Here are a few ideas for making your own unique basket! Choose a pretty or practical container of about the right size, put some shredded paper in the bottom and fill for an easy and clever gift.   If you are short of time for shopping, you can always order a pre-made basket from one of our online partners.

 

If you decide to build your own basket, get creative. There are so many options for putting it together. A special basket is not just about what's in it, it's presentation.  For a professional finish use our handy dandy shrink wrap kit, or a blow dryer and shrink wrap film.

Suggested Gift Basket Fillers:   Colored grass, straw, raffia, fabric, colored, crumpled tissue paper.

Suggested Gift Basket Containers:

Wicker baskets, pails, containers of all kinds, Mason jars with decorative cloth lids, clothing with lots of pockets, upside down hats, tackle boxes, Ladies purse, Crockpot,, Pasta bowl, Tera cotta pot, Large mug, Toy dump truck, Serving tray, Lunch box, Ice cream bucket, large picnic basket, baby bath tub, large salad bowl, medium sized cooler, large casserole dish, cowboy hat, laundry basket, sewing box - basket, large cosmetic bag, backpack, large wok, storage container, gold fish bowl, cookie jar, just about anything!

Ribbon for your Basket

SUMMERTIME PICNIC BASKET

Fill a picnic basket with a waterproof lined blanket, Paper plates, Paper bowls, Plastic cups Plastic utensils, freezer ice packs, Collapsible cooler, Trimmed, embellished cardstock with picnic menu ideas suggestions of great places to go to, salt and Pepper shakers, wet ones towelettes, you could even add some soda pop or sandwich fixings like artisian breads and cheeses and a bottle of wine.

SCRAPBOOKING GIFT BASKET

Choose a theme, grab a scrapbook, colored patterned paper, stickers that go with the theme, some punch out letters. Include a paper trimmer, a hole punch, a corner punch, scrapbook glue, and paper scissors of various designs. If you have some great pictures to share, all the better!

Shrink Wrap Machine

Shrink Wrap Cellophane Rolls


Clear Cello Shrink Wrap Rolls (pack of 3)



How to Build a Basket

Specialty-Baskets is your one-stop source for quality gift baskets at affordable prices. Need a gift for a business associate, friend or relative? We offer the best selection unique, hard to find specialty gift baskets of every kind!

If you'd rather make your own gift basket, we give you hundreds of great gift basket ideas, inexpensive gift ideas, candy-grams, gifts-in-a-jar, and fun "survival" kit ideas.  Building your own basket is a lot of fun - it's your chance to make a basket extra special and creative , but it's also a lot of work. We offer lots of ideas that anyone can do. 

But if that's not your idea of fun, we provide links to many companies that are experts at putting together wonderfully crafted, unique and beautiful gift baskets.

We offer some of the most unique gift baskets available. Our baskets are practical as well as beautiful and feature a wide variety of themed items for any gift giving occasion. Our top notch basket and novelty suppliers to bring you the best of what they offer.  So come in, look around and have fun. 

If you decide to build your own basket, get creative. There are so many options for putting it together. A special basket is not just about what's in it, it's presentation.  For a professional finish use our handy dandy shrink wrap kit, or a blow dryer and shrink wrap film.  Here are a few ideas to get you started  (or purchase by clicking on link):

Man Birthday in a Can
Cookies in a Tin
Roasted Nuts
Music Lover Guitar Case
Chocolate Delights
Housewarming Gift

 

assembling the basket

  1. The way to choose or build a memorable basket is to first choose a theme.  What is your recipient interested in?  Are they a gardener or homebody, are they into golfing or love coffee.  First do an assessment of what makes your recipient tick.  If it's for a group, then you have to be a bit more general, but the same rule applies. 

  2. Go shopping.  Dollar stores and specialty shops are great for this. 

  3. Assemble your purchases and decide what sized basket or container you will need. 

  4. Find a container that works for your purposes - don't rule out unusal containers such as a guitar case, paint can, old laundry tub! But if nothing works a basket is always appropriate! We have a really interesting assortment of lunchboxes here that make great gift containers.

  5. Line your basket bottom with something soft - shredded paper, tissue or even styrofoam peanuts.  In a commercial basket this is usually there to hold everything upright and is called filler.

  6. If you have something that is an odd shape, put it in first, save the smaller items for last. If something is just too big to incorporate INTO the basket, attach it to the handle or use it to create the basket....pails, hoses, etc. make very nice baskets.  Another place to find baskets that are like new is at garage sales.  Here are some ideas to try depending on the kind of basket you want to make:

  7. Arrange your basket so everything fits snugly and securely, but isn't crushed. 

  8. Wrap with cellophane and a pretty ribbon, and optionally shrink wrap to keep everything secure (more important if you are shipping the basket.).