When you have a large family creating gift baskets are a wonderful way to give everyone a gift without breaking the bank. Making your own gift baskets is easy and economical. Each one you create can be individualized in any way you want. If you are really on a tight budget and want to present an impressive gift to someone, a homemade gift basket is the way to go. Something that is hand selected and put together by you often means more to the recipient.
Buy numerous items on clearance racks, dollar sales, etc. Keep them stored where you can easily get to them when a gift is needed. After the holidays is a great time to find deals for items for the following years gifts. There are several different things you can use as your "basket" to hold all the goodies... wicker baskets, large plastic bowls, large decorator platters, decorated bags, etc. I have used large plastic containers in a red or green color. After the gifts are all removed it serves as a popcorn bowl, fruit bowl, mixing bowl, etc. I have used wicker baskets which can double as a small trash can or a planter. Plates or platters will have another use afterwards. The list can be endless.
I have also used Christmas stocking to make a gift for members of my bible study
Use the same idea for someone in the hospital
edible treats, tissues, note pads, games (some practical and some fun items) in a basket
This is great for the patient or if the patient is a child, the parents who will be there throughtout the duration of the stay
I use baskets or bowls for different types of nuts, candy or makeup set and lotion powder and cream.
Please keep in mind scented candles, scented items, will very likely scent any food placed in the gift basket. It would be best to keep food and scented items separately wrapped. It would be a shame to ruin a thoughtful gift.
Most of us have good or almost new items that can be passed along. Find a place for these items, such as a box, or corner of closet to store. When a gift is needed, look through your "store" to add to a gift basket or?
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