A special thank you to Cost Plus World Market for helping us share our gift basket ideas for Christmas this year. Come see who we surprised this year!
Have you ever wanted to surprise that someone special in your family's life? Maybe a teacher, a nurse or doctor, or even a babysitter that helped you out of jam. I have, and that's exactly what we're doing today. Today, we're surprising our children's religious education teacher to thank her for everything she does for our family with an easy gift basket idea that can be used for Christmas or anytime.
The Story Behind Our Gift
We have a remarkable person in our family's life. She's not only helping out children learn, she also goes out of her way to keep them safe.
As many of you know our family has many special needs. From food allergies to learning disabilities, our family can be quite the handful and I know that can be intimidating for some. But we have a someone special in our lives who has not only accepted our children, she has embraced them as one of her own as she works hard to keep them safe and help them learn to the best of their abilities.
And it not's just the special needs of our children that are challenging. This is Mitch and Gracie's first year participating in a school environment and trust me when I say, as their homeschool mom, getting them to focus is a challenge. They're not bad children, they're simply goof balls who love each other and can't stay away from each other.
Yet, no matter how challenging our family is, she loves our children with all her heart and treats them as one of her own.
As a way to say thank you to her for everything she does, this Christmas we've packed a gift basket full of some of her favorite things from Cost Plus World Market to surprise her before class today.
Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas
To create our gift basket, we began with the Large Brown Basket Kit from Cost Plus World Market. Made of willow, the spacious basket of our Large Brown Basket Kit contains an excelsior filler that gives generous height to the gifts inside, a clear cellophane bag to seal them in, raffia to tie a bow, and a gift tag upon which to inscribe your best wishes.
If you have a smaller gift in mind to give, check out Cost Plus World Market's selection of gift baskets to find the perfect gift basket kit for any occasion.
The highlight of our gift is this gorgeous Round Hand Painted Chess Set. This eye-catching decor piece and ready-to-play vibrant chess set brings global style to any space. The round case features a board framed with richly textured traditional Rajasthani henna motifs, hand painted using generations-old techniques.
This chess set is absolutely stunning. So much so, that we bought a second chess set to keep here at our house.
Since our gift recipient loves to drink tea, we pick out two Grace Ceramic Infuser Mugs perfect for brewing a hot cup of tea anytime.
And the Numi World of Tea Gift Box will let her explore the globe with organic teas representing the world's most renowned tea leaves from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa, all packaged in a handcrafted bamboo box.
For those times she wants to relax between classes, maybe even while she sips on a cup of tea, we're giving the Vive Le Color! Vitality Adult Coloring Book containing 96 pages of meditative designs to let any stress fade away.
To compliment the adult coloring book, we have an extra set of colored pencils in a handy cardboard box.
Of course, no gift basket would be complete without a special intimate surprise like this Amethyst and Gold Pendant Necklaces (Set of 2). A perfect pairing, this set of two delicate necklaces boasts a sleek gold bar and a lariat-style gold chain with gorgeous purple amethyst stone.
If a necklace is not your what you have in mind to give, Cost Plus World Market's selection of gifts for her is sure to have something any gal will adore.
To add a Christmas feel to our gift basket, we picked up a few holiday items from the World Market Holiday Shop. These fun holiday items are perfect for adorning a mantle at home, a tree, or her desk at work. Even ornaments can be gifts!
Packing the gift basket is simple thank to the Large Brown Basket Kit above. Simply open, fluff, and fill the basket with the excelsior filler from the gift basket kit.
Add the largest and heaviest items first, towards the back of the basket.
Next, add the medium size/weight items in front of the large items.
Finally, finish the basket with any smaller, delicate items you have.
Add additional holiday items, wrap, and label your basket and your gift is complete.
The best part of the holiday season is being able to give back to those who give so much to you and your family throughout the year. It's the perfect time to say thank you, spread a little kindness, and bring joy to someone's day.
Shop the products we used in this gift basket below: