Decide what item[s] will be going into that gift basket.
Group the items together. It is best if the largest items are in the
center or at the back, so it creates a pyramid shape. If in doubt about
sizing your gifts to your basket, just measure the tallest part and the
circumference of your gift items.
Make sure your basket will be a bit larger than the 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 the bottom of the basket to help secure it. Sometimes it
may be necessary to tape around the width of the basket. If so, please use
Tightly gather the ends of the 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 the perimeter of the 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!
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
Baby ~ Stuffed toy, blanket, booties, cap, bib, baby powder, mobile,
pacifier, books, blocks, toys, bath & body items, music CD, and baby shop
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
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
Chocolate Lover ~ Chocolate bars, chocolate candy/bon-bons, chocolate
cookies, hot chocolate mix, cocoa butter lip balm, cheesecake, chocolate
scented bath & body products, chocolate candy, and gift certificates.
Coffee Lover ~ Sometimes you can combine this with the Tea Lover gift
basket. Varieties of coffee, honey, creamer, sweetener, coffee mugs,
coffee pot, Thermos, coffee-scented soap, coffee sugar scrub,
coffee-scented candles, coffee shop gift certificates.
Corporate/Executive ~ Wine, spirits, gourmet foods, imported chocolate,
personalized gifts bearing company logo, cheesecake, fully stocked picnic
basket, and gift certificates.
Gourmet ~ Pancake mix, imported jams, cheesecake, candies, cookies,
cheese, chocolate, condiments, teas, coffee, fruits, syrup, smoked salmon,
truffles, olive oil, imported vinegars, pasta, biscotti and gift
Sports Lover ~ Sports Lovers baskets can include a variety of general
sports, or specialize in one sport like golf, football, hockey, etc.
Including tickets to a game, a stopwatch, popcorn, nuts, wine, beer,
snacks, cheese, toys, t-shirts, baseball cap, autographed team/sport
merchandise, and gift certificates.
Tea Lover ~ Sometimes you can combine this with the Coffee Lover gift
basket. Varieties of tea bags, tea cups/mugs, honey, teapot, tea infuser,
blocks of tea, tea cakes, wafers, cookies, tea-scented soap, tea-scented
candles and gift certificates.
Wine & Cheese ~ Fine wine, wine glasses, champagne, napkins, cheese,
cheeseballs, cheese spread, crackers, biscuits, wine soap, and gift
Other Theme Ideas ~ Movie Lover, Congratulations, Easter, Pet Lover,
Retirement, Anniversary, 21st Birthday, Sweet 16, Game Lover, Music Lover,
Gardener, Book Lover, etc.
Buying Your Gift Basket & Accessories
Finding an excellent bargain for the basket itself is quite easy. You can
locate them at your local dollar store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift
shops, flea markets, swap meets, garage sales, craft stores, discount
stores and online.
Also, donít be afraid to be creative when selecting a basket. You can
easily find other sizes/shapes that will perfectly match your theme. A
Christmas sleigh for Christmas presents is an obvious choice. But how
about a bucket, mailbox, birdhouse, birdcage, or large mug to name just a
few alternative basket ideas?
Cellophane, organza bags, tissue paper, ribbon/bows and plastic
grass/shredded paper, can be located at discount stores, drug stores,
craft stores, packing suppliers, and online.
Once youíve made your first gift basket you might be hooked to this
creative way to give gifts and will make many more! Gift basket assembling
is a profitable business that can be started right in your own home. Make
certain you have enough storage space for all your baskets and supplies!
Investigate wholesale options for the products you will be adding to gift
baskets. And make sure you do your research about starting a small
By Lisa Maliga
Lisa Maliga, owner of Everything Shea Aromatic Creations
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