How to Make Your Own Gourmet Gift Baskets
Making your own gourmet gift baskets is not only
fun but also an affordable alternative to purchasing
them ready made. Before picking out the gift basket
itself, decide what candy you will be placing
inside and how many you will want for each basket.
For every holiday, you have the opportunity to
show off your talent - Valentine's gift basket,
Mother's day gift baskets and Christmas gift baskets.
A trip to your local candy store will give you
a huge assortment of choices. Individual candies
are available wrapped in very pretty and elegant wrappings.
Many other themed candy wrappings are commonly
available. Sports themed wrapping, holiday and birthday
themes are popular.
Another alternative is to buy bulk candy and
create small individual packages for your baskets
using small cloth bags or squares of transparent
wrap or tissue paper filled with the candies. The
corners are then gathered up and tied with a bow.
This is not only another cost cutting idea, but
also helps to add a personal feeling to the gift
basket. Consider the recipient when wrapping your
own candies. Is she a teenage girl? Replace the
bow with a clip or pretty scrunchie for her hair.
Is it a male friend? Ask yourself what his interests
are and what activities he enjoys. Perhaps you
tie a golf tee under the bow of a candy assortment,
or the bow atop the basket itself could be created
from a necktie.
For a larger variety of candy choices than you
have locally, consider the option to buy candy
online. A quick entry into a search engine for
online store will bring you many more choices
to consider for your baskets.
Once you have decided what will go into your
gourmet gift baskets, you can then choose a style
and size of basket. When making several different
baskets, don't limit yourself to the same choice
for them all. The basket choice for each recipient
can be just as personal as what you choose to
put inside. Consider what they might do with the
basket once the contents are removed. And also
don't limit yourself to just baskets! For a child
a fun lunch box or backpack might be just the
thing. A lady can always use another cosmetic
bag or handbag. A gentleman would no doubt find
a use for a metal tin or a small travel bag. Consider
filling a beautiful vase, a large coffee mug or
something as unusual & unexpected as a Chinese
take out box for that friend whose favorite lunch is
moo goo gai pan
With just a little thought to the recipients
likes and interests you can make a gourmet gift
basket really special. Personalization is the
key. We all love chocolate candy, but as we grow
older some of us begin to consider it a forbidden
fruit. How did something that ancient civilizations
considered the food of the gods become so strife
with controversy today?
Isn't that the reason you've decided to create
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Natalie writes about food, nutrition and holidays.
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