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Of course all of these items that you shouldn’t put in gift baskets come with the caveat that some people do in fact need these things. That said, many times, people already have a lot of these things on hand. In fact, people usually have nicer versions of these things already, too.
So what shouldn’t I put in my gift baskets?
When going to give a gift basket, think to yourself, “would I want to have this thing?”
Also ask yourself, “would this person want to have this thing?” The needs of a fresh university graduate are a lot different than the needs of a 40-something minimalist!
And now, on to the list:
Ten Things to NOT Put in your Gift Baskets
1 Plastic Measuring Scoop Sets
Unless they are good ones that would be considered an upgrade, most people have a set already.
Here are some good quality versions to check out, instead:
2 Cheap Bowls
The same as above. Bowls are large. Does the person have a place to store this? Will it be a welcome addition to their home?
3 Body Wash
Lots of ladies are “awash” in body wash already. Ditto for lotion. Many people already have their favourites, have sensitive skin, or are particular about which scents they like to have.
Skip this item.
4 Baking Pans
Are they likely to already have this type of pan? Are you planning to give just one of these pans? Muffin tins that don’t stack drive me nuts. Shaped ones, like perhaps a Thomas the Tank Cake Pan, however, are different!
5 800 Spatulas or Wooden Spoons
6 Ice Cream Scoops & Pizza Cutters
Again, most people already have these items. If you are going to give one, make sure it is a very good quality one that represents an upgrade, not something that needs to finds its way to the thrift store quickly.
7 Single Mugs or Glasses
Unless the person has a wide variety of coffee mugs, many people prefer their matching sets. Single wine glasses? Awesome when you’re a student, after that, not unless you’re Jules Cobb.
Colanders, like bowls, take up a lot of space and you only need so many in the house. If you plan to use one, opt for a collapsing one, to be an upgrade for the recipient.
9 Summer Sausage & Non-Refridgerable Cheese
As per Kathleen, this one usually applies at a time where people are receiving lots of gift baskets, like the passing of a loved one. The contents of the multitude of gift baskets tend to all be the same!
Like with the body wash, many people already have a collection, and a great number of people do not use a loofah at all.
What else do you recommend to NOT put in your gift baskets?