Gift Baskets – A Gift For the Person Who Has Everything!
by: Donna Hamer
Ever wondered what to give the “Person Who Has Everything”? A Gift Basket
could be just the thing. Have you been from shop to shop and thought “Yes This
is It” and then discounted the gift because it wasn’t really what you wanted.
My best friend has everything and when I say everything, “I Mean Everything”.
She has either been given or purchased every conceivable gadget available in the
last 5 years. She loves to shop. One of her motto’s is “Shop Til you Drop, Spend
Til the End”. And she lives by that rule!
When it comes to gifts for my friend – she is “The Hardest Person to Buy
For”. Oh did I tell you, she even has a kitchen sink on her car key tag !
It was while looking for a present for my friend that I thought “What About A
Gift Basket”. I was in a specialized shop and the sign said “For the Person Who
Has Everything” and the light turned on.
I’m not sure if you are aware but these days gift baskets have changed. No
longer are they the old style cane baskets (although there are some very
attractive cane baskets available on today’s market). Today Gift Baskets come in
all shapes and sizes. In fact, it is basically up to your imagination as to what
a “Gift Basket” should be. You can use old shoes, buckets, calico bags, pot
plant holders in fact anything that holds what items you purchase to fill the
Gift Baskets are lots of fun to create and very easy to make. Gone are the
days of saying… oh I’m not creative enough to make a professional looking
basket. Anyone can make a professional looking basket – as long as you have some
imagination and a willingness to give it a try.
If you are stuck for a present for that “Person Who Has Everything” then a
Gift Basket is for you!
First, decide on a theme or if you aren’t sure then write down the interests
of the recipient ie. golf or tennis, shopping etc. You could even base it around
a coming event. Once you have made the list, work your way through it until you
find something that stands out that would fit into your Gift Basket “theme”.
For today’s basket, let's say your friend loves to entertain and one of her
favorite meals is “Italian” food.
You could choose a selection of baskets for this theme; today we will use a
large pasta bowl as our “basket” or a large cooking pot. Our basket needs to be
large enough to hold the goodies that we are going to purchase so that we can
then turn this into a Professional Looking “Gift Basket”. If neither of these
ideas appeals to you, let your imagination take over and choose something that
fits into your theme selection.
Next take yourself down to the local supermarket or deli who specialize in
gourmet foods. Set yourself a budget as to what you want to spend and then go
about buying non-perishable items to fill the basket. Speak to the shop
attendant to ensure that the items you are purchasing fit into your theme. Buy
different colors and types of pasta to give variety of color and shape to your
Next take yourself to a department store or kitchenware shop and purchase
some really great utensils to go with the other items that you have purchased.
You could also add an “Easy Step by Step Guide” if they need cooking help, or
send them to a “Cooking Lesson” for something extra.
Once you have gathered these items, it is time to begin to assemble your gift
Depending upon the type of basket you have chosen you may need to fill the
bottom of the basket with some shredded paper, as this will give the basket
height. Place the items in the basket to give a layered effect. Layering items
at different heights in the basket makes the overall design more pleasing to the
Use small pieces of tape to hold items in place. Next wrap clear cellophane
around the outside of the basket and tie the top with wired ribbon or curling
ribbon to match the color scheme of your gift.
To finish off our basket make a gift tag and tuck a small item into the
ribbon around the basket to give a professional look.
Congratulations – you’ve done it…. “A Present For the Person Who Has
Everything” – A Gift Basket!
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Donna Hamer is the author and publisher of 101 Gift Basket Ideas. For a Free
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