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How to Make a Gift Basket for Every Holiday & Occasion

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Gift Baskets Make Great Personal Gifts

I have made so many gift baskets over the years. I make them for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Birthday's and of course Easter. I don't think I have ever purchased a gift basket pre-made in my life. I like to be able to pick out the items to make it personal. For instance, my mother-in-law gets one every year for Christmas. I know her favorite perfume, chocolate, champagne, spa and restaurant to name a few. I know all of those items will be put to use. So if you you are trying to find the perfect gift for someone, think about what their favorite things are and start from there. Putting it together is the fun part. I just finished making my grandchildren's Easter baskets and am going to show you how I do it later on in this article.

Playpen Gift Basket for a Baby Shower Gift

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This kind of gift basket is best when the shower is in your home or wherever the shower will be held.

Scrap the Wrap

Baby showers are a perfect event for a gift basket. When my 2 daughters were pregnant I made 2 of the same playpen-gift-baskets for their showers.

For the base, I filled the bottom of the playpen with diapers. Then I put the infant insert on and kept going. After several rolls of tape, I had everything where I wanted it. I purchased 6 rolls of clear cellophane wrap, a white tablecloth and a roll of wired ribbon from the dollar store. I didn't wrap all the way under the playpen with the cellophane, I just taped it underneath. Two rolls for the front, 2 rolls for the back and one roll for each side. It took me less time than it did to wrap all of the gifts individually and it looked really pretty at their showers.

The only problem I ran into was transporting them. My husband had to load them into his truck and strap them in. but they made it to their destination. This kind of gift basket is best when the shower is in your home or wherever the shower will be held.

You can also make a smaller version of this by using a basinet or even smaller yet, use a diaper bag as your vessel.

Mamma Mia that's a Spicy Gift Basket!

Front of the basket on the left and the back on the right.

Front of the basket on the left and the back on the right.

My husband is really hard to buy for, so several years ago, I made him a large gift basket as one of his Christmas presents. He loves hot and spicy food, the spicier the better. I scoured the internet and brick and mortar stores for everything and anything spicy.

Online Finds

Along with the obvious hot sauce sampler, some of the other items I found were: spicy chili chocolate, a spicy barbeque sauce sampler, a cool stacked spice jar with 6 of the hottest peppers.

Grocery Store Finds

Many of the items I found right in the local grocery store. At my local Publix I found: hot pickled okra, jalapeno stuffed olives, habanero salsa, habanero cashews, and at that time, Takis had just hit the shelves. He eats all of these things so they will be used,

He is also a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan (the band) so I got him a t-shirt and added that to the basket too. Those are just some of the things I can remember, the basket was quite large.

Lastly I had a photo of him eating, I opened it in my photo editor and saturated the reds, so his face looked like a cartoon character that just swallowed a bomb. The tag read: HOT ____ starts with S ends with T.

A Gift Basket for Everyone

A couple of years ago, we had Christmas at our house. I'm talking, cousins, their spouses, their spouses parents and siblings. I made a basket for everyone. It took a while but I managed to do it.

A couple of years ago, we had Christmas at our house. I'm talking, cousins, their spouses, their spouses parents and siblings. I made a basket for everyone. It took a while but I managed to do it.

Some I made flat with cookies, cakes and the like. You can just use a t-shirt or robe box to make them flat. You can also use holiday shoe boxes to make baskets. I did that too.

Some I made flat with cookies, cakes and the like. You can just use a t-shirt or robe box to make them flat. You can also use holiday shoe boxes to make baskets. I did that too.

Other Food & Drink Gift Baskets Ideas

Candy

Cookies

Alcohol & Mixers

Fruit

Jellies

Craft Beer

Cheese & Crackers

Coffee & Tea

Wine & Champagne

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Mini Baskets & Mugs

A mini gift basket is a great idea for the office gifts. You can fill them with candy, cookies, or whatever you want, as long as it fits.

The dollar store sells mini baskets for just about every holiday. They also sell packages of small cellophane bags, boxed cards, bows and gift tags.

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I usually get candies in the grocery store because they sell the bigger bags BOGO and when you use coupons it makes it much cheaper, plus you get better candy. Sometimes I buy Pepperidge Farm cookies and Little Debbie wrapped snacks as well.


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You can use practically anything as a vessel, so it doesn't have to be an actual basket. Gift mugs are great for when you have to bring, just a little something for everyone.

They sell the mugs in the dollar store as well as the other items I mentioned above. You can stuff the mugs with the same small items as the mini baskets.

Some additional good stuffers are: hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, smores and tea with cinnamon sticks and/or candy canes.

Great for Office Christmas Party Favors

How much will I need?

You will have to figure out just how many people you need to buy for and configure the amount of items you will need for each gift mug.

The marshmallows will be a bit more difficult to determine because they come in a bag and will need to be divided up for each mug. I think 1/3 cup for each mug, is good enough, you want some room for the actual cocoa. You should be able to get about 18 mugs worth from of a 10oz bag.

The gift tags, bows and Christmas cards are currently out of season so I cant look them up, but I have a roundabout idea of how many come in the packages.

Gift tags, depending on what kind you get, some are fancier than others and come in various counts. The sticker kind comes in larger packages and you can just stick them to the cellophane. The fancier ones come in packs of anywhere between 8 - 15. For this example I am going to go with the sticker kind, which come on sheets with 25 or more per package.

Christmas cards also make a great place marker for the Christmas party attendees. Write the guest's name on the envelope and lean it against the gift mug. I think the cards come in boxes of 10.

For this example I am going to figure out what will be needed and the cost for a party of 15 guests. All the items cost $1.25 per item as Dollar Tree has recently raised their prices. Estimates do not include any taxes because they vary by location.

Dollar Store Items

  • Mugs are sold individually. You will need 15 mugs, totaling $18.75.
  • Marshmallows (approximate) servings per 10oz bag is 18 you need 15 servings, totaling: $1.25.
  • Hot cocoa (Swiss Miss) comes in boxes of 6. You will need 3 boxes, totaling: $3.75.
  • Cellophane or loot bags and ties come in a pack of 20. You will need 1 package, totaling: $1.25.
  • Gift bows (bagged or the faux velvet bow tie kind) I think come in packs of 10. You will need 2 packages, totaling $2.50.
  • Sandwich bags (the fold over kind for the marshmallows) sold in a box of 125. You will only need one box, totaling $1.25.
  • Gift sticker package of (approximately) 25. You will need 1 package, totaling $1.25.
  • Christmas cards with envelops (approximately) 10 per box. You will need 2 boxes, totaling: $2.50.

So to make gift mugs, including the cards for 15 people, the total is $32.50. That comes out to $2.17 per guest, not including any sales tax. You will also have a lot of overage on some of the items. If you want to, you could purchase a couple more mugs for anyone else who might show up, unexpectedly or keep the items and put them to use another way. I usually keep the perishable items and for the kids, the rest I put away for another project.

Valentine's Day Gift Basket for Children

This one I made for my granddaughter a few years back.

This one I made for my granddaughter a few years back.

Small Valentine's Day bucket with stuffed froggy, a frog charm bracelet around his neck and a be mine gift tag.

Small Valentine's Day bucket with stuffed froggy, a frog charm bracelet around his neck and a be mine gift tag.

Gardening Basket

Using a large planter pot for the basket, stuff with:

  • Small bag of potting soil
  • Sheet pots
  • Seeds
  • Plant markers
  • Plant food


Scrapbook Basket

Great for a bridal or baby shower. Stuff with:

  • Scrapbook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Metallic gel pens
  • Stickers
  • Scissors: Scalloped, zig-zag etc.
  • Glue sticks
  • Foam mounting stickers

Artist Basket

Great birthday gift for a new artist. Stuff with:

  • Small canvas
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pallet
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pad of watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Sketch pad
  • Sketch pencils
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Oil pastels

How I Make Gift Baskets

I just finished the Easter baskets for my grandchildren. I took pictures to do a step-by-step for anyone who wants to DIY this year. All items were purchased in the dollar store. I made a short video that you can watch and below the video I have provided more detailed steps.



DIY Easter Basket Supplies

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You will need:

  • Basket
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Grass or shreds
  • Paper
  • Clear tape
  • Double stick tape
  • Ribbon
  • Gift box
  • Scissors (I forgot to add to photo.)
I made 4 of these for my grandchildren. The purple bow on the pink one is a hairbow. That one is for my granddaughter.

I made 4 of these for my grandchildren. The purple bow on the pink one is a hairbow. That one is for my granddaughter.

Start by making a sort of, paper pillow. Use as much paper as needed to fit the size of your basket. 1. Crumple paper place in center of another sheet or two. 2. Fold and tape.

Start by making a sort of, paper pillow. Use as much paper as needed to fit the size of your basket. 1. Crumple paper place in center of another sheet or two. 2. Fold and tape.

3. Stuff paper pillow into basket. 4. Put half of the gift box behind the paper pillow. (Pick a size box that will fit into your basket. I used a t-shirt box in this case.)

3. Stuff paper pillow into basket. 4. Put half of the gift box behind the paper pillow. (Pick a size box that will fit into your basket. I used a t-shirt box in this case.)

5. Fill with grass or paper shreds. (I used paper shreds in this case. The dollar store didn't have the color Easter grass that I wanted.)

5. Fill with grass or paper shreds. (I used paper shreds in this case. The dollar store didn't have the color Easter grass that I wanted.)

6. Layout your larger items. This is best to get a rough idea of how they will fit before taping.

6. Layout your larger items. This is best to get a rough idea of how they will fit before taping.

7. Begin taping items to the box. You can use the hanging tags of some items to secure them. Save small items for last to fill in empty areas. Continue until you have both the front and back finished.

7. Begin taping items to the box. You can use the hanging tags of some items to secure them. Save small items for last to fill in empty areas. Continue until you have both the front and back finished.

8. Unroll the cellophane, place basket in center, gather and tie.

8. Unroll the cellophane, place basket in center, gather and tie.

9. Tie lots of ribbon around the top so all sides are covered. 10. Curl ribbon. (If you do not know how to curl ribbon I have provided a video I found on YouTube below.)

9. Tie lots of ribbon around the top so all sides are covered. 10. Curl ribbon. (If you do not know how to curl ribbon I have provided a video I found on YouTube below.)

11. Trim the the cellophane so it is even.

11. Trim the the cellophane so it is even.

12. Use clear tape to close any gaps in cellophane. Use sparingly.

12. Use clear tape to close any gaps in cellophane. Use sparingly.

How to Curl Ribbon

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