during the holidays!
These teas inspired my gift of relaxation! Along with the tea, I filled my gift basket with other relaxing surprises like a coloring book and a candle. The basket makes the perfect present for almost anyone, including teachers, friends, new moms and dads, and favorite family members.
- a mug (This owl mug is similar to the one I used.)
- tea (I used Bigelow’s Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, and Constant Comment teas.)
- a variety of relaxing gifts (I chose a coloring book and gel pens (similar), a game (Farkle), nail polish, a candle (I used a Burt’s Bees Papaya Guava Soy Candle), and chocolates.)
- tissue paper (I used plain white and ombre.)
- washi tape (This silver glitter tape is similar to the washi tape I used.)
- twine or string (I used both jute twine or baker’s twine.)
- card stock
To make opening this holiday gift basket more fun, start by wrapping or repackaging some of the presents.
First, I used baker’s twine to tie together four tea bags from each box. There’s 20 tea bags in a box, so by dividing the boxes up, you can get multiple gifts out of each package. This is a great way to save a little money!
Then, I wrapped the candle in ombre tissue paper and tied it together with more of the baker’s twine. It took minutes to wrap, looks so pretty, and will make a nice surprise for the recipient.
The gel pens I bought came in a big pack, so I split them into two sets. Just like the tea, dividing the pens up means you can make more than one gift from a single pack. I taped the pens together with some pretty glitter washi tape. Doesn’t that look much cuter than the cardboard and plastic packaging the pens came in?
I also wrapped some of that glitter washi tape (this silver glitter tape is similar) around the handles of my basket for a little extra bling.
Start filling your holiday gift basket by placing the tallest/largest item in the back … the coloring book in my case.
Have you caught on to the coloring book craze yet? It’s so fun and definitely a good way to unwind after a crazy day.
To finish, I scattered chocolates between the gifts and tied a cute Relax & Unwind gift tag onto the basket with the jute twine for a little extra texture and interest.
Click the image below (anywhere except on the “Pin Me!” button) to download a free printable Relax & Unwind gift tag! Print it on card stock for best results.
Obviously, I chose more girly colors and presents for my gift basket, but this gift could be customized for a man, too. And don’t limit yourself to giving one just during the holidays; it makes an awesome gift year round (hello, Mother’s Day!).