How to make a fall gift basket

How to make a fall gift basket


As summer days begin to fade away, you can’t help but think ahead to what comes next. Whether you prefer to call it autumn or fall, this enchanting season marks the transition between summer and winter, as the days get shorter and the temperatures cool.

There are so many things to love about fall that make it a favorite season for lots of people. This also makes it a wonderful time for making and giving fall gift baskets. Whether you are planning to assemble one gift basket or many, there are countless ways you can approach this task. This guide will take you through the steps of how to make a fall gift basket your recipients will love.

Brainstorm fall themes

When you think about fall, what immediately comes to mind? It may be warm autumn colors, like oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. It may be holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Or it may be fall activities like leaf-peeping, picking apples, or going on hay rides. A good brainstorming session will help you come up with great theme inspiration for making a fall gift basket.

Fall gift basket materials

Once you have a theme in mind, you can start thinking about the materials you will need. This includes both the actual gift basket materials and of course, the contents.

Let’s start by thinking about the container. A traditional basket or wooden crate is always in style. If you want to get creative, use a harvest basket or a pumpkin-shaped container to present your fall gifts.

Liven it up by using fun fall-inspired filler materials or decorations. Line your basket with faux fall leaves, or use hay-like material for your base, such as excelsior or raffia. Add fall-hued ribbons or bows to embellish your display.

Fall gift basket ideas

Instead of going for a generic fall theme, try focusing on one topic or aspect of fall and do it really well. Stick with your theme and choose high-quality gift items. This will ensure a truly unique and memorable gift basket experience. Here are some examples of ideas you may want to use when creating a gift basket inspired by favorite fall activities.

Fall baking

There is something about fall that makes it the perfect season for baking. Whether it’s the cooling temperatures or the bountiful harvests this time of year, many people enjoy returning to the kitchen to bake up their favorite fall treats. Make a fall baking gift basket by including items such as an artisan pie dish or a selection of specialty baking mixes. Add accessories like recipe cards, cookie cutters, and fall oven mitts to complete the collection.

Tailgate basket for the win

Fall also means football season! For a fun and unique fall gift basket that will appeal to sports fans, assemble a collection of tailgating essentials. Snacks are a must, but make them distinctive by incorporating specialties from local vendors. If you know the recipient’s favorite or local team, customize it with their colors and logo. Finish it off with a mini nerf football for extra game-time fun.

Cozy up at home

Cooler weather also means more time inside cozying up at home. Help set the fall mood with a cozy fall gift basket filled with scented candles and soaps. Small décor items like linen dish towels or handmade trinkets are great for displaying around the home to bring a warm fall vibe. Add extra coziness with a plaid blanket or scarf to keep warm on a cool evening.

How to make a fall gift basket

This collection is pictured in a 11½ in x 10 in x 3½ in wooden gift basket crate  by Carpenter Core.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Is it even fall without pumpkin spice? This popular trend is everywhere during the fall season! Put a cool spin on this much-loved staple by making a custom pumpkin spice gift basket. You can go traditional with pumpkin spice coffee and tea, and add in some unique samplings like pumpkin spice almonds, cookies, candies, pretzels, even cereals, and maple syrups. The possibilities are endless!

Fall holiday baskets

One of the most popular holidays that takes place during the fall is Halloween. See our recent post for tips on How to make a Halloween gift basket your recipients will love. Also, check back soon for ideas on how to make a Thanksgiving gift basket.

Memorable fall gift baskets

In conclusion, the key to making a fall gift basket memorable is in the details. Brainstorm ideas and choose a single theme to build your basket materials and contents around. Choose quality gift items to fill your basket, and arrange them in an eye-catching way. Finish with carefully thought-out details to really wow your recipients and stand out from the crowd.

We hope the tips and gift basket ideas presented here help to inspire you to make your own impressive fall gift baskets this season!

This article was made possible by support from Carpenter Core. We make small customizable wooden crates and boxes used for gift baskets and product packaging.

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