New Baby Gift Baskets -
When a new baby comes along, finding just the right gift can
seem very overwhelming. One special way to give just the right gift is to put
together a new baby gift basket. A new baby gift basket will enable you to
customize the gift and include special touches that will be unique to the
recipient. In planning a new baby gift basket, first choose a theme to base
the basket on. Good examples are: bath time, a favorite animal, education,
nursery room theme, color, memories, sports, feeding time – the list is only
limited by your imagination! Next, decide how much you want to spend. One
problem that comes up with new baby gift baskets is the accumulative cost of
the items along with the container can be pricey.
Once a budget has been established for the new baby gift basket, shop around
for items relating to the chosen theme. A container needs to be chosen along
with the items, but not before you have an idea of the size container needed
to hold the various items. Get creative with choosing a container – perhaps a
baby washtub, or a small radio flyer wagon, or just a pretty reusable wicker
basket. At least three and preferably more items are needed to go in the new
baby gift basket. Pick items of varying sizes and textures, but all related to
the color and theme of the new baby gift basket.
The next step in putting together a new baby gift basket is to arrange the
items in the container in a way that is appealing to the eye. Use newsprint
(not news paper) or peanuts in the bottom to help keep the items in place.
Sometimes it is necessary to tape items together to keep them from shifting,
or to use a small box in the bottom to give an item some height. Add a filler
such as crinkle to hide the bottom layer and give the basket a finished look.
Make sure to color coordinate the filler with the new baby gift basket theme.
Check all the items in the new baby gift basket to make sure they are facing
the correct direction, or the best side is showing.
The last step is the enclosure of the new baby gift basket. All the items will
fall out if not enclosed in some form of wrapping. The most widely used
material is shrink wrap. This comes in many different sizes and gives a nice
clear view of the contents of the new baby gift basket. Your local florist may
sell you some, or check with a craft store. You can use a hair dryer to shrink
to fit. Just be sure to constantly move the air stream, not hold it on one
spot too long. The result of holding it too long is a hole in the wrapping.
Use scotch tape to attach the shrink wrap pieces together if more than one
piece is needed.
Top the new baby gift basket off with pretty ribbon and bows. Curly ribbon or
wired ribbon make a nice presentation. The ribbons can also be used to hide an
area of the new baby gift basket that is not so pleasing to the eye. You now
have a very special new baby gift basket that is sure to please! (If all of
this custom stuff sounds like too much trouble, shop our gift basket section
for ready made new baby gift baskets in many themes to be delivered directly
to the gift recipient).