How to Make Christmas Gift Baskets

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Making Christmas gift baskets involves neatly placing each gift item into a basket, wrapping shrink wrap around the entire thing and using a blow dryer to shrink the plastic close to the basket. Wrap a ribbon around a gift basket as the finishing touch with advice from a nationally-recognized party planner in this free video on throwing the perfect holiday party.

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Hi, I'm Phyllis Cambria, the co-owner of Partyplansplus.com. In this clip I'm going to show you how to make a Christmas gift basket. You'll need a basket. You'll need items to go inside the basket. You'll need tissue paper. You'll need decorative ribbon. You'll need a silk poinsettia. You'll need a shrink wrap plastic bag. You'll need scissors. You'll need scotch tape. You'll need a hair dryer. Now I'm going to show you how to put together a gift basket. Now this is for a friend of mine who loves Italian food and who loves to cook so we have some pasta and some vinegar and some spices and we're putting it altogether. Now to fill up the basket and to make sure that everything doesn't rattle against each other, which is what it's doing right now, we're going to use some tissue paper. It will add a decorative touch and it will keep everything from breaking. So, I'm just going to fluff and puff to fill this up. So, now we're just going to put this glass piece in to secure it. Alright, now the thing that makes most homemade gift baskets look different than the professional ones is a little thing called a shrink wrap bag and that's what I have here. So, you can see what I'm doing. Now, if the bag is too big on the sides that's what you use the tape for and cut some ribbon and I'm going to tie it. Now this poinsettia is meant to be clipped on. We need to heat things up a little bit so I'm going to turn on the hair dryer which will heat this and make it shrink, and there you have it. A professional looking home made Christmas basket that anybody could be proud of. This has been Phyllis Cambria. Thanks for watching.

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