Making Mother's Day Gift Baskets

I sell candles, votives and body products and would like to make up some baskets for Mother's Day, birthdays, etc. Can someone give me ideas, as to what to put in a basket? Do you only use baskets and where do you get them? Do you wrap them in cellophane? I have never done this before, but would like to try my hand at it.

Thanks for your help!
Mary Bachert from Ontario, Canada

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May 5, 20060 found this helpful

You can use anything you want to put the products in. I have a friend that makes beautiful gift baskets. She makes home made soaps and candles and has sold special order baskets up to $150. Anytime she is out whether at garage sales or in discount stores she has her eye out for a basket or container that she could make into a "gift basket". She has used wicker laundry basket with a couple of towels in the bottom for filler then added her soap and candles on top. For a larger item like that she used white netting to wrap the basket. In the US you can purchase plastic for wrapping baskets. You can then use your hair dryer to shrink the plastic and it looks professional. As for what to put the stuff in use your imagination. She has used decorative waste paper baskets/metal buckets/baskets there is no end to the possibilities.

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May 5, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Mary, How about going to Michael's and getting a straw hat and filling it with the products you make and sell? If you decorate the hat, Mom will have a special hat for her special day or a nice door decoration.

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Hi Mary- I'm making a coffee-themed basket for my MIL for Mother's Day. I bought a nice woven basket from the dollar store and some chocolate covered mints there also, some coffee-shop coffee, a coffee cup with her name on it from the second hand store (stroke of luck there, I know) and am making some biscotti also. I'll shred paper bags in my shredder for the paper base, arrange my items, cover with the cellophane shrink wrap, blow dry it, and then tie with a raffia bow. I thought this would make a nice gift for someone who has everything and is a coffee lover. It would be nice in a tea theme, also. the possibilities are endless. Use your creativity and people you love will love it!

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May 6, 20060 found this helpful

My son just bought and made me up a mother's day basket at a discount store, (he is young, and doesn't have much $). He put two different kids of lotions in it, a body wash, a body scrub, a body spritz spray, a candle, 2 different colors of coordnating bath sponges, a picture frame, with "mom" across the top, that they are going to put a picture of my 3 kids in it, when my daughter comes home from college. All things are in my favorite color of pink, and the same coordnating sent of "Sweet Pea". I loved it, he put it all in a cute little reusable basket. Brownie points to my 14 year old son!!!

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May 7, 20060 found this helpful

The possibilities are definately endless... I just put together a gift set (for a family member expecting 2nd baby) with a food theme so I used a plastic bowl as the base, filled it with a cool placemat for big brother, pantry items, paper plates and forks, gift card for pizza place, a bib & new spoons for baby. A decorative plates, chargers, bowls, centerpiece style bowls would all be great "baskets" for a candle gift set. For body product items you could maybe use plastic dish pans (something plastic that would be big enough to soak your feet in) with your bath product item, bath sponges, foot scrub items as fillers. Have fun!

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May 9, 20060 found this helpful

I'm making gift baskets for my two sisters and my Mom for Mother's Day. I found some recipes for "gift jar" hot chocolate and tea mixes. I will put in a couple of those, some homemade muffins, homemade butter spread and a couple of candles. I purchased baskets at a second-hand store for $1 a piece and I will decorate those. The possibilities are endless when it comes to gift baskets! I,m also going to include a few fresh flowers.

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