Gift Baskets make great gifts for every occasion; they are fun to give and fun to receive! Have you ever wondered how to make a beautiful, professional looking Gift Basket? Well, you are about to learn how!
Since you have probably already decided who you are giving gift basket to, and for what occasion, then first step is to write down a list of your recipient’s interests. By making a list like this, you can decide what kind of theme your gift basket will have, and what kind of gift items you will include. Does your recipient like cooking, gardening, reading, golfing, fishing? Is gift basket intended for a specific occasion such as birth of a new baby, or a particular holiday? The answer to these questions is where you will begin to make your own gift basket.
Pick a container. You can use a traditional basket as your container, or you may want to use something entirely different. If you are making a gardening gift basket, why not choose a clay pot, or if you are making a fishing gift basket, you could use a tackle box as container. You could use a colander for a cooking “gift basket”, or an Italian theme basket. You could use a child’s small wagon, or a large toy truck as a container for a child’s gift basket. The possibilities are endless! Just let your imagination run wild.
Now, refer back to list of themed gift items you made earlier. You will use these items to build your basket. Adding pre-packaged food items into your basket is always a good idea! People love treats! You can also use, wine, champagne, nuts, non-perishable cheese spreads, crackers, popcorn, candy, or whatever special items your recipient likes to snack on. If you are making a basket for a new baby, you could use baby powder, baby shampoo, baby bath wash, hooded towels, bottles, rattles, receiving blankets and like. Pre-packaged food mixes, such as pancake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes and so forth make great items for housewarming baskets. Maybe you could use a skillet as your container, and add some wooden spoons, potholders etc. Let your creativity flow!
Now it is time to begin to assemble your gift basket. Here is a list of items you will need, they are all available at your local craft store:
1. A Container (basket or something else)
2. Foam blocks, newspaper, bamboo skewers, clear tape, scissors, wire cutters, GlueDots (optional)
3. Your gift items
4. Silk flowers, eucalyptus stems, or other items to “enhance” basket.
5. Cellophane wrap, wired ribbon (for bow), and shred or curling ribbon to match general color scheme of your gift.
You need a base in container to stabilize and place your items. You can use floral foam blocks (available at any craft store), or you can use craft paper, or newspaper. If you are using foam blocks, cut block to fit inside your container, you might have to cut blocks in several pieces and them connect them together with bamboo skewers. Be sure to leave a little space between interior edges of basket, and foam. Place some wadded up newspaper in bottom of your container to set foam blocks on top of. You might want to wrap foam in tissue paper first, although this is not necessary, but it will keep green foam off of gift items.