Homeless people do not necessarily have to be people who are without shelter at all. There are homeless people who sleep in their car, in a homeless shelter or at someone's house as a guest. Regardless of the particular situation, a gift basket can take some of the pressure off of the homeless and provide them with basic necessities to make life a bit easier.
For a homeless woman, some ideas to put in her gift basket include fragrant soap and a wash cloth to bathe with; some deodorant, razors, a comb and brush as well as a hand mirror. When choosing a shampoo and conditioner to place in the basket, purchase two kinds of each; one with fragrance and the other without fragrance in case she is sensitive to the chemicals. A nail file and polish, as well as dental necessities, should also be included. Stockings and shoe cushions for high heel shoes are a great idea for women as they can be used for work and a nice feminine fragrance is a great final touch.
For men, several pairs of warm socks are a great starting point. When purchasing the socks, make sure that you find a variety of types since you do not know who the basket is specifically going to. Purchase ankle socks and tube socks as well as a few pairs of thin socks for dress shoes. Razors, soap, shampoo and conditioner are must-haves for the gift basket as well. Pick out a few handkerchiefs as well; a plain white one and some with designs as well. As a finishing touch, add a nice, masculine-smelling cologne to the basket.
For children who are homeless, the same basic necessities should be purchased as with the men and women. For the toothbrush, purchase a cool motorised one that is designed specifically for children. The toothpaste can be fun as well with great-tasting flavours. In addition to the basic necessities, purchase a few toys that can be for boys and girls. School supplies are also great items to put in a gift basket for homeless children as well as socks, gloves and undergarments.