A great gift basket together takes more than just throwing a few items in a container. Do you need some Tips for Building a Great Gift Basket? I adore gift baskets! Not only are they cost effective, but they also look beautiful and can be personalized to anyone. If you’ve been giving gift baskets for a while, you can also add the materials to your stockroom list. You would essentially be making a gift stockroom when you see really good prices or bargains.
When I started giving gift baskets, I purchased an enormous roll of cellophane wrap from amazon to wrap the baskets in. I can then just tie off the tops with ribbon. The cellophane was a great investment for me and considering how much I’ve used it and how much I have left, I suspect that this will last until I’m 50. You can get your very own giant roll of cellophane from Amazon here.
Always include a letter or a note with your basket. We have few opportunities in life to tell someone what they mean to us. About 20 times a day I look at someone or talk to someone and think about how much I adore that person’s personality or how much I admire a particular trait of theirs. If we just took that rare opportunity to let them know, it would encourage them to keep being awesome.
GIFT BASKET IDEAS
Travel gift basket idea
- A toiletry bag of good quality.
- A set of reusable plain bottles with vinyl labels (if you have a Cricut or something similar, make your own labels).
- A toothbrush and toothpaste holder
- A hairbrush girl, a shaving kit for a guy.
- A monogrammed luggage tag.
- Bubble bath!
- Sleep mask.
- Lavender potpourri for filling.
Welcome baby gift basket idea
Fill a basket with often overlooked helpful items to get mom and dad through that first week or two. Include a 15-minute dinner “recipe” and ingredients (you can even do a pantry meal so you don’t have to refrigerate).
What to put in a baby gift basket – There are many items you can put into a baby basket. Clothes, blankets, bibs/burp cloths, diapers, Emergency diaper bags, bath products, items to feed with, music, toys – even snacks for Mom and Dad.
Good options for this are food, snacks, sleep masks, and accessories to help with breastfeeding like cooling pads, nipple pads etc (make sure Mom’s breastfeeding first, you wouldn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings with a gift).
Hint: A Amazon Video subscription makes new moms super happy! We called ours the 3 am lifesaver.
Pasta night gift basket idea
- Fancy imported pasta
- Fancy pasta sauce
- Italian spices
- Pasta spoon or wooden spoon.
- Jar of Olives.
- Chocolates or a little dessert
- Fresh parmesan or aged cheese
- Breadmaker Bread Mix (so they can make their own garlic bread!)
- An extra that you think they could use or don’t have like a quality colander, a cool apron, an Italian cookbook.
What else could you put in a Pasta Night gift basket? You could always take it a step further and add a movie, puzzle or a game to your gift basket. Or you could keep it simple with the basics, like the above items. The last time we gave this as a gift we gave it as a wedding gift and included a very nice cutlery set with it as well. Anything that you think the family will enjoy or that goes along with the theme can be added. Get creative and have fun!
I want the focus to be on the items in the basket so for the basket itself, I try not to spend so much money. I like to look around for them when I’m at thrift stores or rummage sales. Now and again I pick one or two up with a coupon if I find some for a good deal that are cute and sturdy
Spa night gift basket idea
- Gift card
- Eye Mask (maybe a cooling one with gel in it?)
- Sleeping mask for relaxing
- lavender potpourri (again… you can make this yourself)
- Lotions and creams
- Massage Oil
- Nail Clippers or even a Nail Clippers Manicure Set Grooming Kit
- The perfect nail polish shade (go for something daring – she already has a pile of reds and pinks, go for a trendy colour like OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark.)
- Body scrub, loofah etc.
- Shower cap, bathrobe
- Shampoo/conditioner/hair oil, etc.
- Moisturizer for hands, face, and body
- A book or magazine to read in the bath
- And of course Cute stuffed toy
Feel better gift basket idea
- Fill up a gift basket with things that are guaranteed to make someone special feel better.
- Chicken Noodle Soup (Try Progressive so they can just heat and eat).
- Chocolate Bars – everyone likes chocolate.
- A book in their area of interest
- Warm throw
- Cozy socks
- Water bottle
- Herbal tea
- Ridiculously super soft tissues (the ones that you would never buy for yourself)
- Sore throat lollipops (found in the children’s aisle, they taste so good!)
- Trashy Magazines (the ones that are highly entertaining but you actually lose brain cells as you flip through them, like the National Enquirer.)
- Handmade get well soon card
Your loved ones will surely appreciate your well wishes for their swift recovery. It’s also a good idea to keep these items stocked up at your own home for when you get sick yourself!
Car care kit gift basket idea
- Black Bucket as a basket. Practical.
- Super Soft Microfiber Cloth
- Wash Sponge
- Multi-Purpose Wipes
- Car Air Freshener (New Car Scent)
- Microfiber Washmitt
- Any Wheel & Tire Cleaner
Or just order simple a car wash set with bucket and wrap it.
Road trip gift basket idea
- Snacks (sweet, salty, sour)
- An Entertainment Book (filled with coupons etc for travelling)
- Activity books.
- A backseat organizer for toys snacks etc.
- A box filled with a variety of snacks and drinks
- A small cooler to hold drinks
- A travel pillow
- A warm small blankets
- Magnetic Board Games or age appropriate distractions for kids.
- Travel themed ornament.
- Travel themed shirt or hat.
Nostalgia gift basket idea
The idea behind this basket is to go out and collect items that were popular a long time ago and hard to find now. The items should be useful and sorely missed.
Things like candy and non-perishable foods are great but think beyond the obvious. For someone my age (40), a few good choices are Rubik’s cube, Nokia 3310 mobile phone, retro gaming console, Playing cards, Retro design t-shirt, etc.
Gardening gift basket idea
There’s no better gift idea for garden loving friends and relatives than a gardening themed basket. That leaves one to wonder just what to put in a garden gift basket. Garden gift basket ideas are limited only by your budget and imagination. Ideas for garden gift baskets can be inexpensive and straightforward or more lavish.
- A variety of seed packets
- A carrying bucket
- A kneel board
- Gardening Gloves
- Liquid Fertilizer
- Peat moss containers to start seeds
- Garden ID Spikes or Plant T-Type Tags to identify plants (you can make these yourself too!)
- A book on square foot gardening
Other ideas for garden gift baskets include hand soap, garden scented candles, sunscreen, a sun hat, bandana or scarf, garden clogs or boots, and an aromatic hand lotion. If your garden friend likes to care for the birds and insects along with their plants, tuck in a bee house or a bird feeder.
Picnic gift basket idea
Picture this. You and a loved one are sitting on a blanket at the beach, underneath a clear blue sky. It’s sunny and hot, mid-July, and you have nowhere to be and nothing to do all afternoon except watch the waves crash and the sunset. The moment is almost perfect, but you’re missing just one thing — a picnic basket!
- Fill a picnic basket with a waterproof lined blanket.
- Paper plates
- Paper bowls
- Plastic cups
- Plastic utensils
- Freezer ice packs
- Collapsible cooler
- Trimmed, embellished cardstock with picnic menu ideas and great places to go to.
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Extra gadgets & goodies
- Fruits and snacks
Sewing kit gift basket idea
Fill a sewing basket with needles, patches, threads of different colors, a pin cushion, pins, a fabric marker with disappearing ink, a wire threader, an assortment of basic buttons, and a wrist wrap with a pin pad on it. If they have a sewing machine or they are an avid sewer… you can add some more advanced things.
- Buttons and Other Fasteners. Having buttons, snaps, and zippers in your sewing kit will come in handy for making quick repairs.
- Fabric Marking Pens. These make it easy to measure and mark fabrics accurately. And the marking will come out in the wash.
- Hand-Sewing Needles. You’ll need needles in every length and size. You don’t want to try hand sewing heavy fabrics like denim or corduroy with a needle that’s too small.
- Measuring Tape. No matter what you sew, measuring will probably be involved. So measuring tape is a must-have.
- A Needle Threader. Instead of suffering the frustration of trying to get a tiny piece of thread to go through the tiny eye of a needle, use a needle threader instead.
- A Pincushion or Magnetic Pin Holder. Good, old fashioned pincushions help to keep straight pins under control. But if you want a more “modern” and “high tech” solution, use a magnetic pin holder instead.
- Sewing Scissors or Fabric Shears. Don’t settle for a standard pair of scissors. You’ll just be making things harder on yourself than they have to be. Sewing scissors and fabric shears are specially designed to make cutting fabric easier.
- A Seam Ripper. Seams can be surprisingly stubborn. While wrestling to remove a seam can give you a good workout, use a seam ripper if you want the job to be a little easier.
- Straight Pins. Choose straight pins with round heads. They tend to be easier to work with than flat-headed straight pins.
- Thimbles. Thimbles help to protect your fingers from the pointy ends of needles. They can also help you to get a needle through thick, heavy fabric.
- Thread. You can buy thread in just about any color you can imagine. You should also invest in a spool of invisible thread. If you have to sew something that’s white or yellow, but don’t have any white or yellow thread, invisible thread is the answer.
- A Container to Hold It All. You can use anything from a basket, to a diaper bag, to a container specially made to hold sewing supplies.
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