I love making my own gift baskets. They cost less than a store bought version. Plus, they don’t need to be wrapped!
A pair of Goodwill pants and an ugly tin bucket get the royal treatment in this spa themed gift basket:
I seriously seek out the opportunity to make one whenever I can. Nothing is safe from a gift basket. A simple gift certificate for a round of golf? An old wire basket, come Craig’s List golf balls and—BAM—Now it’s a gift basket.
If I ever quit blogging, I need to find a job where I can make gift baskets for a living ;-). Or maybe a job where I can sniff sawdust and drink coffee all day. Do you know of a job with those perks?
My last trip to the grocery store had me wandering down the seasonal aisle where I spotted warm fuzzy scarves for $6.99! (If you have a Kroger near you, look for them!) I thought they’d make great teacher gifts, but by themselves they seemed a little…errr meek? But, add some chocolate, gourmet hot cocoa mix and a mug and the recipient might just exclaim…Eeeeeek!
- Dollar Tree bin (or empty plant pot, basket, bucket or any other containers you might have on hand.)
- Candy Cane
- Tissue paper
- Hershey kisses
- Ghirardelli holiday chocolate squares
- Snowflake ornament (two for $1 at Dollar Tree)
- Mug (also from Dollar Tree)
- Basket filler (yup, you guessed it…Dollar Tree!)
- Sharpie marker or paint pen
The key to a beautiful gift basket is creating layers and propping things up so you can see everything.
Use tissue paper (bubble wrap and recycled cardboard work great for heavier objects.)
Fold the scarf neatly in the bottom but let the ends hang over the bin.
Work from tall to short putting the taller items in the back.
Add the rest of your gift items: hot chocolate mix, filler candies, basket filler, etc. If you have a paper shredder or pasta maker you can shred your own paper. Brown paper bags look like nest material when shredded.
Write on an ornament or tag using permanent marker or ink pen to create a unique gift tag.
Prop up any items that sank and fill in any holes with more candy!
You can buy cellophane bags to protect your gift basket, but I prefer the eco-friendly option of leaving it open air.
They look so cozy, warm and ….who am I kidding…YUMMY!!!
I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this 10 Days of 15 Minute Gift Ideas!
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