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DIY Winter Warm-Up Gift Basket

:Do you like to make gift baskets? Make Campbell's Well Yes!™ Soup the star of this warm and cozy gift basket to make someone's day. #DIY #WellYesMoment #ad
Did you ever go to Walmart on a hectic weekend afternoon, with your four-year-old, and get so excited about soup, that you jumped up and down and shrieked, “YAY” I absolutely did that last week. I’m a soup lover, you can say.

DIY Winter Warm-Up Gift Basket

If it’s spring or summer, I think about ice cream nearly every day. If it’s fall or winter (or if we’re being honest, spring and summer too), I think about soup every day. It’s pretty much always soup time. When I saw that my Walmart now had Well Yes and Proper Good soup, I didn’t buy just one can. I didn’t buy just two cans. I wanted to try every kind I saw there!

The proudest thing for me is that I have passed my soup love on to my family. We’re all about lunch and dinner pairings with homemade crackers, sandwiches, and salads. Soup is a way of life. How many times have you heard, “Have some soup” from a parent, grandparent, or friend, when you’re not feeling well? I think I have a 100% success rate. That’s why I don’t just like to enjoy soup with myself or my family; I like to gift soup to loved ones. It’s not always easy to get out when you’re not feeling well, or you have a sick kid at home, or there are icy roads. good soup is for eating AND gifting.

Giving the gift of soup is gifting the gifts of comfort, enjoyment and nourishment.

So, you know that “New year, New You” momentum you pick up in late December/early January and it propels you into great places? I LOVE that. I love when it lasts even better. Like last year, I vowed to exercise at least three times a week, and it was only the heat/humidity/no school of summer that set me off my path. Otherwise, no wind, nor hail, nor snow, nor sleet (although sometimes rain) kept me from my walks/hikes/runs. This year, I’m at it again. One of my new year goals, other than exercising, drinking more water, and eating more fruits and vegetables, is connecting with others. More and better.

I’m not just talking about birthdays and holidays, although they matter, but it’s about the little/big things you can do to help loved ones or make them better. It means SO MUCH. Yesterday I was upset about the cold and rough Monday morning, and when I got to my son’s preschool, I saw a little bag that said, “Tamara, XO.” Inside the bag was a box of pumpkin muffin mix I had asked a friend about. It made me feel great all day! Gift baskets and surprise boxes are often my connection-makers of choice, especially during cold and flu, and just plain COLD and FRIGID season. Have someone in mind? Here’s what to do:

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1 – Make a theme:

Generally when you make gift baskets, you decide on a theme. Since this theme is already about cheering/warming up a loved one, I still like to think about the interests and hobbies of my recipient, as well as their current life situation.

Books? Chocolates? Household gadgets? Fuzzy socks? Get creative and useful!

2 – Select your basket:

Select your basket of choice! I love a good basket – inspired by my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, but the same way you can use a straw bag or sand pail for a summer-themed basket, this winter warm-up basket should feel cozy and warm.

I generally line the basket with a blanket or seasonal dish towel they can keep.

3 – Wintery things:

Think about items that make you think of winter – cozy blankets, books and magazines, chocolates, fuzzy socks, scented candles, gift cards, and my favorite – SOUP! That’s the number one thing I want all winter long. So why not gift it?

Do you like to make gift baskets? Make Campbell's Well Yes!™ Soup the star of this warm and cozy gift basket to make someone's day. #DIY #WellYesMoment #ad

4 – Secure your items:

Another tip for the DIY Winter Warm-Up Gift Basket that I’ve seen professional stores do – is to use double-sided tape to secure EVERY item down. This means that contents won’t shift so much, especially if you leave it on someone’s porch:

5 – Get creative:

Get creative with packaging. My mom likes to use scissor blades to curl ribbons around cellophane. I like to put little chocolates or other colorful items and trinkets as decorations. We’re also fans of tissue paper and note tags.

And that’s it! A thoughtful gift in a flash, with cozy and comforting gifts. Since I’m on such significant “New Year, New Me” care and self-care kicks, here are my five favorite ways to set goals and stick to them in the new year:

1 – Set goals that move, inspire, and motivate you – in your heart
Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound) goals
Set your goals in writing, with to-do lists, checklists, & action items
Make yourself a realistic action plan
Stick with it!

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21 Comments

  1. Fantastic! Come drop this off on my doorstep today please. Everyone is sick. I think I’m next. Going to keep the Lysol close, and Campbell’s soup would pretty much seal the deal 🙂

  2. Now I want to drop baskets off on doorsteps! The soup looks good. Also, you have THE BEST TASTE in pie and cookie places, and pizza dives, and gelato and popsicles – so I trust you completely.

  3. The first time I saw an advertisement for coupons for this soup I thought about you and I hoped you would get to write about it. Because you love soup and your sponsored posts are awesome. I’m glad to see this post ☺

    1. That just made my day! You thought of me, wondering if I’d write about them! And I did! I wanted to SO BADLY, so when this opportunity came about, I did a happy dance.

  4. Awww, what a sweet and thoughtful idea <3 Especially this time of year when it seems everyone is coming down with something. And that was so nice of your friend to remember and gift you a pumpkin mix! Also the minestrone kale soup sounds amazing!!!

  5. I have seen these but have never bought them, but I’m pretty sure that they’re yummy! That’s also a great idea of that warm up gift basket. I’m sure that my elderly neighbor would appreciate something like this.

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