09-08-2010, 08:43 PM
Tips for Packing and Wrapping Gift Baskets
Putting together a gift basket is just as much about its "nuts and bolts" as it is about the gift items.
Professionally packaged gift baskets are arranged so that the items are on display yet securely wrapped using some of these techniques:
•Put items on risers in the basket so you can see all gifts. Risers can be small cardboard boxes or empty cans that are gift-wrapped.
•Secure items to risers and each other using clear mailing tape.
•Mask risers and fill in the basket with decorative shredded paper, tinsel, or a similar material that fits the style of your basket.
•Wrap the entire basket up in Cellophane sheets. Gather the excess Cellophane at the top and tape it closed. Wrap ribbon around the tape at the top or add a bow along with a gift tag.
•For a more professional look, use a home use heat gun and shrink-wrap to enclose your gift basket in plastic. Add a bow and gift tag to finish it off.
09-08-2010, 08:44 PM
5 Homemade Theme Gift Basket Ideas
There are so many great gift baskets available for purchase that you want to think "out of the box" for a truly unique homemade basket. Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
Curl Up with a Good Book Basket
Fill the basket with a few books that you know will appeal to the recipient. Embellish the basket with a coffee mug and hot cocoa for enjoying the book by a warm fire.
Be Creative Basket
Pack the basket with items to create a work of art! Visit a local craft or art store and select supplies that will appeal to the gift recipient. An artist brush, paints, and a small canvas along with a painting technique handbook is one way to go. Or, encourage a new hobby with a set of knitting needles, trendy yarn, and a simple scarf pattern.
Favorite Recipe Basket
Share your favorite recipe on an index card for the gift recipient along with the ingredients to make it. Add a cookbook to the basket, utensils, or holiday themed cooking items.
Dinner Is On Me Basket
Make dinner and wrap it up as a gift for the busy person in your life. Do you make an awesome lasagna? Whip up the meal and pack it in a nice airtight container for the gift recipient along with candles, utensils, even a CD of music for dinner ambience.
Cocktail Gift Basket
An ideal host gift, pack a basket full of cocktail ingredients and the barware to mix up the drink. Most every one loves a cool Martini shaker, fun cocktail picks, drink stirrers or a set of cocktail napkins.
09-08-2010, 08:54 PM
Gift Baskets...from Your Stockpile!
Some ideas for baskets/containment devices:
For a movie basket, you can get a plastic popcorn tub from the Dollar Tree (see pic above).
For housewarming, baby shower, going to college, etc. basket, you could use a small laundry basket.
Cooking basket, a nice mixing bowl, baking sheet/pan, or plastic container would work.
If you can't find anything, you could use a cardboard box. Just cut it down to where you just have an inch or so for the sides. Then wrap with paper to go with your theme.
Sometimes you can find a cute bag or tote to use to hold your items. This is always a hit with my female friends.
For the guys you can use an empty 6-pk bottle holder from beer (Corona), OR, a reuseable tote bag similar to this HERE.
You can even use a 2-liter soda bottle (without the soda of course) - see here for my previous post about this great idea.
Look for baskets in the local thrift store!
Here are some basket ideas Just to get your creative juices flowing!
House Warming/Wedding picnic basket
You can always pick up cute picnic baskets in the fall for really cheap at the craft stores which is when I always stock up. You can include paper plates, plastic cups, utensils, a deck of cards, table cloth, napkins, cheese, crackers, popcorn, nuts, chocolate, fruit, flowers, wine and/or travel size adult drink (beer or wine..). This usually only costs around $10 and most of it is can be from fillers or your stockpile.
You can put in pasta sauce, spaghetti, candles, a bottle of wine, and a wine tool set. The spaghetti, pasta sauce and candles can come from your stockpile. The wine tool set you can get from Kohl's - use a $5 off $5 and 15% off, and pay around $2. So really the only expense will be the wine.
Girly Girl basket
Nailpolish, tweezers, emery boards and toe separators fom the dollar store for pedicures. And then all kinds of clearanced makeup - eyeshadows, eye pencils, lipsticks and glosses, bronzer. Buy the items when it's buy one get one free from Revlon, Loreal, Rimmel, whatever and match the sales with coupons ...plus watch for the orange clearance tags at CVS. Put it all in a hobo bag from Target that is clearanced ....or free with a Target coupon.
You can toss in Nivia for Men body wash, a razor, shaving cream, axe body sprays and chapstick. You can also toss in some cheap chocolate (Toblerone is what I got), and some Tag body spray (they love that stuff......) I made these using a 2-liter Coke bottle (see here for instructions).
For the Mailman or Newspaper Delivery Person
Put together treats like assorted snack bars, candy and SOBE water that's always on sale. Stuff they can munch on as they deliver mail.
"Girls Night In" basket
Include PJ's, and a bunch of frees like nail polish, Nivea lip care, Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Wash, lotion, and toss in a bunch of trial size freebies you scored at Target. Young girls always love getting goodies like these :)
"Survive the Break" - for teachers!
I gave my DD's 4 teachers a survive the break kit.... Nivea Lip Care or Chapstick, Chex Mix, Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, Sprinkles, Cookie Cutters (Dollar Spot at Target), Batteries, Razors, Nail Polish (For the girls), Hershey's Kisses, and the list could go on!
For the Babysitters......
Make a basket out of a 4 pack of Starbucks Frappucino drinks (the cardboard) - leave 2 bottles in but take two bottles OUT, and fill the empty space with peanuts, crackers, nailpolish, lip care, etc.
Fill a 2-liter pop bottles (see my post HERE) with microwave popcorn, popcorn seasoning, and a box of movie candy. Adults and kids alike will not be able to figure out how to get it open...........ha ha ha :)
A few baking mixes, brownies, cookie mix, cake mix and frosting....tollhouse morsels, recipe cards (can be made and printed at home on fun paper), a cute pot holder (could even be crafted by the kids if being given to grandparents!... think CHEAP potholder with a kid's hand print!!!) A clearanced spatula or baking accessory. (Easily found at the Dollar Tree!), cute cupcake papers (with polka dots etc..)
Coffee Lover's Delight
Various small gourmet coffees.. I try to get the trial or smallest sizes. Then get various flavors of creamer, perhaps a few exotic teas, some hot chocolate mixes (clearance after the holidays at Target!), biscotti & a few cheap mugs from the dollar store... Then, hand dip some plastic spoons in chocolate (just the spoon not the handle!) - cover the spoon part with plastic and a tie/ribbon and attach a poem or little card :)
Family Movie Night
Go to your local Dollar Tree and you may be able to find a popcorn bucket (plastic) for a buck or two. Fill it with tissue paper, and then include a few movie candies, planters trail mix, 3-5 microwave popcorns, and 1 inexpensive DVD movie to enjoy. Cover it in plastic and tie it with a nice note explaining the concept: Movie Night!
Pampered Princess Pedicure Kit
Stuff a basket with the things that little girsl love the most! Pamper them like a princess! Get a basket at your local thrift store, and fill it with:
3-5 shades of nail polish
Nail polish remover
Foot Soak - Jasmine and Lavendar Milk Scrub
Good smelling lotion
Colored Cotton Balls
Cheap flip flops
Tiny Jewels (made to stick on cell phones)
For the "MAN" of the house
Free BBQ Sauce, A-1 steak sauce,Weber marinades and rubs I've received into a plastic cube crate and add the Multipurpose bic lighters and charcoal to it. You can also keep your eyes peeled for inexpensive BBQ Books. Include charcoal, or wood chips for the grill. You can also use a $5 off $5 for Kohls to get some inexpensive BBQ grillin' tools. Go a step further and include a few beers!!
Newborn Baby Basket
Find an expensive basket at the local thrift store and fill it with baby necessities to include:
A few Johnson's lotions, powder, washes etc (easily found for cheap at Target)
Cute washcloth set
Passy and passy clips- you can even order these personalized for the baby who has everything!
Set of onsies or hats..
Wipes / Diaper Samples
For the Teacher
A book for the classroom (or even some vintage books might interest them!)
Clorox wipes / spray
Plug in room air freshener (Sense and Spray or Lasting Impressions)
Refills (they WILL need more! LOL)
Some pens / small school supplies / stickers (as mid way through the year she may be needing more!)
Gum / Mints / Candy
Take a cheap laundry basket, line the bottom with a new, cheap towel and fill the basket with some laundry detergent, fabric softener, razors, soap, shampoo, shaving lotion, body lotion, and a few candles, maybe even some toilet paper!
For your local Law Enforcement (yes....they do work hard!)
A basket of Hand Sanitizer, shout travel wipes for cleaning up their uniform on the go, baby wipes, non-melting candy trail mix, gum ....and Febreeze Fabric Refresher! You can also include Sunglasses, travel first aid kit, good pens, car fresheners, all-in-one knife tool, hand warmers (if they live in a cold area), lint rollers, chapstick, batteries, and windex wipes to wipe their buttons or shoes. The list could go on!!!
For the Man Who Loves to Wash his Car......
Does your guy really love to keep his car all clean and shiny? If he does, fill a plastic pail with sponges, cloths, car polish, a couple of cans of beer, and an issue of his favorite car magazine. Great homemade gift ideas for boyfriend or hubby! Woot!
09-08-2010, 08:58 PM
Great tips! Thanks Wendy!
09-08-2010, 09:05 PM
Thanks Wendy! These are awesome ideas and right in time for the holidays! :)
I love the car wash one, I have 3 brothers and that is an awesome idea! 2 of my brothers birthdays are the same week as Christmas (johnholmes and my brother jerry) and mom & dad's anniversary is one day after Christmas! It is a crazy week for all of us.
09-08-2010, 09:15 PM
Wonderful ideas, Wendy!! Thanks!
Great ideas Wendy.....................thanks
09-09-2010, 07:36 PM
I just love making gift baskets from my stockpile- it is so much nicer because you can tailor them to the person (and much cheaper than buying something!!)
09-09-2010, 09:53 PM
Thank you! I love making baskets too! :)
Great list, thanks Wendy!
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