3 Ways to make a gift basket look expensive

3 Ways to make a gift basket look expensive


When you are making a gift basket for a friend, family member, or client, you definitely want to put a lot of thought and effort into your creation. However, you might not have the funds to make the gift basket of your dreams. But, with just enough creativity, you can create a beautiful and extravagant gift basket – even on a budget.

If you’re looking to impress someone with a gift basket they will love, you’ll need to follow a few different steps, from choosing a theme for your gift basket to picking out the items to fill it up. Regardless of your theme or technique, we’re sure that you can make your gift basket look like it is worth every penny.

Here are a few tips on how to turn an inexpensive gift basket into one that looks a little more expensive.

1. Get creative with your container.

One of the best things about gift baskets is that there are so many ways to get creative when putting one together. If you’re struggling with where to begin, you can start at the base of your gift basket – the container.

Although it is called a gift basket, you don’t necessarily need to place all items in an actual basket. You can play up the elegance by choosing another container to house your gift basket items.

We suggest swapping out the traditional wicker basket for another container. Feel free to choose any of the below containers.

  • Wooden crate
  • Tote bag
  • Decorative pail
  • Watering can
  • Miniature wagon
  • Letter tray

Regardless of which container you choose, it is best to choose one with a sturdy bottom. This way, you won’t need to worry about your creation falling apart.

2. Play up the decor.

A great way to make your gift basket appear fancy and luxurious is by choosing all the right decorations to fill the spaces. But, you shouldn’t add just any decorations – be sure to choose the right type of decor, from the color to the style. This will help you create a gift basket that is both beautiful and elegant.

If you’re unsure where to begin when it comes to decorations, it can be a good idea to start with the overall color scheme of the gift basket. Choosing clean and classic colors like gold, silver, or rose gold can give your gift basket a completely new look. You should incorporate these colors throughout the gift basket.

Shredded paper

Use shredded paper in a variety of colors to enhance the bottom of the container. But remember to stick to colors like gold or silver to drive home your elegant and expensive theme. 

By filling the bottom of the container with shredded paper, you’ll avoid any empty spaces throughout. Once the bottom of the container is filled, you can begin organizing your items right on top.

Cellophane wrap

As you know, most gift baskets are covered by cellophane wrap to enclose all their contents. For this reason, transparent cellophane is the way to go. To boost the elegance and make it look more expensive, be sure to choose a good quality transparent cellophane wrap. 

Ribbons and bows

You’ll want to use ribbon and bows throughout the gift basket to enhance the overall look and bring everything together. You can tie ribbons around the cellophane wrap to keep it together. You can also paste bows in any empty spaces around the container as well.  Again, with ribbons and bows, you can choose specific colors or patterns to play up the elegance.


3 Ways to make a gift basket look expensive

This collection is pictured in a 8 in x 6 in x 3½ in wooden gift basket crate in Golden Patina by Carpenter Core.

3. Add a few extra filler items to your gift basket.

Besides your core gift basket items, you can also add filler items in any empty spaces. Apart from filling up the spaces, these items will also serve as a small surprise for your gift basket recipient. They might not be expecting to find small goodies, so a few filler items to consider are: 

  • Sweets, such as fine chocolates and gummies
  • Snacks, like mixed nuts or trail mix
  • Extra elements of decor, including small plastic or silk flowers
  • Small details, such as rose petals or leaves 

You don’t need to go overboard on these filler items. You only need to add just enough to fill in the blanks.


Making the perfect gift basket that looks expensive doesn’t have to break the bank! Follow our tips above to help you create a fancy and elegant gift basket that looks expensive. 

Are there any other ideas you have for how to make a gift basket look expensive? 

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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