Now that the holidays are fast approaching, many of us are running out of gift ideas for our friends and loved ones. However, one of the most popular options during this festive season is to showcase an eclectic mix of surprises presented via a gift hamper. This can also be seen as a sentimental gesture—a personalized hamper will remind the recipients of how valuable they are to us. We must therefore take painstaking care in determining what goes into every basket we give. A Slideshare presentation stated that giving a hamper covers all bases, especially for those who seem to already have everything.
Of course, when arranging personalized gift hampers, we cannot just place everything in a basket then be done with it—we must also make our gift aesthetically pleasing, and the best way to beautify a hamper is to add flowers to it. Flowers have a softening effect on almost anything—we can expect that women will soon be donning warmer clothes with flower prints. They’ll go out in the streets clad in the industry adored M&S floral lace shift dresses similar to what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore in the Christmas advert—after all, we can never go wrong with flower prints. If in the States floral arrangements are not complete without roses, tulips and poinsettias, whereas an Irish floral arrangement has the staple Bells of Ireland in it. Gift hampers are no different; these will be better presented with flowers. A Luxury Champagne & Vanilla Rose Hamper has a softer look than, say, when the liquor is plainly boxed then tied with a ribbon. Moreover, flowers add color and life to a gift set, making it look more interesting and vibrant.
How do we arrange the flowers for a gift hamper? Here are a few tips from Home Guides:
· Line the hamper with plastic liner as protection from mold and mildew, then use soaked floral foam for flower stems.
· Don’t mix artificial and real flowers. Stick to a color scheme, then choose flowers that will be complementary to it. Balance a mix of short, medium, and large flowers.
· Use fillers such as pinecones, hollies, dried grass, berries, or evergreen boughs. This will complete the flower arrangement.
· Green floral wire and green floral tape may be used to reinforce the stems before inserting the flower foam in the basket. Adding accents such as a bow on the basket handle, or lace on the basket edges, is optional.