Whether you’re trying to make a custom, one-of-a-kind gift basket for a friend’s birthday, need a last-minute house-warming present for a loved one, a token of appreciation when meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, or simply a just-because gift, these gift baskets will become your go-to idea!
I’ve been in each of the above situations, and the last-minute recipients would have been none-the-wiser, which is the best part of these puppies. While they’re easy to grab the items day-of, they present so well and do show thought and care.
Here’s some examples of baskets I’ve put together in the past:
Making Your DIY Gift Basket
As you can see, all of these baskets are Fall/Autumn themed, but the important thing is that you pick a theme when creating your gift basket. While these are all fall themed as far as decorations, they’re each catered differently to the recipient. One has wine and a candle, as I chose a couple “favorites” of the recipient. One is food and beverage, featuring a spice mix for creating your own spread with a bottle of wine, and the third is an Italian dipping set.
Regardless of what theme you go with for your basket, you’re going to need the following:
- A cute, decorative basket of some sort to hold the goodies in
- Crinkle-cut basket filler in a complimentary color to your basket’s theme (i.e. brown or orange for Fall; light pink or blue for a baby basket, etc.)
- Cellophane basket bags for wrapping the entire basket in after filling (not necessary but a nice, elegant touch)
- Decorative ribbons, mini sighns, and festive small decor pieces to compliment your basket’s theme and/or contents (love this glittery, rustic burlap ribbon for harvest-themed baskets)
- Personalized items to go into the basket (maybe this ceramic Mr. and Mrs. ring dish for an engagement party or bridal shower basket, or this Bath & Body Works CONGRATS candle for a graduation or baby shower gift basket).
How to Arrange Your DIY Gift Basket
Step 1: fill the empty basket 2/3 of the way with the basket filler. You want to leave a little room for the items to fill in.
Step 2: Make little holes in the filler where you expect the more bulky items to go, then place these items in the holes. When arranging your items, try to place lighter, smaller-to-the-eye trinkets sitting on top of the filler so that they don’t get lost down into the basket in transport.
Step 3: Fill in the remainder of the basket with filler after you’ve placed all of your items, so that each item is fitting snug in the basket.
Step 4: Open up a cellophane basket bag, and gently place your basket at the bottom of this bag. Bring together the ends evenly towards the top of your goodies, leaving about an inch space from the top of the highest goodie to where you grab.
Step 5: Cinch the bag and tie with a decorative bow for a finished, elegant look.
And there you have it. With a few personalized items, a central theme, and some easy online shopping or a quick trip to your local craft store, and you’re in business with a clever, thoughtful, and easy gift for any occasion!
What kind of basket are you looking to create? I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve for baby shower baskets and spooky halloween gift sets!
By Sarah Beacom
|Sarah is a Marketing Project Coordinator at Research Now.|
Sarah writes about events, experiences, and happenings around Dallas, Texas and Plano.
Sarah is a blogger, foodie, and brand advocate, dedicating her free time to DIY craft tutorials, creating new recipes, and reviewing products.