Hampering your Christmas list

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Saturday, December 14, 2013


CHRISTMAS hampers are a classic choice to give for the holidays: these usually have wine, chocolates, ham, boxed pasta, and other treats bundled up in a nice basket. But these hampers aren’t exactly the most ideal thing to give to a teenager, or to someone who doesn’t like to cook.

When giving away a basket of perishable food, there will only be the basket left to remember the giver by. For something more personalized and for keeps, preschool teacher Ana Diores shows how to put together a Christmas hamper designed especially with the recipient in mind. These personalized ‘baskets’ show that you made an effort, and are sure to be a big hit with anyone. Who wouldn’t want to receive a hamper of all of their favorite things for Christmas?

Tip: Pad the bottom of these containers with some crumpled or shredded paper so that the box looks fuller. Arrange the items so that they stand up well and look nice instead of just being a pile of stuff.

These are all merely suggestions, since you would know your family or friends best. As Ana advises, pick any small items that you think the recipient would like and put them together in a nice holder. This is a good idea for a birthday gift as well. Everyone’s going to love your awesome hampers!

Here are some themed hampers for everyone on your list, and ideas for what to put together:

The Movie Buff

A DVD box is perfect as a functional holder for all of those movies on discs.
• DVDs or VCDs of the best classics, or of his/her favorite movies
• Movie tickets to see the latest blockbuster
• Chocolates, microwave popcorn or chips are perfect to munch on during a movie

The Homemaker

Put everything in a spice rack anything else that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
• Cook book and recipe cards
• Measuring cups
• Pretty cupcake liners
• Wooden or colorful cooking tools

The Girly Girl

Pick a container that she can use to hold small items on her bedside table or vanity.
• An eye mask for her beauty sleep
• Small cosmetic items like lipstick, nail polish or small palettes
• Sample sizes of lotion or other skin care

The Gamer

An open plastic bin is great for the gamer to simply toss things into.
• Graphic novels or comic books
• PlayStation games, or go old-school with a GameBoy, if you can still find one
• Memorabilia of his/her favorite characters from a game, TV show or superhero
• Add some chips for the gamer to enjoy while playing.

The Artist

A wooden box with a lid is useful for concealing the artist’s work that he or she doesn’t want everyone to see just yet.
• Books about art
• Pretty bookmarks
• A CD of some retro or offbeat music
• Paint and brushes
• A small sketch pad
• Scented candles and tea

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 15, 2013.

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