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How-To Create a Pampering Gift Basket for a Man |He's Fed and He's Happy

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How-To Create a Pampering Gift Basket for a Man aka Useful Man Stuff

I am surrounded by men.  I have a husband and 3 sons....no girls (except me) here so the thought of pampering isn't something they take kindly to, but, with a little creativity and a trip to my local Dollar General I was able to create a basket (one basket for them all to share) of useful (for the sake of them being guys I'll say useful but for us girls I mean pampering items).

I went to the store and walked up and down every aisle (not mandatory but I like to shop!).  I found Chips Ahoy Cookies ~ I bought two bags: One bag of Chewy Chips Ahoy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and one bag of regular Chip's Ahoy Reese's Peanut Butter cookies.  When I bought these two I got the bag of Reese's Peanut Butter candies for FREE! I checked the Dollar General website for coupons so that's how I knew! 

Next up, the health and beauty aisle.  My goal was to find items that could be used by almost all of them or appeal to at least two of them.  

I bought Vitamin E cream, Vitamin E oil and petroleum jelly to keep their skin hydrated during the cold months without smelling girly; nose strips (super deal at only $2.50 for 6 strips), 4 tubes of lip balm ~ cherry and regular only $1.00 for each package of 2; Analgesic Cream to help with aches and pains after workouts ~ $2.00; deep clarifying cream cleanser, cotton rounds and ClearZit (don't ask for who!!!!) all for $6.25 and shaving supplies ~ Skin Bracer and Nivea Shaving Foam.  

Everything totaled $35.00 but because I went on a Saturday to make my purchase I saved an additional $5.00 off the total price with a coupon.  Included in that total was the cost of a black plastic basket that fits easily under our bathroom sink keeping everything (except the food items) all readily available for my guys to use everyday or whenever they need it.  

I checked online first before making my trip to the store and even if you don't have a local Dollar General you can still Shop online and save with Dollar General!

If someone were to make a pampering gift basket for YOU what would you want in it? 

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8 Comments

  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    That's a big haul for your $35 Mary Beth!
    Dollar Generals are fairly new to me and living for so long in a metropolitan area I never had the need to shop there. However, the past 3 or 4 years, I've lived in a more 'rural' location and I've found them to be really helpful. They've saved me from having to drive 20 minutes or more one or two things. I was surprised to find that they even had pimento for my traditional Christmas side. And at a great price too. 🙂

    A pampering basket for me? Hmmm.... You'll laugh I'm pretty spartan... so I don't usually think about pampering myself. How about a basket of chocolates, pretty paper napkins, an unusual writing pad or journal, great pens in assorted colors, organic or natural lip balms or lotions, and a fun new dish towel (I have a thing for cool dish towels), a great smelling hand washing soap for the kitchen, a fun kitchen gadget or cool spatulas. I know that doesn't sound too pampering does it? LOL

    1. Mary Beth says:

      It was a great haul, Diane, and my guys liked it! I live in a somewhat rural area so we have Dollar Generals all over the place ~ LOL actually 3 are within 4 miles of me. I love your pampering basket ideas ~ those are the same things I would like to get.

      Have a fabulous day! hugs, mb

  2. Love these gift basket treats and how budget friendly they are- love dollar general!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Heather! *hugs*

  3. How fun! So many amazing finds! I would love to give this and then have my husband share it with me!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      LOL I agree! I've used a few of the items in my guys' gift basket....a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! 😉

  4. Amy Anderson says:

    My pampering gift basket would have chocolate and candy. I'm easy to please! Love your basket idea.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm with you, Amy! Anything with chocolate makes me happy.