And a very satisfying project for old or young!
Our easy, imaginative ideas will make it simple. There are so many possibilities, whether making money or helping others.
You may want to give someone a
unique gift – birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, a shower, any
holiday or celebration. Or perhaps someone is sick and needs a
pick-me-up (especially if they have special needs or specific elderly
issues). Make a basket full of gifts! It’s a fantastic way to personalize, and
let that certain someone know you’re thinking about just them. Making gift baskets are one of the elderly activities that provide an outlet for helping and giving back to others.
Or perhaps you’re having a group event, maybe putting on a silent auction. Maybe you need a give-away, door prize, or want to create a really special donation. Or perhaps you want to make a fabulous raffle item (basket contents can be donated by membership, businesses and individuals).
Whatever the reason, you can make a gift basket to suit your needs. They’re easy to do for any and make perfect senior activity ideas.
First, Decide on your theme. Are you hosting a function with a theme? Your gift basket can follow suit. For instance, a local senior center hosted a wine and chocolate party, wanted to up the attendance, so decided to offer door prizes, a gift basket being one. All of the prizes followed the wine and/or chocolate theme. It was a hit!
A local liquor store donated wine and miscellaneous small items. A bakery donated chocolate goodies, and a local candy store did the same. Or course, credit (free advertising) was in the basket, and they were also credited as sponsors of the event. Did they ever make a gift basket – in fact, three! But it’s not necessary to follow an event theme. A basket theme will do fine.
Second, Think Contents – and get donors
if appropriate. Donors could simple include members of your family, if
you are giving a basket to a loved one, someone who is ill, or if you’re
having a celebration. If this is an event for a group (large or small)
approach your membership and local folks. Popular basket items are gift
cards, gift certificates, beverage and food items (including home-made),
special recipes, flowers and plants, ceramics (mugs, wine glasses,
bowls, vases, teapots, etc.), movies, music, books, hobby items, etc.
NOTE: If you or any of your group are skilled at making quality hand-made items (such as quilting, knitting, crocheting, crafts, etc.), these can always be featured when you make a gift basket. A local church often includes "prayer shawls" that were knit by a ladies' group as they were praying.
Third, Think decorations!
You’ve decided on your theme, and depending what you collect, you may
have a large basket, a small, or perhaps several! Donors can be very
generous. How you decorate the basket will depend on its contents,
size, and gender of the recipient, if that is a factor.
Here are some of the popular themes frequently used to make a gift basket. And you will think of more!
Birthday -- This is one of the tops. For example this is actually several birthday gifts for mom or someone special in one basket. And it can be used not only for family and friends, but for group events, and also at silent auctions. In that case, include more general items such as a blank birthday card, balloons, gift certificates or cards, novelty flowers, chocolates, candy, any treats. And lots of ribbon.
Movie Night -- Great for either men or women. Consider movie tickets, either a nostalgic, current, or favorite movie, movie rental certificate, popcorn, beverages such as soda or beer, candy, jerky, peanuts, etc. Perhaps add in a little music as a plus. And maybe the movie has an accompanying book.
Bath, Body, Spa -- Lots to choose from to make a gift basket
for this. Try bottles and jars of lotions, shampoo, bubble bath, fancy
soaps, plush wash cloth (even a towel if it’s a large basket), soothing
music, scented candles or incense. Perhaps a bottle of wine! You can
also choose a color theme or scent. Want to make something home-made and
memorable? See our ideas on
making a lavender pillow,
special decoupaged soap.
Sports Theme -- Celebrate the Big Game, whether pro ball or students. Get some memorabilia for your favorite team, and decorate the basket in team colors, including tissue paper lining for the basket. Add snacks, beverages, a team cap, bobble-head figure, pennant, T-shirt or sweat shirt, etc. Maybe a photo of a favorite player (in a frame), tickets to a game; also a book, magazine or subscription, movie re-plays if available, or a good old Hollywood movie with a sports theme.
Hobby Theme -- Like fishing? Photography? Art? Computers? Origami? Gardening? Or a collector of anything? The sky is the limit in finding fun items to make a gift basket for hobby themes. Include a how-to book or guide by a well-known expert in the field. Maybe there is also a movie about the topic. Adding a few snacks is always a hit. Gummy worms and fish for the fisherman or woman, for instance chocolate covered strawberries skewered onto the end of (very clean, new) paint brushes for an artist. (Obviously, you serve these in situations where the recipient gets the basket right away). Or put them in a vase on kabob skewers and give a strawberry bouquet to a gardener. Other ideas are a camera or computer gadget with a fun little container of snacks on top.
Get Well Soon
-- A thoughtful way to let someone know you care and are thinking about
them. Consider whether they have any dietary restrictions or health
issues before you stock this basket with treats. Tea and soup mix are
always well liked, plus very healthy snacks. How about music, and an
inspirational or humorous book. And a fabulous card, balloons, and
ribbons. Even a stuffed animal, as appropriate. For sure, flowers or a
plant. You can even paint a terra cotta plant pot yourself. Or a vase –
see our page on
how to paint glass.
…And don’t forget these ideas…
Baby or bridal showers
MusicFiestaAll chocolateThe “Old West”Italian, Greek, Mexican, Scandinavian, Indian, Asian, etc.
really fun to make a gift basket with a group. So try it out for your
next celebration or event! These make excellent elderly activities too –
they’ll find it satisfying to have a chance to give, and make someone
happy with a gift basket.
Also check out Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make,
and find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas (including
things you can make to put in gift baskets) for many seasons, reasons,
ages and ability levels; plus free templates you can use for a variety