Need a house-warming gift? Or something for the parents of a new baby? Maybe you just want to give someone more than just a thank you card? One gift idea that I truly love is a fruit basket! It’s relatively inexpensive (depending on the fruits you use) and a very fun idea. For starters, you’ll need a variety of fruits… For example: oranges, pineapple (I love using a pineapple because it’s just so darn cool-looking!) bananas, bunches of grapes, red and green apples, kiwis, melon, etc. You’ll also obviously need a basket. I like using the kind with a handle as it makes it easier to transport, but any size or style basket will do. Also, some colored tissue paper or cellophane, maybe some paper confetti, and a piece of cardboard that you’ll cut to the size of the bottom of the basket. A colored bow or ribbon also adds a nice touch. ALSO, if you’d like to do a little more than just fruit you can always add in a bottle of honey, a bag of granola, some cheeses or chocolates… anything!
Grab your basket, and if you’d like it to be a little more sturdy you can put the piece of cardboard as a base. Start by adding some tissue paper on the sides before adding in the fruit that will hold it all in place. If you’re using a pineapple, place it in the center (because pineapples are the best and they deserve to be the center of attention).Then add in the other fruits around the pineapple, placing the larger fruits at the bottom and the smaller ones like the plums or kiwi’s on top so they can be seen. If you’re using bananas, detach them from the cluster and arrange them individually to add a pop of color all around.
Once the fruits are placed you can add in more tissue or cellophane paper and any other items you’re gifting. If you want to take it one step further, wrap the entire basket with some of the cellophane paper and tie the top with a bow!
There you go! It’s a really simple gift to put together, but it’s creative and lots of fun to do. This is a great gift for any occasion, and no matter how you assemble it, whether it’s just a simple basket with some bananas and oranges or a large one filled to the brim with colorful fruits, whoever you gift it to is sure to appreciate it.
For children the time of Christmas is a time to get gifts and be excited for the fun traditions that go with the holiday season. Parents feel the same about the holiday season, but may also view gift giving in a more practical sense. Now is the perfect time to give winter wear, socks, and other needed items. Keeping the balance between the expectations of children and the practicality of parents can be difficult, but there are ways to go about doing so.
Clothes can be difficult to choose for kids. It’s even more difficult when you’re sure your kids don’t want clothes. There are a few ways to make receiving clothes fun for your children. They may have a favorite cartoon character that merchandisers have put on a shirt or coat. The colors of the socks can be bright or crazy patterns. Slippers could be in the form of a favorite animal. Make the clothing fun by tapping into your inner child and the silliness that can go along with clothes.
Give a gift that promotes your child’s favorite talent. You’ll most likely end up paying for martial arts training or painting lessons at some point. Make it a gift. Some classes offer discounts or deals during the holidays. It’s a good time to also purchase an instrument. These are long term gifts and your child will get more use out of them as well as a useful skill.
Don’t Go Overboard
While having a practical theme can be fun for you, it may not be fun for your child. For example, you may think it’s fun and practical to theme your gifts around potty training, but your toddler may not. Get a book with their favorite character and maybe some target stickers to put in their stocking. Also get something fun for them that has nothing to do with the practical theme. Make sure it’s something special, just for them.
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Jar crafts really do make the best gifts! You can makes gifts of food, treats, or even a spa-day in a jar. It’s easy to make quite a few of them with little financial strain. They are easy to decorate and to store. I also love to use jars for storing pantry items. They don’t take up too much room. Best of all when I want a particular group of items they are in on spot.
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