How to Make Wonderful Gift Basket


Giving a gift basket to someone is a simple and effective way to show how you appreciate them.  However, creating that perfect gift basket may not be that easy.  You don’t only need to find items that the recipient will be thankful for, but you also want them to be inexpensive.  Perhaps you want to include many thoughtful items in the gift basket, but the truth is, your budget is pretty tight.  By planning carefully, you will create a wonderful gift basket while keeping the cost low.


How to Make Low-Cost Gift Basket


Whether you are planning to give a gift to one person or a group of people, you should already have a clear idea about your budget.  Having a predetermined budget will help you keep the cost down.   Creating an inexpensive gift basket does not necessarily mean that it has to look cheap.  Here are some tips on how to make a low-cost gift basket.


How to Make Wonderful Gift Basket

Choosing the Container


When choosing a container, make sure that it is unique.  Find a container that they haven’t seen before.  Finding a particular container will prevent the recipient from judging the cost of your gift basket since they have no idea about its price.  Thrift stores, garage sales, grocery stores, and dollar stores offer containers.  If you plan to use the same container for all the recipients, the dollar store is the perfect place to look.  But if you want to personalize your gift basket, your container should be derived from various sources.  The basket will cost approximately$1-$5 based on their size.  You may also use platters, bowls, wood boxes, trays, flower vases, and pots.


The Shred

 How to Make Wonderful Gift Basket

It would be best to think about adding some shreds in the empty area of your gift basket to make it appear fuller.  It also serves as a cushion to the items, preventing them from rubbing and bumping into each other.  Creating a shred is relatively simple, especially if you already have the materials and tools.  A scissor would be enough, but it is better to have a paper shredder.  You can use colored paper, flyers, glossy paper, newspaper, brown bags, and tissue to create strips.  Pulling the strips gently will curl the shreds; this will take time, especially if you are making a lot of gift baskets.  



 How to Make Wonderful Gift Basket

Using a transparent wrap will make your gift basket look expensive.  Avoid using a plastic bag or cling wrap to save on this element.  These transparent wraps can be purchased at dollar stores and pastry stores.  Make sure that you have an ample wrap before cutting the cellophane to create a beautiful gather on top.


Finally, add some ribbons, toppers, or bows to your gift basket that will be suitable for different occasions.  However, if you are giving the gift for a baby shower silver spoon or a rattle will be an ideal choice.  Adding other elements such as a nutcracker to the bow will make your gift basket appear seasonal.

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