Make Gift Baskets For Fun & Profit
by: Lisa Maliga
Putting together lovely gift baskets is the way to give a memorable gift to
anyone at any time of the year. Now you can assemble gift baskets, and at a very
low price! Baskets come in a variety of shapes from traditional round to oval,
square, heart-shaped, and circular. Some have a couple of handles, others are
colored brightly, while still more baskets are as natural as the reeds that make
them up. Of course not all baskets are made from reeds; youíll find those made
from plastic, metal, tin, fabric, or combinations thereof.
Decide what item[s] will be going into that gift basket.
Group the items together. It is best if the largest items are in the center
or at the back, so it creates a pyramid shape. If in doubt about sizing your
gifts to your basket, just measure the tallest part and the circumference of
your gift items.
Make sure your basket will be a bit larger than the items.
Decide what you will fill your basket with: plastic grass, tissue paper,
raffia, crinkled or shredded paper or a towel.
Add your items carefully and securely.
You might be able to find a cellophane bag that is large enough to cover a
gift basket and add that.
If using cello wrap, make sure you have a large enough piece. Using clear
tape, apply to the bottom of the basket to help secure it. Sometimes it may be
necessary to tape around the width of the basket. If so, please use invisible
Tightly gather the ends of the cello wrap and tie together tightly with a
twist tie. Then add a bow, making sure itís securely attached.
Adding a gift card is always a nice idea. Your gift card should have a loop
in which you add a short length of ribbon or elasticized band which you then
attach to the perimeter of the ribbon or twist tie.
Make Your Own Shredded Paper
All you need is a nice quality paper shredder and some plain colored paper
and you have your own basket lining at virtually no cost, and no effort!
Creativity rules here when it comes to what you can add to a gift basket!
Determine whom you will be giving this basket to, if this person is male or
female, and what their interests are. Here are just a few ideas to get you
Baby ~ Stuffed toy, blanket, booties, cap, bib, baby powder, mobile,
pacifier, books, blocks, toys, bath & body items, music CD, and baby shop gift
Bath & Body ~ Soap, loofah sponge, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, whipped
shea butter, bath salts, sugar scrub, aromatherapy bath oils, bubble bath,
washcloth, rubber ducky, spa gift certificate, relaxing music CD, and scented
Birthday ~ Balloons, candles, stickers, bubbles, toys, games, teddy bears,
dolls, jewelry, books, gift certificates, cookies, candies, and fruit.
Bon Voyage ~ Travel guides, maps, compass, travel diary, passport holder,
atlas, travel size toiletries, and gift certificates.
Bridal ~ Scented candles, bath & body products, spa gift certificate, gourmet
chocolate, flowers, lingerie, champagne, wine, crystal, other gift certificates.
Chocolate Lover ~ Chocolate bars, chocolate candy/bon-bons, chocolate
cookies, hot chocolate mix, cocoa butter lip balm, cheesecake, chocolate scented
bath & body products, chocolate candy, and gift certificates.
Coffee Lover ~ Sometimes you can combine this with the Tea Lover gift basket.
Varieties of coffee, honey, creamer, sweetener, coffee mugs, coffee pot,
Thermos, coffee-scented soap, coffee sugar scrub, coffee-scented candles, coffee
shop gift certificates.
Corporate/Executive ~ Wine, spirits, gourmet foods, imported chocolate,
personalized gifts bearing company logo, cheesecake, fully stocked picnic
basket, and gift certificates.
Gourmet ~ Pancake mix, imported jams, cheesecake, candies, cookies, cheese,
chocolate, condiments, teas, coffee, fruits, syrup, smoked salmon, truffles,
olive oil, imported vinegars, pasta, biscotti and gift certificates.
Sports Lover ~ Sports Lovers baskets can include a variety of general sports,
or specialize in one sport like golf, football, hockey, etc. Including tickets
to a game, a stopwatch, popcorn, nuts, wine, beer, snacks, cheese, toys,
t-shirts, baseball cap, autographed team/sport merchandise, and gift
Tea Lover ~ Sometimes you can combine this with the Coffee Lover gift basket.
Varieties of tea bags, tea cups/mugs, honey, teapot, tea infuser, blocks of tea,
tea cakes, wafers, cookies, tea-scented soap, tea-scented candles and gift
Wine & Cheese ~ Fine wine, wine glasses, champagne, napkins, cheese,
cheeseballs, cheese spread, crackers, biscuits, wine soap, and gift
Other Theme Ideas ~ Movie Lover, Congratulations, Easter, Pet Lover,
Retirement, Anniversary, 21st Birthday, Sweet 16, Game Lover, Music Lover,
Gardener, Book Lover, etc.
Buying Your Gift Basket & Accessories
Finding an excellent bargain for the basket itself is quite easy. You can
locate them at your local dollar store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift shops,
flea markets, swap meets, garage sales, craft stores, discount stores and
Also, donít be afraid to be creative when selecting a basket. You can easily
find other sizes/shapes that will perfectly match your theme. A Christmas sleigh
for Christmas presents is an obvious choice. But how about a bucket, mailbox,
birdhouse, birdcage, or large mug to name just a few alternative basket ideas?
Cellophane, organza bags, tissue paper, ribbon/bows and plastic
grass/shredded paper, can be located at discount stores, drug stores, craft
stores, packing suppliers, and online.
Once youíve made your first gift basket you might be hooked to this creative
way to give gifts and will make many more! Gift basket assembling is a
profitable business that can be started right in your own home. Make certain you
have enough storage space for all your baskets and supplies! Investigate
wholesale options for the products you will be adding to gift baskets. And make
sure you do your research about starting a small home-based business.
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