Rather than buying a premade gift basket you can create your own. If you make your own gift basket it will be more personal. Also, it will give you full creativity over what goes into the basket. DIY gift baskets are simple to do and a lot of fun.
Follow these simple steps for putting together a gift basket. From choosing the container to arranging the items inside. Remember you can choose anything you want. From a theme of the basket. To a basket with a variety of items you know the gift receiver would like.
Steps to Make Your Own Gift Basket
Choose a Theme
The first step to creating your own gift basket is to decide what type of basket it will be. Also, if you don’t want to choose a theme you don’t have to. You can get a large basket or container and fill it with items that your friend or relative would like.
If you do want to choose a theme, there are some different ways to come up with one. Here are some tips for choosing a theme:
Consider types of items they like – For example, think of what drink they like. Are they a coffee lover or do they love having a glass of wine? Think about what they like to eat or what events they like to attend. Knowing these things can be handy when thinking of a good theme for the gift basket.
Think about their interests or hobbies – If your sister is an artist, then she is probably interested in items related to painting or drawing. You can put together an artist gift basket with things like paintbrushes, paint, a palette, pencils/pens, and drawing paper.
Decide on what their needs are – Consider what the person’s needs are. Instead of getting something they want, think about what they need. You might have a friend that just moved into a new home. So you want to create a nice housewarming gift basket with kitchen utensils, new towels for their bathroom, and some scented candles.
Family Night – Card games or board games. A puzzle everyone can do together. A new family movie that was just released to DVD. Snacks like popcorn or cookies. And maybe something to drink like hot cocoa or teas.
Buying Gifts For the Basket
For a good gift basket, you want variety. You don’t need to spend a lot on the items. But it is good to choose different types of gifts that follow the theme and that are different sizes. If you are using a basket or similar container, you want to layer the items. So having a variety of small, medium, and large items will help.
Select a Container
Now that you know what type of gift basket to create, you can pick a container. Either use an actual basket or a container that doubles as part of the gift. You can use anything from a basket to a bucket to a bag.
Think about the types of items included in the gift basket. What the theme is and what other gifts the receiver might like when choosing the container.
Arrange the Gifts
There is no right or wrong way to do it. If you are using a bag or anything that closes, then you really don’t need to do anything but put the items inside. Try to put the larger items on the bottom so that when the gift is opened all of the items can be seen easily.
When you are using a basket or an open container like a cooking pot or plastic bucket, these tips will help:
Start with the tallest items first. With a basket, you want to be able to see everything that’s in it. Which means you don’t want to throw everything in until it fits and then wrap it up. Have the taller and bigger items in the back. So that when adding the rest of the items, the taller items can still be seen.
Line the bottom of the basket with towels and other similar items. When you are giving something like a towel or small blanket as part of the gift, use that to line the bottom of the basket. This keeps it out of the way but can still be seen.
Add Filler to the Basket
The filler is sometimes added to the bottom of a basket. The filler material is filing in any empty spaces. So the basket looks full and everything stays in place.
Most people will use some type of shred, whether you get packaged shredded tissue paper or shred it yourself. Just fill the little holes around items with the filler.
Decorate and Wrap the Basket
The last step is to wrap the basket. This helps to keep all of the items in place and makes it easy to carry. You can get a plastic wrap that wraps around the basket. Gather the plastic at the top of the basket, twist it, and tie with some ribbon.
Creating a Fun Gift
Gift baskets are fantastic gifts for anyone in your life. A lot of people buy gift baskets that are already assembled. Common gift baskets are meat and cheese baskets or wine baskets. These can be beautiful and have quality products. But it doesn’t always feel personal.
Making your own gift basket is easy to do and fun to create. You have the freedom to make it as expensive or as cheap as you like.
All you have to do is choose a theme and type of basket you would like to give. Then arrange the items in the basket and wrap it up. Now you have a personalized gift basket loved ones will enjoy!
Do you like receiving or giving gift baskets? Have you ever made your own? Let me know in the comments:)
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