By Lauren Wulf
This holiday season, give a gift with a personal touch. A gift basket can come in any size or budget. Fill it with anything from candy to jewelry and the effect will be the same — a gift that’s personal and homemade especially for them. Start with choosing a theme based on their interests or favorite things. Next, choose a container, pick your fillings and enjoy gifting success.
Choose A Theme
Here are a few theme ideas to get your creativity flowing!
Movie Lover Basket
Choose A Container
The container can set the tone of the gift basket. After you’ve selected your theme, think outside the basket. A unique container like a vase for a floral lover, popcorn bowl for the movie fan, apothecary jar for the candy fanatic, pet bowl for Fido or a cake dome for a baker can showcase your gifts and make the container a gift in itself.
Kitchen/Serving Bowl or Colander
Storage Container Or Box
Jewelry Box or Tray
Pet Bowl/Pet Bed
Ice Bucket/Party Tub
Vintage Milk Crate
Choose Your Fillings & Put It Together!
Now comes the fun part. Once you have your theme and container, fill it with their favorite things. Here are a few ideas, complete with a theme, container and filling examples:
1) Theme: Baker – Container: Cake Dome
• Cookie Cutters
• Wooden Spoon
• Cup Cake Papers
2) Theme: Hostess/Entertainer – Container: Ice Bucket/Party Tub
• Cocktail Shaker
• Shot Glass
• Wine Opener
• Bottle Of Liquor
3) Theme: Pet Lover – Container: Pet Bowl/Pet Bed
4) Theme: Jewelry Fashionista – Container: Tray/Jewelry Box
• Jewelry Cleaner
5) Theme: Game/Puzzle Fanatic – Container: Traditional Basket
• Deck Of Cards
Where To Buy
Here are a few stores and Chicago locations to buy your containers and fillings:
Various Chicagoland Locations
Find great containers and fillings at affordable prices. HomeGoods has amazing deals on cake domes, pet beds, baskets, ice buckets, party tubs, jewelry boxes and any other container you can think of. Adorable fillings like cocktail shakers, coasters, pet supplies and items for the home cook can also be found here.
Various Chicagoland Locations
At World Market, you’ll find an incredible assortment of gift baskets, gift basket fillers and unique gifts to fit any budget and style. Wine, popcorn, candy, treats, and one of a kind finds are their specialty. They even sell baskets already put together by theme (in case you get overwhelmed!).
Sold at Flourish (3020 N. Lincoln), Macy’s (State Street) and The Modern Wing Shop (Art Institute Of Chicago)
For a fashionista basket, this local, Chicago company makes handmade Swarovski jewelry. Pieces are affordably priced and one of a kind. Your gift receiver will be in good company! Many pieces made by Objets d’Envy have been worn by celebrities such as Paula Deen, Thora Birch, Real House Wives Of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards and many more. Items shown range from $68-$180.
Marbles: The Brain Store
6 Chicagoland Locations
Chicago-based Marbles: The Brain Store offers fun products designed to engage, entertain and strengthen the brain – for all ages. They make great gift basket stuffers. You can find something here for a game basket or a basket for the home entertainer/hostess.
Happy holidays & happy gift basket gifting!
And for more great holiday gift ideas visit YourHolidayHints.com
Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago