How to make a holiday gift basket

How to make a holiday gift basket


Tis the season for giving! With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are making lists and starting to shop for the perfect gifts. Instead of gifting yet another generic scarf or gift card, do something different and make holiday gift baskets for everyone on your list this year.

If you are looking for advice on how to make unforgettable holiday gift baskets, we’ve got some great tips to share.

Personalize your gift basket

Gift baskets make wonderful gifts during the holidays because they can be personalized.

Embrace the reason for the season and take the time to think about each person on your list. From family members and friends to coworkers, teachers, and even your mailman. Each person is special and deserves a gift that is unique and memorable.

There are so many fun and interesting ideas for holiday gift baskets that can be adapted for each person’s interests. Choose a theme and coordinate gift items they will enjoy. Even if your budget is small, you can put together a gift basket that will make your recipient feel special. They will appreciate the extra time and effort you put in to make it just for them.

Create a festive presentation

Another element that makes holiday gift baskets special is the presentation. Anyone can wrap a present or toss it in a gift bag, but it takes extra care to arrange a beautiful, thoughtful gift basket.

Consider your chosen theme and the feeling you are hoping to convey. Do you want your holiday gift basket to be elegant and sophisticated or fun and whimsical? Selecting the right materials to assemble your basket will help you achieve this.

Start with a container that fits your theme. Stores are full of decorative baskets and bins during the holidays. Or, choose a classic basket or crate and add the festive decoration yourself.

Add texture by filling the base of your container with crinkle-cut paper shreds in holiday colors. Fill in space with sprigs of faux greenery, pine cones, or holly berries, or attach reindeer antlers, jingle bells, or snowflakes to your basket. There are so many ways to decorate a holiday gift basket to make a festive and special presentation. The possibilities are endless!

Holiday gift basket ideas

If you are looking for specific theme ideas for gift baskets that can be given out during the holiday season, here are a few suggestions to consider.

Hot Chocolate

Give the gift of coziness for the holidays with a delicious hot chocolate gift basket. Include all the fixings for the perfect cup of chocolate; different types of hot chocolate mixes, holiday mugs, chocolate spoons, marshmallows, and candy cane sticks. This basket will create a fun presentation and memorable experience to enjoy during the holiday season.

Holiday cocktails

For those that would appreciate a seasonal adult beverage, create a holiday cocktail gift basket worth toasting! Start by choosing a holiday cocktail your recipient would enjoy. Give your gift a personal touch by handwriting the cocktail recipe on a fun holiday recipe card. Add a set of martini glasses or rocks glasses, a cocktail shaker, and all the ingredients they will need to create their holiday cocktail.

How to make a holiday gift basket

This collection is pictured in a 10 in x 8 in x 4½ in wooden gift basket crate by Carpenter Core.

Holiday breakfast

Serve up breakfast for a special holiday morning! To make a breakfast gift basket, include pancake mix, maple syrup, and ground coffee. If you can find high-quality items locally made or in special seasonal flavors, that’s even better! Then, add cooking essentials like a measuring cup, whisk, wooden spoon, and a pretty holiday dish towel to complete the basket.

Holiday movie

Create a memorable holiday movie night experience in the form of a gift basket. Choose a holiday classic on DVD and add movie snacks like holiday popcorn and dark chocolate peppermint pretzels. Or, customize the contents based on the recipient’s favorite holiday movie. Not sure what they like? Let them choose by including a gift card for a digital download or streaming service.

New Year

Round out the holiday season with a New Year-themed gift basket. Include everything they’ll need to welcome the New Year in style; small bottles of champagne, toasting glasses, confetti poppers, even those goofy novelty glasses. For a different take on this theme, gift a calendar or planner and motivational items to help them reach their goals in the coming year.

The perfect holiday gift basket

To create the perfect holiday gift basket, first, carefully consider the recipient. Choose a theme and gift items you know they will enjoy and will make them feel special. Make the gift basket memorable with personal touches and festive decorations that tie the theme together. When it comes to unforgettable holiday gifts, a thoughtfully made gift basket is worth more than any store-bought gift.

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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