Christmas gift baskets are a great way to combine several inexpensive items into one thoughtful gift. Choose a theme to suit the recipient of the gift basket and combine bought items with homemade ones to keep the cost under $15. With a few personal touches, the basket will be worth much more than the sum of its parts and is sure to be appreciated.
A spa gift basket is a great gift for women of all ages. Start with some wash cloths in complimentary muted colors. These look attractive lining the basket as well as being useful and can cost only a few dollars. If you are a knitter or crocheter, make some simple washcloths in a decorative pattern from cotton yarn for a homemade touch. Instead of purchasing expensive spa-style toiletries, make your own and present them in glass jars with handwritten labels. Even leftover jam jars look pretty if you tie fabric and ribbons around the lids. For homemade bath salts, simply combine Epsom salts, sea salt and a few drops of a pleasantly scented essential oil. If you are making gift baskets for more than one woman, you can save money by purchasing supplies in bulk. Purchase some inexpensive beauty items like manicure and pedicure kits, bath sponges or miniature travel lotions and soaps from a drugstore to complete the basket.
Purchased food gift baskets tend to be very expensive. To make your own, choose a theme for the basket according to the favorite cuisine of the recipient, for example, a chocolate basket, wine basket or Italian food basket. If you combine some homemade items with purchased items, the overall cost will be considerably lower and easily under $15 for a smaller basket. Repackaging bought food items in new containers or wrappings makes them look much more expensive. For example, take some regular olive oil and vinegar (purchased in bulk), pour them into attractive glass bottles and add some whole garlic cloves, chilis, herbs or other robust flavoring ingredients. Take a regular block of cheese or chocolate, wrap it in a square of cheesecloth like a parcel and tie it with ribbon or raffia. Pick a few extra items that compliment the selection of foods--wooden spoons, chopsticks and similar items are available for less than a dollar each.
Most hobbies involve some kind of supplies, equipment or accessories. Consider the favorite pastime of the person receiving the basket and assemble a selection of items related to it for a thoughtful gift. For a golfer, pick one or two more expensive items, like a golf glove or sleeve of balls, and fill the rest of the basket with inexpensive ones like tees, ball markers and divot repair tools. For someone who loves knitting, crocheting or needlepoint, visit that particular aisle of your local craft store. Select some colorful yarns, new needles, some smaller accessories like stitch markers and measuring tapes and perhaps a book or pattern that is on sale.
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