Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gift Baskets Made Easy

I came across this idea on Pinterest (where else?) and knew I had to make one for a friend of mine who has been going through a rough time lately.

It's called a Box of Sunshine, and it looks like this:

Wouldn't you love to receive something like this? I know I would!

The original idea is to mail it to someone in a box, but since my friend lives here in town, I made up a basket instead. Since the theme is sunshine, I tried to find all yellow items to fill it up with. I did all of my shopping for this at Dollar Tree. 

I got lucky and found a yellow basket in the crafts aisle, and then went from there. Here are the things I added to my basket, just to give you some ideas:

  • Peanut M & Ms
  • Lemonheads
  • Swedish Fish
  • Dots
  • Wylers Light Lemonade packets
  • Juicy Fruit gum
  • Bath poufs in yellow and white
  • Lotion
  • Memo pad
  • Nail Care items 
I bought a bag of yellow shredded paper and put it in the bottom of the basket. I also cut out some sunbeam shapes with my Silhouette Cameo out of cardstock and scrapbook paper and used double-sided tape to stick them in the basket.  I wrapped the whole thing in cellophane, tied it with a sheer yellow ribbon, then added a card I made out of one of the printables included in Karrie's blog post.  I simply cut out the portion I didn't need, glued it to yellow cardstock, and added one more sunbeam.

I hope she enjoys this as much as I enjoyed making it up for her!

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While at Dollar Tree, I also picked up some items to make a gift basket for a friends' little boy who has been in the hospital.  I started with a blue plastic basket with handles that I first filled with blue shredded paper. I went with a Spiderman theme on this one.

Included are:

  • Ring Pops
  • Skittles
  • Spiderman Coloring Book
  • Crayons
  • Toy Cars
  • Bubbles
  • Small Water Bottle
Once again, I just wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with some blue ribbon I had in my stash. I'll probably make a card to add to it. 

These baskets are so much fun to make, and don't cost a lot of money. I hope you will consider making one for someone you know - it will surely brighten their day. 


Sharon GARDNER said...

Great idea. I'm sure your friend and the little boy will be very happy with theirs.

glor said...

Sandy, what a sweeheart you are. These baskets will bring miles of smiles to your friend and the little guy. Hope your day is a great as that you've made for others! Blessings.

Sandy said...

Thanks so much Sharon and Glor :)

Ruth said...

What a great idea! I know a few people who could use a basket of sunshine right now.

Sandy said...

Thanks Ruth! I just thought this was the neatest idea, and an easy way to brighten up someone's day :)

FlyAwayHome said...

Your baskets turned out great! Isn't it fun giving something to brighten someones day? Sending you sunshine...