Monday, August 3, 2009

Gift Time!

Back in the winter, I made a gift basket for a friend. Well, I'm heading over to a summer birthday/pool party extravaganza for two friends of mine. One is a gal I work with and another is a girl I ran cross country with since she was a freshman. She kicked my butt! Carley and Mattie are both having this joint birthday, so as I drove home from the beach (that's why I've been so MIA) I thought about what to get them. Then it popped into my head: make gift baskets! Well, I came home, dropped off my stuff, and headed over to Michael's. I figured it would make the best place to get lots of cute stuff AND the most important part of the gift, the basket. When I made my gift basket in December, the holder was the second most expensive item that was part of the gift! Well this was my experience this time.

Step one: tracking down cute (matching) containers for the gifts. I got these aluminum containers with plastic liners. 
Step two: pick out themed basket items for each birthday girl (or princess in my case). As you can see, my beat-up VV tote is lurking in the background!

Step three: organize the gift basket items per birthday princess, for your own help. I got paper products, lollipops and ribbons (and birthday crowns that match each basket!!!) for the baskets.
Step four: get clear or translucent cellophane to wrap the gift baskets in. This is one of the most important steps, because without the protective layer to keep everything in, the items in the baskets will probably fall out. This was the brand I used this time, last time I had ADORABLE clear cellophane with white polka dots from the Party Supply Store. 
Step five: place the unwrapped gift basket in the cellophane, so your folding it "hamburger style". Instead of doing it "hot dog" style, you want the cellophane to be as wide as possible. It seems silly, I know, but it makes a big difference when you gather all of it up with the seams.
 Then you're done! I closed mine with ribbon that matches the basket and added the crowns around the very top of the closure! I think they look fab if I do say so myself!

Not to mention, I did it all for $44.91. That's just over $22 per basket! Try one for your next gift-giving opportunity or swap trade!!

PS. I'm having minor computer troubles with following blogs. I've reported the bugs to apple, but everytime I try to follow a blog, Safari spontaneously shuts down :( As soon as I'm able to follow you guys again, I'll be catching up with my new followers I promise promise promise! Thanks for the new followers!

xxKatie

14 comments:

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Very cute! Lucky friends!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Cute as pie!

wearsinappropriateshoes said...

These are adorable! I'm going to store this in the back of my mind for a gift idea... :)

Gracie Beth said...

what a great idea! I think I may have to copy you!

CBK said...

SOOO cute! If you're having trouble with Safari you should download Firefox. Safari always froze on my Mac so I stopped using it b/c Firefox is SO much faster!

Summer Wind said...

very cute idea!

Kerry said...

That's an awesome idea!

KAC said...

Those are such a great idea and they're adorable!! I'm def going to do that for my next gifts!

DSS said...

What a clever idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I have quite a few gifts I need to put together in the next month and I think I may copy you. Hope you don't mind :)

preppyinnewengland said...

Very cute, so creative. You should start making these!

Kate said...

What a fun present! I may copy this idea for my friends

here we go again said...

love the baskets, thanks so much for posting! i am definitely going to use these tips the next time i have to give a gift!

KK said...

So cute!! I do gift baskets a lot too. I have the best luck finding containers at Target in the front $1 section and the Dollar store. When I see cute baskets or containers, I buy several to use when the need pops up.

Miss Janice said...

Your gift baskets are adorable.