How to Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter

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How to Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter
Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Commuters are often stuck in traffic for hours, due to a variety of reasons beyond their control. By creating a gift basket for a commuter friend, you can provide basic necessities that will make the waiting more comfortable.

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Things you need

  • Gift Ribbons
  • Ribbons
  • Tissue Paper
  • Greeting Cards
  • Afghan/ Blankets
  • Baskets
  • Cellophane Gift Wrap
  • Gift Bags
  • Gift Bows
  • Inflatable Pillows
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Bottled Water
  • Chewing Gum
  • High-energy Snacks
  • Instant Coffee Crystals
  • Powdered Coffee Creamers
  • Basic First Aid Kits
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Glass Cleaners
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Gift Certificates
  • Paper Towels
  • Shredded-paper Filling
  • Flashlights
  • Paper towels
  • Tissue paper

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    Select from items such as the following: small bottles of water; instant coffee; plastic spoons; powdered coffee creamer; a mug; nutritious snack food; gum; a paperback mystery novel; a flashlight; paper towels; window cleaner; an afghan/blanket; an inflatable neck pillow; and a basic medical kit.

    How to Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter
  2. 2

    Pick a basket style. Your choices include those with one handle, with two side handles, or without handles. Make certain the basket is large enough to hold the gifts you have selected.

  3. 3

    Decide on the color of the basket by choosing one that complements the commuter's home decor. If in doubt, choose a neutral color by selecting a natural wicker basket.

    How to Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter
  4. 4

    Use shredded paper filling to make the gifts fit snugly in the basket.

    How to Create a Gift Basket for a Commuter
  5. 5

    Buy a humorous greeting card.

  1. 1

    Wrap each present with a colorful gift wrap.

  2. 2

    Put a layer of shredded paper filling on the bottom of the basket.

  3. 3

    Place the wrapped gifts vertically or horizontally in the basket, as space allows, pushing the filling between gifts to ensure a very snug fit.

  4. 4

    Place the basket in the center of a large piece of clear or tinted cellophane gift wrap. You may need two pieces of the wrap to completely cover a large basket.

  5. 5

    Bring all sides of the wrap to a few inches above the top of the basket. Secure the wrap by tying it with a long, colorful ribbon.

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    Tape your greeting card onto the wrap.

Tips and warnings

  • Remind commuter friends to keep their gasoline tanks at least half-full, especially during the winter months. Sitting in traffic with the heater on can make the gas gauge quickly head towards empty.

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