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Ideas for Making Gift Baskets

Do you want to give gifts to your friends or family for birthdays, Christmas or some other holiday, but you just don't know what to get them?

Just take a decorative basket and you can create a gift basket filled with great items that either your friends or family will love.

The items basically you will need to create a gift basket will include:

**A decorative basket;

**Shrink wrap;

**Any color tissue paper;

**Different assortment of shredded paper. You can use your shredded paper if you have a paper shredder;

**An assortment of items to fill those gift baskets

All the above is all you need to make the basket and can be purchased at your local arts store or Wal-Mart. There are dozens of designs created for all of those popular holidays and birthdays.

It's a good idea to keep a supply of them on hand so when you want to create a gift, it's right in front of you. You can purchase an assortment of baskets in different sizes, shapes and colors. You can stock up on gift items to fill the basket.

Some great gift ideas that can be used for many different occasions include stationery supplies, shampoos, candles and can even be books and toys. The ideas for your gift basket are virtually endless. Use your imagination and you can create a gift basket that suits every occasion.

To create one of these beautiful gift baskets here are five easy instructions:

**Start with a gift basket big enough to hold your gift items.

**Stuff your tissue paper at the bottom to form a base for your items. You could also add shredded paper for decoration.

**Arrange theitems in the basket so that it looks attractive;

**Take the shrink wrap and spread it on a flat surface. Place the basket in the center.

**Now gather the shrink wrap at the top of the basket and secure it with a pretty bow or ribbon.

Here are examples of gift basket ideas:

For Housewarming gifts, you can select potholders, towels, boxes of pasta, coffee or tea. You can also take a set of measuring spoons and place them on the ribbon so they dangle in front of the basket.

For a Baby shower you can start with the large white basket. Find some colored flowers without stems. Then glue them around the basket. You can use a glue gun for that. You can place a receiving blanket, cute little outfits, baby bottles. You can put a baby rattle outside so it hangs out in front of the basket.

For a Wedding gift a lot of times the wedding couple has everything they need already. Why not give them a honeymoon gift basket. You can put scented oils, massage oils and maybe even a bottle of champagne. Of course, don't forget a box of matches to light those candles.

Gift baskets can be fun and easy to make.

Copyright 2005 Fern Kuhn, RN
Specializing in Diabetes

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