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There’s always one isn’t there. That one person in your family that you dread buying gifts for. There’s the person who has everything already, the person that never really likes anything you get them and, arguably the most annoying of all, the ‘I don’t mind what I get, surprise me’ person. Well with the festive period drawing close, wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to worry about what to get them this year. Well that can be a reality if you chose to get them a self-designed gift basket. This is the year that you come out on top and go down in history as the world’s best present giver.

The Scatter Gun Approach
Buying a gift basket is the perfect way to please a loved one who is either really hard to buy for or has a track record of rushing down to the shops the day after to return your gift. A gift basket can be filled with a variety of different things in the hope that at least one of them will be up to the task. If they really are that difficult to buy for, go for things such as a DVD that you know they like or some classy smellies. One trick with beauty products is to ask the assistant in the shop what the ‘in’ thing is at the time. Chances are if lots of other people like it then your loved one will two.

That Personal Touch
When someone receives a gift basket laden with interested presents, all carefully crafted to their preferences, they will know how much time and effort you put into it. With this in mind make sure that every item you chose is specific to the receiver. For example, if you chose chocolates, make them their favourites or in keeping with the occasion like heart shaped ones for Valentine’s Day. Maybe you could go that step further by personalising some of the gifts. A lot of online companies will allow you to inscribe the person’s name or a message onto the label of the gift.

More, more, more
Everybody loves to receive a present on their birthday or at Christmas, but do you know what’s better than a present? Lots of presents. Imagine the look on their face when you reveal your basket absolutely brimming with gifts. If you have the time, try to wrap each item individually to add to the excitement of the occasion. You could even tie all the gifts together with a theme such as ‘around the world’ or ‘a taste of Britain’. If you’re worried what sort of costs something like this might entail then you shouldn’t be. There are plenty of companies online where buying the basket and its contents in the same place offers a solution that’s a lot cheaper than if you were to buy them separately on the high street. It will also save you a lot of time and you will avoid those busy shops.

Chris Mayhew writes here on behalf of Your Gift Basket. They offer a wide range of gift baskets and ideas to fill them, perfect for your friends and family on any occasion.