While 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.
We 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.