Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Floatie Gift Basket

I put together a summer gift basket for my mom's birthday. I found this great idea to use an inflatable inner tube for a basket on a gift basket website.


I found the inner tube at Walgreens for less than $2. I used a paper plate for the bottom, attaching it with clear packing tape. Probably not a very classy solution, but it worked well.


Finally, I filled it with summery items:
  • Beach towel
  • Book
  • Frozen slushy drinks
  • Crystal Light in summery flavor
  • Tropical candy
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen


  1. This is really neat! I'm always reluctant to give books in baskets bec I am not sure of the reader's taste. But when I read more carefully I see it's your mother. Any advice on choosing if it's not your mom? Thanks!

    1. I share the same concern when purchasing books for others. But like you said, it was for my mom so I had a pretty good handle on her taste as well as what she had and had not already read.

      If you don't have this luxury, I would recommend either a gift card for Amazon (this would also be nice if the recipient has made the move to e-books) or a summery reference book, such as an ice pop recipe book.

      Another option would be a magazine. You would be investing less in the magazine than a book, so if they've already read it or it's not their favorite magazine, it's not as big of a deal. At the end of the day, it's the thought that counts, so can't imagine most people getting upset if you don't exactly hit the mark when including reading material in a gift.

      Hope this helps!

  2. This is a wonderfully-unique gift, Jessie, perfectly tailored in the way professional gift basket designers select items (specifically for the receiver and not the giver!).

    Melissa asked a great question about choosing a book when you don't know the receiver's preferences.

    There's always something about where a person goes, what they watch on television, their single or married lifestyle that signals what they enjoy reading. If that doesn't work, anything with big pictures is always a winner!

  3. What about a sudoku, crossword or circle the letters paperback book? Add a pencil and small sharpener or maybe a mechanical pencil. Can pick these up very in expensively.

  4. Such a cute and unique idea! I do like anon's idea but maybe a coloring book and crayons then give it to your kids for a beginning of summer gift.



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