For a Different Gift Idea, Try Gift Baskets

If you're having a difficult time coming up with a gift idea for a friend or family member or just want to give something different, why not try a gift basket? You can create your own or you can buy gift baskets through many retailers or online. Creating your own will probably take you some time, and in the end it may be as expensive or moreso than if you had purchased a gift basket online or elsewhere. Not to mention time-consuming. Plus, if you're a guy, this probably isn't something you're going to be interested in doing, anyway. This article will give you the information you need on creating your own gift basket if you so choose; or buying one online or through a retail store. And what's even better is that you can usually arrange delivery of your gift basket if you buy it online. This is especially handy if your intended recipient isn't in the same general vicinity that you are. Read on as we outline your choices in gift baskets, general prices and sources for ordering or for making your own.

Gift Baskets For All Occasions

You can order or create a gift basket for any occasion. Need a Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or baby gift? There's a gift basket for anyone, and any occasion. Here are some sources for ordering gift baskets online. Creating your own will be covered later in this article.

  • Christmas Gift Baskets
    Many online florists also create and deliver Christmas gift baskets. FTD Florist,,and are just a few who also offer gift baskets. Hickory Farms and Gift Baskets For Delivery are a couple of others who offer food or other types of baskets for Christmas and other occasions.
  • Baby Gift Baskets
    Baby gift baskets are very popular items. You can easily create your own, or you can check these sites for ordering online. Especially handy if the person you want to give the gift basket to lives away from you. Try for a wide variety of baby gifts in baskets, strollers, diaper bags, and more. is another online resource for cute baby gifts.
  • Anniversary Gift Baskets has a variety of anniversary gift baskets for all tastes and pocketbooks. Most are food baskets, but if your recipient is a wine lover, there are many baskets available featuring wine and other accompaniments. features many anniversary-oriented gift baskets, too.

You can find or create a gift basket for virtually any occasion. While most of the above web sites feature food gift baskets, using your creativity, you can come up with other suitable gift baskets to fit the needs of the person you're giving the gift to. In the section below we'll give you some ideas on how to create your own. If you you will be delivering your gift basket in person and are even the tiniest bit creative, you may enjoy putting together your own gift basket.

Make Your Own Gift Basket

If you are a do-it-yourself type person and enjoy creating your own gifts, making a gift basket for any occasion will be fun for you, your gift recipient, and could possibly save you a little money. Other than the baby gifts, you may have noticed that most of the online gift baskets were food-related. When you create your own, you can give a gift that's perfectly matched for that person, rather than a generic gift that could work for most anyone. If your recipient has crafting interests, creating a basket to reflect her particular craft interest is easily accomplished. Here are some ideas for making your own gift baskets.

Compile Your Gifts
My recommendation is to purchase the gifts that will be included in your gift basket first, before you buy the basket. This will give you a better idea of the size of basket to buy.

Buy The Basket, Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, Etc.
After purchasing the gifts that will go into the basket, you can buy the basket and any wrapping paper, trims, ribbons, tissue paper, and so forth. Baskets are available at your local craft stores such as Michael's, Craft Warehouse, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, or Target and Walmart, among others. You can get the wrapping paper and ribbon at one of these sources as well.

If you need ideas on how to embellish your basket, arrange the contents, trim and/or wrap it, you should be able to find ideas at Follow the trail from "Housewares/Appliances> Gift Ideas> Gift Baskets & Ideas for instructions on making an attractive an creative gift basket. Another source to try is for ideas on the baskets themselves and what to put in them. Who knows? You might enjoy this so much you'll want to start your own business!

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