when luke & i first married, we didn't even have hand soap. i was saddened when we arrived home from our honeymoon & i used our first target gift card on cleaning supplies. instead of purchasing cute picture frames for our wedding & honeymoon photos, i was buying mops & sponges with gift cards.
you all know i'm a sucker for a good ol' handmade gift basket (example: this, this, this & this). i get a kick out of staying within the budget when giving gifts & i love when those gifts are personal & meaningful.
so when we were invited to attend a couple's shower for luke's childhood best friend, i went straight to the cleaning isle of target. i don't know the bride as well as i would like, but i was certain she would rather spend her wedding money on lamps than dish soap.
our budget was $25 & i spent just under that amount. i purchased the woven basket for $2 at a local thrift shop & filled it with fun supplies from the big box stores. i included dish washing soap, hand soap, dryer balls, hand towels, sponges & cleaning spray.
i also made our homemade laundry soap & included the recipe (you can find the recipe here). i spray painted the jar lid, added a scoop from the target dollar section (i purchase those in bulk when they're available & add them to handmade gifts often) & tied a fabric ribbon around the top with the recipe tag attached.
i tied ribbon around the cleaning products for a pop of color & included a happy flag in the basket. i also added a little chalkboard from my crafting stash with a fun little clothespin. it all came together for under $25 & they loved it.
if you have a bit of extra cash, you could also include: a pack of toilet paper or paper towels, cleaning wipes, bleach, dish scrubbers, handmade crocheted dish towels or a gift card.
what are some of your go-to gift basket ideas? please share!