How to arrange a gift basket

How to arrange a gift basket


If you want to make an impressive gift basket, there are several steps you need to get right.

First is choosing a theme and selecting gift items that fit the theme, occasion, and recipient’s interests. For some people, these first steps come easily, but it is the next step that may be more of a challenge. Learning to arrange a gift basket attractively can take some time and practice.

Here, we will share some tips to help you arrange a better gift basket, from selecting a container to creating a pleasing and secure arrangement. Use these ideas when assembling your next basket to make the process easier and the final product more impressive than ever!

Select a container

Before choosing a container, you should first select and purchase all of your gifts. This is important because the container needs to be able to accommodate all of the items physically as well as match aesthetically. There are a few factors to consider when selecting a container.

Size and shape

A gift basket container should be big enough to hold all of the chosen gifts comfortably. A container that is too small will feel crowded and some items may get buried, but one that is too large may feel empty and lacking. Choose a container with a wide base and a flat bottom for stability. Low-walled baskets work well for things that are small or short, while high-walled baskets are best for a collection of tall items.


A container’s durability is also an important factor to consider. It needs to be able to stand up to the weight of all of the gifts it will hold. If you are using only small, lightweight items, a container made of cardboard or wicker will suffice. If your gift includes heavier items, a sturdier wire basket or wooden crate are better options.


Lastly, the appearance of the container can be important to the overall look and feel of your gift basket. Consider your theme and contents and determine which type of container would match the aesthetic. Think outside of the traditional basket and don’t be afraid to use non-traditional materials such as an oversize tote or a laundry basket for a memorable presentation.

Create an attractive arrangement

Now that you have your gift items and container, it comes down to arranging. This process takes some strategy, creativity, and a little trial and error. Follow these tips and you’ll be a pro in no time!

Use filler

Start by filling the base of your container with filler such as tissue paper or paper shred. This will help to lift items for improved visibility as well as provide a cushion. Crumple the paper and fill about three-quarters of the way full. The material will likely give a bit under the weight of the gifts, so make sure you use enough. If you have a large base to fill, try using a basic layer underneath, then add a more attractive layer on top. Or, you may choose to use a functional filler such as a pretty hand towel to serve this purpose.

Create visibility and balance

When making a gift basket, you typically want to arrange it in a way so that all of the gifts are easily visible.

How to arrange a gift basket

This collection is pictured in a 12 in x 10 in x 4 ½ in small wooden crate by Carpenter Core.

Start by placing the taller, larger, and heavier items towards the back. Then, place the shorter, smaller, and lighter items towards the front or sides. Anything fragile should be placed on top or in the front to prevent damage.

Keep it balanced and aesthetically pleasing by evenly distributing items by weight, height, color, and texture. Make sure to remove all price tags and store tags from your gifts before arranging them. For products with a brand label, turn them toward the front for easy viewing. Fill in any extra space with small add-ons such as wrapped candy or decorative elements.

If you are gifting many small gifts, it can be tricky to arrange them so they will all be easily seen. One way to display smaller items is by attaching each one to a small wooden skewer. Place a piece of Styrofoam in the base of your container, then insert the skewers. Try fanning them out or use varying heights. Play around it with until you achieve a look you are happy with.

Secure and finish

Once you have arranged your gift basket perfectly, make sure it stays that way so it reaches the recipient exactly as intended. The last thing you want is to present a basket that looks like a mess, with the contents all flopping over or falling out.

Glue dots work great to hold items in place and will also peel off easily without causing damage. Once secure, give your basket a shake test to make sure it will hold up during transport.

At this point, you may also choose to wrap your gift basket for added security. Use cellophane or shrink wrap, then decorate as desired to coordinate with your theme.

In conclusion

Making an attractive gift basket includes selecting the right container, arranging the items attractively, and properly securing it. Now that you know all of our best tips, put them into action! We can’t wait to see your creations.

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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