Did someone recently announce their intention to start a business? It’s time to celebrate that decision. Here’s what to put in an office gift basket.

Entrepreneurial ideas

This technological age encourages many people to strike out on their own, to not work for a traditional company and create their own empire.

The first business I started was typing resumes. In the 1980s such an on-the-side business made sense during my six months of employment at a university. Students who began looking for jobs came to the office to ask for resume help. That’s how I began.

Gift baskets were not yet in my sights as a business, and the resume-writing gig didn’t qualify for anyone to send me an office gift basket or any other type of gift.

It was a happy day to leave that job and move on to other business ideas. Your customers probably have such people in their lives who are pursuing independent ventures. Such individuals will be encouraged by the gift baskets you create for them.

Traditional job versus business ownership

Some items on the following list are terrific for gift baskets made for individuals getting their first job, changing jobs, or starting a business. For example, office supplies won’t be needed if a traditional job is sought. Such a position may be better celebrated with a tea design.

You’ll know what to include when you ask specific questions about the receiver. From there, you’ll consider how to establish yourself as a world-class office gift basket designer.

Office gift basket containers

  • Briefcase
  • Desk organizer
  • Mug
  • Mesh pencil holder

What to put in an office gift basket

  • Notepads
  • Mousepad
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Easy to eat snacks
  • Travel log book
  • Paperweight
  • Picture frame
  • Appointment book/daily planner
  • Business card case
  • Writing instruments
  • Cubed pad
  • Pen and pencil set
  • Highlighters
  • Mileage log
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Portable shoe shiner
  • Portable lint brush
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Tape dispenser

Partial content list from the book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, by Shirley George Frazier.