You can create homemade gift baskets for any occasion, including birthday parties, graduations, and holidays. Homemade baskets allow you to save money and pick out or create ideal gifts for any recipient.
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You can use almost anything for a gift "basket." Save empty baskets throughout the year for use as needed. Or, use large bowls, pans, vases, laundry baskets and backpacks as the container and centrepiece of a gift. You may find an obvious container or basket based on the contents you'd like to include. When giving a gift to a woman, use a purse or tote bag for the container. For a recent high school graduate use a laundry basket or other functional piece. Some gifts, such as the recipe in a jar, require specific containers. Gift materials like clear wrap can make nearly any item--including flat items like serving trays--a great container for compilation gifts.
Your basket contents will vary based on your recipient, his or her interests and your budget. Bath and body items, candles, coffee and tea all make utilitarian gifts. Food lovers and newlyweds alike may appreciate wine and wine glasses, cheese, jelly, fruit, chocolate or other epicurean delights. A basket for a child may include items such as a skipping rope, play putty, DVDs, books, colouring books, stuffed animals, computer games, and toy cars. Keep a child's age in mind when selecting basket components. Homemade items may include cookies, blankets, soaps, candles and painted pottery.
You may decide to create your basket around a theme that matches a recipient's interests. For example, a globetrotter may appreciate a travel basket with a travel mug, small alarm clock, lint roller, map, stamps or disposable camera--all of which can fit in a small travel bag. A new college student may appreciate school supplies, calling cards, stamps, instant coffee, a school T-shirt and gift cards to local delis and pizzerias. A gift for the crafter in your life may include scissors, a needle case, pin cushions, thread, glue sticks, pins, sewing machine needles and craft magazines. Slip craft gifts in a plain tote bag to provide a convenient way to travel with projects.
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