If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for your friend or significant other, look no further than a 5 Senses Gift!
Not only are they adorable and thoughtful, they take a lot less work than many other DIY gifts made from scratch, and the possibilities for customization are endless.
If you’re hooked, in this post, we’ll cover what exactly a 5 senses gift entails, and how to make one yourself, along with tons of unique and thoughtful ideas on what to include.
We hope you find it helpful!
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What is a Five Senses Gift?
A five senses gift is a unique gift idea that (long story short) combines 5 separate gifts: one for each sense: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
You can think of it as a quirky gift basket that fulfills all senses.
Similar to the almighty Spooky Basket, Five Senses Gifts rose to popularity thanks to social media, and nowadays are a go-to for many people looking to spoil their loved ones.
The beauty of this gift is how easy you can tailor it to the recipient, creating a truly thoughtful gift that they’ll remember for years to come.
So, long story short, here’s how to make your own five senses gift:
- Buy items related to each of the following senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch (we’ll be covering ideas for each sense below)
- Wrap them up separately and label them with their associated sense
- Add a cute message/card e.g. “I love you with all my senses”
Simple, creative, and mega-thoughtful – just how we like it.
Alright – now that you know what exactly a Five sense gift entails, here are some additional tips and ideas for making one yourself.
NOTE: You can even cheat and buy some printable tags like these to reduce your workload!
How to Wrap/Present Your Five Senses Gift
There are a lot of different ways you can create a Five Senses Gift, from using gift bags and boxes to wrapping each item individually and putting them in a special basket.
For an easy shortcut, you can actually even buy pre-made Five Senses gift boxes/bags from Etsy here.
If you’re doing it all yourself though, here are some generic ideas for assembling your Five Senses gift:
- 5 separate gift bags (this set of 5 is super cute and comes with scratchable message panels)
- 5 separate gift boxes (this set of 5 is sturdy and gorgeous)
- 1 Gift Box with 5 items – each labelled with their associated sense
- All the gifts in a basket with cute gift tags on them for each sense
BONUS THOUGHTFUL TIP: Make sure your wrapping is cute and personal as well. Using bags? Decorate them with cute messages/inside jokes. Using wrapping paper? Consider getting a fun custom wrapping paper like this one with your face on it, or choosing a design that’s personal to your relationship in some way.
This set of 5 gift bags is perfect for a Five Senses Gift! They're uniquely designed with Scratch panels so you can scratch in your own personalized message (for each sense). It even comes with colorful tissue paper, so you won't need to buy anything else to finish your gift.
Five Senses Card Ideas
One of the most important (yet commonly overlooked) aspects of the Five Senses Gift is including a nice card. It’s a small thing, but really helps to tie the entire gift together.
We’d recommend attaching at least a fun note related to the “senses” theme, but if you really want to knock this gift out of the park, including a handwritten letter would be an excellent final touch (with one of these punny phrases written on the envelope).
You can even buy beautiful pre-made envelopes here.
Some ideas for what to write on a Five Senses card:
- I love you with all my senses
- Life with you just makes sense
- You and I make perfect sense
- You’re sense-ational
- I sense a connection here
- Thanks for always having a great sense of humor
- Having you in my life is es-sense-tial
- Thanks for always bringing me to my senses
BONUS THOUGHTFUL TIP: Feel free to sprinkle in some cheesy I Love You puns throughout your gift.
Alright, now let’s move onto gift ideas on what to buy for a five senses gift. Remember, the beauty of this gift is its flexibility, so you can make it work with any recipient or budget.
Five Senses Gift Ideas for Sight
For the “sight” sense, you’ll want to include a gift that involves sight in some way, from things they can look at or watch to things that will help with their sight (e.g. fun sunglasses).
Here are some sight-related ideas for a Five Senses gift:
- A good book
- A scrapbook
- A framed photo of you two
- A digital frame like this one loaded with photos
- A book they’ve been wanting to read
- A nice piece of art/print
- Tickets to a movie
- Cool sunglasses
Five Senses Gift Ideas for Sound
For the “sound” sense, you’ll want to include a gift that involves hearing, like things they can listen to or items that will help them with hearing/listening (e.g. headphones or speakers).
Here are some sound-related ideas for a Five Senses gift:
- A card like this one where you can record your own voice message
- A cuddly toy like these that have a built-in voice box/message you’ve recorded
- This funny voice recording button with a custom message
- A bluetooth speaker (a waterproof one like this would be cool)
- Concert tickets
- A mixed tape or CD
- A custom playlist
- An audiobook subscription
- A serenade (record yourself and save the video on a USB stick or upload it somewhere with a link to the URL)
- Amazon Echo or Dot (if they’ve been wanting one)
- A song you wrote them
Five Senses Gift Ideas for Smell
For the “smell” sense, you’ll want to include a gift that involves smelling, usually something that has a nice smell (e.g. candles and perfume) or will help them smell nice (e.g. self-care products).
Here are some smell-related ideas for a Five Senses gift:
- Their favorite perfume/cologne
- A customized scent like this one
- A little vial of your perfume/cologne so they can sniff it when they miss you
- A candle
- Bath bombs
- Essential oils
- Essential oil diffuser
- Nice smelling soap
- Nice smelling lotion
- A spice set if they like to cook
Five Senses Gift Ideas for Taste
For the “taste” sense, you’ll want to include a gift that involves eating/drinking, whether that’s a ready-to-eat set of snacks and drinks or perhaps a foodie experience like a cooking class or restaurant voucher.
Here are some taste-related ideas for a Five Senses gift:
- Their favorite snacks
- Their favorite candy
- Homemade baked goods
- A DIY backpack made of snacks
- A cool DIY beer bouquet
- A gift card to their favorite restaurant
- A cooking class
- Their favorite beer
- Their favorite wine
- A bottle of champagne
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- A small bottle of their favorite liquor
- Their favorite tea
- A sample pack of sauces
- A meal kit subscription
Five Senses Gift Ideas for Touch
Lastly, for the “touch” sense, you’ll want to include a gift that involves touch, whether that’s something soft and comfy like a new blanket and clothes, or perhaps a massage or pampering experience.
Here are some touch-related ideas for a Five Senses gift:
- Massage oils
- A massage gift certificate
- Fuzzy blankets
- Cozy socks
- Warm mittens
- A massager
- A cute stuffed toy
- Comfy pyjamas
- A gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure
- A comfy weighted blanket like this one
- Any clothing they’ve been wanting
Final Tips for Making a Thoughtful Five Senses Gift
Putting together a Five Senses gift is already a thoughtful feat on its own, but if you want to ham up the thoughtfulness points, here are some additional tips/ideas for making the gift unforgettable:
Hand make each gift
This is a ton of extra work, but would really take your Five Senses gift to the next level!
Here are some ideas:
- Sight: Personalized scrapbook
- Sound: A song or poem you wrote
- Smell: A DIY candle or bath bomb
- Taste: Homemade baked goods or snacks, a voucher for a home cooked meal made by you
- Touch: A massage from you, a hand knit accessory or blanket
Link each gift to a story
We firmly believe that thoughtful gifts are never random, so odds are, if you’re picking something for your Five Senses gift, there’ll be a reason/story behind that… so, consider writing out that reason and attaching it to each gift!
For example, if you buy them a book they’ve been wanting, write a little note about the time you were walking past a book shop and they mentioned it, or how you got the idea. These little details will absolutely make them melt!
Link each gift to a reason you love them
Similar to the bonus thoughtful tip above, consider writing a mini-note for each gift that relates that gift to a reason you love them. Here are some examples:
- Book: Because you’re the smartest and most dedicated reader I know
- Hot sauce: Because you’re the hottest partner anyone could ask for
- Concert tickets: Because you’re my favorite concert buddy
- Playlist: Because you have the best dance moves
- Spices for cooking: Because you spice up my life like no other
We hope this guide to making a Five Senses gift was helpful!
Let us know in the comments if you have any other ideas.