First, decide on a theme for your gift basket. This will help you choose the products and packaging. Here are a few popular gift-basket themes, but feel free to create your own. Let the hobbies and interests of the gift recipient be your guide.
When selecting a basket to package your gift, consider how much space you will need and the type of basket that your recipient would enjoy using long after the gift is opened. We've selected a few of our favorites.
These handcrafted wire marché baskets come in three sizes, so you can choose the perfect size to hold your gifts. The open weave is ideal for showing off the items inside. The baskets will surely be given jobs after the holidays — as book holders, towel holders or even to store newspapers or magazines (The Container Store, $10-$25).
This Moroccan-style French market basket reminds us of the shopping bags at Anthropologie, and it's the perfect bag to fill with holiday gifts and goodies (Wunderley, $37).
Skip the apples and fill these wooden bushel baskets with gourmet treats, bath and body products or breakfast fixings instead (Crate & Basket, $3).
A tisket, a tasket — go bold with this red metal basket (Target, $20).
No time to order gift baskets online? You can find a huge selection at World Market or The Container Store.
Feather your nest, so to speak, by lining your gift basket with tissue paper, shredded paper (both available at any craft store) or better yet — a reusable dish towel.
If you're into color coordination, take a peek at the selection of Now Designs Floursack tea towels. We counted a dozen hues from which to choose (Amazon, $11).
Once you've selected your gift-basket theme, head to the store that carries the widest selection of products that match what you're looking for. Better yet, head online and shop in
The easiest way to wrap a gift basket is to use clear cellophane and a ribbon. Cellophane comes in rolls or bags, as seen below.
The Container Store sells a 20 x 24-inch snowflake cellophane gift-basket bag that you can cinch up with a big bow (The Container Store, $4).
If your gift basket isn't the right size for a cellophane bag, clear cellophane rolls make it easy to wrap up baskets of all sizes. Simply gather the cellophane around the basket, tape it and finish with a big bow (The Container Store, $1-$6).
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