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How to Make Spa Gift Baskets for Women for All Occasions

This basket contains turquoise blue accents with a vanilla candle, rose petal soaps, and ocean breeze scents.

This basket contains turquoise blue accents with a vanilla candle, rose petal soaps, and ocean breeze scents.

A Special Occasion Gift Idea

Giving a really special gift can take a lot of thought, time, and money. Finding the right gifts for friends, co-workers, neighbors, or family is not always so easy, especially when you want to do your best to acknowledge a special relationship.

Whether it's a bridal or baby shower, birthday, special occasion, celebration, or holiday time, you want a gift to be meaningful and useful. Gifts for those who are convalescing will add sunshine to their day.

When you can't seem to think of anything that would make a nice gift, particularly for women, think bath products. Women love to indulge and pamper themselves with luxurious soaps, shower gels, lotions, and candles.

It may be more cost-effective to save the money you would have spent on an expensive gift and create a personalized spa gift basket for that special occasion. A basket made with hand-picked spa goodies will be more appreciated and enjoyed.

Gift baskets are sometimes considered the "last-minute, no thought" gift. But if it's a themed basket, whether hand-made or purchased, it can have a beautiful presentation and visual appeal.

The most popular themed baskets include: gourmet foods and cheeses, fruits/chocolates, wines, pet supplies, and spa bath products. This article will focus on hand-made spa baskets.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Bath Products: Scented soaps, lotions, shower and bath gels; travel sizes work best surrounding bath-size soaps; the best deals can be found at discount department stores like Ross, Marshall's, TJMaxx, as well as other stores if you're an avid shopper and know where to look
  • Candles: Assorted tealights, votives, and holders; the best deals are at the same stores mentioned above
  • Additional Items: Books, journals, book marks, pens, prayer cards, decorated notepads, wash cloths, body sponges and puffed meshes
  • Baskets: Assorted sizes, shapes, textures, colors; straw, weave, wired metal or steel, wicker, bamboo, etc; most can be found at craft stores or dollar stores
  • Ribbon: Assorted colors, widths, and textures; fabric and/or wired ribbon work best; these can be found at craft stores, discount stores or dollar stores
  • Tissue paper: Assorted colors to line baskets
  • Clear gift wrap: Rolls can be found at craft or dollar stores; consider color-tinted wraps as well; 30 ft or 6 ft sizes; depending on how many baskets you make, you'll need several rolls
  • Scissors
  • Clear transparent scotch tape

8 Easy Steps for Making Your Baskets

  1. Sort and group bath items, candles, and other items by color and scent to create a visually appealing presentation for each basket creation. Mix different scents to create variety for the user while matching the colors of the items.
  2. Choose a basket to fit the items you've grouped together. Basket sizes and shapes will give you ideas on how to uniquely arrange the items.
  3. Choose a color(s) of tissue paper to compliment your items to line your basket. Step outside the box and contrast two different colors.
  4. Arrange the items in the basket, either vertically or flat, depending on the basket you are building and the shape of the items.
  5. Lay filled basket onto plastic wrap extending to desired length (approximately 2-1/2 to 3 feet), then cut, depending on size of basket. Make sure that extension goes at least 6 to 8 inches beyond where you will gather, tape, and tie.
  6. Bring corners of plastic wrap together, gather and tuck in sides, pull together tightly, twist and tape to secure closure; experiment with where you want to gather, tuck, and tie (top or back-side).
  7. Tie with desired length of ribbon, making a bow.
  8. Cut off excess plastic wrap.

Make Gift Baskets for Any Occasion

Making gift baskets takes a little more time than it would to just buy a basket at a specialty store. The difference with making your own is that it's a custom creation that is personalized and given from the heart.

Homemade gifts are always more meaningful for the giver and for the receiver, especially if you take the time to make a quality gift.

Making gift baskets does take practice but it is fairly simple for those with a creative flair and skill for making crafts.

Taking the time to learn how to make a gift basket is something that can come in handy for any gift-giving occasion throughout the year.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans


Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 07, 2013:

Hey there, Support Med. Thank you very much for all the praise, very sweet of you. I'm not even sure how to use a Pinterest board, just knew I needed to get it started. Thanks for stopping by.

Support Med. from Michigan on May 07, 2013:

Your baskets are beautiful! I made them on some years ago for different occasions. Now I only do them every now and then. Congratulations on your Pinterest board, your website and your Masters Degree - you have been, and are, an asset to humanitarianism.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 05, 2013:

I really appreciate all those votes, vocalcoach. I'm so grateful that you stopped by and shared this hub.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 05, 2013:

Thanks, Thelma Alberts. My Sunday turned out lovely! I'm glad you liked this all-occasion hub. I appreciate your comments and visit.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 05, 2013:

Thanks for all of these good ideas for gift baskets. Beautiful! Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Sharing too :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 05, 2013:

I love all these basket goodies. These are great gift ideas for any occasions. Thanks for SHARING. Have a lovely sunday!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 08, 2013:

Thanks, Fit Minute. You should definitely try one. It's so much fun to create and see the finished product. Thanks for stopping by.

Minna from Richmond, VA on February 08, 2013:

These look great. I want to make one for myself!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 16, 2013:

Wonderful!! I'm sure you can make some nice ones and have fun doing it. Thank you for the nice comments. Good to see you stop by.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on January 16, 2013:

I just love spa baskets! You made it seem so easy in this hub, I think I will make some for my sisters for Valentine's Day!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2012:

Oh my, brakel2, how nice of you to give me such a glowing comment! No, I'm not in the apprentice program. I'm glad that you found this hub appealing. I do plan to do the baskets as a side business. Thank you soooo much for your comments and for posting my hub. I'm very grateful.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 11, 2012:

Hi Jan - What a fabulous hub! Are you in the apprentice program? If not, you sure write thorough lengthy hubs. I love all the color and the organization of this hub. You could start a business. I posted it to Facebook. For being new, you are amazing. Good luck in your writing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 10, 2012:

Thank you, my tai chi friend.

Rosetta on December 10, 2012:

As usual everything you do is with great Qi.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 08, 2012:

So nice of you to think I'm worthy, Multiculturalsoul. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Funny about the crepe paper :-) Thank you so much for reading, liking, and commenting.

JJ Murray from Roanoke, Virginia on December 08, 2012:

Jan, if this hub isn't chosen as hub-of-the-day, I will be severely disappointed. Well done! Perhaps you should do another hub for crepe-paper and crinkly plastic-challenged, all thumbs people like me. When I work with crepe paper, it ain't pretty.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 07, 2012:

Thanks, Matt. I hope to make a little change to supplement my income. Appreciate you!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 07, 2012:

Great ideas! After 3 years my daughter makes a few dollars making food baskets for people.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 07, 2012:

Thank you much, shiningirisheyes. So glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Thank you so much, billybuc, for your comments. I've been making these baskets for the annual Christmas bazaar at church for about 10 years. This is the first year I did it for profit. I will add it to my gigs as an independent contracting semi-retiree :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 07, 2012:

Very cool suggestions, Jan! Do you do these for a business? I had a friend who did this and she made a great living at it. :)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on December 07, 2012:

Jan - This is a fantastic hub describing such a wonderful personalized gift. I often add my sisters spa certificate with the gift basket as an alternative toward just handing her an envelope.