If there’s one present I LOVE to give (and get!), it’s a good gift basket. They’re easy to assemble, can be modified to fit any budget and have a real “wow” factor that recipients always love. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for pulling these together—making them easy to create and super fun to give.

Designing a great gift basket might seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn't need to be! In fact, once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy. Below is a list of tips for creating the perfect gift basket:

  1. Select the Theme. The very first thing I do is create a theme for the gift basket. I start by considering what the recipient enjoys and try to get creative. A few thought starters include Movie Night, Family Board Game Night, Cooking, Pampering, Craft Cocktail Kit. The sky is the limit here, so have fun with it!
  2. Choose Your Gifts. After selecting the theme, it’s time to start the fun part—choosing the gifts! Recently, I put together a gift basket filled with hosting essentials (photo above). It was for a fundraiser auction, so I really wanted to up the “wow” factor. I included a cutting board, Lumitory's Supper Club Gathering Box, a cocktail shaker, and a few items from Chip and Joanna Gaines new Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line at Target, including a dish towel, a candle and a set of brass napkin rings stamped with the word “Gather.”
  3. Pick a Basket. Once you’ve selected which gifts to include, choose a basket (or box) that will fit your items. You’ll want to make sure everything nestles in nicely without being too squished or having a lot of extra space to shift around. For my hosting essentials gift basket, I chose a beautiful galvanized metal storage bin.
  4. Line the Inside. I like to start by lining my basket with tissue or crinkle paper. This adds a pop of color and helps to fill in gaps, making it look nice and full. My go-to spot for finding crinkle paper in lots of different colors is Cost Plus World Market.
  5. Arrange the Gifts. Start by layering in the largest items at the back and work your way forward with smaller gifts. Try to stagger them in such a way that you can easily see a little bit of each one. If smaller items are getting “lost” at the bottom, crumple tissue paper and place it underneath the item, so it’s lifted and nestled into place securely.
  6. Add Finishing Touches. Once everything is arranged as you want it, add extra tissue or crinkle paper to fill in any gaps. I love to wrap my gift baskets inside clear cellophane basket bags (optional) because it pulls everything together and gives the recipient something to unwrap. Then, add a bow with gift tag, and you’re done!

I hope these tips help you pull together your next gift basket. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas, so leave a comment to let me know your favorite gift basket theme.

For convenience, below are photos and links to the specific items I mentioned (and love). Get creative and have fun with it!