I've done some form of gift basket every year since I was 23 or so. It started super small. Just throwing some books or something in a basket and getting that shrink wrap bag from the dollar store. Then I started having these crazy sessions where I'd bake for two days straight and do an assembly line thing. One year I made baskets for all 13 members of the comedy troupe I was in. Another time, I made dessert and breakfast baskets for some coworkers. As I type this, there is curling ribbon everywhere because I'm about to make some stuff for a fundraiser tomorrow.
Today's mission: find a suitable gift for a doctor I hadn't met before lunchtime today. Price: $25. I started by asking what kind of stuff he likes. All I got from the ladies at my internship was that he likes books. Dammit. I'd have to get a gift card. Those are so...impersonal. But not if it's wrapped in a gift basket!
First I got some things from the dollar store (basket, curling ribbon, garland, cards, etc):
All of this was 8 bucks (exceptin' the gift cards), but I only used 5 bucks worth of stuff. Then I decided to add some cuteness to it. Check out this card! The tree is eating the gift cards. I took some tea I had in my house and wrapped them with ribbon.
Next, I thought long and hard about what to make. I made the choc chip cookies, sugar cookies, and gingerbread biscotti from VCIYCJ. I made Cheesy Quackers for the tin, but decided to keep them for myself. Hee hee. The doctor got pretzels instead! I wrapped all of it up nice and purty like.
Then I put everything into the basket. The basket includes 6 different types of tea, the aforementioned cookies and pretzels, and some chocolate peppermint coffee that I got from Target for $1. Check that dollar section when you walk into the store. You find some gems for sure!
This last pic is kinda crappy, but I was running late to my internship. I couldn't find the shrink wrap bag and didn't feel like weaving through the people at the dollar store so I just got this gingerbead one instead.
And there you have it! It's a fun and pretty easy way to personalize a gift card. Just use your supreme baking or crafty skills and 5 bucks. And nothing goes better with some books than gingerbread biscotti and English breakfast tea!