Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hamper present ideas for under $20

Buying a ready made hamper can prove a very expensive exercise, but it doesn't have to be. Getting some cheap cellophane and a piece of cardboard or a  cardboard box   (depending on the contents.) Recover it  in scrap material,wrapping paper or painting it a bright colour will do the trick. 

In terms of contents, make sure you utilise $2 shops and also consider buying travel sized products rather than full size to make your hamper more varied.

The good thing about making hampers is that you can usually buy a few items and spread them across several hampers or use the rest for yourself.  Instead of trying to cram in bulky items that come in a packet, considering taking them out and arranging  in the hamper instead. For example, a small packet of nappies could be taken out and individual nappies placed around some shampoos or towels to make it more visually appealing, or buy a whole tin of coffee but put them in smaller jars with ribbons to jazz them up. You don't have to put in every item listed in these suggestions, just add what you like from the list until you reach your budget limit. Also considering making your own things to go in. Search recipes for  foods,  home made beauty products or crafty items.

Here are some ideas to get you started but feel free to let your creativity flow!

Italian
  • Packet pasta
  • Couple of Fresh tomatoes
  • Dried Herbs (refill packs to make cheaper)
  • Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Unsliced bread loaf
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • An onion
Coffee 
  • Selection of 2 in 1 coffee sachets
  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • Long life milk
  • Marshmallows
  • Spoons
  • Couple of mugs
  • Packet of  or homemade sweet biscuits
Breakfast
  • Small cereal boxes
  • Snack size long life milk
  •  Orange juice squeezer
  • Oranges
  • Coffee sachets
  • Tea bags
  •  cups/mugs
  • Sliced bread
  • Cheap toaster
  •  
Baby
  • Facewashers/towels
  • Baby shampoo/conditioner/moisturiser/bath gel
  • Nappy cream
  • Nappies
  • Small soft toy
  • Baby wraps
  • thermometer
  • Nail scissors/hair brush
  • Baby panadol/Neurofen
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand cream for mum to be
  • Small books for baby 
  • Magazine for mum on pregnancy or children
  • Terry towel one piece suits  size 000 and up
  • Blanket
  • Socks/beanies/mittens
  • Bibs
  • Disposable camera
Gym
  • Socks
  • Deodorant spray
  • Towel
  • Talcum powder
  • Sweat bands
  • Water bottle
  • travel size shampoo, conditioner

Beauty
  • Moisturisers
  • Nail polish
  • Nail/ foot file
  • Scrub
  • Lip Balm
  • Tweezers
  • Make up
  • Hair brush/ comb
  • Beauty/trash mag
Alcohol
  • Mini bar size liquor selection
  • Soft drink cans
  • Glasses
  • Bottle of wine
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  •  Book on cocktail mixing
  • Fruit
  •  
Kids
  • Small toy cars
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Crayons
  • Play dough
  • Paper/ colouring books
  • Paper mache kit- balloons/newspaper/paint/ glue
  • reading books
  • dvds
  • musical instruments such as recorder, maraca or cymbals
  • Building blocks
  • soft toys
Manscaper
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Socks
  • Jocks
  •  Deodorant
  • Hair wax
  • Cologne samples

Bloke
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Beer mug
  • Bar mat
  • Drinking game
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tools
  • Headlamp
  • Swiss army knife
  • Camping gear
  • Beer cans
  • Spirit samples
  • Shot glasses
  • Mens magazine 
  • BBQ tools

Home sweet home 
  • Tea towels
  • Oven mitts
  • Sweet treats such as biscuits
  • Recipe books ( or handwrite/type your own)
  •  Kitchen utensils such as wooden spoon, spatula etc
  • Chocolate
  • Spices/herbs
  • Sewing/mending kit
  •  Shopping list pad
  • Pens
  • dishwash/ laundry liquid/fabric softener
  • Pegs/peg tin
  • Key hooks/key ring
  • coathangers
  • Candles
  • Air freshener
  • Essential oils