Monday, December 28, 2015

How to make a Gift Basket

We have created a habit of making gift basket to the guests we have at our home. Recently we made two baskets and I wanted to share how we made them. Gift baskets are a caring way of making your guests feel welcome. They can also be a lot of fun when you are involving your kids in the process. 

We recycled two baskets we had previously received. If you ever receive a basket, be sure to recycle them instead of buying new ones. 
I went to Hobby Lobby and Target to get all of these items. I put some filling that was already in the basket to give me a nice foundation. I've learned through YouTube (thanks internet!) that you may want to chance your filling, depending on how you want the items to stand. The first item I put was a tote bag. Our guests were out in an adventure type of trip, so I thought this bag was perfect for them.
I'm in the "monogram everything" phase, so I got their initial in golden. They can reuse it for decor at home or in an office setting. I also bought a Texas keychain, an a sleep mask.
I found a few Bee coffee mugs on sale on Hobby Lobby which goes nicely with our last name. I also put a necklace in the basket, a water cup, a small water bottle and some crackers. I didn't overdo in the food department because our guests were going to eat out a lot. I put a sachet in the basket so they would smell it when they open it. I think that a basket can awaken different senses, not only the visual and mental.
I reused a ribbon in the basket on the left and I made the one on the right. I also bought a plastic basket cover at Hobby Lobby.

Our guests really enjoyed their baskets. I was randomly looking at how much baskets cost, and I know I saved it big time by making my own. I also put a more personal touch by picking the items myself.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a gift basket. You can make them as simple or complex as you'd like. Just be sure to have fun and get the kids involved in this caring process. 

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