Ah, the season of love has arrived yet again, giving couples a reason to tell cheesy pick-up lines and gush about how utterly in love they are with each other. Usually, couples will spend their money on loads of chocolate and flowers, which is completely fine, but why not do something different this year and create a little something I call a “Love Basket”? The basket you create can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want, and will be sure to surprise the one you love this season. Also, I guarantee you will have fun putting your Love Basket together!
1. You’re no impasta; you’re the one I love.
Create a git that will make for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner for two. Use a metal/plastic noodle strainer as your basket; then fill with a jar of spaghetti sauce, your favorite type of noodle, bottle of wine and a loaf of bread. Remember to be creative, I would for sure add Parmesan cheese to this one.
2. I won the lottery when I fell in love with you.
Here is a tall glass vase used to hold the lottery tickets (you can find at Walmart or craft store). The bottom is loaded with a favorite candy and then wooden sticks are used to arrange the lottery tickets at different levels in the vase. Use tape or a hot glue gun to stick the lottery tickets to the wooden sticks. So easy and such a fun idea! You could win big bucks, too!
3. I love you to pieces.
With the same idea as the lottery tickets, hot glue the candy bars to wooden sticks. You can find large boxes of Reese’s Pieces at your nearest gas station or Walmart to create the base. In this case you would need to get a block of styrofoam to keep the sticks in place and those can be found in Walmart or a craft store. Keep in mind this idea can be used with any type of candy!
4. You’re a natural at being sweet.
A perfect gift for someone that would rather have fruit than chocolate. The basket here was created with a simple cardboard box and you can decorate it up with ribbon, or use a sharpie and write cheesy words or draw cool designs. Use fresh fruits, nuts and even sauces like jams or honey to make up this naturally sweet box!
5. You’re such a hot-tea.
If your sweetheart requests coffee or tea first thing in the morning, this is the perfect gift. The basket is a nice fabric tote that can be found at your nearest Walmart or Target. And you’re in luck because the coffee and tea can be found at the same place! Something I think that would make a great addition to this basket would be some coffee syrups and sugar cubes.
6. Now’s the time to play games with my heart.
Create a fun game night basket that is perfect for just you and your loved one or for the entire family! Get a large bucket from Target or Walmart and fill to the top with snacks and games. This will only give you a better reason to purchase those games you’ve been meaning to buy for awhile now!
7. I’m so glad I got to meat you.
Such a cool idea for the jack and jerky lover in your life. Find a wooden basket at your nearest Walmart or Target and fill with beef jerky sticks (or packs), whisky shooters and a jar of nuts (I would also add coke). You will be loved forever.
8. You make my heart pop.
Plan a night in with your valentine with a movie night basket! Reusable popcorn buckets can be found at your nearest Bed, Bath and Beyond, but if you don’t have one close by, you can always use a big glass/plastic bowl as the base of your basket. Fill with movies, popcorn, candy and pop. I’ve made one of these before, and I added in a nice pair of pajama pants since this was a “movie night” idea. Everything you would need for this basket can be purchased at your nearest Walmart.
9. Let’s fire up some love.
For the one who loves to grill in the relationship, make them a grilling basket! Spring is on its way and this is perfect to get in the mood and make some burgers to celebrate your Valentine’s Day. Use a wooden basket for the base and fill with seasonings, barbecue sauce, pop/booze and utensils. This will be sure to win over your grilling lover’s heart.
Another idea with the similar cooking concept could be to make a baking basket and call it “baking up some love.” You can get a big mixing bowl and fill with cupcake mix, frosting, sprinkles, towels, a spatula and a little muffin tin!
10. No need to make up your mind babe, I’m right here.
Surprise your valentine with a basket filled with her makeup and beauty needs. Here they used a small fabric basket, but you could use a makeup box/bag. You can fill it with makeup brushes, an eye shadow palette (one with colors you like so she knows what to wear), an eyelash curler, nail polish, nail filer, nail clippers and much more.
This is a basket that you can even turn into a spa day at home and fill with face masks, nail polishes, soaps, sugar scrubs, wine and chocolate. All can be found in the same area at Walmart or Target.