Homemade wedding gift basket ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Homemade gift baskets are a thoughtful gift idea for weddings. Depending on your budget and how well you know the happy couple, the gifts inside can be as varied and diverse as your friendship. When giving a homemade gift, you can be sure the lucky wedding party hasn't received any two baskets that are the same. Giving a homemade wedding-themed gift basket is a fitting tribute to a long friendship on this special day. Be creative with your wedding basket and there are endless ideas for making it a memorable gift.

Favourite Foods

Don't limit your wedding basket to crackers and cheese. If the husband and wife are chocoholics or love flavoured popcorn, get them a selection of their favourite flavours. Many old-fashioned sweets companies offer packaging that can be personalised for the recipient. Make the gift basket extra special by remembering any dietary restrictions, such as adding sugar-free candy if the recipient is diabetic or follows a gluten-free diet.

Wine and Champagne

For wine and alcohol aficionados, add a selection of sample-size beverages to your basket. If you are coming from far away to be a part of the wedding, and your hometown has a small vineyard or a boutique wine shop, get a selection of reds, whites and ros├ęs for the couple to enjoy after the wedding. If they favour liquor or champagne, add a full-size bottle and selection of treats to go with it.

Romantic Ideas

If you're good friends with the happy couple, opt for a funny or naughty romantic gift basket. Along with the food and wine must-haves, add chocolate-covered strawberries and a gift token for a couples spa retreat. If you know where they are honeymooning, add a special certificate for something they can do together once they have arrived, such as snorkelling or a private guided tour of the city.

Thoughtful Additions

Weddings are a time to reflect on your friendship or family bond, so putting references to your relationship in the wedding basket adds a homemade touch. Make a photo album full of memories and place that alongside the rest of your goodies for the bride and groom. Frame a photo of the whole gang the last time you got together. Or, if you are gifted with the written word, write a short poem dedicated to the couple and frame it.

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Patricia K. Maggio is a freelance writer originally from Chicago, Ill. She has been living, studying or working in Europe since 2007, when she graduated with a B.A. in English from DePaul University. Most recently, her screenwriting work has appeared on BBC America and STYLE Network.