Homemade Spa Baskets

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A homemade spa basket makes a great gift because you can personalize it for the recipient, adding little touches or major gifts that suit her exactly. Spa baskets can range from relatively inexpensive to wildly lavish, depending on your budget. By filling and decorating the gift basket yourself, you can present a much more extravagant gift than you could if you were to buy it ready made, and the recipient is bound to appreciate the special personal touch that comes with a homemade gift.

Things You'll Need

  • Large basket or other container
  • Gift items, such as candles, bath soaps, loofahs, etc.
  • Newspaper
  • Double-stick tape
  • Filler material, including shredded paper, Easter grass and lace
  • Cellophane
  • Ribbon
  • Choose a container for your gift basket. It doesn't have to be an actual basket. Think about using a hat box, a silver tray or a clear glass pitcher.

  • Choose one big gift that will serve as the centerpiece for your spa gift basket. It might be a gift certificate to an actual spa, good for a massage or facial, or it could be a plush robe or towel.

  • Assemble the smaller spa items for the basket. Consider including body scrub or shower gel, a pretty wash cloth, a pair of slippers, Epsom salts for the bath, body lotions and a loofah. You might also want to add potpourri, an exfoliating body glove, bubble bath, a neck pillow, essential oils, moisturizers, a manicure set and aromatherapy candles.

  • Add non-spa items if you wish. You could include a relaxing CD for your friend to enjoy while soaking in the tub. You might want to include a bottle of champagne if the gift is commemorating a special event or celebration, or a small box of fine chocolates or cookies. If you add food items to a spa basket, make sure they're well wrapped so the aromas from the spa items don't affect them in any way.

  • Fill the bottom of your basket or container with shredded paper or Easter grass. If you are using a large basket, you may need to line the bottom with crumpled-up newspaper, then cover the newspaper with the more decorative shredded materials. You can also use lace as a base material.

  • Arrange your gift items in the basket. Start with the larger items, which should be placed toward the back of the basket. Tape items together with double-stick tape if you need to hold them in place. Make sure each item is visible in the final arrangement.

  • Measure the height and width of your filled gift basket to determine how much cellophane you will need to cover it. Cut a piece of colored cellophane that is at least 1 foot bigger in all directions than the final dimensions of your gift basket.

  • Set the basket carefully in the middle of the cellophane. Gather the cellophane up around the basket on all sides, scrunching it together at the top of the basket. Wrap the top of the cellophane tightly with tape just above the top of the basket or container so a tuft of cellophane remains at the top.

  • Tie a large ribbon around the tuft of cellophane. Add a gift card or tag addressed to the recipient.

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  • Photo Credit bars of rose soap in the basket image by Elena Moiseeva from Fotolia.com
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