Creating gift baskets for the loved ones on your gift list is a fun way to celebrate any holiday. Valentine's day is a special holiday which celebrates love, from romantic love to platonic love to fraternal love and parental love.
This hub will help you through steps to put together a Valentine's Gift Basket for a teenager in your life. The baskets in this hub are geared specifically toward girl teenagers, but some adaptations could be made to work for boys as well. These baskets will also work any time that you're hoping to give a sweet gift to a teenage girl in your life.
Choose a Basket for Your Valentine's Gift
Baskets come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and you do have a variety of options for your gift basket. Ideally, your basket should be heart-shaped or should be adorned with heart-shaped ornaments. If you can't find either of these to suit your needs, you can always make some ornaments out of dough and affix them to the basket with wire.
For obvious reasons, a heart-shaped basket is ideal. The one shown to the right is a picnic basket, but after the silverware, napkins and glasses are removed, the basket is a perfect vessel for your gift. Keep the dining accessories for later on and use the basket for your gift. You can return the accessories to the basket later on for use as a picnic basket. Otherwise, this is a very expensive base for a gift basket!
Make Gift Baskets Fun
The gift basket should be as fun for you to make as it is for the teenager who will receive it this Valentine's Day. If you enjoy what you're putting into the basket, it's more likely to be enjoyed by its teen recipients. Put a lot of love into your project and make sure that you're putting things into it that you would enjoy receiving when you were a teenager.
Before you start filling the basket, line the bottom with red and pink tissue paper.
- 12 Romantic Movies to Share with Your Love on Valentine's Day
These movies are good for people of all ages, so why not choose a movie from this list of movies? Add it to your gift basket for a special treat for your teenager!
Start With a Romantic Movie for your Valentine's Gift Basket
Movies make a great selection for your gift basket, because they don't force your teenager to do any work and they provide entertainment as well. Most girl teens will enjoy some of the romantic movies from this list of movies for Valentine's Day, but you should always work to your teen's tastes and make sure that the movies you choose are appropriate for her. You should consider first watching these movies yourself to make sure that they don't cross any lines you'd rather not have crossed with your teen. Some romance movies are sexier than others.
Teen movies may be preferable, but don't condescend to your teenager. If you purchase her a movie beneath her intellect level, she may be offended. My recommendations are for She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Add a Kindle to Your Valentine's Gift Basket
Christmas just passed, and perhaps you're not ready for another big purchase. If this is the case, consider purchasing a basic Kindle in lieu of the Kindle Fire. Any model of kindle will read books, but only the fire will allow you to watch movies and play games. The Fire is the recommended model as it is so versatile, but if you choose to purchase a more basic Kindle, the Paperwhite provides the opportunity for night-time reading without having to turn the light on (ideal for sneaking books under the covers).
But what does this have to do with Valentine's Day?
Why a Kindle Makes a Great Valentine's Gift
A Kindle can make a great gift for any reader, regardless of the occasion, but Valentine's Day in particular marks an excellent time to give a Kindle to a young reader. As we all know, most people read less and less as they get older, and encouraging teenagers to read as often and as much as possible will help them to carry a love of reading into their future instead of ceasing to read the way that so many adults do as they get older. When you give the gift of a Kindle, you're encouraging your teenager to take time to read, and to have fun doing it. The Kindle Fire in particular offers many opportunities to enjoy reading on a different level, with interactive books.
The reason that the Kindle makes such a good Valentine's gift (particularly for teen girls) is because of Amazon's extensive list of free Kindle books. These are promotional offers that come occasionally or sometimes permanently, which you can download and read on the Kindle. These books are only available for e-reader devices, and sometimes only available through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), making them exclusive to Amazon. When you purchase a Kindle for your teenager, you're giving her a virtually endless library of book titles to explore (for free!).
Kindle's list of teen romance novels is extensive and quite compelling.
Add a Couple of Romance Novels to Your Valentine's Gift Basket
Continue encouraging your teen to read by tossing in some wonderful teen romance novels that she's sure to enjoy. I recommend starting with something that's become a modern classic: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. If she hasn't read it, your teen is sure to enjoy this tragic and romantic story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. This is a very touching novel that is sure to compel your teenager to read aggressively, at least until she's finished with the novel, and the romantic nature of the story is sufficient for recommendation as a Valentine's Gift. You may wish to wrap it in pink or red paper, since the cover is a bright aqua.
Try to keep your selections relatively sweet and light on the erotica. There's no need to toss adult novels at your teen when there is a good selection of young adult fiction available on Amazon.
Try to include two or three books into the mixture for your teenager. The best thing you may be able to do is to choose something from a series, like the book suggested below. When you get a teenager started on a series, it's easier to keep them reading because they have to pick up the next book in the series.
Add Some Pretty Pink Accessories to Your Valentine's Gift Basket
Girls in particular enjoy accessories, and Valentine's Day is the day of pink. Add some cute pink accessories to the gift basket for your teenager to enjoy. Scarves and fingerless gloves or mittens are excellent options for teenagers. Look for something that your teenager will enjoy and which will be useful to her, but also make sure that whatever you get for her is cute and girlish, not overly-mature. The goal here isn't to turn your daughter into a grown woman, but to help her to flourish as a teenager.
Add Some Comfort Food to Your Valentine's Gift Basket
Obviously you have tons of options for Valentine's treats for your daughter this February 14th. A nice box of chocolates will go a long way to helping your daughter feel loved for Valentine's Day. Look for something nice. You don't have to spend a lot of money to give your daughter a nice treat while showing her that she deserves all the loving things the world has to offer her. Hershey has a nice box available that she might enjoy.
Choose a pink box wherever possible: Pink is the color of innocent or romantic love while red is the color of passionate or erotic love. You don't want to encourage your teen daughter to be involved in the latter. Help her to keep her innocence this Valentine's Day.
Add a Love Jar to Your Gift Basket
A love jar is a jar which is filled with all the reasons why you love your daughter. Write them down on scraps of paper (strips or heart-shaped paper) and fill a jar with these notes to your daughter so that when she's feeling down or blue, she can pull them out of the jar and remind herself that there's somebody in the world who loves her. This is an excellent craft idea for many people on your Valentine's list, but is especially suited to a daughter, as it's a pick-up of self-esteem. You could also have different people in her life write all the good things about her they can think of and add them to the jar (then encourage her to add some of her own).
You can find more information about this craft at the link below.
- 6 Cute Ideas for Valentine's Day Jar Gifts
Valentine's Day is a great day for fun crafts with the family. If you're looking for cute and inexpensive gifts for the people in your life, why not put together some cute Valentine's Jars?
Finish Your Valentine's Gift Basket with a Diamond Purity Ring
Being a teenager should be about innocence and not bout struggling to grow up too fast. So many teens these days are rushing toward adulthood, eager for every encounter and experience that they can possibly have. You, as the parent, need to give her reasons to slow down and to enjoy her adolescence rather than being in a hurry to grow up. Adulthood comes much too soon for too many girls: Encourage your daughter with a romantic purity ring for Valentine's Day, as a reminder that true love will wait until she's older and ready to give herself to a man. If he loves her, he'll wait for her so there's no need to rush. A purity ring is a beautiful symbol of her agreement with you to wait for love.
If you choose a diamond purity ring, you are emphasizing how much you love her. It's a beautiful choice for Valentine's Day!
Make Your Daughter Feel Like a Lady this Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity to show your teenage daughter that she is a lady in your eyes. Not a grownup, but that she is a lady, someone who is worthy of love and respect. Putting together a gift basket for her will make her feel encouraged and show her that you love her. Use this time to illustrate what real love is. If you're a father, take your daughter out for lunch or dinner and show her how a real man treats a woman. Encourage her and love her. Adolescence doesn't last.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti