August 3, 2011

All About You Basket

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I recently created a list of 101 reasons why I love you, for my husband. I thought back to when we were dating and how I had done the same thing, and thought it would be a great idea.  So I didn’t leave it at that, I decided I would create an, “All About You” Basket, which would include my love letter but some gifts as well. (You could create a list at any length, I chose 101 because I had done this before.)

I had to spend some time coming up with meaningful reasons to write about in my 101 reasons. I didn’t do this in one sitting, but would write a few lines whenever I had a few spare minutes. It was easy and pretty quick to do, once my brain got started.

Then I headed to the store with all of my reasons to pick out a few things to buy to put into my basket. I spent a total 0f $35 on my basket which could be high because I bought a movie to put into the basket. The great thing is that you can be creative and include whatever you would like and spend whatever you want to spend.  Most of my things were $1-$3 items.  My basket was only $3 from my grocery store.  For speciality treats you could use ACandyStore to make your basket one of a kind.

 I picked out specific things in my letter that I could buy something for.  For example I bought some light bulbs for the phrase, you “light” up my life! I bought some sponges, because my man is so “Handy.”  Things like that were really easy and triggered my thoughts as I was at the store.  Of course I wanted to bring up some other things like the fact that he is sexy, so I bought him some sexy boxers to wear.  I bought Get Smart, because it goes with the phrase, he has a great sense of humor.   The sky is the limit for what you could buy and have things from your love note to tie together.

Once I bought my items, I came home and looked through them.  I typed up all of my phrases on the computer so that I could tape them onto them.  This was really quick and I even put them onto pink cardstock.  I grabbed my basket and put my list into it with my 101 Reasons letter to Brent.

Then I started to fill the basket with everything I bought and their tags. I didn’t have a lot of room so I had to stack things to make them look cute. Once I was finished I put cellophane all around it and tied it with a ribbon. It looked so cute and I was excited to give it to my sweet husband.  Not only was there great stuff in the basket, but it was totally meaningful which made it even better!

I got home and left it on the table as a present. When he got home, he was so surprised. He loved the basket and even reminisced about the “101 reasons” gift I had given him over 7 years ago. He grabbed that letter, which I didn’t even know he still had, to compare, and was shocked at how different they were. It was very romantic and made my husband excited. He appreciate the gift and thought it was awesome! So go make your husband or wife excited by making then an “All About You Basket!”

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45 Responses to “All About You Basket”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    This is a very sweet idea, Lisa! I love how festive it looks when it’s all put together! :)

  2. Nisha says:

    I needed this post today! My man had a hard day at work and next week is going to be pretty rough. They have 3 people on vacation (they are never supposed to have more than 2 on vacation), so it’s going to be a terrible week. He’s going to need this to keep himself going! This has my wheels turning!

  3. Elyssa says:

    Our 4 year anniversary is coming up this month, and my husband just recently lost his job. I’ve been looking for some way to give him a meaningful but unexpensive gift and I do believe this is it!!! Thank you SO MUCH for this idea!!!

  4. Kari Kari says:

    SUCH a cute idea! I might just use this for my anniversary coming up! You always have such adorable and easy ideas!!

  5. Torri says:

    I love this! I was wondering if you might tell us what things you put in there with what sayings attached? I’m really not creative in that department and loved the ones I could see in pictures!

  6. Tammy says:

    I would love to see the sayings also! Super cute idea!!!

  7. Sharon says:

    I would love a list too! Thanks for a great idea!

  8. Lisa P. Lisa P. says:

    I took things from my 101 Reasons why I love you:
    You have the best smile, so I bought toothpaste.
    You have the best sense of humor, so I bought Get Smart.
    I love to play games with you, so I bought love dice.

    Anything can be put into something at the store or the dollar store.

  9. Lisa P. Lisa P. says:

    Check out this cute blog post that Jessica did for her All About You Basket. She did an AMAZING job and it turned out so awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    http://brandenjessicakeck.blogspot.com/2011/09/all-about-you-birthday-basket.html

  10. Bethany Vawter says:

    I am totally doing this for my boyfriend’s and my 5 year anniversary this month! Thanks for such a sweet, inexpensive idea! I’m in college so this is PERFECT.

  11. Jennie says:

    Love this idea! Me and my fiance are getting married March 23, 2013! I am going to make this and give it to him as one of his Wedding Day Gifts! Gives me plenty of time to put thought into and pick up the goodies I want to actually add to the basket!!! Such a SWEET and THOUGHFUL idea! Love it!

  12. Hayley says:

    Did you handwrite your list of 101 reasons? Or is that a font? However you did it, I absolutely LOVE it! =)

  13. Lisa P. Lisa P. says:

    Bethany I hope that your boyfriend liked it!

    Jennie this would make a wonderful wedding gift. Congrats to you and your man!

    Thank you Hayley! I didn’t handwrite this list but have in the past. This is using the DJ inkers font called Classic DJ Doodlers.

  14. Shannon P says:

    I was wondering if you could tell us a few of the items you coordinated with the list! Thanks!

  15. Alicia says:

    Would you mind listing a few more of the things you included in the basket?

    Thanks!

  16. This post was featured in my 2012 Valentine’s Day post!
    http://www.singingthroughtherain.net/2012/01/2012-valentines-day-guide.html
    ~Kathryn @ Singing Through the Rain

  17. Heather says:

    I just made my 101 Things I Love About You basket for my sweetie for Valentines Day! Of course, it’s not until Tuesday, but I have to give it to him now because it’s so stinkin’ awesome looking and I can’t wait! EEEEEEEE! Thank you for a fabulous idea!!!

  18. Melissa Shelton says:

    Here’s what I did: You knock my SOCKS off! -socks
    You’re my HONEY BUN! –honey bun snack buns (they only had “Big Honey Buns”. We had a good laugh over that!
    I love your KISSES! –Hershey’s kisses
    You LIGHT up my life! -lightbulb
    You’re my one TRUE LOVE and my SWEETHEART! Candy hearts
    You’re my SUGAR, BABY! Sugarbabies candy
    You are a NUT! Can of nuts
    You’re my best BUDDY! Children’s “Bath Buddy” soap
    You LIGHT my heart on FIRE! -Fire starter
    You’re a great KISSER! –Clip with big lips on it
    You are WACKY! –Wacky string
    You have SOFT LIPS!- lipbalm
    You’re my Mikey-BEARS!- small teddy bear (his name is Mike)
    I’d rather have MIKE than IKE! -Mike and Ike candy
    We are M & M’s ! – He’s Mike , I’m Melissa
    You’re REFRESHING! – car refreshener
    You are PURE! -Purified drinking water
    You’re like the ENERGIZER BUNNY… you keep going and going. -Batteries
    I want you NOW AND LATER! – Now and Laters
    You’re a SMARTIE ! -Smartie candiesYou love NATURE! -Flower seeds
    You love to READ! – books
    You’re a good COOK! – wooden spoons
    You make me SNICKER! –Snickers bar
    You’re a wonderful HUSBAND!–Small wedding picture
    We made awesome KIDS! – Pic of our kids
    You’re a great FAMILY man! -Family pic
    You make me LAUGH! –Laffy Taffy
    You are my LIFESAVER! -Lifesavers
    You’re a HARD WORKER! Working gloves
    You’re SWEET! – “Sweet Breath” breath drops
    You never FORGET ME! –Forget Me Not flower seeds
    Sound like YODA you can! –Yoda Pez (We does a great Yoda impersonation)
    I got all of this at Dollar General. I just went around the store and grabbed stuff that I could use. The funnest part was watching the kids (teenagers) gross out with all of the kissing stuff!

  19. Vanessa says:

    I made this for my husband on Valentines Day and he loved it!

    Here are few things I put on my list

    I love your smile – Toothpaste
    I love that you are playful – Couples Dice
    I love you because you are sexy – boxers
    I love you because you make me feel sexy – panties for me
    I love you because you have a great sense of humor -his favorite comedy movie
    I love you because you are lovable – a small teddy bear
    I love you because you call me sweetheart – sweet tarts
    I love your hugs and kisses – hugs and kisses candy
    I love you because you always smell good – axe body spray
    I love you because you turned my life around – lifesavers
    I love your laugh – laffy taffy
    I love you because you chose me as your wife – wedding photo and invitation
    I love your faith in God – Cross

    You just have to find the real reasons you love the person, pick out reasons you think you could find gifts for and you will have yourself a great basket! :) Thanks Dating Divas for such a wonderful idea!!!

  20. Darlene says:

    Hi

    Do you have any ideas for a boss maybe?

    If so would love to know how to fix one.

  21. Frances says:

    I found this website viz pinterest and when I found this idea I was ecstatic! My boyfriend has been away in Afghanistan for 7 months and will be returning very soon. While he was gone I was making a “reasons why I love you” list and after seeing this I’ll be able to make a nice welcome home basket in combination to the list. I had been pondering what to do with the list for months! Can’t wait to see his reaction to it!

  22. Amanda Villalobos says:

    Love this! I think I might do it them for my kids as well!

  23. Christa says:

    Love this idea. I found this through Pinterest and used it to create a gift basket for my mom’s birthday! Thanks for the inspiration. I will be blogging about it Friday Sept 14th if you’d like to check it out.

  24. Summer says:

    Thanks so much for this great idea!!! I am having my 5th baby any day now and my husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary next Monday. I have been wanting to do something for my hubby for our anniversary, but couldn’t think of what to do so far in advance. This is great! I can get it ready now and give it to him on our anniversary….even if I’m in the hospital! Thanks so much for the idea!

  25. Kara says:

    I did this just last week for my husband on our date night. I did not write a huge list like that, I went to the store looking for things that he likes, like simple stuff that makes him smile, and came up with little reasons i love him to reference the item i got. Like I got a stained glass lightbulb, and told him how he has shown me the colors of the world with his love, some star wars stuff because i love my nerd, and we are a young couple (both in our early 20s) so I got him a Pikachu toy, and told him how no matter what i choose him. (though it said i choose you on the gift) He loved the reasons why i love him more than what i got him lol it was a great start to a awesome date night. Thank you guys!!!!

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