How to Create a Personalized Gift Set

Not everybody can come up with the perfect gift. Some people are naturally creative when it comes to gift giving and others get completely stuck. Many stores and brands sell pre-made gift sets that you can easily purchase and give to recipient right away. Well, I think those lack something special...personalization. Here's how to create and personalize your own gift set.

Think about the recipient

What do they like? If they have any hobbies or interests, take them into consideration! Favorite colors will also be very important since there are an infinite number of items to choose from. This is the most important step when it comes to personalizing a gift. In my gift set I even got the Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil because my friend's (and recipient) name is Juno :-)

Begin your search

Often times it's easier to create a cohesive gift set with a theme. If you have a theme, (mine was skincare) narrow down your search. For example, I chose to get my friend a sheet mask, blotting papers, face oil and a set of Peter Thomas Roth mask samplers.  Get a variety of items that have different uses. I thought about what my friend's skin type and concerns were and chose one product from different skincare categories.

Consider your price range

You should always keep in mind your price range. You can typically create a gift set with any type of budget. If you have a higher budget, you can either get more inexpensive items or get a fewer number of pricier items. If you have a low budget I would recommend getting a few inexpensive items. Don't be discouraged if you have a low budget because you can always find something that works! My tips for this would be to look for dupes (an item that works just like the desired one but cheaper) and to avoid online stores so you don't have to pay shipping.

Choose your own packaging

I didn't pay a single penny for my packaging. One of my co-workers gave me an old box that someone used as a gift for her. If you order anything in the mail that comes in cool packaging, save it! It could come in handy later. I also tend to save tissue paper just in case. Another option would be to take a plain box and decorate it yourself using stickers, tissue paper, photos or anything you can think of. The more personal it is to the recipient the better, it shows how much effort you put in!