During the summer, the warm weather can be reminiscent of time spent on a tropical beach. However, not everyone is rushing to travel to a tropical destination during the summer. After all, it’s already hot!  

Instead, you can bring those lush paradise vibes to someone by curating a tropical-themed gift basket. In doing so, you can simply bring the tropics to them through gift basket delivery! 

However, what are the best things to include in a tropical-themed gift basket? Look no further, and continue to read on to find out!  

Quality Sunscreen  

Sunscreen is essential for any time you have fun in the sun. After all, there is nothing worse than getting a nasty sunburn! That’s why sunscreen should be the first item to add to a tropical gift basket. It helps remind the person receiving it to wear it during particularly high sunny days. Thankfully, you can choose from a variety of sunscreen types that address not only protection from the sun but also additional benefits. 

 For example, they like to tan but still want to stay protected from UV rays. You can add sunscreen that’s specifically meant for tanning with a good amount of SPF in it. Also, choose a sunscreen rich with the smell of coconuts or other exotic fruits to immerse themselves in the feel of the tropics!  

Boozy Cocktail Mix 

A common image that comes to mind of tropical destinations is someone enjoying a boozy cocktail drink while lounging near the beach. Complete with a colourful little paper parasol on the top with a slice of tropical fruit on the rim.  

You can easily emulate this by including a tropical cocktail mix into their gift basket. You can find various tropical drink mixes that would be great for them to try a few out! For instance, you can get mixes like a classic Pina Colada, Malibu Bay Breeze, Rum Punch, or a Mai Tai drink, to name a few.   

Alternatively, some folks might prefer to have straight liqueurs or hard liquor instead. In which case, you can still keep up the tropical theme by choosing certain liquors that would be great ingredients for a fruity cocktail. The best liquor to include in a tropical gift basket would be rum! Rum is practically in every boozy tropical cocktail drink out there!  

Tropical Treats  

With any good gift basket, you naturally want to add a few delicious delights inside of it. However, you don’t want to choose just any type of treat. You want to ensure it follows the tropical theme of your gift basket. In which case, you want to find treats that might have tropical fruits in them.  

Here are few examples of what you can include:  

  • Key lime white chocolate cookies 
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Lemon Pillow Cookies 
  • Caribbean Rum Cake 
  • Coconut cookies 
  • Plantain chips 
  • Macadamia nuts  

These are just a sample of what you could include, but there are certainly a lot more tasty tropical treats out there that would work just fine as well!  

Exotic Fruits 

Nothing defines the tropics better than fresh fruit. Not just any fruit – exotic fruit. You don’t want to add a bunch of strawberries into the basket. It would look completely out of place. Get adventurous by maybe including a dragon fruit, guava, mango, or passion fruit. Those fruits really encapsulate the feel of the tropics! However, exotic fruit like that might not always be so accessible. Some might be only available during certain seasons. In which case, there are other more common fruits that can be included in the gift basket, but still fit the tropical theme. You can add fruit like lemons, lime, and pineapple. A pineapple especially would be the perfect inclusion since it can act as a centrepiece of your gift basket. Naturally, if you’re planning to include fruit in your gift basket, ensure its freshness and send it out as soon as possible. You don’t want to send rotten food in a basket after all! 

Beach Read 

Beyond having a drink while sunbathing on the beach, many who go down to tropical destinations take the chance to decompress with a book. If the person you know is an avid reader, consider adding a book into their tropical gift basket! If you want to play around further with the tropical theme, you can find books that have settings surrounding it that you know they will love. In a sense, the book would bring them to the tropics through the imagination of story-telling. However, if you wish to be on the safe side, it might be best to stick to their favourite genre of books or favourite author. At least with that, you know for a fact that they read it and enjoy it!  

A tropical-themed gift basket is a fun one to compile together. Hopefully, this list gave you the inspiration to pass one forward to someone who dearly misses the tropics!