This unique gift basket idea was inspired by my long term acquaintance with someone who's almost always cold - me!
I tend to freeze at temperatures that make other people go to the beach. And to make it even more complicated, my husband is an "always hot" kind of guy. Therefore, over the years, I had to come up with innovative ways to keep warm in all kinds of situations.
Below you'll find inexpensive ideas for warm gifts to include in this gift basket, based on my experience and attempts to warm myself up.
If your recipient is a "walking popsicle" like me, do him/her a huge favor - get one, some or all of the below warm gift ideas and help them regain feeling in their hands and feet again...
Container - basket
Heated pillow - my best friend between October and May every year! This pillow is filled with grains such as flax seeds. You heat it up in the microwave for about 2 minutes (depending on size) and it retains heat for hours, especially if you place it under a blanket. If you are feeling crafty you can even make one yourself (just make sure your recipient has a microwave first!).
Disposable air-activated warmers - flat plastic bags filled with heat generating ingredients that heat up upon contact with air. An excellent warm gift for outdoor emergencies. Take a look at these Amazon search results for "warmers" and you'll see what I mean.
Ear muffs, Scarf, hat - classic warm gifts for any person, especially in winter.
Gloves - hands are usually the first to get cold (along with feet) therefore gloves come in very handy for "temperature challenged" people. If your recipient's Finger tips freeze while she/he works on their computer, a pair of wool/ fleece fingerless gloves will do an excellent job!
Warm socks - essential for keeping "freeze prone" feet protected as coldness tends to creep in from the tips of our body.
Magic Scarf- a scarf made of unique fluffy material that can stretch enormously and then return to its original shape. This feature lets you wear it in very versatile options: shawl, cape, hat, vest, scarf, tank top, dress and more (click on this YouTube link to see what I mean). I use it as a turtle neck scarf in winter and as a shawl for air conditioned places during summer.
Hot water bottle - the good old fashioned water bottle can save the day especially during power outages or when outdoors. A microwave heated version is also available.
Fleece products - fleece is a fluffy, eco-friendly material that retains heat well. Any "always cold" person should have at least one fleece jumper in his/her wardrobe, and a fleece comforter by the couch.
Mug - I often drink hot water to re-heat myself in winter. An oversized mug is best for this purpose as it enables me to wrap both my hands around it. Let the defrosting begin...
Tea bags - when drinking hot liquids to keep warm it's better to find alternatives to coffee (otherwise you might end up with a caffeine overdose). Herbal tea bags make an excellent choice (look for caffeine free ones).
Canned soup - for emergencies when your recipient is both freezing and hungry.
Spicy food - ever eaten very spicy food and felt like steam was coming out of your ears? spicy food can really warm you up from the inside! Add some Tabasco, wasabi, chili peppers or any other spicy food you can think of as an inner heating ingredient to your gift basket.
Heat inducing herbs - according to herbal medicine some herbs and spices such as cinnamon, clove, cardamon, chili, paprika and ginger can warm you up even if they do not taste hot. Include some of them in your gift basket.
Insulated travel mug - on-the-go heating source for "always cold" people on the way to or from work, and even during.
How about these warm gift ideas?