Make Gift Baskets For Fun and Profit
Putting together lovely gift baskets is the way to give a memorable gift to anyone at any time of the year.
Now you can assemble gift baskets, and at a very low price! Baskets come in a variety of shapes from
traditional round to oval, square, heart-shaped, and circular. Some have a couple of handles, others are
colored brightly, while still more baskets are as natural as the reeds that make them up. Of course not all
baskets are made from reeds; youíll find those made from plastic, metal, tin, fabric, or combinations thereof.
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
invisible tape! 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 you started.
Baby ~ Stuffed toy, blanket, booties, cap, bib, baby powder, mobile, pacifier, books, blocks, toys,
bath & body items, music CD, and baby shop gift certificate.
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 scented candles.
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 certificates.
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.