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Making a Mother's Day Gift Basket

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This is a guide about making a Mother's Day Gift Basket. Gift baskets filled with useful and beautiful small items are a great present idea for the Mom who has everything.


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By 7 found this helpful
May 6, 2010

My mother will be 75 in June, and it is hard to buy for her because she is content with the simple things in life so I decided to buy her a supply of body wash, shampoo, deodorant, air freshener,and also some sweets, etc. I put them all in a big gift bag and I have already given it to her. She was so excited. She appreciated it because she knows these things take a lot of her small income away. And if she sees something later that she would like, she will have money to buy it.

By Kredenna from Springtown

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April 22, 2010

One of the nicest things we can do for our moms is pamper them. Here is a nice way to pamper that tea lover in your life. The best part is it won't cost you very much, but will be very appreciated. This is a thrifty gift and, best of all, is in the theme of reuse, recycle, repurpose.


There are two ways you can do this. One is a basket and the other is to fill one of those large coffee cups with the things you want to put in. Teacups can be found at your local thrift store as well as silver or pretty teaspoons.

You are going to put the sugar and tea bags in the plastic bags but you might even find a pretty jar to put it in at your local thrift store. In a pinch, a small jar recycled from bullion or baby food could be recycled with a small bit of lace put around the top. On thrifty fun, there is an article about reusing old tins. The directions would be the same for painting the lid of the jar before you hot glue on the lace.


If your mom is not into trashy romance novels, check out the used bookstore, garage sales or church sales for a more appropriate book.

First fill your basket with shredded paper from your shredder. Now nestle your items in. Tuck in the silk flowers and babies breath. Add a bow or ribbons to the handle.

Flavored Sugars

Colored Sugar

Stir the food coloring into the sugar until shade desired.

Lemon Sugar

Zest the lemons using a citrus zester. Roughly chop lemon zest. In a food processor, add 1 cup of the sugar and all the lemon zest. Pulse for a few minutes until the zest has been finely ground. Add the rest of the sugar and toss until well mixed. Store in a sealed, airtight container and use as needed. Refrigerate until used.

Tip for the citrus sugars: Grate the peel from all the lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits (whatever citrus fruit you use) as you eat them. Make into sugar immediately and store it for future use.


Lavender and Vanilla Sugar

This one is a make ahead recipe Pour sugar into an airtight container. Chop vanilla bean into a few pieces and stir into sugar or thoroughly mix in the vanilla extract. Place one herb bag towards the bottom of sugar and the other towards the top. Seal and store in airtight container. Begin to use after a few weeks.

Rose Petal Sugar

Please make sure these are roses from your own garden or have been certified at the flower shop to be pesticide free. Put rose petals in chopper, Food processor or blend and chop until fine. Add sugar and pulse one or two seconds until well mixed. Store in airtight container

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February 1, 20171 found this helpful

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By 0 found this helpful
May 5, 2006

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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By Tedebear (Guest Post)
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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May 5, 20060 found this helpful

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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By Glinda (Guest Post)
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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By moonflower (Guest Post)
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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