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As a gift giver, do you love surprising people with an unexpected and lovely gift? Do you shy away from the ordinary and traditional? While it is gaining in popularity, giving a honeymoon gift basket is still an uncommon gift. This could also be considered a wedding gift basket or a bridal shower gift basket.
The most important thing to remember here is when and how the newlyweds will be traveling. If they are flying, what you gift them should take that into consideration.
If you are giving them something on the home end, you want to make sure that it won’t overfill their luggage, contain things that shouldn’t be on airplanes, or cause them to have to check luggage when they are used to flying carry-on only.
The same applies if you are calling ahead to have a gift basket made or left for the couple, you do not want them to be stuck figuring out how to bring things home. Your options are a lot wider when the couple will be driving to their honeymoon destination.
Some Things to Remember
If you are giving any risqué, keep the recipients in mind. Also take note of your relationship to the couple. If you’re a parent, grandparent, old family friend, etc, it is likely inappropriate.
The couple will have to transport this basket and its contents, at least partially. Do not give them so many activities and gift certificates (unless they were requested) that they will be unable to plan their own time while away!
Think about which gifts are most suited to the honeymoon location when you are putting together the honeymoon gift basket; hot chocolate at a tropical and sunny resort doesn’t make as much sense as it does at a ski resort or at a cabin. Carting your possessions through Italy probably means you do not want wine glasses with you. I know, most of those examples are tongue in cheek, but you get the idea: pause to think about them!
Without further ado, here is the list to get some ideas percolating:
Honeymoon Gift Basket Ideas
If you are going to create a basket – start with one that will be useful in the future!
Beach Bag or Tote
Luggage – This works best if they have it on their registry and you give it to them well in advance! Surprise them by not only getting them the luggage they’d love, get them extras, too!
Sock Monkey Kama Sutra
Kama Sutra – It’s not a secret what they’ll be getting up to on the honeymoon, add some spice in a fun way with this book.
Deck of Cards
Deck of Cards – To hang out spending time with each other, give them a deck of cards. They’re also great for hanging out at airports and waiting for buses, particularly in foreign countries where they might not have wifi or cell coverage. Also great if a cabin in the woods is their honeymoon plan!
2 Person Game
Just like with a deck of cards, they’ll be spending all of their time together!
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Bubbles are for celebrations! A wedding is an excellent reason to drink some. :-)
Fun and/or Gourmet Snacks
Treat them to luxury with some high quality, delicious snacks, so they don’t have to leave their hotel room.
[Photo – CC Attribution – Contentment Sikher]
Napkins or Wet Ones to go with the Snack Food
Pair of Wine Glasses
Pair of Wine Glasses – from their registry, of course.
They need something classier than a hotel water glass to use to drink their bubbly!
Massage Oil or Massage Bar
Massage oil comes in many forms and has the benefit of being nice and small, so it packs into bags easily!
Gift Certificate for a Local Activity
Here is a post full of honeymoon activity ideas!
- Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
- City Tour
- Scuba Diving
- Luxury Car Rental
- Wine Tasting
- Gift Certificate for a Local Restaurant (or Room Service)
- Gift Certificate for Spa Treatments or Massage
- Gift Certificate for Professional Photograph (ie on a Cruise or at an All Inclusive)
Help them relax in style with some luxurious bubble bath.
Pair of Bath Robes
Printed Love Poem
Tuck an adorable, gushing poem into the gift basket.
Everyone needs beach reading, whether you’re exploring NYC for your honeymoon, or actually sitting on a beach.
Sunscreen or Bug Spray
Photobook Gift Certificate
Get them started on creating albums full of memories with a gift certificate.
Gift Certificate for Photo Printing
There are many gorgeous luggage tags available out there, which make it easier to identify your bags, too!
Gum or Mints
Gum or Mints – Check out these cute heart covered mint tins!
Manicure Set and/or Nailpolish (most brides will have done their nails for the wedding, but may want to keep them looking great for the honeymoon)
Chapstick – whether it’s from having too much fun or too much sun, it’s useful!
Scented Candle(s) – especially in a tin so it is easy to bring home
Perrier and Soft Drinks
Do Not Disturb Sign
This is an adorable and hilarious addition to a honeymoon basket!
Aphrodisiac foods are a great thing to add.
Tea or Hot Chocolate
Tea and/or Hot Chocolate Packets are a great thing to give so they can curl up and relax in bed. They are especially perfect for skiing honeymoons!
Coffee or Tea Mugs from the registry are a great way to make your gift basket play off of things that you know they really want.
A Postcard to Write to Themselves
Help the newlyweds create more memories of their marriage by giving them a Postcard to write to themselves – complete with their mailing address and a stamp!
A Feather Boa
A Boa – select a higher quality one so that it doesn’t shed quite so much.
GPS for Navigation
A Handheld GPS – for the big spender and the gear-hounds!
Sudoku or Crossword Puzzles
Lonely Planets are a great way to discover more about the area you are visiting, for those times when they’ll venture outside.
If you’re not ready to spring for a waterproof point and shoot camera, you can still get a disposable waterproof film camera for a few dollars. Underwater picture are always fun!
Rose Petals (real or fake)
Add some romance to their time away.
Flowers are always a nice touch.
Flasks – plain silver, a couple’s set or a cute and fun pattern
Just Married Flips Flops
Stay comfortable and stylish with a Beach Wrap.
After Sun Gel
Aloe Vera Gel – I’m one of those people that burns all the time.
Necklace with New Monogram (if there’s a name change and the recipient would wear it!) – Etsy is a great place to find these.
Table Topics – Honeymoon Set
Table Topics are a fun way to spark conversation and there’s even a Travel Honeymoon Set
More Honeymoon Gift Basket Ideas
- Local currency
- Upgrade their rental car
If you are after more activity based ideas, click to read a post of honeymoon activity and upgrade gift ideas.
For even more fantastic honeymoon gift basket ideas, head to Christina’s blog Carolina Charm and take a look at her awesome list of honeymoon basket items, plus a heap of pictures. Here’s a sneak peak-
If you are after something other than a honeymoon gift basket, we have lots of things to suggest! Take a look at the creative cash gift ideas page, full of ways to spice up a cash gift for any occasion, or check out our holiday gift ideas section.
Do you have any other suggestions? Have you ever received an unexpected gift basket?