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Life is so challenging when you have a spouse or significant other who is deployed or even stationed overseas like Zack currently is. It’s hard to be away from him and to find things to keep me busy and pass the time. A good majority of my nights are spent curled up in bed, watching movies, getting some work done, and drinking a nice cup of coffee. Nothing super exciting, but sometimes I just need a night where I can relax.
Every military spouse could use a relaxing movie night so today I want to share fun, simple way to create the perfect gift basket for a military spouse. Of course gift baskets will vary depending on the person you’re giving it to, but I decided to do mine based on what I would need for my movie nights.
Step 1: Gather materials.
First and foremost, you need a basket (of course). Baskets can be bought anywhere, but I found this super cute checkered one and had to have it. It’s great because it can also be used for other things once everything inside has been used. Next, you will need smaller boxes to put in the bottom of the basket to create various levels (this is completely optional!). I’m using two small rectangular boxes that I had lying around the house which fit perfectly side by side. You also need tissue paper in the color of your choice, scissors, tape, and any other type of decoration you may want to add to personalize your basket.
Step 2: Choose your products.
Again, the items you choose for your basket will vary depending on the person you’re giving it it to. You can mix it up with her favorite treats and gifts that she will love! Since I’m creating a basket for a movie night my basket consists of everything a girl needs for a relaxing night in. I chose two chick flicks, a tropical scented candle, popcorn, various nail polishes, a super cute coffee mug and of course NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Coffee Creamer.
If you haven’t tried the NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Chocolate Boutique Liquid Coffee Creamers, then you need to go out and buy them. As a military spouse and small business owner, I literally run on coffee. There’s not a single day where I don’t drink at least two cups to help me get through my work and I know many other military spouses and entrepreneurs can relate. So why not spice up their coffee and add in creamers from the Chocolate Boutique? The Chocolate Boutique comes in three great flavors: Salted Caramel, Toffee, and Cafe Mocha which can all be purchased at your local Walmart location. My personal favorite is the Salted Caramel. It’s a great way to turn an ordinary cup of coffee into a decadent treat. No more boring coffee for this girl!
Step 3: Create your base.
Once you’ve gathered all the materials and products you need for your basket, it’s time to start getting creative! The first thing I did was create a base for my basket. This is completely optional, but I wanted to give the products a bit of a boost so that it’s easier to see what’s inside of it. Since I chose a colored basket, I decided to go with white tissue paper. Using the tissue paper, I wrapped up the supporting boxes for the bottom of the basket. Once both boxes were wrapped, I put them inside and used some extra tissue paper to fill in any gaps around the edges. This gives you a good solid base for you to start adding products.
Step 4: Arrange your products.
The last step is to add your products. Sometimes this takes a few tries to find a good way to showcase the products. I’m constantly taking products out and rearranging them in various ways to see what looks best. I try to put taller items in the back and shorter ones in the front, but for this gift basket, a good majority of my items were relatively the same height which made it a little challenging. This is why creating levels is important! It will allow you to make sure every product can be seen.
Step 5: Deliver!
Once your products are all placed inside the basket, then you’re ready to add the finishing touches and deliver the package to the deserving milspouse! It’s as simple as that. Creating a great gift basket doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Anyone can do it!
Have you tried NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Chocolate Boutique Liquid Coffee Creamer? What would you add to a milspouse gift basket?