want to give a gift that is fashionable, flexible, and fun? Gift
baskets—and other self-contained gifts—are the answer. Pick one up
from the grocery store, the department store, a specialty shop, or a
mail-order service, or assemble your own.
baskets and other self-contained gifts are easily customized for
specific recipients or for specific occasions. Use your imagination
and before long you will be creating your very own delightful,
customized gift baskets. Just follow these simple steps:
Assemble related items and a basket or another container (tote
bag, leather carryall, garbage can, children's lunch box,
backpack, canister, wheelbarrow, ceramic pitcher, cookie jar, or
Line the basket or container with napkins, popcorn, shredded
paper, streamers, paper Easter grass, confetti, dishcloths,
peanuts in shells, straw, fabric doilies, leaves, small wrapped
candies, or tissue paper. Arrange the items in the container.
Wrap the filled container in clear or colored cellophane or a
large plastic bag.
Adorn the container with a festive bow and accessorize with
ribbon, flowers (fresh, dried, or silk), baby's breath, small
toys, knickknacks, pine cones, greens, or holiday ornaments.
prepare custom gift baskets and other self-contained gifts on a
last-minute basis, simply buy related items in a single location: a
grocery store, drug store, or bookstore, for example (see
delight a homebound child, fill a basket with cookie cutters, a loaf
of sliced bread, a jar of peanut butter, assorted preserves, a box
of raisins, and a jar of sesame seeds for making fun-shaped
open-faced sandwiches. Or how about a homemade cookie kit with
cookie cutters, sugar cookie dough and ready-made icing?
discouraged friend with a ginger jar filled with fortune cookies
into which you have inserted your own timely "fortunes."
gym bag with the recipient's favorite sports balls: tennis, golf,
softball, baseball, squash, racquetball, or table tennis.
watering can with bulbs or seeds, gardening gloves, and small
gardening hand tools.
someone special with a European spa basket filled with loofah
sponges and mitts; body, nail, and complexion brushes; fragrant bath
oils, gels, and lotions; and a luxurious terry robe.
delicious twist on the typical fruit basket of bananas, apples,
oranges, and pears, fill a generously sized basket with fresh
pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and mangos.
Or assemble a basket full of farm-fresh vegetables or salad fixin's.
small crocks with fragrant herb butters (mix one to two teaspoons of
basil, thyme, dill weed, or tarragon per stick of butter) and
garnish with a fresh herb sprig. Present the butters in a
breadbasket with a fresh-baked loaf of bread or an assortment of
dish drainer with dishcloths, dishtowels dishwashing liquid,
scouring pads, and bottlebrushes, and give it to someone setting up
sturdy outdoor trash container with lawn and leaf bags, garden
hoses, rakes, brooms, and other yard tools and give it to a new
wire or wicker napkin basket with a set of colorful napkins and
whimsical napkin rings.
basket with low-sodium, low-fat, or low-sugar goodies for someone on
a restricted diet.
reusable canvas shopping bag with a supply of kitchen spices,
flavorings, staple foods and cooking utensils and give it to the
cook leaving mom's kitchen to go solo.
cushioned socks, a stopwatch, a heart rate monitor, and a pedometer
into a pair of comfortable shoes and give them to a serious runner