How to create a gift basket that keeps on giving

How to create a gift basket that keeps on giving


Regardless of the occasion or theme, it is important to be as thoughtful as you can when putting together a gift basket. One of the best ways to do this is by incorporating useful gifts that just keep on giving.

When you think about gifts that keep giving, think about items that a person can continue using or taking advantage of, regardless of how much time has passed. For example, while a cheese platter is surely a tasty gift, it will no longer benefit someone after they’ve devoured it. A cookbook, on the other hand, is a gift that keeps on giving, as the recipient can continue to cook the meals for years to come.

If you’re unsure about what items to include, here are a few tips and suggestions to help you create a gift basket that keeps on giving.

Choose a container that can be re-purposed.

When you think of a traditional gift basket, wicker baskets might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, you should know that there are many ways to get creative with a gift basket that keeps on giving. For this purpose, it’s best to use containers that can be reused in various ways, from tote bags to wooden crates.

Wooden crate

Not only are wooden crates spacious enough to hold many items but they can also be repurposed for storage and decorative purposes. With a wide selection of styles and finishes to choose from, recipients can always transform a wooden crate into something to meet their needs.

Tote bag

Backpacks, purses, and tote bags could be one of the most ideal ways to package all your gift basket items. In addition, recipients can continue to use these bags as an accessory even after they’ve unwrapped their gift basket.

By using a tote bag, you won’t need to go through the hassle of wrapping your gift basket as extravagantly as you normally would, as most bags have a zipper or buttons to keep everything in place.

Beach bucket

If your gift basket has a summer theme to it, a beach bucket can be a creative way to group your items together. Although it is not necessarily the most traditional container for a gift basket, your creativity will shine through.

It can even be a good idea to tie this type of container back to your overall gift basket theme. For example, if you’re working with a beach theme, the recipient can make good use of the bucket on their next trip to the beach.

This collection is pictured in a 9 in x 8 in x 5¼ in wooden gift box by Carpenter Core.

Put some thought and creativity behind the gift basket items.

You don’t necessarily need a solid theme to make your gift basket a success. If your goal is to create a gift basket that keeps on giving, you’ll need to focus on the types of gifts that you incorporate. A good rule of thumb is to include multiple-use items that the recipient can continue to take advantage of, even as time goes on.

Gym membership

An annual membership to a local gym could be the motivation someone needs to begin living a healthier lifestyle. This is a great gift, especially for someone looking to make this type of lifestyle change.

Magazine or newspaper subscription

For someone who loves to read the daily newspaper or their favorite magazine, a subscription is sure to put a smile on their face.

This is one gift that truly keeps on giving because they will no longer have to purchase their monthly magazine or daily newspaper, which will allow them to save money. Instead, it will automatically be sent to them as part of the subscription service.


Cookbooks make a perfect gift for avid readers and aspiring chefs! You’ll see just how much this gift continues to benefit its recipient as they will have the opportunity to bring a multitude of tasty and delicious dishes to life.

Polaroid camera

Polaroid cameras are a thoughtful gift. It allows recipients to create and document memories that last a lifetime. This gift keeps on giving as the owner can continue to take pictures and add them to a scrapbook. Just make sure you remember to include some film in the gift basket as well!


By gifting someone a gift basket that keeps on giving, you’ll be putting a smile on their face, as well as a gift that can benefit them in the long run.

What else would you include in a gift basket that keeps on giving?

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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