Build a Perfect Gift Basket: Here’s How

It’s that time of year again. Time for gifts and special meals. Time for enjoying the people you love and showing them just how much they mean to you. While it is definitely harder to be with the ones you love this year, it’s easier than ever to assemble a gift basket that perfectly portrays your feelings to the ones you love.

Check out these easy tips to assemble a gift basket that will warm the hearts of the people you care about most.

Choose a Theme

The first step in making a perfect gift basket is a theme. Make it something specific to the receiver. Think of things they love to do, favorite books and movies, and the personal traits that make them special to you. The theme for your gift basket can be as specific or broad as you want it to be. There are no hard and fast rules here. Let your imagination guide you. Here are a few examples:

  • Glamorous and girly – full of makeup, perfumes, soft clothes, and items to pamper
  • Fishing fanatic – fishing poles, lures, depth finder, and life vest
  • Cooking enthusiast – dishes, cookware, apron, and cookbooks
  • Avid reader- favorite books, comfy PJs or blanket, tea, and bookmarks

Beyond the Basket

Breaking news: gift baskets don’t have to be in a basket. Choose something that goes along with your theme. Fill a giant bowl with popcorn, DVDs, and movie snacks or place items such as stadium seats, season tickets, and a tabletop grill in a cooler. If a basket fits your theme, great! If not, think outside the basket and arrange your gifts in a tackle box, mixing bowl, planter, or a foot bath. Using something other than a simple basket makes the container a special part of the gift. Use one of these fun ideas:

  • Wheel barrel
  • Wash bucket
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fish tank
  • Drink pitcher

Keep it Interesting

Choose gifts of all different sizes, types, shapes, and textures. You don’t want a stack of books or a set of dishes standing alone in a basket. Instead, choose paper, glass, fabric, and natural items and put them together to create interest and draw attention before the basket is even opened.

Build a Better Base

Plopping your gift items into the bottom of your basket or container is not going to give the effect you’re after. You want everything to be presented in an attractive and noticeable way, and a pile of items stacked on top of each other is not going to do it.

Instead, use basket fillers like shredded paper, Easter grass, or even the boxes the products came in, to prop up your gift items and give them a sturdy base to sit upon. Here are some great ideas for basket filler:

  • Crumpled newspaper or comics
  • Packing peanuts
  • Gift tissue paper
  • Confetti
  • Burlap

Arrange and Secure

The way you arrange and secure the items in the basket keeps them from falling over, spilling, or breaking before you get to bestow it upon your loved one. Put the larger items in the back and smaller items in front, so they don’t get lost. Secure everything in place with string, skewers, or glue dots to keep them from falling over.

To Wrap or Not to Wrap

Every gift basket does not need to be wrapped. If you want to wrap it, choose a clear cellophane gift bag and a colorful bow as opposed to regular wrapping paper. To get really creative, use another small gift as the bow, like a decorative kitchen utensil or a special photo. No matter what kind of basket you build, it will make Christmas morning at your house very special for someone you love.

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