Homemade Gift Basket Ideas - Make Great Baskets of Presents

Are you cracking your head for homemade gift basket ideas?

Everyone loves to get a gift basket, especially one that is homemade and filled with just the right goodies that they like.

Making a homemade gift basket needn't be a time consuming activity if it is kept simple and colorful, with some basic goodies and a few extra special items to add that special touch.

When brainstorming on homemade gift basket ideas, the first step is to choose the container that you want to put the goodies in. The container can be anything from an interesting wide lipped vase to a wicker basket, or even an unusually shaped plastic container. It is important to keep in mind that, the bigger the container is, the more goodies need to go into it to fill it up, so if you have a strict budget, choose a smaller container that looks attractive.

If you only have a big container and are battling to fill it, then line the container with shredded colored paper or leftover Christmas ribbon that you can scrunch up at the bottom. Make sure your container has a wide lip and preferably tappers to the bottom, as this will help you to arrange the goodies inside it easily.

A favorite item to put in the gift basket is homemade cookies; you can't go wrong with a dozen or so of assorted cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with a colorful bow. To complement the cookies, you can add the person's favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and a personalized mug or tea cup to round off the gift. If you are giving the gift basket in the winter, then one homemade gift basket idea is that you could add the person's favorite port or sherry, which they can add to their coffee for a warming night cap.

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Wines are the perfect gift basket fillers, especially for budding wine connoisseurs who appreciate tasting new, reasonably priced wines. To add a look of sophistication, you can have two wine glasses engraved with their names and an assortment of unusual cheeses and crackers for a complete snack feast. You can make your own labels for the wine bottles with a name for the wine that you have made up. Turn this into a game by asking the person to guess the right name of the wine.

For ladies, a sure hit for homemade gift basket ideas would be a selection of chocolate truffles wrapped in gold sparkling paper. You can make these yourself using good quality chocolate, different kinds of nuts, preserves and fruit to add to the flavor. Your local stationery shop will have gold paper that you can wrap the truffles in, and to add an interesting edge, you can give the person a list of the different types of truffles and see if they can guess which ones are which.

Some people like a healthier gift basket, which can be made from different kinds of nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a selection of fresh juices. These you can buy at your local grocery store or farmers market and use to make a very healthy colorful display.

Gift baskets are fun to put together and can say so much more than a bunch of flowers delivered from the florist. A little creativity and some initiative for homemade gift basket ideas will have you making professional looking gift baskets in no time. Have fun!

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