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Celebrate Summer with A Picnic Gift Basket

Apr 22, 2008
Who doesn't love a picnic? There's always a reason for a picnic: a big family get-together, hanging out with your friends at the park, a company cook-out, or a romantic date with that special someone. What could be better than eating good food and having a fun time in the great outdoors? So why not consider making a picnic gift basket as a great present for someone who likes to enjoy the summer weather outside.

Not only is a picnic gift basket a fun and unusual present, but it's also quite handy. Chances are you'll want one for yourself.

To start, you'll need a large picnic basket, or any other container that's easy to transport. Buy a checkered plastic tablecloth and line your basket with it. Select some packages of plastic cutlery, straws and serving utensils. Choose bright, cheerful colors. Pick up some coordinating paper plates and napkins printed with summery images.

Include some yummy picnic favorites that won't spoil. Crunchy or sweet snack foods such as potato chips or cookies are a good choice. Add some unopened containers of condiments such as barbecue sauce, catsup and mustard, as well as salt and pepper shakers and some packets of sugar. Throw in some wet wipes and a trash bag for clean-up time. And don't forget the matches.

Here's where you can have a little fun. Buy some candy or plastic bugs and ants, and place them strategically around the basket.

A nice idea is to prepare a checklist of anything you would usually need to pack for a picnic. This would include food items such as the hamburgers, hot dogs and buns, salads, drinks, etc. You can also list things such as lawn chairs, games, and blankets. Design the list on your computer and give it a nice picnic related border. Make a few copies and add them to the basket.

There's so much you'll want to include in your picnic gift basket, but avoid going to extremes. If the basket is jam-packed, you'll find that it's too heavy to transport without difficulty from the car to the picnic area. Of course, you could make up two baskets instead of one. One can contain the plastic and paper items, and the other could be loaded up with the food products.

If you're looking for a great gift for someone who enjoys the great outdoors in the summertime, a picnic gift basket is the perfect solution. It's a fantastic way to have picnic basics ready at a moment's notice, and the recipient will be reminded to bring all the indispensable elements of a great summer outing. In fact, it's such a useful accessory, you'll likely want one of your own.
About the Author
Do you want to make your own gift baskets? Kim Allarie publishes Kim's Basket Blog, a great source of gift basket ideas for all those meaningful events throughout the year.
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