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Creating Inexpensive Memorable Holiday Gifts for Family Members

Jul 31, 2008
If you're a particularly crafty person, and are willing to take the time to assemble a basket yourself, the process of making one and giving it as a festive present can be a rewarding and relatively inexpensive experience. You can have creative control over the contents of the basket, allowing it to be customized to the specific likes of the receiver, and can be used as a great way to brighten up a Christmas celebration without breaking the bank.

The first step in creating a holiday gift basket is selecting the basket itself. Many people opt to use whatever is lying around the house, and often will result in someone getting their items in a reused Easter basket, fake grass and all. Instead, go to a craft store and peruse a selection of baskets. Select something sturdy enough to withstand a little wear and tear from assembly of the contents and the final wrapping process.

Fill your Christmas basket with items that pertain to your theme. A popcorn tin could be a family movie night. Flower pots could be filled for the gardening enthusiast, or the beach pail laden with toys for a child. Cooking utensils make a good basket for food items or your famous home made fruit cake.

Another feature you can add to your basket is embellishments. Bows, ribbons, and decorated cellophane are the most popular embellishments. These are wonderful ways to decorate and add a bit of flair to your basket. Another idea is, instead of using a tag with the name of the recipient use a small Christmas ornament personalized with their name. These personal touches really stand out and make your basket special.

Baskets given as holiday presents can be colored to reflect the recipient and not necessarily have the typical red and green or white and blue color schemes associated with the season. If the recipient has a favorite color scheme, that can be reflected in the contents and the adornments on the basket. If the basket is being made as a corporate offering, the colors can reflect a company's logo colors.

Baskets are used as a common holiday gift idea by businesses and individuals alike looking for a creative and unique way to tie together items and ideas into one seasonal present for their customers or recipients. Many companies looking to show special appreciation to employees who have worked extra hard and have been successful for the year use baskets as a great way to reward those workers.

If you're looking for a great holiday gift idea that can allow you to give something out of the ordinary and something that has a more individualized feel behind it than a typical item, consider giving a basket. They are easy to assemble, customize, are able to be created in any color and size, and can be a unique way to show those around that you appreciate them come Christmas time.
About the Author
Every member of your family can make a unique Christmas gift basket to give to the person they draw out of a hat. Other gifting tips for the holidays include craft fun night and a Christmas tree cutting special outing.
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