When you begin making gift baskets, you take a silent oath to create designs for happy and sad times.
Most gift baskets will be created for fun occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings, and goodwill between people and companies.
However, there will be times when you’re asked to make gift baskets for one person or an entire family when a loved one’s life expires. That’s when your creativity and sensibility come together to make a design that provides comfort and stirs warm memories for grieving family members.
Think carefully before creating bereavement gift baskets. Products to consider for these designs are:
- Shortbread cookies
- Tea cup and saucer
- Small teapot
- Coffees and/or teas
- Hard candies
- Poem book
- Photo frame
- Blank note cards (for the recipient to thank funeral attendees)
Other products will depend on the recipient’s preferred colors and foods, which you learn when asking the gift giver specific questions about the receiver.
I add fruit to some bereavement baskets but only when the gift is delivered locally. Fresh fruit is easy to find at local sources.
Most of all, it’s satisfying to meet the person who receives the gift basket and see the joy and comfort on their face when presented with the gift.
You’ll see a sample bereavement gift basket in The Gift Basket Design Book and also at the top of this article. It includes many of the products listed above, including a beautiful picture frame, tea cup, and saucer. There are other color pictures of gift basket designs in the book that will challenge your creativity.
Bereavement baskets are not ordered as often as happy-occasion gifts, but when it’s time to make a design, you’ll be ready to craft masterpieces that are treasured and appreciated.