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Monday, December 12, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Make Your Own Natural Gift Baskets


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Make Your Own Natural Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are special baskets for special people when they are
made with someone in mind. A gift basket works well all year long.
For birthdays with birthday related items and birthday wrappings, for
the Fourth of July with a patriotic theme and lots of red, white, and
blue. What about Halloween? It's getting to be a huge holiday.
There's a chance to really get creative with your gift basket. The
choices are endless.

If you know an avid golfer, then choose golf related items. These
could include: balls, tees, golf towel, shirt, golf club covers, and
any other golf related items which will fit into the gift basket.

What about that gardener that you know. A nice gift basket of seeds,
gardening tools, small flower pots, gloves. There are a lots of nice
items to make a beautiful gift basket. Tie a big, flowered bow on it
and and give it with pride.

Of course, Christmas is always a good time to make and give that
special someone, whether it be husband, wife, mother, father, child,
or friend, a gift basket that you make with him or her in mind. All
you need to do is think about what his or her interests and likes are
and start finding the items for the gift basket.

Maybe she is a tea drinker. Then put together a gift basket with
flavored teas. There are lots of choices. Include a pretty tea cup
and maybe some packets of sugar and cream. Put some pretty filler in
the basket, include the items, tie a pretty bow on the gift basket,
include a card, and it's done.

The same thing can be done for a coffee drinker. Make a gift basket
with different coffees and hot chocolate mixes. But avoid chocolate
and items that will melt. A favorite gift basket for bakers is muffin
mixes and assorted packages of crackers in a handmade muffin or
cracker basket.

Crystal Gift Basket

Crystals are a fun and brillant gift that can sparkle and awe inspire
anyone you give it to. You can start with a beautiful crystal cluster
or tall obelisk in the center. Add some crystal spheres,
tumblestones, crystal hearts, crystal animals or any special gemstone
you think your friend or family would like. You can string a
beautiful crystal necklace at the top handle of the basket to drop
down into the center.

Have fun making these gift basket ideas! Come up with your own themed
basket. Yes, it is great to receive a gift, but you can have a good
time creating your own, to give!!

Candle Gift Basket

This candle gift basket can be modified to use at any holiday but
this is an example for Christmas candle gift baskets. This gift
basket can start off with one focal candle. Try to find one that is
very decorative. For Christmas that can mean santas, angels, candy
canes, snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees, and numerous others.
Then pick out one scent and find various candles different sizes) to
fill in the basket. Some favorite scents for the holiday season are
pine, cranberry, gingerbread, cinnamon, and sugar cookies. There are
many more out there that are related to Christmas but you can use any
scent you want.

Cookie Gift Basket

What Christmas holiday would be complete without Christmas cookies?
Christmas cookie gift baskets are an excellent way to give a little
something special to friends and neighbors without being to
expensive. The focal point of a Christmas cookie gift baskets is
always decorated sugar cookies. You can have so much fun cutting them
out and decorating them. Looking out for fun new cookie cutters or
ways to decorate them is half the fun. Kids can get involved in the
decorating too!! Use one recipe that you especially like to use as
your base, then build around that.

Decorate the Tree Gift Basket

If you give a decorate the tree gift basket you will need to deliver
it early. Some traditions decorate the tree on Christmas eve and
celebrate the day of the kings. Here are some ideas for you to make
your own. This is one of the easiest gift baskets to make because the
possibilities are endless!! You can add ornaments, candles, a
Christmas CD, some hot cocoa, candy canes, garland, bows, even some
homemade Christmas cookies. Because of all the pretty colors they
look so good when they are made up. One thing to include in your
decorate the tree gift baskets is an ornament with the year on it.
You can encourage them to pick out a special ornament each year so
their tree begins to be filled with memories of past Christmas'. This
is a great gift idea for young couples just starting out that may not
have many decorations yet.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Basket

One of my all time favorite gift baskets that I have made is one that
is for the whole family. It is especially fitting for a family that
anticipates Santa's arrival!! This is such a simple basket to make
and the whole family can enjoy it. Of course the main "ingredient" in
this basket is a copy of "the night before Christmas" of course.
Include enough hot chocolate and cookies for the whole family to
enjoy while reading the story. Add in a candle or a pretty ornament
if you find one that you feel fits the occasion. One other thing you
can include is a pretty Christmas plate with Santa on it. That way if
they want to they can leave Santa a cookie or two on it. Also include
a couple bags of microwave popcorn into it as well, then decorate it
with pretty ribbon and a bow. One added touch is on the card, write
the name of everyone in the family. This adds more fun to the kids to
see their own names on the card.

Angel Gift Basket

Need a unique Christmas gift basket idea? Why not send angel gift
baskets. Angel gift baskets are pretty and can be enjoyed all year
round actually. If you are making the gift baskets for Christmas gift
giving you can use any central theme. Santas, candy canes, snowmen,
whatever you like, Angels are a great idea for the fact that they are
thought of at Christmas and are guardians for all times. You can find
candles with almost any design and should be able to include one of
those easily. Include an angel Christmas tree ornament as well as
anything else that has to do with angels. You will find figurines,
plaques, dolls, pictures, teacups, and stationary. Bake sugar cookies
and add a dozen or so angel sugar cookies to the baskets. As you are
doing your Christmas shopping be on the lookout for items for making
gift baskets.

Bath Gift Basket

Everyone deserves a little pampering and you can make a friend feel
special this Christmas holiday by giving them a bath gift basket. You
can always find great bath products but this is especially true
around the Christmas holidays. This makes it easy to make bath gift
baskets. You can focus on one scent and build from there. Some of the
items to put in your bath gift baskets are candles, bubble bath,
soap, lotion, hand cream, foot cream, bath oil, loofahs, back
brushes, the list is endless for what you can add to them. You can
sometimes add a puzzle book or a good paperback to them.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Therpies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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