As the holiday party invitations start arriving, your holiday calendar will fill up fast. Bringing the party hosts a gift is a lovely way to thank them for the evening of entertainment. Why not put your crafty skills to use this year? Creating personalized gifts baskets is easier than you think. Don’t stress – PurpleTrail has plenty of Christmas Gift basket ideas to get you started. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to help you assemble beautiful gift baskets.
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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas & Inspiration
It’s important to think about the following when designing your gift baskets:
- How many gift baskets will you need to make?
- Will you be making multiple versions of the same themed basket? If yes, what unique items can you place in each one to make it personalized for the recipient?
- What is your budget?
- Keep the needs of your hosts in mind….dietary restrictions, etc.
It is not as difficult as it seems. If you are making similar baskets for everyone, you could head to stores that sell in bulk to grab great offers. If you intend to make unique baskets for each recipient, it is just a question of getting your thoughts organized.
Your gifts need not be expensive, small thoughtful gifts make an ever lasting impression. Try to do something specific to the person’s interests.
- Relaxation lovers- fuzzy socks, tea, and a good book
- Car enthusiasts- detailer quality car wash and, scrub mit, and a chamois, (use a wash bucket as your container)
- Coffee lovers – a big coffee cup with a gourmet coffee blend
- Movie lovers – a DVD or two and some popcorn
- Music lovers – an iPod gift card and a gel skin (make sure you know what model they have)
- Wine lovers – a bottle of their favorite variety of wine, cheese, crackers and a couple of wine glasses.
- Garden lovers – a beautiful vase or pot, filled with a variety of flower or herb seeds with some luxurious gardener’s hand lotion.
- Baking lovers – a recipe book, some homemade treats and a baking tool to accompany the recipe book (i.e. a pastry book = pastry cutter, cookie recipes = cookie cutters, etc.)
- Winter theme – lip balm, moisturizer , mittens and hot packs for cold winter days!
- Candle lovers – different scented candles and votive or tea light holders
- Tea Lovers- teapot and tea cozy set, variety of mints and muffins or scones
- New Year’s theme – ice bucket, a bottle of Champagne , party hats, sparklers and balloons
The list is really endless on what you can put in a basket. Get creative! Make sure to size your gift basket or container in proportion to the items selected. If the vessel is too big your gifts will look sparse, but if it’s too small the presentation looks crowded and unbalanced.
- Vases, flower pots or pails
- Wicker baskets, fabric boxes, or hat boxes
- Mugs, mixing bowls, or pasta pots
- Cookie jars or cookie tins
- Go green and re-purpose items you already have:
- cover shoe boxes in brown butcher paper, have your kids draw and decorate the paper!
- re-usable shopping bags
Tip: One of the tips that most pros give out is to shop for next year’s gift baskets this year. Most stores have a sale post-Christmas where you could buy fabulous Christmas ornaments, candles and other holiday related paraphernalia at discounted prices. You could also stock up on great looking wrapping paper at these sales. Check out overstock.com for great deals.
Fillers might be necessary to hold the gift items in place, to fill in empty spaces and to lift your gift up so they are visible. If your container is very deep you can use floral foam or crumpled newspaper to bring it up to the correct level.
- For empty spaces try small silk flowers or greenery, wrapped candies (Hershey’s Kisses look great), candy canes or other small items.
- Colorful shred from party supply stores and straw or colored tissue paper placed attractively as fans.
- Newspaper, brown paper, old maps, music sheets, etc. work perfectly.
- Peanuts in shells and coffee beans are also unique fillers.
- Place heavier and larger items in the center at the bottom.
- Place the smaller gifts and food items around the larger items.
- It is also a good idea to practice assembling your gift basket with various gift placements to get just the right arrangement.
- Transparent cellophane, raffia , tulle and ribbons.
- Incorporate the wrapping materials, as part of the present. Decorative towels, scarves or linen make great wrapping materials
- Brown butcher paper
- Odds and ends of wrapping paper turned wrong side out decorated by you with stamps or let your kids color it.
Enjoy the festive season. Amidst all the planning and shopping and packing of gifts, don’t forget to take time out for yourself. Above all, don’t fret or stress over getting the perfect look. If you create gift baskets with the recipient in mind, the sentiment will be apparent and it will be the perfect gift.