A brown and yellow basket – Ella Fitzgerald
Seems like there is always an occasion popping up that requires a gift, especially this time of the year. I bet, like me, you have received your fair share of graduation announcements, wedding invites, and all the parties that go with. So, as I was singing A Tisket, A Tasket, I put together some ideas for great gift baskets that will surely put a smile on the recipient’s face!
- Large soup mug with a homemade soup mix & gourmet crackers inside
- Small frying pan (cast iron skillet is best) with corn bread mix inside
- For the Seamstress – Line a basket with 2-3 flour sack dish towels, needles, threads, sewing gadgets, embroidery items, etc.
- Movie Buff – Popcorn Container with nuts, popcorn, candy bars, and movie DVDs (and/or tickets to a movie theater).
- Tea & Cookies – Assorted bags of tea, cookies or homemade cookie mix, cookie cutters, teacup and potholders
- Pampered Princess – fluffy washcloth, bath bombs, lotion, lip balm, massage oil, book and candle, wrapped in a nice towel and tied with a pretty ribbon
- Honeymoon Basket – (Let your imagination run wild here) Sparkling Cider, Bath Oil, Perfumed Oil, Whipped Cream & Cherries, Chocolates, etc all wrapped up in a nice little basket.
- Gardener Gift – Place following items in a Terra Cotta pot lined with tissue paper: 2-3 packs of seeds, kneeling pad, trowel, garden gloves, hand rake, etc.
- Chocolate Lover’s Basket – Fill a gold tissue paper lined silver bucket with assorted chocolates, homemade or store bought.
- Get Well Basket – Place in a bucket or basket that can be used as a magazine holder: soup mix, crossword puzzle book, favorite magazines, body lotion and hot cocoa mix.
- Kid’s Summer Gift Basket – Place the following in a plastic pail, with balloons tied to handles. ( It would be even more awesome if the balloons had dollar bills or coins inside before inflating them.) Bubbles, Strawberry leather, finger paints, sidewalk chalk, tub crayons, coloring books and crayons.
- Pasta Basket – In a colander lined with a dish towel, place a small cheese grater, fancy pasta, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, pesto or gourmet tomato sauce and bread sticks. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a pretty bow.
- Christmas Basket – Place the following in a red basket: Christmas ornament, scented candle, coffee mix, cookies or cookie mix.
- Cook’s Basket – Unusual herbs, seasonings, kitchen gadgets, unusual cookbook, oven mitts or dish towels, placed in a mixing bowl. Or find one theme and stick to it: cookies, homemade cake mixes placed in a cake pan, homemade bread mixes, recipes, etc. placed in a bread pan. This theme could go in many different directions!
- High School Graduation Gift – A beach bag (monogrammed would take it to the next level) with a fun beach towel, sun glasses, flip flops, sunscreen and gift card (all grads appreciate money!)
- Kitchen Shower Basket – A casserole dish with a simple recipe book (unless you know that she/he is a gourmet cook, then include a complex one) tucked in, with one recipe highlighted and include all the non-perishable items needed to prepare that one dish. (For instance, if it’s a baked pasta dish, include the sauce, dry pasta, dried herbs, etc.) Add pretty dish towels, measuring cups, etc.
- The Overnight Guest – I always like to put together a nice bedside basket to make overnight guests feel welcome. You could include a candle, bottled water,a book, peppermints, chocolates, tissues, etc.
Once you get busy putting together a gift basket, your creative juices will begin to flow and before you know it, you have put together a wonderful gift! Do you have a favorite gift basket? Please share!
Helpful Hint – I love to shop in the gourmet food aisle at stores like T.J. Maxx. I used to be a little hesitant because I thought the crackers would be stale or the exotic olive oil would be rancid, but so far, I have been very pleasantly surprised (always check the expiration date). And the price is right, too!