How to create a gift hamper [2021]

How to Create a Gift Hamper

What comes first, the chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, the products or the hamper basket?

We hear you shouting, ‘It’s the Hamper Basket’, and someone else yelling, ‘It’s the Products’.  Could you both be right?


Here is our easy guide on How to Create a Gift Hamper.  It’s based on our experience and very useful if you like DIY projects like creating a Christmas, Birthday or Hamper gift to be proud of.


Are you having a great day?

If you are a lucky person you might find exactly what you are looking for quickly and create an amazing looking gift hamper in no time. This happened at Happiness Wrapped recently. We were trawling the web for new baby gift ideas and spotted  ‘Do You Know How Much I Love You’ baby elephant suitcases. We loved them so much we just had to have them. So we pounced. No planning, very little research and no templates whatsoever. Shame on us!


In this instance, the hamper box came first. Followed by days of research until we found new baby clothes sets, cute soft plush elephants and other bits and pieces for our Pink Baby Elephant Gift Hamper and Unisex Baby Elephant Gift Hamper for newborn babies. Note the word research here!


Research first, play later!

If you can’t wait to grab a handful of lovely products and start lobbing them into a hamper basket or gift box, STOP RIGHT THERE!  You need to know How to Create a Gift Hamper first. What products do you want to include? How many? What size? What colours? Will they fit inside the hamper basket? What basket or base will you use? Can the base be re-used or recycled? What message do you want to relay to the recipient? What is your budget? So many questions and so much to think about, isn’t there?


So, you’ve had a great idea, trawled the web for days and think you have found the perfect products and hamper base.  STOP, do not press the buy button yet!  It helps to check the measurements of every product and the hamper base or gift box first. We love this bit, it’s great fun! It’s a bit like being back at school with the bonus of providing much needed creative time.


We find making paper cutouts of every product very useful and even go as far as colouring them in so we can see how amazing our finished hamper will look. You could do the same for the hamper base by recycling an old cardboard box and making a fake basket or gift box out of it. Remember though, every product you choose for your hamper should spread a little happiness and send the right message to the recipient otherwise it may be seen as just a load of stuff.


We have learnt that it is much easier to research products first.  Following this method takes a lot of time of course but also saves us money because we don’t end up with a load of excess stock. This in turn means we can pass any savings on to our customers and donate more funds to the charities we support.


I’m struggling with gift ideas. Help me!

Why is it that sometimes we just cannot drum up an idea, no matter how hard we try?  When this happens it helps to spend a little time thinking about the recipient and occasion to get your creative juices flowing? Like, who is the gift hamper for? Is it a gift for your husband, friend, child, new baby, mum, dad, uncle Fred, aunty Susan, sister, brother, grandma? What’s the occasion? Birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Get Well, Wedding, Anniversary, or just a little treat to let someone know you are thinking of them? What does the recipient like? Do they have a hobby? Do they have a sense of humour? More questions we know but all very relevant for creating a gift hamper.


Perhaps the recipient enjoys cooking. You could create a themed hamper or gift box and include an apron, a few utensils, recipes and favourite food samples.  Or even add a personalised gift to make your gift hamper a little extra special.  If your gift is for someone with a sense of humour who has a birthday coming up check out our Hot Hotter Ouch! Men’s Sauce Gift Boxor Man Chef and Sauce Gift Box for ideas? Injecting a little humour into a gift always goes down well.  It not only makes the recipient’s day but it will make you smile when you imagine them chuckling away as they unwrap your great gift.


Don’t be shy, give it a try!

If you want to create a unique gift hamper or gift box for someone special, but think that the bases out there are expensive or boring, don’t be shy! Just ask yourself, ‘how can I improve, change, or adapt the gift box or hamper basket so it complements the products inside?’  We did this for our Home Spa Gift Box. We took a plain brown bamboo candle box and replaced the elastic with orange so it matched the lovely health and spa products inside. We also swapped the duffle button for a cute flower one and now the Home Spa Gift Box is one of our bestsellers.


How many products should I include in my gift hamper?

This depends entirely on your budget but we think anything with less than 4 items can look a bit sad. That said, there are ways around this to suit all budgets.  For instance, you could use a shallow gift box instead of a deep one, which is cheaper, and include one or two medium or large flat products and surround them with sample products. A decent gift box (no cheap cardboard boxes please, we beg you), with fewer quality products, can still look amazing and wow the recipient if enough thought has gone into creating your gift.


Where can I buy products to include in my gift hamper?

Shop around. Visit as many websites and supermarkets as you can for products and grab any great deals, discounts or sales currently on offer. Look for 3 for 2 deals and buy in bulk if you are creating a few hampers.  You could also shop online at Charity sites who we are sure would be grateful for your support. Three out of the six charities that we donate funds to have an online shop. LHCH Charity Shop, Clatterbridge Charity Shop, Alder Hey Charity Shop.

Adding a personalised gift to your gift hamper says something special to the recipient. See our Personalised Gifts for a few ideas. If you like any of the individual personalised products on our website contact us, we may be able to source these for you at a discounted price.


Wherever you choose to shop from it’s worth keeping a close eye on delivery fees as these can add up quickly. For more ideas, visit Happiness Unwrapped, the section of our website where we sell refills for our Pamper Boxes and excess stock. This is regularly updated and will shortly include gift boxes, hamper baskets and additional stock.


How can I display products in my gift hamper?

This depends on whether your products are large or small, how many products are used and the hamper size. As a general rule of thumb, if products are medium or large in size they look better in a hamper basket or large deep gift box. That way, you can display larger products at the bottom, medium items in the middle and smaller items at the top. Flat products work better in a shallow gift box and look nice when the largest item is in the middle with smaller items on either side.


How can I accessorise my gift hamper?

The world is your oyster here!

Colour plays a crucial role when creating a gift hamper. This is true for the products, shred, hamper, ribbon and all accessories. You can add sequins, feathers, message plaques, flowers and greenery to accessorise your gift hamper and ensure it looks fantastic inside and out. We find 3 colours work well together, and can make a gift hamper look great, as long as the product packaging isn’t all a bit too busy.


Shredded paper or tissue is great for adding layers to protect your items and help you pull your colour scheme together.  These little extras always add a personal touch and wow factor for the recipient.


Any other tips?

Sometimes you will find and love a product so much that you will spend way too much time trying to find the right items to go with it. Other times, your idea just falls into place and every product you are looking for appears like magic, and with very little effort required.

The most important thing to remember when creating your gift hamper is to enjoy the whole experience from start to finish and be proud of what you have achieved.

If you have saved some money as a result of reading our How to Create a Gift Hamper blog, that’s fantastic.  Why not donate some of it to your favourite Charity?

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