9.04.2013

A Man Basket




It dawned on me yesterday that I forgot to share the "man basket" I made for Billy for our anniversary. 

Men are so hard to shop for, but I've found that baskets filled with some of their favorite items tend to always be winners. I decided I wanted to make one for Billy to give to him with the golf club I bought him. What man wouldn't like that?

I'm not sure if you know (I never did until recently), but World Market has these awesome gift basket kits. Add these with their awesome selections of snack foods/drinks and I knew pretty quickly where I was going to buy all the goods for this basket. They are making my life simpler minute by minute! :) Another reason why this store is one of my favorites, and no they aren't paying me to say that.

Anyways, the gift basket kits are only $5.00, which I thought was a great price.
 

The idea sparked from buying this bottle of BBQ sauce that I've heard is supposed to be one of the best out there (I will be sure to give an update on this). 

Billy is obsessed with trying different BBQ sauces, so at first I was going to do a whole basket full of different BBQ sauces, but then I got into World Market and found so many other things he's mentioned wanting to buy before, so I just started making a basket with some of his favorite food items....

 
 {all of these items can be purchased at World Market besides the Fat Bastard BBQ Sauce}
1. BBQ Sauces: Kansas City Cowtown and Fat Bastard Hawgwash 
2. Red Wine Chianto Salami with Flatbread Crackers
3. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels...who DOESN'T love these? Can we say ADDICTING?
4. Jalapeno Sandwich Spread-for his ham sandwiches that he has for lunch


My little helper of mine thought this spread of items looked super yummy...


and got a little sad when I told him we couldn't open them and try them for ourselves... ;)


I used the little name tag that came in the kit to write Billy's name on it and hang it from the side of the basket, and then just filled the basket with the items. Not rocket science or anything, but still really cute and fun.

Here's how it turned out:

 


 Have you thought of making a "man basket" for that special guy in your life?
What did you put in it?

 Keep this in mind for a small gift idea in the future! 

It can work for birthdays, anniversaries, or even Christmas.

But let's not go there yet. I will not mention Christmas...I just won't do it. 



51 comments :

  1. Cute idea! I have never thought of making one, but what a great way to get them a few things that they like, and it makes shopping for them a little easier! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. i am so impressed with your craftiness. seriously, you are just so good at this stuff! I ADORE this idea!

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  3. For my father's day gift, I did something similar but I included lots of my Dad's favorite snacks, cigars, and a few things of alcohol too!

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  4. I love this idea! And I love Rocky sniffing around! Such a good little helper he is! ;o)

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  5. I did this for my dad's Xmas gift last year. I included flavored popcorn, a small bottle of bourbon, pretzel snacks, a gift card to a sporting good store, a shot glass, a fishing lure and some of his personal favorite junk food items that he likes to take camping with him (he loves beanie weenies and chic-o-sticks for some reason). It was a big hit!

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  6. I did something similar for the hubs for valentines day. I bought him a new beer mug and then filled it with (airplane size) all his favorite liquors. He loved it and it wasnt something that would go to waste!

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  7. What a great idea! I always have such a hard time when it comes to gifts for the hubs but I love this idea!

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  8. This looks like such a cute idea! I would love to do something like this for my hubby for dad or fatther in law!

    Shannon
    http://GBOfashion.com

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  9. Love the basket and love World Market. Have you and Billy tried the Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzels dipped in chocolate? Amazing!

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  10. Look at you being all creative and stuff! I'd make one for Ryan but it'd probably just include Corona and skittles. :)


    XO, Samm
    www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

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  11. On our first anniversary of dating I gave my now-husband a laundry basket full of condiments (the man enjoys his dips) - I still remember the check out guy looking at me nuts for having an entire shopping cart full of BBQ sauce and red hot (this was before the days of super couponing) - I felt the need to explain that it was for my boyfriend - a condiment basket - and this kid looked at me wide-eyed and said "you are like the best girlfriend ever." - Food goes a long way with the menfolk - last year I stuffed his stocking with hickory farm sausage and the year before: booze! :)

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  12. This is a great idea! Guys are so hard to buy for, but this makes it easier! Thank you!!

    Kristin
    crumbsandcurls.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh wow I love this idea - will definitely try it!! In the past I have made little vouchers for things like - A Saturday filled with your TV choices, a 15min massage, 3 dinners of your choice etc.
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  14. I would so go this for my husband! Except I would go the fishing/camping route. Anything from REI makes my hubs heart happy!

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  15. Wow $5 is a great deal for the gift basket kit! Sometimes the basket can be so expensive it makes baskets hard but five bucks is a steal!!

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  16. OMG! I love this and I'm SAD (wah!) that I didn't think of something like this for Rob's birthday or our anniversary. He's always so hard to buy for. I absolutely LOVE gift baskets-- in fact, I always give them for baby showers and what not, with practical gifts. And those pretzels.. I'm salivating. We love those around here and Rob will always sneak those into the cart when we go to Dollar General. World Market is pretty awesome too! Thanks for this idea! XOXO

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  17. I love making baskets from World Market for gifts! They have so many fun things to fill them with :) I love buying the British candy there. Yum yum!

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  18. Love this idea! :) I've been looking for something small, but special to do for my boyfriend. I think this is it!

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  19. such a great gift!!! I will totally have to remember this :)

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  20. Definitely going to make one of these for the hubby for his birthday next month!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.blogspot.com

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  21. This is such a cute idea! I may have to steal this from you and make one for JP. He would love this! You are just too creative :)

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  22. I think I'm going to make a trip there tomorrow!!! They have awesome stuff

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  23. I did this a lot more when hubby and i were dating, especially for Valentines Day. Candy and homemade cookies and travel games too. Now I give a him a gift bag filled with Slim Jims (dont judge =)! ), gum, lifesaver gummy rings, and pretzels, etc... yeah mostly food items! Love the basket idea from World Market! Love that place!!

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  24. Ha this is funny story.. Yes I did make the cutest man basket for my ex-fiance for his birthday last year which is 2 days away.. He hated it threw a fit and that's precisely why he's my ex... Can't appreciate anything fun... Love that you made this for Billy!

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  25. Wow, what a great idea! Oh my gosh, I definitely want to make something like this for my boyfriend.

    XO.
    J

    www.coffeeandhoneycomb.blogspot.com

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