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Old 10-22-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
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Steps to make themed gift basket for this christmas

1) Decide on the theme of your gift basket

Will your gift basket satisfy their sweet tooth or will it relate to personal hobbies?
There are endless themes you can choose from which all depend on who the recipient is (husband/wife, family member, co-worker etc.)
Some examples of themes may be fruit gift basket, wine gift basket, golf gift basket, movie gift basket, etc.)

2) Decide what size and type of gift basket you use

This is where your imagination can run wild as the possibilities for gift baskets containers are endless. Nowadays you can use anything as a gift basket whether it is the old tradition whicker basket or a golf bag, it is up to you.

Also depending on your budget you can decide how big or small you want your gift basket to be, for example if you’re on a smaller budget you would choose a smaller basket so that you can fill it easily with smaller less expensive items.

3) Decide on the variety of items you wish to include

Now you want to include a variety of different items which go along with the theme of your gift basket. For instance, if you are creating a golf themed basket you may want to include things such as golf balls, gloves, glasses, hand towel etc.

Depending on the size of the basket you chose you may also want to adjust what you put into it as well. A basket which is too cluttered or too empty may ruin the look of your masterpiece so try and find a balance.

4) To finish… wrap it up

Make sure to wrap the basket in cellophane paper and tie it up with a ribbon to give it a classy look. Inside the basket make sure you use shredded paper or some other material to offer some cushion in order to keep the items from damaging.

Lastly, if applicable tie a little card with the ribbon to add some more meaning to the gift. We’re certain your recipient will love what you’ve put together.

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Old 10-30-2008, 08:12 AM   #2
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Theme Ideas:

Wedding Shower or House Warming-Use a laundry basket filled with all of the little necessities needed to set up a new houshold IE:Light bulbs, paper towels & holder, kitchen gadgits, new address book,


Pantry items along with a cookbook in a big stock pot


A favorite cooking pot along with the ingredients for a favorite Recipe of yours and the Recipe IE: Crockpot, Spring Pan, Cookie Sheet

Baby Shower Hostess:

Ask each guest to bring a small gift like rattles, bottles, lotion etc. Have a basket by the door for them to drop the little extras in when they arrive. Then tie the basket up or wrap it in cloth diapers or a receiving blanket.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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Great topic and awesome ideas...please keep them coming!!
I love picking up little things to include in gift baskets but I'm afraid I'm still rusty on themes and tying them all together in a creative way...I tend to put odds and ends in a basket, put a bow and give it to them......boring!
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Another gift idea

Tackle boxes/tool boxes work great for someone witha new car, house or the fisherman.

(I love the gift basket idea but hate baskets- Can you tell?)
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:28 AM   #5
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This is an awesome thread! I've decided that all my gifts this year will be food and/or food related. I'm SO excited! Tying in these themes with baskets is going to be so much fun!
I'm in love with my new KA mixer, Miss Moxie! (that's her in my avatar )
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