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Valentine Gift Basket Ideas

Updated on April 28, 2015

What to Give?

Roses are red, violets are blue - I have no idea what to get you!

If this romantic holiday has you stumped, there is no need to worry. A great Valentine's Day gift basket is here to save the day!

All you need to do is think about what your recipient likes and how much you want to spend. That's it. It couldn't be easier to give a gift that will be appreciated.

We promise that with these Valentine gift basket ideas, this February 14th will be stress-free and full of love.

Picking the Best Gift

Before you start assembling a Valentine gift basket, think about who it's for. Is it for your wife or girlfriend, husband or boyfriend? Is it for a best friend? A family member? A colleague or teacher? This will help decide what you fill your basket with; after all, you might not want to give cards with lipstick kisses to your boss.

Next think about cost. You can buy pre-made baskets, but these can cost $40, $50, $75, $100, and more. When you make your own, you get the opportunity to choose personalized gifts that are within your budget. Whether you choose to get a variety of things at the dollar or discount store or you choose a few great items from a gourmet shop, you have control over what you get and what you spend.

You've thought about your recipient; you've thought about your budget; now it's time to think about the gifts!

Basket for Teacher

Basket Content Ideas for a Teacher


Heart Shaped Sticky Notes

Variety of Stickers

Hand Lotion

Home-Baked Goodies

Personalized Note Pads

Books for the Classroom


Magnetic Clips

Travel Mug or Water Bottle

Sweet Treats

You rarely go astray when you fill a basket with fresh-baked Valentine cookie gifts, brownies, and other goodies. You can give them Valentine's Day flair by adding red and pink sprinkles and decorations.

This is a very simple idea, but that's the beauty; it makes it perfect for bringing to the office, giving to a teacher, or making for a friend.

It is also a great idea for a new boyfriend - the way to the heart is through the stomach, they say. Another benefit: this is a very cost-effective way to go, and you can make a variety of dessert baskets just by doing a little more baking.

Romantic Meal

Gift the gift of a romantic meal in one package!

An Italian Gift Basket is fun and easy to put together. Fill a stainless steel colander with the fixings for a great dinner. Add a box of dried pasta or a bag of fresh, handmade pasta, a jar of sauce, a jar of grated Parmesan cheese, a baguette, herb-infused olive oil for dipping, a bottle of red wine, a few candles, and a few wrapped cookies or brownies for dessert.

Even better, you can add a coupon lending your cooking skills for the evening.

This can be done on any budget; if you want, you can always add gourmet touches or more items, but the basics are delicious as well. This is great for new relationships, as well as more established ones because it sends the message that you want to spend time with the recipient.

Meal Basket Ideas

Other Meal Ideas:

Breakfast Basket - Enjoy your Valentine Morning! Fill a wicker basket with cloth napkins, coffee beans, jams, English muffins, pancake mix, syrups, coffee mugs and fresh fruit.

Pizza Basket - A night in making homemade pizza together will create many memories! Start with a pizza stone and include a pizza cutter, Italian seasoning, pizza dough mix, pizza sauce, cheese grater & cheese, garlic bulb and olive oil.

Asian Dinner Basket - Start with a wok and fill it with Asian noodles, fortune cookies, chopsticks, soy sauce, sesame oil, duck sauce, stir fry spatula, and an Asian Cuisine cookbook.

Seafood Basket - If their favorite meal comes from the Ocean, treat them to great basket that holds seafood forks, lobster cracker, drawn butter dish, clam knife, shrimp peeler/cleaner, cocktail sauce, tarter sauce, lemon juicer, and a seafood cookbook.

Tex Mex Basket - Make it spicy! Give them a South of the Border basket by filling a wicker basket with Tortilla Chips, Salsa, Taco Kit, Tortillas, Cheese Dip, Bean Dip, Jalapeno Peppers, Margarita Kits (Glasses, Mix & Salt) and Hot Pepper Sauce.

Wine and Cheese

A wine basket can be a great gift for a friend, host/hostess, or someone with whom you hope to have a romantic evening.

Give it a special spin by choosing a local wine and locally made cheeses. Add some gourmet crackers to the mix, and you are done!

For an extra special touch, add a gift certificate to a winery where you can go and sample wine then pick up a bottle of his or her favorite!

Find a winery in your area at

Adults Only

If you want to put a little spice into your relationship, a sexy Valentine gift may be just the way to do it.

You can start by adding some chocolate truffles, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, and candles but then up the ante with body paints, bubble bath, edible body tattoos, massage oil, silk rose petals, and some adult-themed games.

If it is for your wife or girlfriend, add a gift card for a lingerie shop. If it's for your husband or boyfriend, just add the lingerie!

Personal Touch is always Best!

Valentine's Day offers a great opportunity to tell the special people in our lives how much we love and appreciate them.

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for your partner or your friends, you cannot go wrong with a personalized gift basket.

It will mean more than anything to them that you put the thought and time into a gift that features items they love.

What kind of gift basket would you like to get?

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    • steadytracker lm profile image

      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      A lovely lens with some really great gift ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share.

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Lots of neat gift ideas presented ... nicely done.

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      So many CUTE ideas and I love the pillowcases:) Chocolates and cookies are always a hit with me, but I have a giant sweet tooth. Great lens!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      This is such a sweet lens, and adorable ideas too! Wonderful job, it's been squidliked!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I would love to get a spa basket with some bubble bath, lotion, a candle and some chocolates!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Hmmm. Ice cream is still my favorite, but I could really go for a basket full of assorted organic truffles. So hard to find!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I would like the wine and cheese, but all your ideas are great.