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DIY Colorful Kitchen Gift Basket

DSC_0006While I am a huge fan of homemade gifts, as demonstrated by our sarcastic coffee mugs, or our homemade glass cutting boards, I’ve also learned that presentation can turn something nice into something extraordinary. That’s why I’ve become a huge fan of incorporating a taste of something homemade into a gift basket themed to the recipient.

Admittedly, some of that is also driven by our love of supporting the community and our need to get rid of the products we often create for this blog. Channeling those efforts into gift baskets, we can donate to local silent or Chinese auction fundraisers for organizations we support; a great way for us to test out our ideas and benefit a great cause at the same time.

This particular basket was put together to make use of the DIY glass cutting boards we had created for a post a few weeks back. We were looking for a basket to donate to the Run for Alex, a wonderful event that happens in our hometown each year to benefit the From Alex With Love Foundation. The foundation was started by the family of a local track star who was struck by a car and killed while walking home from school one afternoon. A 2-mile and 5-mile race are held each year to raise funds that are distributed through scholarships and donations to causes the family believes honor the memory of their daughter.

Along with sponsoring the event, we had volunteered to put together a basket for their auction table. Using our handcrafted glass cutting boards as the centerpiece, we hit the stores looking for items that would make it both colorful and attractive to people deciding where to drop their tickets.

DSC_0020We picked up the beautiful gray basket at Gabe’s for just $4 and snagged the colorful kitchen hand tools one aisle over for just a few dollars more. ($2 for the set of three tiny silicone spatulas, $2 for the two pack of colorful whisks and $1.50 for the full-size spatula.) Then we stopped by Ollie’s, where we found high-quality muffin tins on clearance for just $3 each. We snagged two of them before spotting cookbooks on the next display table, picking up a wonderful cupcake themed one for $2.50. A trip next door to Dollar Tree turned up these colorful kitchen towels and washcloths that matched our silicone hand tools perfectly. Eight dollars later, we headed to Giant Eagle where we picked up two baking mixes on sale for $1 each.

If you’re keeping tabs, that’s $28 in supplies plus our two glass trivets, also from Dollar Tree, bringing our out of pocket expenses to $30. Not bad for a gorgeous, themed basket and a great example of what you can do with a little bargain shopping and an eye for design. You can pick up the SVG files for the “I licked it, it’s mine now” design and the “How do I like my eggs? Umm…in a cupcake” design in our store.

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DIY Coffee Lovers Gift Basket

DSC_0036One of the challenges of running a blog that creates crafts, DIY projects and Cricut files is that we end up with a lot of stuff just sitting around the office after we create it. That can be handy at Christmas time when we use the projects we would be making anyway as fodder for the blog. It’s a little harder when you are creating projects specifically for the blog. Our solution was to start incorporating our projects into gift baskets that can be donated to fundraising auctions for local events.

That’s how our collection of “sarcastic coffee mugs” ended up getting turned into a gift basket for a local small business event where I was a speaker. Of course, this basket would also make a wonderful shower gift, birthday present or business gift as well. The best part is, the basket looks like a million bucks but cost a fraction of that to put together.

Our original plan had been to pair the coffee mugs with a k-cup stand and several boxes of k-cups. In fact, we put that basket together for an event we were doing the first time we created these mugs. The problem was, the k-cup boxes took up so much space it was impossible to feature the mugs properly. Since the mugs are the most creative part of the basket, we knew we’d need a different approach.

 

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I happened to be out shopping with a friend at TJ Maxx when I spotted a beautiful glass French coffee press on clearance for $9. Originally a $35 item, this was a nice snag. It also solved the problem of the k-cups by going in a completely different coffee direction. A trip to Gabe’s turned up the beautiful basket for $6 and the coffee grinder for another $9. One last stop at Big Lots landed me a $3 mocha-scented coffee candle, an “I drink coffee for your protection” piece of wall art for $5 and a bag of Brookside’s amazingly delicious Crunchy Clusters for just $0.98. Since our mugs came from the Dollar Tree and the vinyl was already in our crafting collection, we were able to put together the basket for $37.

If you purchased this basket through a gift retailer, or even bought each item at retail and assembled it yourself, your costs would hit $100 easily. At a fraction of that price, our basket still looked gorgeous wrapped up with a beautiful caramel colored bow on it. I even got several comments from people admiring it as I carried it into the event.

If you’re interested in putting your own Sarcastic Coffee Lovers basket together, check out our original sarcastic coffee mugs post where you can get the .SVG files for your Cricut or Silhouette machine. Pair the files with your favorite mugs from Dollar Tree and you’re on your way to a unique and creative gift at a fabulous price.