It's not necessary to make a basket that is "grand" in size or price. For example, for a thank you or get well basket, use a small container lined with a colorful tea towel or napkin.
Add bakery items, a couple of pieces of fresh fruit, and several tea bags. Color coordinate the liner and ribbon for a decorative, finished touch.
Selecting a theme eliminates some of the confusion. Some themes are easier and less expensive than others.
Spa and various food themes can be inexpensive. The products for these baskets can be found in many grocery, drug, or discount stores at reasonable prices.
Personalization indicates your own creative expression for someone who is important to you; it might just turn a regular event into a memorable experience.
And, you can customize it specifically for the person or the event or holiday it marks.
TIP: An overstuffed basket looks better than a sparsely filled one!
If this is your first attempt at creating a gift basket, practice with items you have around the house.
For example, use a kitchen mixing bowl.
Place a folded terry towel in the bottom and then add some kind of shredded paper.
Next place various items you have on hand to get an idea of what works best, such as the size of the container you need and the number items needed to fit your chosen container.
Once you begin to make your own baskets, it will become second nature to keep your eyes open for containers, decorative materials, and small items that work in many different themes.
Thinking of you baskets are nice ideas for special occasions such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or anytime congratulations are in order.
Seasonal gift baskets are great choices for holidays that fall into a season; such as Easter, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.
Harvest baskets make lovely gifts for gardeners or nature lovers. They are wonderful housewarming gifts. Or, fill a wicker basket with fresh herbs, fruits, and the makings of a salad for anyone who enjoys cooking.
Pampering baskets are delightful gifts for busy women who need a relaxation break. Or for new moms, bridal showers, or anytime for romantic couples.