What is it about getting a gift in a basket that makes it feel just sort of extra special? Is it the extra details that are usually decorating it, or the way you can see a lot of the goodies in it right away usually leaning towards some theme?
I'm really not sure. However, I do know that I love to get a gift basket and I especially love to give gift baskets! I think it's just another way to be creative and let some of that imaginative spark fly along with the gift you're giving.
I have put together and given lots of gift baskets through the years - and for many different occasions. For me it usually starts with a theme based on the main gift I'm giving. Or it's based on just seeing that perfect basket (or other container) that just speaks to a theme.
Some examples of baskets I have done are baby goodies that were in a little nursery or baby laundry kind of basket decorated with the nursery theme. A scrapbook I had made for the recipient with some adhesive tabs, archive quality markers and a coupon for a place to have professional photos done. I have done many cooking baskets based on many different themes. Wine and Italian in a colander for the pasta. Comfort food (soup or stew mix) with whisk, soup mugs and pretty cloth napkins. Garden theme with seeds, gloves, small shovel, sun hat or kneeler in a big planting pot. These are just to name a few. It's so fun to just let your imagination go. And the gift can be as small and affordable, or large, as your creativity or checkbook allows.
Here is a basket I made recently as a gift for a relative. Her birthday is in the late Fall and I saw this rustic pumpkin basket and went with that to create a late Fall theme. She has a rustic lodge country kind of home and she's a gardener and cook. So as I found things I thought fit her I put them in there. I think it's ok if you don't see every item right out of the top either. This had a more narrow opening so there are several things in the bottom like candles, votive holder, and a decorated fall "rock" for her garden. Then I had found some neat cardinal bird vent sticks for her car, a pretty bread basket towel (good for thanksgiving coming) and the cute rustic burlap pumpkin. I filled the basket with the faux hydrangea to add more pretty on the top and she could use it in her decorating. I also gave her the Fall/Halloween theme banner I had made (shown in previous post). Then I found the burlap ribbon and tied that on to decorate a bit more.
I finished with a pretty leaf ribbon I found on abby's paperie garden etsy store. I wrote the recipient's name on it and tied it by the ribbon. I think it can be fun to shop a little over time and see what you find too, instead of just buying everything at once. I just waited to see what jumped out at me that seemed very "her".
Tis the gift giving season so let your creativity shine!