Gift baskets are a great way to make a personal gift for family or friends. This article includes many ideas of containers and themes to help you get started on a gift basket for everyone on your list. Gift baskets can be a lot of fun for you and the recipient and don't have to cost a lot of money.
The first thing to consider is who you are giving the basket to:
The container or "basket" doesn't have to be expensive. Pick a theme (some are listed below) and find a container that goes with the theme that can hold some items or have items attached to it. You want the container and the items to go together and for everything to be usable and practical. (This is not to say that a few fun things can't be thrown in too.) Below are some of my ideas for containers but there certainly are many more possibilities.
The items that go within the gift basket should be tied together by a common theme. The themes below are gift basket recipes that can be modified to fit your needs or to get you started on developing your own themed gift basket.
Use a basket or usable container with some or all of the following:
Use a nice basket with some or all of the following:
Use a rubber/plastic storage box with some or all of the following:
Use a basket or a camera bag with some or all of the following:
Use a square basket or plastic box with some or all of the following:
Use a rubber storage container with some or all of the following:
Use a colander or bowl with some or all of the following:
Use a clay plant pot, bucket or watering can with some or all of the following:
Use a cat bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:
Use a dog bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:
Dogs come in all sizes so make sure you are buying for the right size dog. Also if it is for a puppy, chewy stuff is the best.
Use a tool box or tool tray with some or all of the following:
Use a basket or gig bag with some or all of the following:
Use a small pack or canvas bag with some or all of the following:
Use a basket or reusable container with some or all of the following:
Use a wine cooling bucket with some or all of the following:
Use a nice holiday basket with some or all of the following:
Once you have obtained your items here are some fillers to put around them.
If you buy colored cellophane you can cover the entire container with it disguising what is inside. Tie a ribbon around the whole thing or paste a ribbon on top. Have fun!
About The Author: Sanders-Kinzel is a mother of 5, grandmother of 6 and the editor of the ThriftyFun News.
Wow this realy helped me get my stuff together. I can't belive all the great ideas you have. I realy appreciate all the wonderful tip you have given me. Again thank you very much.
I love making gift baskets for the holidays...I save up all the 34 oz coffee cans through out the year just for this, and save some of the christmas wrapping paper, and christmas cards so that I can decoupage them on a can, after I have painted it.
I make gift baskets every Christmas for our family members. There are too many to buy gifts for all without it being very expensive, plus knowing what everyone likes is a big issue. When choosing items for the baskets, I keep in mind who is getting them. I add special items to each one and for the ones with children in the family, I add special items for the children, too.
I buy a lot of the items at Dollar stores. I have used baskets and large plastic bowls as containers. I put candies, candles, soaps, cappucino mixes, flavored coffees, hot chocolate mixes, lip balms, pocket calenders, wall calenders, ink pens, christmas ornaments, coffee mugs, etc. Everyone loves them. My sister in law says she looks forward to hers because she likes the surprise of looking thru the basket and finding lots of little goodies. I generally make about 15 of them and start buying items early (get a lot Dec. 26th on clearance).
I seldom need a filler, but when I have I take old wrapping paper and run thru my paper shredder....presto ... free filler :).
Finish the basket or bowl off by putting it inside a clear plastic gift bag ( I especially like the ones that shrink with the blow dryer to fit the basket) and tie closed with ribbon. I find these bags at our local dollar store and sometimes luck out and get 2 for $1!
It's a lot of fun to see what you can come up with each year.
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Hi I love making gift basket for all sort of event and each time I work my brain in what to put in the basket. I want to thank you for giving me so many ideal . I make them and give them away in process doing some for Easter and for Church event for your Missionary Event. Thank you so much
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