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How to Put Together a Gift Basket and Supplies for Cheap
Once you’ve decided to make your own gift baskets, it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of spending more on them than you expected to.
By: Packaging Supplies
Gift basket supplies at places like Packaging Supplies are extremely affordable. You can find all the stuff you need there like you would if you were at a larger chain establishment like Jo-Ann Fabrics. However, independent fabric retailers like packaging supplies are great places to get gift basket wrapping materials for cheap. Tulle and cheesecloth are both stylish choices for wrapping your gift basket, and they can be used for other purposes later on. Fabric stores also offer loads of ribbon options, including the fabric kind with wires stitched in. These make fantastic gift bows and are available by the yard. This is good news for gift givers on a budget.
My favorite way to take advantage of this strategy is by combining a stiff, jewel-tone, and translucent fabric with wired ribbon in an elegant pattern. This really adds some punch to winter holiday gift baskets, and can work well for wedding gift ideas too.
While there are a number of doodads available at craft stores to help embellish your gift basket, my main reason for recommending them is that they are the most inexpensive retail source I’ve found for cheap gift tag materials. Whether you buy the multi-packs of miniature note cards like I do, or hit the scrapbooking section for a buffet of colored card stock options, craft stores are where it’s at for whipping up fantastic, inexpensive gift tags.
Though it could certainly be argued that the hardware store is a well-suited location for putting together some of the greatest guy gifts ever, Packaging Supplies are one of the best places to get all your material needs. However, hardware stores tend to carry things like cases of mason jars and in a variety of sizes. Ace hardware for example, has the quart, pint, half-pint, and quarter-pint sizes suitable for jelly and higher-end fruit pastes. Since food baskets, and homemade food items in general, are a popular choice for gift purchases, this puts hardware stores at the top of my list for affordable places to shop for gift basket supplies. I’ve used these jars for homemade applesauce, spice blends, dog treats for Fido, and many other gift basket items over the years.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your own gift baskets. There are plenty of ways to control the cost and still provide a quality gift for the people you care about. From the base materials to the actual gift items, if you choose your material sources wisely, your gift baskets will be the talk of the town while still being easy on your budget.