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Homemade Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

Finding that perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom can be a real chore, especially if she’s the woman who seems to have everything! And while flowers, chocolates, and dinner out are a lovely sentiment and always appreciated, it’s nice to do something that is more tailored to your mom’s personal preferences. That’s why gift baskets have become so popular over the past few decades.

If you’re considering a gift basket for your mom or grandmother for the Mother’s Day holiday, you’ll have innumerable options from which to choose. However, many of those pre-made baskets come at quite a hefty price tag and may be cost prohibitive, especially for those on a budget. Most start at $50 or more and can range up to a few hundred dollars.

So, why not consider crafting your own Mother’s Day basket for that special lady in your life? After all, you know Mom best and can include items that are among her favorites, ensuring that she’ll enjoy each and every thing you include. A homemade gift basket will also save you tons of money and it’s a good way to exercise your creativity.

Getting Started

The best first step to take in making a gift basket for Mother’s Day is to decide on a theme. Food baskets, of course, are very popular and can be general or very specific. For example, you can make an Italian food basket, which might include pasta, pasta sauces, cheeses, and biscotti. A spa-themed basket is also a favorite. Give your theme some serious thought before you start purchasing items and think about your budget. Some spa items, for instance, can be quite costly.

Once you’ve determined a theme, you might be tempted to go out and buy a basket. However, it’s best not to do this until you’ve purchased the items you’ll be including. This way, you can be sure that the basket is the right size – not too big or too small. If it’s too large, for example, you’ll end of having to buy more things to fill the empty spaces.

Now it’s time to buy the basket. Remember, this doesn’t necessarily need to be a standard wicker basket. It can be a beach pail, a wine bucket, a hat box, or anything that matches the theme and will hold the items you’ve purchased. Buy lots of colored tissue paper for filling in empty spots and perhaps some boxes or other materials that will serve as platforms for some of the items so that they all sit at different levels. This makes the basket more aesthetically appealing. You might also want to buy cellophane wrap to enclose the entire basket when you’re finished arranging it.

Gift Basket Ideas

Here are some fun ideas for your Mother’s Day gift basket. Think about which are most appropriate for your mother or grandmother or use your imagination and come up with your own creation!

Breakfast – This food-related basket can include pancake or muffin mixes, small boxes of her favorite cereal, packets of oatmeal, jars of jam or jelly, and some of her most-loved coffee or tea. Include a mug or tea cup just for her.

Gardening – If your mom loves to tinker around outside, grab a garden pail and fill it up with things she needs for her hobby, including new gardening gloves, a spade and other garden tools, some seeds, and perhaps a package of powdered lemonade she can mix up after a hot day outdoors.

Gourmet – Does mom love the finest in foods? Then consider a small basket that includes some great gourmet items like French cheeses, a variety of English crackers, fancy cookies, macadamia nuts, and maybe even a tin of caviar!

Spa Getaway – Bring the spa to Mom! Purchase a small tote or other item your mom might take on a visit to the spa and fill it with her favorite pampering products including masque, shampoo, conditioner, hand and foot lotions, a loofah, bath salts or bubble bath, an aromatherapy candle, and some high-quality nail polish.

Picnic – Let mom whisk her favorite man off to a romantic picnic with this great gift basket! Purchase a picnic backpack (very popular these days) or a small insulated cooler and fill it with foods for an intimate picnic including a bottle or two of wine, cheese and crackers, bread sticks, fruit, biscotti, and all the utensils they’ll need for their picnic.