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How To Put Together A Fantastic, Affordable Gift Basket

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It’s end of the school year time around here, and if you are like me, you find yourself trying to stretch a dollar to give a token of how deeply you appreciate how AMAZING your kids’ teachers are!

I am a big fan of gift baskets. I feel like they look cute & are simple to assemble. There are two decisions to make when you are making a gift basket…

Now you KNOW I love a theme, and my favorite go-to themes are spa. beach /summer. culinary. and gardening. [I’ll talk more about those later in the post.]

Today, we delivered some “refreshing” gifts. And let me tell you, THESE ladies deserve a little refreshment after a school year of wide open four-year-olds!

My default color choice is pink and green. Just such a happy combo, don’t you think. It’s great to have a color palette to help guide your selections for the gift basket.

Gather your supplies. I chose candies in pink or green boxes, green hand soaps, pink lemonade packets, peppermint tea (which was in pink boxes for some reason), notepads, and some pink & green tissue paper. I hit the dollar store for some cute pink & green shopping/beach baskets (these came from Dollar Tree, but I’ve seen the same and similar baskets at other dollar stores, too). And I grabbed some bottled water.

I also grabbed a couple of these cello gift basket bags. They are great to make your gift look finished and fancy… and to keep me from eating everything in them before delivery…

First, line your basket with a couple of sheets of tissue paper.

Tear off the label from the water and tie a ribbon around its neck. I added a little printed tag with a verse to one of the two water bottles in each basket (I changed the he to she ).

She who refreshes others will herself be refreshed (Proverbs


Next fill the basket. Pretty simple, right? Make sure to try to balance the weight as you fill (so one heavy water on each end; add tea bags, soap, and pink lemonade mix wedged in the middle; then boxes of candy & notepad along either side).

Finally, “wrap” the basket in a cello bag. [I actually decided to do this only with the gift for the teacher who was absent today, leaving everyone else’s open so they could dig right in.] Tie it closed with a thick ribbon, and don’t forget the tag (write or print on colored cardstock)!

Yay! A happy row of gift basketey joy ready to deliver! [These ended up at about $10 each.]

I love to lay out all the “fillings” in my workroom on the dining room table, and go to work!

Here are some great themed filler suggestions:

SPA – sea grass tote with fancy towel, bath salts, bubble bath, lotion, loofah, flavored water, candles, candy, book

BEACH – bright tote with fun beach towel, sun block, magazine, notecards, candy, flip-flops, orange soda (because it’s bright)

GARDENING – bright tote or ceramic/clay oversized pot with watering can, gloves, small potted plant/flower, seeds packet, flavored water/soda, watering globe, bird feeder

COOKING – stainless steel oversized bowl with apron, oven mit, pot holder, napkins, stainless steel kitchen utensils, gourmet spices, wooden rolling pin

AND… if the budget allows. ADD GIFT CARDS! A $5 giftcard from Starbucks or Sonic can be tucked into a [ask for a free] tall or small Starbucks or Sonic cup. Target, Walmart, and teacher supply store giftcards are also always appreciated. If it’s a group gift and the budget is bigger, a giftcard to a spa or restaurant is awesome, too!

So, what did I forget? Do you ever make gift baskets? How to you love on those spectacular teachers of yours?

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