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Creating Christmas Gift Baskets

By Rob Buenaventura

If you've ever ordered gift baskets online you've probably noticed that those that are well thought out and presented are very often quite expensive. With that in mind, have you ever considered creating your own Christmas gift baskets? You can make them quite easily by selecting a theme and buying gifts and products to compliment that them. Baskets can be found quite inexpensively at local craft stores or can be purchased in bulk online. Another thing you can do is recycle your own baskets. You can spray paint them to cover up any potential flaws and add decorative wrapping, ribbons, bows, and/or tinsel in order to complete the look.

Perhaps the easiest Christmas baskets to assemble revolve around food. You can check out gourmet food sites online for ideas and inspiration revolving around the idea of elegant gourmet gift baskets for Christmas. Some great things to include in your gourmet gift basket include: gourmet cheeses, crackers, and/or wine; gourmet coffees with mugs and perhaps coffee stirrers; a pasta basket with flavored olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, or special blends of Italian seasonings—the possibilities are limitless.

Christmas baskets that include bath, body, and or beauty products are also a great gift idea. You can really have fun with these baskets by creating a theme. If you're going for a Hawaiian theme you could include pineapple soap, a loofah, orchid body spray, and perhaps coconut shampoo. You could elect a spa theme and include bath bombs, salts, scrubs, and a nice back brush. You could also create a cosmetic basket with ingredients such as nail polishes, lips sticks, brushes, and other essential beauty accoutrement.

If you're really creative you can create gift baskets around the hobbies of those on your list. For the movie buff you can create a gift basket with DVDs, popcorn, and other essential movie snacks. For the Horse lover, you could include a DVD or book about horses, a horseshoe key chain, or mug or calendar that features horses. For the ice skater on your Christmas list you could include extra laces, pretty gloves to wear while skating, and some nice warm cocoas or ciders to warm them up after their time on the ice. If you are going to be attending Christmas dinner be sure to bring the hostess a basket of goodies to share and perhaps a nice bottle of wine to have with dinner.
About the Author
Rob Buenaventura is a successful webmaster and publisher of GetChristmasShopping. He provides tips on Christmas gift ideas, xmas decorations, and other Christmas ideas.

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