How to Make and Take a Gift Basket to Your Host

The next time you're invited to a dinner, birthday, cocktail or other party, baby or bridal shower, or get-together of any kind, why not surprise your host and make and take a theme gift basket.

Gift baskets are really easy to make. They can be one of the best gifts you can give, combining the elements of color, variety, surprise. You can do so inexpensively very if you shop carefully. Use new items only though. You might take a look at your local dollar store.

For gift basket themes and ideas, consider your host's hobbies and interests. You want to make a gift basket that is unique and personalized. You could use a cooking theme if your host is a gourmet cook for example. If you do not know your host's interests, consider a relaxation theme, which probably fits just about everyone.

Buy several small gifts that fit your theme. For a cooking theme gift basket choose miniatures or small size olive oils, condiments, herbs, spices, like cinnamon sticks, other food items, and kitchen gadgets. You could include some gourmet cocoa or coffee foil packs.

If your event is a cocktail or dinner party, consider taking a cocktail party theme gift basket. Products or items to purchase could be olives, fancy colored toothpicks, martini or champagne glasses, a box of invitations, an appetizer cookbook, after-dinner mints, bottle openers, or a bottle of wine or champagne.

For a baby shower or baby event, the gift basket will be for the new mom, so consider a new mom relaxation theme.

For a relaxation gift basket you could buy small soaps, lotions, bubble bath, spa items, candles and a CD of harp music or ocean sounds.

Make sure to purchase a sturdy basket large enough to hold all the items and products you've selected.

After you've gathered your supplies and items, fill the basket with Easter grass, if you have some, or use crumpled tissue paper. Look at your local craft store for different colors of Easter grass.

Symmetrically organize the items or products in the basket with the largest items in back.

Wrap the gift basket in colored cellophane wrap or gift wrapping that fits the theme of the event. Make sure to use a large sheet. Lay the sheet on a table and place the basket in the center. Bring the sheet up from the bottom of the basket. Tie it with a ribbon. Make and place a big bow at the top. Attach a gift card if you like, although it is not necessary.

When you arrive at the event, you should immediately present your gift basket to the host. This is a good time to thank your host for the invitation. Making and taking a theme gift basket to your host, that you've personalized with unique items and products, will surely be a welcome surprise.