Saturday, August 27, 2011

How To Make Your Own Gift Baskets

One of the most famous gifts for Easter is that of a gift basket filled with chocolates, toys and fun little items for children to enjoy. As you get older, perhaps your children grow up and there is no longer that joy of helping the Easter bunny put together special holiday gift baskets. That doesn’t mean, however, that you cannot continue the tradition with other holidays and special occasions.

Christmas is a wonderful time to make your own gift baskets and can be a terrific way to add a personal touch to any present. If you know a woman who loves to pamper herself, consider purchasing a nice basket and adding a bottle of her favorite bubble bath, body lotion, perfume and anything else that you know to be her favorite. If you have a sports fan in the family, a basket filled with his/her favorite team’s memorabilia will be a big hit. Some examples may be a t-shirt and baseball cap, a rare trading card or other official collectibles.

Once you have filled the gift baskets with goodies, it’s time to purchase clear cellophane gift bags. After opening the gift bag, carefully place the gift basket and all of it’s contents inside. Once you have it perfectly situated, secure the top with clear tape or a staple. A large bow at the top will make your gift baskets not only personalized, but the recipient will also know that you put a lot of thought into the design and look of their gift.

Another terrific idea for gift baskets is to include a colorful variety of fruits, including apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, plums, etc. If you purchase gift baskets that do not feature a handle, these can be placed on a dining room table or as the centerpiece in the living room. Fruit gift baskets are ideal for teachers, doctors, lawyers or the health conscious family member.

If you are looking for some additional gifts to include, consider jewelry, a leather wallet, special event ticket, gift certificates, stuffed animal, favorite candy, etc. The more color and variety you can add to a gift basket, the more festive your gift will appear.

Still need some theme ideas for gift baskets? Many enjoy creating personalized pet gift baskets, baby gift baskets and even newlywed gift baskets. There is no end to the number of creations that can be made with a little imagination and some time and effort.

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