Making a Gift Basket for a Photographer (Part I)

Photographers capture beauty and smiles. You can capture theirs by giving them a gift basket full of photography goodies.

Pick a basket for the photography items. Or, better yet, use a tote or camera bag that the photographer can use to carry some of their items. Buy one or more photography books that talk about everything from the basics to advanced photography.

Put in a couple of photography magazines. Select various types so that the person can decide which ones she may want to subscribe to in the future. If the person has a magazine preference, then buy them a 12-month subscription to that magazine. Put a card in the basket that shows the subscription.

Consider one or two first-class items. One of them has to definitely be a tripod. There are plenty of funky new tripod designs out there, priced as low as $10. This is a gift the photographer will use for many years to come. Another may be a timing cord. 

These don’t habitually come with a camera. Yet, most photographers would enjoy having one for time-lapse photography. Put in one or two camera lenses. Consider a flash, if the photographer doesn’t have one now.

Include some fun things such as colored gels. Photographers enjoy experimenting. Using colored gels gives them hours of photographic fun. Go for a flash diffuser. That little thing almost always comes in handy. Most photographers don’t really think to buy one for themselves. Lastly, if you aren’t using a camera bag as the gift holder, then add a small one into the basket.

Give some of the necessities like a couple of memory cards for digital photographers or a couple of rolls of film for those who like the tried and true. Photographers can never have an adequate amount of film or memory cards. Put in a couple of cans of lens cleaner or compressed air for cleaning the camera and accessories.

Gift Basket Ideas for Cancer Patients (Part II) 314 words

Cancer can take it’s toll on faith.

Keep the Faith Gift Basket

A cancer diagnosis can test one’s faith. This gift basket is not for everyone. However, if your loved one is spiritual, offer them a basket with the poems, scripture, amazing photos, and an online subscription to sermons. You can offer to pray with them as a lovely gesture.

During your Treatment Gift Basket

Include items to assist your loved one through their treatment. A journal and pen will be helpful to record how they are feeling, side effects, improvements, track progress, a spot to vent and be frustrated. Put in an inspirational book like Tari Prinster’s Yoga For Cancer, The New York Time’s Picture Your Life After Cancer, or Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. Another nice gesture is a gift card to a local store for daily essentials like unscented lotion and tissues.

Treatment Travel Gift Basket

Many patients have to go far for treatment at particular cancer medical centers. This means numerous flights, hotels, or long drives as well as time in waiting rooms. Fill up a gift basket with traveling necessities such as toothpaste, mini unscented soaps, toothbrush, a portable charger, good books, and magazines.

Good for… Jar

Your loved one may be most grateful for something that isn’t even a physical item. Fill a decorative jar with “good for” notes that offer to take care of the lawn, cook dinner, do the laundry, walk the dog, watch the kids, shovel the snow and more.

Gift Card Bucket

Join forces on this basket with a couple of friends as it may get a little expensive. Fill a basket with different gift cards to aid with the expenses that cancer can sustain. Grocery store cards, gas cards, pharmacy cards, movie theater cards, handwritten “card” offering to cover the cost of a monthly bill, gift cards to their preferred store, etc.


Gift Basket Ideas for Cancer Patients (Part I)


Someone you love has cancer. You would like to give them a gift basket. But did you know that some typical gift basket items are a huge no-no for cancer patients, while some things you may not have considered would be greatly appreciated?

Gift baskets can make fantastic presents. Each one is distinct, offering creativity and variety. You can customize the gift to the specific person you’re giving the basket to. All the more reason to create your basket by hand instead of purchasing one already made.

Having Cancer

Many of the pre-made baskets found in stores contain food or spa items such as scented candles and lotions. For cancer patients, radiation and chemo can change their sense of smell. This means their favorite candle or perfume might become insufferable and cause nausea.

Likewise, treatment can alter taste buds or even produce mouth sores, meaning your loved one who used to love sea salt cashews may not want to even look at them. Some patients have dietary restrictions so gifting them something they can’t enjoy is torture. Use this article as your guide for making the perfect gift basket for your loved one who is in treatment.

Give your loved one a spa gift basket to put a smile on their face.

Spa Day Gift Basket

Pamper your friend with a basket full of unscented lotions since cancer patients can have a sensitive sense of smell. Other great items are lip balms, slippers, a plush bathrobe a back scratcher or massager. Put in a CD of soothing music and noises or make a playlist.

Entertainment and Enjoyment Gift Basket

Cancer treatment can take a toll on patients mentally, physically, and emotionally. Offer distraction and entertainment with a basket filled with enjoyable items including books (like audiobooks), board games, mad libs or cards to play with loved ones, tickets to the movies, a local museum, or sports games. 


California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part III)


Olive and Poppy Lucite Barrel Earrings

These sweet little studs are created from reclaimed oak barrels used to age Napa Valley vintages. A lucite stripe flawlessly complements the wine-stained wood.

Lejon Carson Belt

This handcrafted belt will last a lifetime without putting holes in your pockets. Based in Riverside County, Lejon specializes in leather goods including items created from vintage bison hide.

Made in San Diego, your recipient is sure to love Vira Sun Lotus sunglasses.

Vira Sun Lotus Sunglasses

A totally unexpected gift for the yogi you love. These glasses, crafted in San Diego, have Beachwood arms specifically designed to stay put during her practice. Available for men as well.

Google Home Hub

The true Silicon Valley success story, software giant Google jumps into the hardware sector. This smart assistant has a home screen so you can say things such as, “Hey Google, what are the best bars in California?”

LSTN The Troubadour Headphones

Centered in Los Angeles, LSTN makes wonderful audio products that benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. These wireless beauties are created from real wood and vegan leather.

Waterfield Fused Suede Phone Case

For that person who thinks their iPhone is an extension of their hand (deserving of a lavish glove). This case is made in San Francisco from butter-soft, silky suede.

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

After apprenticing with some of the top watchmakers around the globe, Cameron Weiss went on a mission to bring back American watchmaking to the West Coast. The family-owned business creates signature timepieces out of their studio in Torrance.

Orient & Flume Paperweight

So much more than just a paperweight, any gift from Orient & Flume is a piece of life-lasting and amazing art. Designs from this Chico, California studio can be seen in museums as prominent as the Met and Smithsonian, but are available for buying by consumers as well. 


California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part II)

Give your recipient a bit of Cali with these gift basket ideas.

Cowgirl Creamery Coastal Celebration

For the foodie who has it all, you can’t go wrong with this gift basket from Cowgirl Creamery. Enjoy skillfully crafted dairy from farms along the Northern Coast.

Indy Plush Great White Shark

Help save this species endangered on our Pacific Coast. Created in Los Angeles, all animals from Indy Plush are stuffed with 100% recycled water bottles. 15% of your Great White purchase goes to safeguarding these beautiful beasts.

Mel Rice Ceramica Indigo Wine Cup

Inspired by the Pacific’s wild waters and hand made from porcelain in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, you can’t have a lovelier way to enjoy a glass of wine. Combined with a subscription to the Sonoma Wine Shop Club or the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club to make sure their cup never goes dry.

Temecula Olive Oil Company Sampler Pack

Taste three flavors of sunshine in a bottle with the best seller’s pack from the experts at Temecula Olive Oil Company. Discover your favorite flavor: Olivum (real goodness with a nutty finish), Citrus Reserve (mixed with blood oranges), or Roasted Garlic Reserve.

Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka

Distillers at Hangar 1 in Oakland insist that one can taste the delicate scent of a San Francisco morning in this small-batch, smooth spirit. That’s because mesh nets around the bay catch fog water which is then combined with vodka created from California grapes.

Santa Maria Mini Grill

Santa Maria-style barbecue gets its signature flavor from meat rubbed with spices, grilled over an open flame. This mini grill comes with spices, leather cooking gloves, meat turner, and special sauce.

Dôen Zuri Dress

Coveted by fashion editors across the nation, Dôen is a collective of female designers based in Los Angeles motivated by “nostalgia for the California of past decades.” This long-sleeved, timeless dress is ideal for winter.

California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part I)

If you’re looking for a California inspired gift basket, there’s plenty that you can put in there to give your recipient a good experience of this beautiful state.

From sun-soaked beaches to redwood forests, the state’s true beauty is an inspiration for makers, artists, photographers, technologists and lots of other individuals. If you want to make a well put together California-inspired gift basket, here are some incredible gift items for any California dreamer on your list.

Schweiger Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay

Savor the flava of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain grapes while giving to a relief fund for wildfire survivors. 100% of the purchase price of this fruit-forward chardonnay goes directly to the Camp Fire Victim’s Fund.

LuluSimonStudio California Love Sweatshirt

Based in Concord, LuluSimonStudio is famous for producing clothes and accessories with ingenious taglines. This cozy sweatshirt is all heart with 50% of the sales being donated to the North Valley Community Foundation Camp Fire Relief Fund.

Sierra Nevada Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Longtime Butte County resident and legendary brewer Ken Grossman decided to aid fire relief efforts in the best way he knows how: by creating a specialty brew, Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. 100% of the proceeds go to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. The beer is available at selected breweries. Brave folks are encouraged to brew a batch of their own with the available recipe.

Yosemite National Park Pine Candle

Fill your home with notes of freshly chopped granite, wood, and lodgepole pine. This Parks Project candle delivers the magic of a Yosemite camping trip right into your house. The profits from the candles go to preserving the park.

Scents of San Francisco Candle

Fill a house with the scents of a San Francisco neighborhood by buying a candle from Scents of San Francisco. The candles mix different fragrances to come up with a scent that resonates with a certain neighborhood, covering anyone from Golden Gate Park to the Castro.

Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part V)


Smartwool PhD Ski Light Elite Buttermilk Nights Print

With artwork from professional skier Chris Benchetler, these socks are made to inspire. The socks are ideal for high-performance backcountry pursuits, thanks to the Indestructawool durability technology and body-mapped mesh zones.

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat

You can never go wrong with a Carhartt hat. Dependable, affordable, and stylish, it keeps the head warm on and off the slopes and is bound to score some street cred. An added bonus: it comes in over 35 colors.

Yeti Rambler HotShot Bottle

Tote hot chocolate, hot coffee, or hot toddies all over the mountain in this leakproof, stainless steel 12-oz. vessel. A half-twist of the HotShot cap offers easy sipping while the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages warm or cold for hours. 

Vermont Smoke and Cure Beef and Pork Sticks

The perfect lift grub is savory, simple, and shareable. This perfectly describes this sampler pack of meat sticks. The Cracked Pepper, BBQ, and Chipotle-flavored snacks are free of antibiotics, artificial preservatives, and added hormones. They’re also absolutely delicious.

The North Face Thermoball Bootie

With a water-resistant, 100% recycled ripstop upper, partially recycled rubber outsole, and cozy PrimaLoft synthetic insulation, these booties are a welcome respite from even the least distressing ski boot.

Get your skier a good pair of gloves.

Flylow Maine Line Glove

The perfect snow glove doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This affordably priced Flylow classic has the goods with pre-treated waterproof pigskin, a tight cuff that effortlessly slips under a jacket and a conversation-starting design that unites the dexterity of a glove with the warmth of a mitten.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Gear Patrol Magazine takes a long look into the culture and the latest products. Inside every issue, you’ll find rich maker profiles, seasonal buying guides, and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Receive four print magazines, delivered every quarter, with a year subscription.

Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part IV)


SAXX Cannonball 2N1 Swim Short

Thanks to the trademarked BallPark Pouch, Saxx’s boxer briefs might just be the most comfortable ever. The package-pampering benefits go to these breathable mesh-lined swim shorts which come in seven styles, making them perfect for a relaxing dip in the hot tub after a long shred session.

Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit

This uber-comfortable onesie makes first layering easy while boasting a host of smart-fit features. Key features are four-way stretch AirTech fabric, a seven-panel form-fitting hood, thumb loops, full-length front zip and a 350-degree waist zip to make all of nature’s calls easy.

California Cowboy High Sierra Shirt

Beyond its good looks and charm, the High Sierra is filled with clever, après-friendly features. Think a sunglass loop, thermal lining, a dry pocket, a bottle opener, a locker loop for gloves and the coup de grâce: a labeled extra pocket in the back for stashing anything, including an extra beer. It comes in eight colorways.

Snow goggles are a must when skiing or snowboarding.

Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles

Smith has long been a frontrunner in the goggle game, and this high-quality product lives up to the name. Spherical Chromapop lenses with Birdseye Vision offer a huge field of view. AirEvac tech stops fogging and a magnet-based system makes changing lenses to accommodate changing light conditions simpler than it’s ever been.

Epic Pass

The price might seem high, but for the avid boarder or skier who likes to travel, it’s really a bargain. After all, the Epic Pass offers access to over 40 North American ski areas, such as Heavenly, Vail, Whistler-Blackcomb, Park City, Sun Valley, and Stowe, as well as 21 resorts in Italy, France, Switzerland and 10 in Japan. If you are the sort of person who loves to hit the slopes frequently enough, this pass will pay for itself by January.


Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part III)

Get your skier a good jacket to keep them warm in the snow.

Women’s The North Face Akani ThermoBall 3-in-1 Jacket

The last jacket she might ever need. The Akani ThermoBall Triclimate is a very versatile 3-in-1 jacket that brings fast, functional and feminine style to any snow lovers’ wardrobe.

A breathable, waterproof HyVent® 2-layer shell jacket houses the removable ThermoBall insulated liner jacket, uniting comfort and usability in one fell and stylish swoop. It also has a removable hood, wrist-accessory pocket with goggles cloth, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic, and lots more. This is a jacket set to please from slope to lodge.

And it is absolutely warm. The very compressible ThermoBall is as warm as 600-fill-power goose down, providing insulation even when it is wet. 

GoPro Hero4 Session

The latest cam in GoPro’s line is the fantastic compact Hero4 Session, possessing the power of a full-size GoPro camera into their lightest, smallest and most convenient one yet.

This rugged camera can take a tumble. Any daring thrill-seeker on your list can trust the Session on her or his next action-packed outing to get each second without worry.

The North Face ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket

Put on some real warmth with a jacket that’s game for anything. Say hello to the ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket, the most versatile jacket to stay absolutely warm from cabin to the slope.

Though stylish, this jacket is nothing to play with. The North Face team athletes completely tested these on a summit trip on Mount Meru and Denali. They loved them. You will too.

With a sturdy water repellent finish on its shell to help discard sleet and drizzle, this jacket is ready for its entrance on the snowy stage. The highly compressible ThermoBall synthetic insulation is as compressible and warm as 600-fill-power goose down and packs into its own pocket. It is available for both women and men.


Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part II)

Every snowboarder and skier needs a good snow helmet.

Men’s Giro Nine MIPS Snow Helmet

Snowsports are no walk in the park. They are much more fun. Though, with downhill thrills, you have to think about safety. 

This year, gift a powder-obsessed individual in your life the redesigned Nine snow helmet from Giro. This stylish helmet has MIPS technology, which aids in reducing rotational forces if the helmet gets hit at an angle.

The Nine helmet can fit goggles and heads of various shapes thanks to its internal height adjustment. Also, the thermostat venting controls offer custom breathability to keep cool heads. Choose the color that will look best with their gear.

Men’s Patagonia Snowshot Jacket

For snowsports lovers, this jacket offers the most. Crafted for freeriding mobility, the waterproof, breathable Snowshot lets riders slip through the season’s lows and highs in total comfort.

Warm outside and in. On the outside is a sturdy water repellent finish that keeps the outer layer from becoming saturated. On the inside is a mesh lining that keeps away sweat and goes smoothly over layers.

This Snowshot jacket possesses zippered features galore: pit zips for fast venting, zippered chest pockets with media pocket, and zippered handwarmer pockets. 

Outdoor Tech Wired Chips Universal Helmet Audio System

A powder day warrants an epic soundtrack. Keep the good tunes going with the Wired Chips audio system that fits into any snowboard or ski helmet. It contains an audio liner, like Giro, Bern, Bolle, Smith, Anon, PRO-TEC and others. Nothing exalts a beautiful day on the slopes like your fav playlist.

With the Wired Chips system, glove-friendly mic and inline controls let you crank tunes, mute and answer calls without ever taking off your gloves or helmet. The housing enriches in-helmet acoustics, producing a solid hi-fi experience. It comes with a user manual, carry pouch and stickers.