Are you ready to learn the 4 ways how to build a themed gift on a budget? I’m going to share with you how I create my awesome themed gifts! I’ve also included theme examples and shopping tips. You’ll have so much fun creating your own themed gifts once you learn how to incorporate the 4 ways I use to make my own.
4 WAYS HOW TO BUILD A THEMED GIFT ON A BUDGET
1. PLAN AHEAD TO STAY ON BUDGET
I always shop well in advance for my themed gifts so I can be selective and buy gift items at the lowest price possible. Planning ahead allows you time to find unique items, too. Shopping over many months for a themed gift has always worked out well for me and kept me within my budget.
TIP: Pay attention to each stores’ promotional sales or clearance cycles to get the best deals throughout the year. You can do this by signing up for store emails and catalogs to track when and how often they run sales, coupons and free shipping. You’ll eventually catch on when the best time to shop those stores or catalogs for bargains.
TIP: Don’t fall for “lowest prices of the season” type sales. Refer back to my previous tip above.
TIP: Free shipping is not really “free.” Yep, not “free.” Stores and catalogs take in account for those costs by raising prices and spreading those costs over some or all of their products. You’re paying for it one way or another so wait for free shipping.
2. SHOP DURING ALL HOLIDAYS & SEASONS
Planning ahead and taking my time allows me to be on the lookout for items that may be from different holidays or seasons that will still fit my theme idea. For example, I once built a “polka dot” themed gift that I was able to shop throughout all holidays and seasons finding polka dot items.
I’ve even done a “happy everything” theme where I’ve purchased one or two items from each holiday. Also, for a “starfish” theme, I found a unique starfish ornament during Christmas.
TIP: Gifts don’t always have to given in the usual way, for example, I once gave a gift in the summer and made it a “Christmas in July” themed gift. Mix up your seasons and holidays. It’s fun!
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3. ADD ONE FEATURED GIFT ITEM
I like to include a featured item if it fits my set budget. A featured item can be one of these:
- higher priced item found for an excellent deal
- larger size item to add to the theme
- handmade item to add a personal touch
I hand painted stripes and chili peppers on a chip wood basket for a “Cinco de Mayo” gift basket that I put together many years ago. Painting the inexpensive basket added a nice personal touch.
An example for when I used a higher priced item as my featured item, was a large beach bag from Burke’s Outlet for only $14.99. I filled the bag with all my “anchor” themed gifts.
RELATED: ANCHOR NAUTICAL THEMED GIFT IDEA
4. MAKE THE GIFT PRESENTATION MEMORABLE
Don’t forget to look for your wrapping, packaging, and gift toppers for your gift presentation during your shopping excursions. Presentation can make your themed gift. Get creative!
I’ll use my Cinco de Mayo example again. A combination of the hand painted basket and all the coordinating gift items make a bold color statement. I love my bow I made using crepe paper!
I put together a “kitchen utensil” themed gift a few years back. Using a utensil foam stamp and craft paint to stamp my wrapping paper was unique for presentation.
I attached utensils with curly ribbon to the box and mixing bowl “basket.” I think the presentation turned out fun and creative!
GREAT DEALS ON WRAPPING SUPPLIES CAN BE FOUND AT
- Oriental Trading (sells by the dozen on some items)
- Dollar Tree
- Christmas Tree Shops
A FEW THEME EXAMPLES THAT I’VE CREATED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS:
1. COKE WITH RED & BLUE GINGHAM – I bought items, such as, a discounted Coke cookbook, Dollar General Coke glassware and Coke melamine plates, blue gingham placemats, Coke soda, etc. etc.
2. COFFEE – I found 2 large decorative boxes that had a coffee cup print and I used them as the gift boxes. I purchased items like, coffee mugs, kitchen towels, coffee wall decor, etc. etc.
3. SANTA BELT – This theme took more than one year. I found items, such as, a scrapbooking photo album covered in furry Santa outfit with belt (hard to describe but it was my “feature” item), paper plates and napkins, Christmas cards, bedroom slippers, home decor items, etc., all had a Santa belt only.
4. CHERRY AND GINGHAM gift basket idea.
5. STARFISH themed gift idea.
I hope you learned some new tips and got a lot of ideas to help you create your own themed gift. Have you ever put together a themed gift?