Christmas Baskets



 Christmas Baskets make a wonderful gift, who could resist a collection of items personally chosen and presented in such a pretty way?

The options for baskets are endless but I have collected together some ideas which I have used over the years plus some options of where to buy to make life easier for you!

Firstly, you need a basket! Car boot sales and charity shops are ideal for these if you are on a budget, otherwise try Inspirations Wholesale for a fantastic selection starting at £1.99 or Ikea Byholma £5.50.

Now you need to decide on a theme for the person you are making the basket for, here are some ideas:

  • Gardening- include gloves, seeds, labels, string/twine, hand cream, gardening mug, barometer, garden diary etc. Try the Eden Project for some great ethical ideas.
  • Pampering- any spa products such as bath salts/oils, scrub, body cream, candle, bath pillow, hair tie, face mask.
  • Old fashioned sweets- depending on the age of the recipient! My choice would be pineapple cubes, mojos, black jacks, strawberry bonbons, cola cubes, cough candy, try “a quarter of “ for great ideas.
  • DIY- many options here! Either for a seasoned DIYer or a beginner. Try screwdrivers, gloves, tool belt, glue, hammer, nails, screws.
  • Cookery- choose useful kitchen items such as good knives (Ikea 365 range recommended in Good Housekeeping), containers, favourite books, apron, tea towel, herbs/spices.
Once you have collected your items, you need to arrange them in the basket. The trick here is to have all items showing if possible (see top image), this may mean filling out the base of the basket with tissue paper to raise small items higher.
When you are happy with the result you can now start wrapping! If you do not want the items to be on show, then cover the whole lot with tissue paper. The most effective way of presenting a basket I have found is to wrap it in cellophane. This is available from florists suppliers such as Inspirations, a huge roll will only cost you £12.00 and this will last you years. It is incredibly versatile and great for wrapping awkward presents as well as kids party bags, flowers, plants etc.
To finish your wrapped present, secure the cellophane with ribbon and tie into a bow. The recipient will be delighted with their very personal and useful gift.
Please share your own basket ideas!



My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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