These homemade gift basket ideas, along with your own personal style, should be helpful when creating memorable gifts for holidays and special occasions.
Let your imagination run wild! When you are pleased with your creation, the recipient of the gift basket will be delighted!
Gift baskets are a great choice for those who are difficult to buy for or for those who already have everything. Allow your creation to be a labor of love, which will indicate your sincere affection or appreciation.
All forms of gifts are a means of congratulations or celebration, as well as an offering of sympathy, good luck, or thanks. Whatever the occasion, gifts made with your own hands, come from the heart.
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.
TIP: An overstuffed basket looks better than a sparsely filled one!
Personalization indicates your own creative expression for someone who is important to you; it might just turn a regular event into a memorable occasion.
And, you can customize it specifically for the person or the event or holiday it marks.
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.
Making Gift Basket Tips:
Choose a container that can be used after the contents are gone.
Decorated baskets are handy catchalls when empty.
Color coordinate gift baskets according to the holiday or theme (wedding, new baby, Christmas, etc.).
Shop at flea markets, garage sales, or thrift shops for unique items that aren't readily availabe in traditional stores.
Wire baskets make a lovely presentation filled with colorful shred, straw, or foil-wrapped candy.
When placing heavy items in a basket, make sure the basket has a sturdy frame.