Putting together lovely gift baskets is way to give a memorable gift to anyone at any time of year. Now you can assemble gift baskets, and at a very low price! Baskets come in a variety of shapes from traditional round to oval, square, heart-shaped, and circular. Some have a couple of handles, others are colored brightly, while still more baskets are as natural as reeds that make them up. Of course not all baskets are made from reeds; youíll find those made from plastic, metal, tin, fabric, or combinations thereof.
Basic Baskets Decide what item[s] will be going into that gift basket. Group items together. It is best if largest items are in center or at back, so it creates a pyramid shape. If in doubt about sizing your gifts to your basket, just measure tallest part and circumference of your gift items. Make sure your basket will be a bit larger than items. Decide what you will fill your basket with: plastic grass, tissue paper, raffia, crinkled or shredded paper or a towel. Add your items carefully and securely.
You might be able to find a cellophane bag that is large enough to cover a gift basket and add that.
If using cello wrap, make sure you have a large enough piece. Using clear tape, apply to bottom of basket to help secure it. Sometimes it may be necessary to tape around width of basket. If so, please use invisible tape! Tightly gather ends of cello wrap and tie together tightly with a twist tie. Then add a bow, making sure itís securely attached. Adding a gift card is always a nice idea. Your gift card should have a loop in which you add a short length of ribbon or elasticized band which you then attach to perimeter of ribbon or twist tie.
Make Your Own Shredded Paper All you need is a nice quality paper shredder and some plain colored paper and you have your own basket lining at virtually no cost, and no effort!
Basket Themes Creativity rules here when it comes to what you can add to a gift basket! Determine whom you will be giving this basket to, if this person is male or female, and what their interests are. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Baby ~ Stuffed toy, blanket, booties, cap, bib, baby powder, mobile, pacifier, books, blocks, toys, bath & body items, music CD, and baby shop gift certificate. Bath & Body ~ Soap, loofah sponge, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, whipped shea butter, bath salts, sugar scrub, aromatherapy bath oils, bubble bath, washcloth, rubber ducky, spa gift certificate, relaxing music CD, and scented candles. Birthday ~ Balloons, candles, stickers, bubbles, toys, games, teddy bears, dolls, jewelry, books, gift certificates, cookies, candies, and fruit. Bon Voyage ~ Travel guides, maps, compass, travel diary, passport holder, atlas, travel size toiletries, and gift certificates. Bridal ~ Scented candles, bath & body products, spa gift certificate, gourmet chocolate, flowers, lingerie, champagne, wine, crystal, other gift certificates.