How to Create a Custom Gift Basket for the Holidays

Gift baskets not only make great presents; they are also fun to create.  Yes, you can purchase a pre-made basket filled with fun treasures, but why buy when you can make one? It is fun to build a basket and you can tailor it specifically to the person it is intended for.   Designing a custom gift basket is easier than you may think.  With a theme in mind and a little basic knowledge, you can build the perfect holiday gift basket.  

Building the Foundation of Your Gift Basket

Before selecting a container, determine its theme and start with a primary gift. This primary piece will be the focal point of your basket.  Choose something special and unique. For example, if you are creating a wine lover’s basket, choose a special bottle of wine or a monogrammed set of wine glasses as the focal point.

Once the primary gift is chosen, select a container.  There many options such as woven, wire, or even metal baskets. Get creative and find one that fits well with your focal point gift.  You will also need to fill the base with raffia or a similar filler.  Also, purchase a clear plastic basket bag to enclose the gift, a gift tag, and ribbon to tie around the top. 

Finishing the Gift Basket

After you have selected a focal point and chosen a basket, it is time to select additional pieces to add that complement the centerpiece gift.  For example, with the wine gift basket, add small items a wine lover might enjoy such as a unique wine stopper or corkscrew.  Or for the serious wine connoisseur, include a wine tasting journal or label saver. 

The possibilities are endless.  Just remember to start with a special focal point and have fun creating a basket custom designed for the person you plan to give it to.  At Bar & Bistro, our handcrafted barware and gifts make the perfect addition to a holiday gift basket. 

 

 

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