Did you know that simple acts of giving can help lead to greater happiness and lower levels of stress?
Giving gifts will make you feel good from the inside out, which makes the entire experience more fulfilling.
If you have an event or celebration coming up and want to get the perfect gift, consider making a gift basket. Continue reading to discover the most important factors to consider when making gift baskets of any kind!
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1. What Is the Theme?
The first step in making gift baskets is to identify a theme for the basket.
The theme of the basket can be anything that you want. This is the most creative part of the process and will help guide you through purchasing items and bringing everything together.
Some examples of themes could be for Christians, movie nights, and slumber party favorites. No matter what event is coming up, you can create a basket theme that will impress friends and family.
Other types of themes and items that you can consider are self-care packages, skincare sets, and candles. A common theme that people find for gift baskets is also food and gourmet snacks.
2. Will There Be Food Items?
If you are interested in getting food for gift baskets, there are a couple of things to pay attention to.
Depending on the types of food that you choose, you may have to think about storage and delivery. Perishable items can be put in baskets, but keep in mind that they only have a certain amount of time. With fresh foods, store your basket in the fridge or place cold packs below the goodies to keep them cool.
The easier way to include food in gift baskets is by getting boxed, canned, and dried goods. All of these food items can be kept at room temperature and you don’t have to worry about anything spoiling.
Another thing to consider when making a food basket is if the person receiving the gift has any food allergies. Nuts are a common choice to toss into gift baskets, just be sure that you won’t be causing an allergic reaction in doing so!
3. Do You Have a Budget?
After you have decided on a theme you will need to consider your budget.
Baskets can come in a variety of sizes and include different types of items. Depending on what you want to put inside, you may end up spending more money. Name brand and luxury items are perfect for baskets but the cost of them can quickly add up.
Most people recommend keeping the value of a basket around $50 but this is ultimately up to you. Think about how much money you can put towards these baskets and don’t forget to account for things like filling, wrapping, and delivery.
4. How Large Will the Basket Be?
Picking the size of your basket primarily depends on what will go inside and your budget.
You can create detailed baskets that aren’t large at all or go completely out and get a massive basket. The downside of getting a basket that is too large could lead to spending more money to get filled.
Take the time to look at all of your options. Many people recommend purchasing your basket after you have bought all of the items that will go inside. Once you have all of your goodies, you can play around with the organization and see what size basket you will need.
5. What Type of Basket or Container?
If you want to create a unique gift basket, you should think outside of the basket and consider other ideas.
Baskets are perfect for holding many items, especially because they have a nice handle to help pick them up. If you are wanting to create something more unique, however, there are other containers that you can consider.
Beautiful boxes, picnic baskets, and wooden trays are all excellent containers to hold your gifts in. Thinking about the theme of your basket can also help you decide on the best container.
If you are creating a movie night basket, for example, you can place all of the snacks and movies inside of a large popcorn bowl. Don’t limit yourself to a simple basket if you are hoping for something more.
6. Wrapping & Presentation
While looking at gift basket ideas you should start thinking about presentation and wrapping.
The presentation of your basket should come together easily once you get all of the goodies inside. Do your best to put large and tall items towards the back of the basket. Shorter and light objects should be kept at the front so that they are visible and don’t get crushed.
After you have placed your gifts in a pattern that you like, you can fill empty areas of the basket with tissue paper, filling, or foam. This will help keep everything organized and at the top. Once you are done you can grab a plastic wrap and tie it all together!
7. Delivery Method
Making gift baskets for friends is an exciting project, especially when you see their faces light up!
Unless you are planning to deliver the basket in person, you will have to think about how it gets to that person. Depending on the size and structure, you might be able to ship or mail your basket.
If you have any fresh foods in the basket, keep it in a cool location and make sure that your friend opens it immediately.
Making Gift Baskets Like a Pro
There are many things that you must consider when making gift baskets for people.
Depending on the occasion and your gift basket budget, you can create a beautiful collection of goodies. Selecting a theme for the basket is one of the most creative parts of the project. Don’t forget to think about how much your basket can hold and what you want it to look like.
Creating a basket will allow you to customize gifts for each person and show them that you truly care.
Be sure to check out our blog for more articles about sharing with others and putting a smile on someone’s face!