We are very quickly winding down to Christmas morning and chances are that you're currently fenced in by a pile of unwrapped gifts. That feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you that over the next 2 days you'll be wrapping and taping and decorating and labeling every.single.one. is unnerving. I get it. So, since the holidays are the most likely time of year to be giving gift baskets and you want to spend your precious time doing something much more meaningful than wrapping gifts (like watching ELF for the fourth time in a row), I've decided to share a few of my quick tips on creating the perfect gift basket for someone special in your life.
01. Know your budget. It can be astonishingly easy to go over budget on a gift basket because you are trying to fill in blank space. Make a plan before starting your gift basket for how much you want to spend, a few items that you'd like to include, and where to find those items most frugally.
02. Know your person. Are they an aspiring chef? Are they a social media mogul? Do you find them sneaking away on spur of the moment adventures every weekend? Know what your person likes so that you don't end up with a basket full of items that you know they won't actually use. It's nice to make a pretty basket but, it's better to make a useful basket.
03. Find a vehicle for your gifts. This can either make or break the look of your gift basket. I recommend finding something that will be useful down the road and fits well with the theme of the person or home it is going to. Remember, this is part of your present to them so, it is ok to spend a reasonable amount on it to make sure you are getting a sturdy and long-lasting item. That being said, I got mine from Michaels using a 40 percent off coupon and I'm in love with the look and feel of it.
04. Get a range of gift items. Some of the items that are my favorite for gift baskets include: bottle of local beer, cable knit scarf, antique cocktail glasses, specialty chocolates, cooking spices or salt, mason jar candle, hand painted ornament, something witty, and something decorative.
05. Don't forget the finishing touches. I recommend wrapping some of the smaller gifts in the basket to give it an unknown element. Arrange the gifts to provide a nice balance of textures. If you included a cable knit scarf or sweater, place that at the bottom as a cushion for the remainder of the gifts. Lastly, to make your gift basket look even more grand and exciting, don't forget to pick up an over-sized holiday bow to attach on one side.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on making your own ultimate gift basket! What are your essentials for giving a gift basket during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below.
XO Anna Elizabeth
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