Making a gift basket for a friend, loved one or co-worker can be enjoyable and budget-friendly. Stretch your gift shopping dollars by pairing inexpensive filler items with a more expensive gift together in a basket. Naturally gift baskets have the illusion of a larger gift and give you a bigger bang for your buck!
Gift Basket Theme Ideas
House Blessing gift basket – depending on the family’s religious beliefs a house blessing gift basket can be filled with sea salts for protection and purification, sage smudge sticks to ward off evil spirits, a talisman or symbol to hang near the entryway, and a book of prayers or poems for the home.
Italian themed gift basket – can be filled with fun pasta, sauces, a baguette or loaf of bread, a bottle of wine or limoncello, and your favorite Italian opera CD.
The Crafty gift basket – for the knitter or quilter on your shopping list. Assemble some fun yarn or colorful swatches of fabric with a book of patterns. Convert a friend by including an I.O.U. (I owe you) card for a lesson in knitting, scrapbooking or a craft you would love to teach.
Cheese and Wine gift basket – pair complimenting cheeses and wines with crackers, artisan bread and fancy cheese knives.
Movie Night gift basket – microwavable popcorn, a DVD miniseries or collection and a bottle of soda will have your gift recipient ready for a movie night in.
New Baby gift basket – diapers, rattles or a unique collection of organic baby care products would go well in a baby gift basket.
Spa gift basket – might include a massaging tool, homemade massage oil, a pumice stone or loofah sponge and other items to create a spa day at home.
When to give a Gift Basket
You are limited only by your imagination but here are some common events to give a gift basket:
- Mother’s Day
- Thank you
- Valentine’s Day
- Get Well Soon
Assembling the Gift Basket
A gift basket doesn’t need to be limited to just a basket, the gift giver can use a hat box, a wine box, or even a small crate. Raffia, straw or shreds of colored paper can line the bottom of the basket in which the gifts will sit on. Craft stores sell cellophane plastics that can hold the contents within the basket. Other options include a dishtowel draped over the basket and tied with a ribbon or mesh bag pulled over a small basket.
Inexpensive sources for gift baskets and gift holders include resell or thrift shops such as the Salvation Army where second-hand and gently used items can be obtained. Filler gifts can be purchased in bulk and divided amongst two or more gift baskets.
Some go on to start a gift basket business out of their home and specialize in creating one-of-a-kind gifts for special order.