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Fabulous Gift Basket Ideas!

101 Holiday Gift Baskets

You can find a gift idea for almost anyone in our list of 101 Gift Baskets. We've tried to be innovative and get away from the usual fruit basket arrangement. Many of the baskets are designed around themes and some don't even use baskets at all!

1. Use a large terra cotta plant pot for a "basket." If you like, you can personalize the pot by painting it with acrylic paints. When the paint is dry, spray a light coat of polyurethane over the pot to add a shine. Fill the pot with: - gardening gloves - hand trowel - hand rake - a selection of vegetable and/or flower seeds (go for something unusual) - bottle of liquid fertilizer - a gardening book - a subscription for a gardening magazine

2. Use a large pasta bowl for a "basket." Fill the bowl with: - a package or two of gourmet pasta - tongs - a package of sun-dried tomatoes - extra-virgin olive oil - spices: oregano, basil, garlic powder - a collection of your favorite pasta recipes hand-printed on recipe cards - and/or a pasta cookbook

3. For the golfer, fill a basket or a golf bag with: - golf tees - golf balls - a baseball cap - sunscreen - score cards - a small towel - a can cooler to keep a can of pop or beer cold Of course, don't forget to personalize the towel or baseball cap -- you can stitch on them, use fabric paints, etc.

4. Wine appreciation basket. Fill a basket with: - two bottles of quality wine, one red, one white - corkscrew - 2 or more wine glasses - wine appreciation book - tickets or an invitation to a wine tasting (often held at wine specialty shops or wineries) Extras: add snacks to go with the wine -- fine cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.

5. For the dog lover. Fill the a large dog bowl with: - squeaky toy - rawhide bone - dog biscuits - dog brush - dog collar - leash

6. For the crafter. Use a rubber storage container for a "basket." Fill the container with: - glue gun and glue sticks - acrylic paints - assorted brushes - a craft knife - other craft supplies such as beads, pompoms, wood sticks, buttons, stickers, dried flowers, etc. - craft patterns or how-to books

7. Fill a square basket with:

note cards

envelopes (choose a variety of sizes)

note paper

letter opener

a pen or a pen and pencil set

a personalized seal and some sealing wax

personalized return address labels

8. For the shutterbug. Fill a basket or a camera bag with:

assorted film

coupons for picture developing

filters for his/her camera

lens cleaning solution and cloth

assorted picture frames and/or albums

9. How about a relaxation pack. Fill the basket with:

a gel eye-pack

Epsom salts or bubble bath

aroma therapy oils

scented candles

books on tape (to listen to in the bath)

a hand-held massager

relaxing music on CD or cassette

10. Kids Coloring Kit. Fill a rubber/plastic storage box with:

crayons (get the big package with tons of colors)

non-toxic markets

assorted papers, include a variety of colors and textures

coloring books

assorted stickers

a paint box and brushes

11. For the sports enthusiast, use a sports helmet or hat as a "basket" (e.g. baseball cap, football helmet, etc.). Fill the helmet or hat with:

sports cards

baseball, puck, etc.

shoe, boot or skate laces

for the hockey player, add: lace tightener and some tape

for the baseball player, add: mineral oil, batting glove and gum

a sports video

a subscription to a sports magazine

a poster of their favorite player

12. For the new home owner. Use a tool box as a "basket". Fill the box with:

screw drivers




assorted nails, screws, washers

gift certificate for the local hardware store

do-it-yourself book

assorted odds and ends like: light switch covers, light bulbs, duct tape, paint brushes, knobs and handles, etc.

13. For the guitar player. Fill the basket with:

assorted picks

tuning fork

sheet music

CDs or cassettes of great guitar players

guitar strings

electronic tuner

lesson books

14. For the soap opera fan. Fill the basket with:



soap opera magazines

biographies of their favorite stars

pictures of their favorite stars

blank video tapes

fan club membership

15. Create a winter fun pack. Fill a toque with:

lip balm



hot packs

a pass to the local ski hill

hot chocolate

Extras: add a crazy carpet or a sled (although it won't actually fit inside the "basket", you can present it on the side).

16. For someone who is into new age. Fill a basket with:

tarot cards


scented candles


new age music on CD or cassette

certificates for palm reading, psychic reading, etc.


17. For grandparents who are far away. Fill a basket with:

children's artwork

gifts made by the kids

frames family pictures (let the kids buy plain wooden frames and decorate them with stickers)

videos of the family

a long-distance calling card

Extras: fill out the basket with candy, coffee, tea, biscuits, Christmas ornaments, candles, etc.

18. For the craft enthusiast, how about a project in a "basket". Fill a basket or a rubber/plastic box with:

grape vine wreath

dried flowers

pine cones

hot glue gun and glue sticks

wreath hanger


19. For the one who loves their car. Fill a basket or a bag with:

tire gauge

litter (or gallon) of oil



car wash coupons

squeegee for the windows

mileage log and pen

travel mug

20. The sundae basket. Fill a basket with:

ice cream scoop

gourmet sauces



maraschino cherries

assorted nuts

sundae glasses and spoons

coupons for gourmet ice cream

21. Fill a gold fish bowl with:

fish food

aquarium gravel


gift certificate for fish from pet store

book about care of gold fish

22. Use a cookie tin for a "basket". Fill the tin with:

your favorite cookie recipes or a cook book

cookie cutters

chocolate chips


decorator icing set

assorted sprinkles

23. Here's a rainy day basket. Fill a basket with:

deck of cards

cribbage board

find-a-word and/or crossword books and pencil

herbal tea

tea cup

24. Accessories for men. Fill an overnight bag with:





tie clip




25. For the shop-aholic. Fill a basket with:

cushioned insoles

directories for local malls

gift certificates (get a lot of small ones for different stores)

tote bag to carry home purchases

parking pass

list of baby-sitters or volunteer to baby-sit


26. Create a comedy pack. Fill a basket with:

deck of trick cards

whoopee cushion

chattering teeth

joke books

comedy movies, cassettes or CDs

tickets to a comedy club

27. For the woodworker. Fill a basket or rubber/plastic box with:

assorted sandpapers


router bits

saw blades





patterns and/or instructions

28. For the computer buff. Fill a basket with:

mouse pad


novelty or personalized disk labels

anti-static wristband

travel mug (so that things won't spill on the computer)

a list of your favorite Web sites

29. Create a salon pack. Fill a basket with:

salon shampoo and conditioner

hair brush and/or combs




clips, bows, pins, twists, etc.

book on hair styles

30. Fill a stew pot or pottery casserole dish with. Fill the pot with:

assorted dried beans: kidney, black, white, navy, pinto, etc.

dried red chili peppers

chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, cilantro

chili recipes


oven mitts

31. For the teenage girl. Fill a purse with:

a wallet (you can even start it off with a little cash)

key chain

lipstick holder

purse sized perfume atomizer

purse sized hair brush and mirror

32. For expectant parents. Fill a baby's bath tub with:

hooded towel

wash cloth

rubber ducky

baby shampoo

baby powder

baby lotion

Terri sleeper

33. For those who make their own wine or beer. Fill a box with:

wine or beer kit

empty bottles

personalized or novelty wine/beer labels

beer caps or wine corks



34. For the skier. Fill a tote bag with:

lip balm





ski pass


35. For the executive or the home-office owner. Fill a briefcase with:


business card holder (one for the wallet, one for the desktop)

pen and pencil set

newspaper subscription

shoe polish

reference books

desk calendar

coffee mug

36. Create a New Year's Eve party pack. Fill a basket with:



party hats

noise makers




party invitations

37. For the crochet or knitting enthusiast. Fill a basket with:

assorted needles or crochet hooks

assorted patterns



personalized "made by" labels


38. For the writer. Fill a basket with:

lined note pads

an engraved pen

reference books (dictionary, thesaurus, quotes, how-to books)

pocket tape recorder and tapes

style guide

newsletter or magazine subscription

books about how to get published

39. For the music groupie. Fill a basket with:

fan club membership (look for their favorite musician on the Web, many bands now have online fan clubs which also sell tickets, posters, T-shirts and more)

CDs, cassettes of their favorite group

posters of their favorite group


sheet music

tickets to a concert

band T-shirts

40. Create a night out in a basket. Fill a basket with:

list of baby-sitters or coupons for baby-sitting

restaurant guide and/or gift certificates

movie reviews and/or tickets

or, tickets to a show or a concert

cab fair

lighted key chain

41. For the mystery lover. Fill a deer stalker hat with:

mystery novels

mystery game for computer

magnifying glass

puzzles or brain teaser books

how-to-host a mystery game

42. For the hiker, use hiking boots as a "basket". Fill with:


rain poncho

bear bells or repellent

trail mix


first aid kit for hikers

43. For the vegetarian. Fill a basket, pot or large bowl with:

your favorite recipes hand-printed on recipe cards

assorted dried beans

brown rice

sun dried tomatoes

spices: oregano, thyme, basil, garlic powder, etc.

mixing spoons

pot holders

44. For the cowboy at heart. Fill a cowboy hat with:

bolo tie

western belt buckle

boot protector

gift certificate for country dancing, horseback riding, rodeo, etc.

45. For someone who like to walk or jog, fill a tote bag with:


sweat band

tapes and batteries for the Walkman

shoe laces

sport socks

personal alarm


water bottle in a shoulder or waist holder

46. Use a cosmetic bag for a "basket". Fill the bag with:

nail polish

emery boards

nail clippers

nail brush

cuticle remover

nail file

nail polish remover

cotton balls

47. For the couch potato fill a large basket or box with:

assorted bags of flavored popcorn

other snacks like chips, nuts, candy

pre-recorded movies

TV Guide subscription

TV Remote holder

Comfortable slippers


48. Create a stock-the-bar package. Fill an ice bucket with:

shot glasses

bottle opener

cork screw

maraschino cherries

cocktail napkins

jar of olives

fancy toothpicks or cocktail umbrellas

bar guide

49. For the crafter, fill a rubber/plastic container with:

small terra cotta plant pots

flexible stencils

acrylic paints

stencil tape


spray polyurethane

seeds to plant when pots have been decorated

50. Make a kid's beach pack. Fill a plastic pail with:

plastic shovel

sand molds

beach ball or plastic floatation device (deflated)

beach towel



sunscreen for kids

bathing suit

51. For someone who takes road trips, fill a tote bag with.


travel mug


hotel coupons

tire gauge

beaded seat cover

travel games

recorded music on cassette or CD

car air freshener

52. For the musician. Fill a decorative can with:

reeds/strings/drum sticks/mouthpiece - appropriate for the instrument they play

sheet music

valve oils for brass instrument players

instrument strap

electronic tuner


recorded music of their favorite artists

53. For someone who likes to BBQ, use an apron with pockets for a "basket". Fill the apron pockets with:

marinade recipes

BBQ sauce

BBQ tools

packages of meat tenderizer


gift certificate for the local butcher

54. For the collector: Fill a basket with:

reference books

items they collect

display cases, books, etc.

cleaning supplies (special polishes, oils, brushes, etc.)

tickets to a collectibles show

55. Create a bachelor's survival kit. Fill a laundry basket with:

laundry guide

cook book featuring easy meals like casseroles

roll of quarters and some laundry soap

take-out pizza coupons

an iron

room deodorizer

any other cleaning supplies

food staples like macaroni dinners, canned tuna, canned soup and, of course, beer!

56. For someone who like to walk or jog, fill a tote bag with:


sweat band

tapes and batteries for the Walkman

shoe laces

sport socks

personal alarm


water bottle in a shoulder or waist holder

57. For just about anyone: Fill a basket with:

teddy bear

coffee mug

hot chocolate mixes

bedtime story books

58. For the student or the home-office owner, use a rubber garbage can as a "basket". Fill the can with:


tacks, paper clips, pens, pencils



desk lamp

desk calendar

59. For the cat lover use a cat basket as a "basket". Fill it with:

food and water dishes



catnip ball

rubber ball, rubber mice or other cat toys

book on cat care

60. Create a Christmas Decorating basket. Fill a basket with:

nativity set

assorted Christmas ornaments (store bought or hand-made by you)

decorative lights


61. Make a basket full of puzzles. Fill a basket with:

Rubic's cube

3D puzzle

jigsaw puzzle

word-search book

crossword puzzle book

slider puzzles

and any other puzzles you can find

62. For someone who sews, fill a sewing basket with:


assorted threads (stick to basic colors: black, white, navy, cream)



pin cushion

measuring tape

tracing wheel and paper

sewing club membership

63. For someone who likes to lounge in the sun, use a sun hat as a "basket". Fill the hat with:



lemonade mix


64. Create a gadget collection, for someone who is moving away from home, getting married or moving into a new home. Fill a canvas onion bag with:

garlic press

can opener

jar opener

paring knife (carefully wrapped)

strawberry huller

egg slicer

cheese slicer

mixing spoons

measuring spoons and cups

egg timer


65. For the wood shop owner use a shop apron as a "basket". Fill the apron with:

safety glasses

wood glue


measuring tape

paint brushes

shop magazines

woodworking patterns

66. For the fisherman use a tackle box as a "basket". Fill it with:

assorted lures




guide to local fishing

67. For baby Fill a basket with:



story book

stuffed animal


68. Create a women's accessories basket. Fill a basket with:

a silk scarf

scarf clip






evening purse

69. For cyclists use a cycling helmet as a "basket". Fill it with:

cycling gloves

water bottle




patch kit

70. For the aquarium owner, use a decorative tin for a "basket". Fill the tin with:

fish food

book about aquarium maintenance

algae magnet (you run the magnet up and down the outside of the tank to remove algae inside the tank)

a net



gift certificate for fish

71. For someone who likes games, fill a basket with:

decks of cards


poker chips

poker rule book

pocket electronic games

plane tickets to Vegas

72. For the painter: Fill a decorative tin with:

paints (acrylic, water color or oil)


paper or canvas


73. For someone who bakes use a cake pan as a "basket". Fill the pan with:

pot holders

decorative frosting set

assorted sprinkles and nuts

baking recipes

cake server

74. For someone who travels by plane a log. Fill a travel bag with:

travel pillow

travel alarm

flight schedules


magazines or novels


75. Create a Christmas box. Fill a decorative Christmas box or tin with:

assorted home-baked cookies

assorted chocolates

Christmas ornaments (better if you made them yourself)

pre-recorded Christmas music

tuck in some candy canes or foil wrapped chocolate santas for a finishing touch

76. Create a night in, in a basket. Fill the basket with:


wine glasses

pre-recorded movie


candle holder

romantic pre-recorded music

appetizers: cheese and crackers, olives, something you've made yourself

77. For the crafter, create a project in a box. Use a rubber/plastic storage box as a "basket".

78. Create a kid's bath set. Fill a basket with:

bubble bath

no-tears shampoo and conditioner

bath crayons (they let kids write on the tub or the wall, then they wash off)

bath toys

bath mitt or decorative face cloth

printed towel



79. For the teenage girl, fill a cosmetic bag or cosmetic tray with:

assorted makeup in the latest fashion colors: lipstick, blusher, eye liner, mascara

cotton swabs

makeup sponges

nail polish in the latest colors

nail file

facial cleanser

facial moisturizer

eye makeup remover

80. For the computer game player. Fill a decorative box with:

membership to an online gaming WWW site

computer game CDs

joy stick


shareware games on diskette

81. For campers, use a backpack as a "basket" Fill the backpack with:

tent pegs


sharpening stone

mosquito repellent

tent patch kit

campers cook set

utility knife of Swiss army knife

campground guides

82. For the lover of spicy foods, use a chili pot as a "basket". Fill it with:

spices: cayenne pepper, black pepper, white pepper, dried red peppers, chili powder, paprika

hot sauces like chili sauce


hot pickles (pick them up from an Asian food store)

fresh peppers



83. For the sci-fi fan. Fill a basket with:

Science fiction novels

sci-fi movies

collectible figures (you know, the plastic ones modeled after TV and movie sci-fi characters)

Spock ears

books about their favorite shows or authors

tickets to a sci-fi convention

84. For the engaged couple fill a basket with:

wedding planner

unity candle


cake knife

honeymoon travel information or tickets

wedding decorations

wedding album

85. For someone who works out at the gym fill a tote bag :


water bottle

workout tapes or magazines

power bars

sports drinks

sports socks

gym membership

86. For adults only. Fill a basket with:

scented candles

massage oil



wine glasses

87. For the jigsaw puzzle lover. Fill a basket with:

jigsaw puzzle

puzzle mat

coffee mug

magnifying glass

gourmet coffee

88. For the naturalist. Fill a knapsack with:


bird watching guide or wildlife or wildflower guide

log book and pen


trail mix

89. A small twist on the usual coffee gift basket. Fill a basket with:

gourmet coffees

coffee mugs



decorative bookmark (why not make one yourself)

90. For someone who is on their feet all day, use a rubber tub as a "basket". Fill the tub with:

Epsom salts or bubble bath


pumice stone

foot lotion or foot powder

comfortable slippers

nail clippers

91. Create a kid's craft kit. Fill a rubber/plastic storage box with:

colored paper



pipe cleaners



white glue

kid scissors

wooden shapes

wobbly eyes

kid sized craft apron


92. For little students fill a children's lunchbox with:

pencil toppers

decorated pencils

colored pencils


plastic stencils which let them draw stars, circles, etc.


children's scissors

water bottle in a shoulder or waist holder

93. For someone who likes needlepoint fill a basket with:



assorted thread



frames for finished work

94. For the movie buff, fill a basket with:

pre-recorded movies

movie soundtracks on CD or cassette

batteries for the remote control

head cleaner for the VCR

movie tickets or gift certificates


95. For someone who like to walk or jog, fill a tote bag with:


sweat band

tapes and batteries for the Walkman

shoe laces

sport socks

personal alarm


water bottle in a shoulder or waist holder

96. For the electronics hobbyist. Fill a plastic box with:





soldering iron and solder

light bulbs

LED lights

printed circuit boards

project books

wire cutters

electrical tape

97. For the chocolate lover. Fill a basket with:

chocolate cookies (home baked is best)

chocolate bon-bons

chocolate sauces

chocolate syrup

chocolate dipped coffee spoons (see the instructions in our project sections)

Hot chocolate mix

chocolate covered coffee beans

chocolate flavored coffee beans

chocolate recipes

98. For the young at heart. Fill a basket or a small toy box with:

silly putty

assorted magnets

magnifying glass


paper airplane kit




99. For the health food buff. Fill a basket or a mixing bowl:

brown rice (in a bag tied with a ribbon or in a glass jar)

other grains like quinoa, spelt, bulgur, etc.

all-natural candy bars

tofu in aseptic packages (so it doesn’t need refrigeration)

assorted dried beans (black, black-eyed peas, chick peas, lima beans, fava beans, etc.)

assorted spices

all natural skin and body care products (find them at your local health food store)

100. For the someone who never has enough time. Fill a basket with:

coupons for your baby-sitting time

cookbook featuring meals in 30 minutes or less

daytimer to help them organize their time more efficiently


information about or coupons for a shopping service which will do their shopping for them

coupons for other time saving services like dry-cleaning, tailoring, take-out food, car washes, etc.

101. Create a Chinese food "basket". Fill a basket a wok with:

Chinese tea set

package of green tea

cook book


chop sticks

package dried black mushrooms

bottle of soy sauce

other sauces like plum sauce, Szechwan sauce, terriaki sauce, etc.

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches actually come into play when you begin to assemble your basket. You can enhance the presentation of baskets, boxes, tins, hats, etc. by first filling them with:

colored cellophane "grass"

crumpled tissue paper

a piece of fabric (try something with a Christmas print)

shredded newspaper or colored paper


raffia Then carefully arrange your items over top of the filler. Finish up by tucking in:

candy canes

foil wrapped chocolate santas

other foil wrapped candies

small pine cones

a bunch of cinnamon sticks tied with red ribbon

Christmas greenery like the tips spruce and pine branches

Christmas ornaments

lots of small bows

mandarin oranges

nuts in the shell

small scented candles

Christmas baking (wrapped in cellophane)

Wrapping Your Basket

Baskets that are in actual baskets do not need to be wrapped, but if you wish, you can wrap them in cellophane. Simply gather the cellophane around the basket and tie at the top with ribbon. This method also works for "baskets" made with hats, boxes, bowls, pots, plant pots, etc. Decorative boxes and tins usually can stand alone without wrapping. Rubber storage containers can be wrapped in cellophane as above or can be wrapped with wrapping paper. Some "baskets" like tote bags, backpacks, shopping bags, etc. are best left unwrapped. Instead, finish them with colorful bows and ribbons.

Customized Gift Baskets

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You can turn any basket into a great special occasion gift -- baskets with a personalized "theme" will always be a big hit. There are so many different ways to decorate a basket, there's really no limit to what you can do with a simple basket, some ribbon and a few decorations.


Wicker basket with handle

Hot glue gun


Dried or silk flowers, leaves, etc.

Thin wire

Wire cutters

Needlenose pliers

Simple bathroom soap basket: Use silk flowers for baskets to be used in a bathroom -- they'll be less susceptible to water/moisture damage. Decide on your color scheme. Measure a length of ribbon to go around the lip of the basket. Twist it into a narrow rope and glue it around the rim. You can also wind matching ribbon around the handle, securing the ends with dabs of hot glue. Take a long-stemmed silk flower with some leaves/greenery and bend it along the curve of the handle. Tuck the bottom of the stem inside the basket and use wire to attach the stem to the handle at the top, middle and bottom. Take another flower and secure to handle about 1/3 of the way down. (I like to buy silk flowers that have multiple stems and then separate them, snipping off the lengths I want with wire cutters.) Secure a shorter length flower 2/3 of the way down. You now have a nice cascading effect along the basket handle.

Make a bow to match your ribbon (or buy ready-made). Attach the bow to the base of the handle or the rim of the basket with wire and/or hot glue. Line the inside of the basket with plastic wrap, tissue, straw or colored confetti. Then fill the basket with interesting soaps, bath oil beads, scented hand creams, etc.

Gift Basket Ideas:

Lovers' Basket: NOT just for newlyweds! Include several scented candles, a cassette tape with romantic music, a good bottle of wine or brandy, two glasses, a bottle of massage oil, some good chocolates and a cardboard note to hang on the door that says "Do Not Disturb." Include a card with instructions to read "Close the door, turn off the phone. Enjoy together your precious time alone."

Tea Time Basket: Include some interesting teas and a small jar of honey. Add homemade jams or jellies with crackers or a small loaf of homemade bread and a copy of If Teacups Could Talk. Decorate with ribbon and an interesting kitchen utensil attached to the handle (a teaspoon or honey dipper perhaps...).

Gardener's Basket: For the gardener, fill the basket with packets of seeds, garden hand tools, gloves, plant markers. Decorate with flowers!

Gift for teacher: Fill a basket with fun pencils, "reward" toys, erasers, Post-It notepads, award pads, etc. Decorate the basket with a "school" theme -- instead of ribbon around the rim, glue on a row of pink erasers, alternating with some cute large plastic clips.

Coffee Lover's Basket: Get a bunch of the small packets of flavored coffees for the coffee lover to sample. Add some chocolate dipped cinnamon sticks, butter cookies, a special coffee cup, a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix. Dip a spoon in melted chocolate - allow it to harden, wrap in cellophane and tied w/ a pretty ribbon. Attach the spoon to the handle.

"Pamper Me" Bath Basket: Fill a basket with some homemade bath salts, lotions, etc. (visit the Formulas page for bath recipes...), along with loofa, scented candle and a cardboard note to hang on the door that says "Pampering, Do Not Disturb."

The following ideas were contributed by Van Gogh's Severed Ear

The Ultimate Chocolate Basket: A package of Hershey's bars, triple fudge brownies, better than sex chocolate cake, red velvet torte, chocolate truffles, German chocolate brownies, 3 different types of fudge, chocolate syrup, Yoo-hoo in the can, a few boxes of chocolate pudding and chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate/fudge butter cookies, homemade hot cocoa powder and a box of Cocoa Krispies.

The Baby Basket: A boo-boo bunny. A baby's first Christmas ornament, a small canister of powder, baby lotion, diaper rash oitnment, baby wipes, washcloths, receiving blankets, a teething ring, a bib and a night light.

The Fantasy/Sci-fi Role players basket: 3 different types of chocolate candy. A 6-pack of the gamer's favorite beverage. A gift certificate for their favorite photo copy store. A couple of sets of dice. Some miniatures or the new supplement they want. I also include a couple of pencils and a notebook.

The Wearable Art Basket: An ironing board cover, some iron ons. Fuseable web, some pretty fabrics for applique, an assortment of fabric paints and pens. Rhinestone studs, metal studs, a box of bandaids and a candy bar.

The New Mom's Basket: A large bottle of aspirin, a picture frame or photo album. A cassette of favorite music, a package of burp cloths, hand cream, chocolate and coffee.

The New Car Basket: A fire extinguisher. A steering wheel cover. Some annoying fuzzy dice. An air freshener. A bottle of car wash, tire cleaner, spot remover and car wax.

The Baker's Basket: A recipe for something that you made that someone liked, along with all the premeasured ingredients (within reason) and a pack of recipe cards -- perhaps a bottle of extract or some food coloring.

The ideas are endless! If you've got a great gift basket idea to share, send it to and we'll post it here!

Gift boxes of all sizes and shapes can be bought from many card and craft shops at a reasonable price. Once you have added a decorative touch, they can even become a gift in their own right. Materials ListPainted Boxartist's acrylic paints paintbrushwhite craft glue Fabric-Covered Boxfabric to coverwhite craft glueribbonPaper-Covered Boxpaper to coverglue stickacrylic paint stencilstencil brush

Making a Painted Box

Step 1: Paint the box in colors the recipient will like. You may need up to three coats of paint for even coverage.

Step 2: When the paint is dry, glue a figurine to the top of the lid. The homemade figurine we have used is made from papier-mâché.

Making a Covered Box

Step 1: Cover each box with fabric or paper. To achieve the neatest finish, experiment with the corner folds before you glue them down.

Step 2: Decorate the paper-covered box with stencils and allow to dry. Glue ribbon to the lid of the fabric-covered box with craft glue. Push pins are useful for holding the ribbon in place while the glue dries. Tie the ribbon bow and glue it to the top. For contrast, we painted parts of the fabric on the lid with acrylic paint mixed with a little glue.

Note: As an alternative, when covering the lid, you might reverse the fabric, if the underside provides a pleasing contrast.

Gift Wrap IdeasCourtesy of From Homemade Best Made Copyright © 1998, Reader's Digest Association, Inc. Used by permission.