One great idea to come from Oprah’s Favorite Holiday Gifts for 2008 is the Garden Gift Basket.
For the past several years, my daughter and I have given gift baskets for many occasions and a Garden Gift Basket can be an appreciated bit of spring during the cold winter season!
To begin planning a Garden gift basket keep a few things in mind as you shop for items.
Size & Shape – Open shallow baskets come in a wide range of sizes, styles and colors but can be difficult to fill and maintain everything in its place during packing and delivery. A gift basket at least 6 inches deep will give good support to your items as well as allow the contents of the basket to be viewed upon opening.
Your ‘basket’ may not even be a basket but perhaps an unusual planter or window box!
It is a good idea to choose your basket or container first and then begin selecting the items to add to it as the basket will determine the number of items you can include.
Some items to consider:
Brightly colored packets of seed
Spring bulbs like crocus, or daffodils
A small container of potting soil
A small pot or a liner to fit your chosen basket
A Gardening magazine
A ‘How To’ card with simple planting instructions if needed
Other items helpful to assembling and wrapping your Garden Gift Basket are:
Double sided tape
Plain Filler paper
Shredded colored filler
Ribbon / bow
* Hand held hair dryer to heat shrink wrap around basket.
Begin by taking all materials to an area with adequate room to spread items needed out and arrange in a visually appealing manner. Place crumbled solid filler paper in the bottom of the basket begin by placing the largest items toward the back of the basket or container, medium sized items toward the center and smallest items in front and around the edges. When packing your Garden Gift Basket, use the double faced tape to help hold items upright in place by tacking them to each other in several spots. Once all items are in place, use shredded paper, basket filler to cover the gaps between items and to fill in any of the solid packing material which may be showing.
Shrink Wrap may be purchased as bags or rolls. Bags are easier to use but not always available in large enough sizes to accommodate larger baskets. Place the full basket into the center of the shrink wrapped material and gather tightly leaving excess at the top to fasten with a ribbon. If some items lean slightly they will be tucked into place as the wrap shrinks from the heat of the blow dryer.
Run blow dryer on medium heat and lift basket to begin the shrinking process at the bottom. Gently direct the warm air from blow dryer across the wrapped basket, alternating from side to side to maintain even tension. Once the wrapping is tightened to your satisfaction place a bow at the top and don’t forget to include a personalized tag!
Gift baskets are a fun way to personalize your gift giving year round. Themed baskets offer endless variety and possibilities. Think about the personal tastes, hobbies and interests of the recipient and then select items with those things in mind.
Movie Baskets: popcorn, Movie Theater snacks, DVD
Easter Baskets of course are ‘traditional but a Garden Gift Basket would make a fine Easter gift basket as well.
Birthday Gift Baskets – may include snacks or hobby related items
Get Well baskets containing a special mug along with selection of teas, or even some individual chicken soup packets.
Items for filling Gift Baskets can be found anywhere from craft shops to your local retail stores or even bakeries, the supplies such as baskets, bows, fillers and shrink wrap can be found in craft supply stores as well as some retailers like your local department stores.
Cost for a Gift Basket is entirely within your budget guidelines as they can be as simple or as lavish as you choose. Explore the possibilities and know that you are giving a unique and personalized gift from the heart.