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10 Tips for Making the Best Spa Gift Baskets

Janis enjoys using her creative skills to make gift baskets for bazaars and silent auctions. Her spa baskets are the most popular.

Women love to pamper themselves with lots of luxurious bath products and yummy scents.

Women love to pamper themselves with lots of luxurious bath products and yummy scents.

How to Make Gift Baskets Unique and Special

Crafting for the holidays can add to the rush of the season as well as the creative energy that makes this time of year festive. A popular crafting activity for many,—at any time of the year—is the creation of hand-made gift baskets.

Gift baskets are fun to make and, if done well, provide some of the best gifts presented to the happy recipient. Spa gift baskets for women are especially well-received because women love to pamper themselves. By using sweet-smelling bath products and toiletries, women enjoy feeling relaxed and refreshed. Women adore being made to feel special with a uniquely made spa gift basket that will last for months of self-pampering.

Hand-Made in Time for Any Occasion

If you love to provide a product to those who are looking for a special gift for a loved one during the holidays, try making unique, one-of-a-kind spa gift baskets. The following tips will help you to ensure that the gift baskets you create will place a smile on the face of a woman who will enjoy receiving a gift made just for her.

As a spa basket maker for my church's annual Christmas bazaar, silent auctions, and other occasions, I have discovered that these tips help to create original baskets that customers look forward to every year. They make the perfect gifts for co-workers, business associates, office staff, sick and shut-ins, and elderly housebound. They can be especially popular as Easter gifts for adults. Mother's Day has also been added to my calendar as a high demand time for these special gifts.

10 Tips for Making the Best Spa Gift Basket

  1. Think of your goal as creating a piece of art which includes a sampling of spa products; the recipient may want to use the basket as an accent piece for the bathroom or parlor before she opens it for use.
  2. Find out what your gift recipient likes in terms of fragrances, colors, and bath product preferences in order to create a custom basket; you might end up getting a repeat customer.
  3. Pay special attention to your choices of color combinations, ribbon textures, and wrapping technique; pulling it all together must be appealing to the eye.
  4. Look for the best items for filling your basket throughout the year; many specialty stores carry items like baskets, candles, accessories, colored tissue and stuffing papers, ribbon, etc. These are great buys you might miss if you look for your supplies only at certain times of the year.
  5. Try to make spa baskets that are different from what can be found in the store by using creative wrapping techniques, unusually shaped baskets, or hard-to-find contents.
  6. Use a theme to create a unique basket, e.g., Christian-themed by adding prayer cards or bibles; stress reduction themes by adding self-help books on meditation, aromatherapy items, and teas; a parenting theme with pamphlets on parenting tips; or teacher appreciation themes for favorite teachers.
  7. In addition to buying bulk, peruse the clearance sections of high-end discount department stores to find unique, quality products; discount and dollar stores also carry accessories to accent your baskets. Houseware stores, as well as linen and bath stores, have good buys to accessorize your gift basket.
  8. For hard to remove price tags attached with glue, use either alcohol or oil dabbed on a cotton square; patience is key to carefully removing stubborn price tags by peeling slowly and gingerly. Clear sticky adhesive is the most difficult to remove and takes time. The best way to remove it is by using a piece of the adhesive to stick to itself.
  9. For larger baskets, arrange items in the basket to create a focal area to catch the eye; tie your ribbon over this focal point to show a special item or theme of the basket.
  10. Take advantage of the opportunity to advertise by letting your friends and associates know that you make special gift baskets for all occasions; you are more likely to get special orders from those who know you personally, have seen your work, and are more likely to recommend you to make a special gift. Of course, a business card and website would be the best ways to advertise a growing business for profit.

Start Making Your Own

As you make your gift baskets and expand your knack for creativity, have fun with it. Enjoy your craft as you develop a hobby for the love of crafting or for growing a business from which you can profit.

Establishing a format for success is essential for getting the most out of any undertaking or business venture.

It is hoped that the ten tips offered for you to follow will help you develop your own personal format. Each tip will increase potential for creating unique spa gift baskets for women or gift baskets for any occasion. Enjoy!

The author enjoys making gift baskets for charity, for a little profit and for creative fun.

The author enjoys making gift baskets for charity, for a little profit and for creative fun.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Share your comments or gift basket-making experiences!

Loretta Young form Fayetteville, NC on March 20, 2017:

I love the gift baskets ideal. You has really help me by looking at your creation of differents baskets. I love to make spa basket to sell for some extra income. It a lot of fun and I got to make some for charity Oranization

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 16, 2014:

Yeeaaay!! Have fun doing it. I'm glad this hub inspired you. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 16, 2014:

What a clever idea for a side business or charity! I appreciate all the details you explain here, including the patience and products sometimes needed to remove stubborn price tags. I agree that by using unique wrapping techniques and hard-to-find products, you can set yourself apart from the gift baskets sold commercially. Now I´m in the mood to throw together a spa basket!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 17, 2013:

Thanks, Writer Fox :-) Glad you liked this hub. Thank you for visiting.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on December 17, 2013:

You look cute in the red hat! Great information on making gift baskets and it's the perfect time of year to find affordable gifts. Enjoyed.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 17, 2013:

Thank you, WriterJanis. So glad you included me in your hub visits today.

Janis from California on December 16, 2013:

I love gift baskets. You have some great ideas here.

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

So glad you like them, vespawoolf. Great idea about homemade products. Thanks for stopping by.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 16, 2013:

I´ve made wine and gourmet gift baskets but never thought to make a spa basket. I don´t know why since I love spas! These are excellent ideas...especially including hard-to-find or special wrapping to make the basket even more unique. I think homemade spa products in pretty containers would make a great addition. Thank you for sharing!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 13, 2013:

Thank you very much for saying so, DDE, appreciate the visit.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 13, 2013:

Awesome ideas here and you added beautiful photos

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 12, 2013:

You must try again, Londonlady. You'll get the hang of it. Thanks so much for reading this hub and for the nice comments.

Laura Writes on December 12, 2013:

I need to pick up some of those wrapping techniques. I only tried wrapping up one of these types of baskets once, and I failed miserably and ended up putting the gifts in a plain gift bag :(

Good job on the hub though, very artsy and well put together!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 12, 2013:

Aw, so sweet of you to say, Ms Dora. Thanks for visiting and liking them.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 12, 2013:

My goodness, such beautiful creativity. I like the Christian-theme bundle. I'll follow your ten tips and home I could get something looking almost as good as yours. Thank you.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks, Careermommy. Good to see you, appreciate the visit and comment.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on December 11, 2013:

wow, what a nice hub. I plan to make gift basket this year for several people so these are great tips. I agree that the baskets should be unique and different from what they can buy at the store.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks so much, Heather. Hugs to you for pinning. :-)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks, Victoria, glad you liked them!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks, mdgardner. Give it a try, thanks for stopping by. :-)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for that comment, so true. Happy Holidays to you, too, heidithorne. Thanks for sharing.

Heather from Arizona on December 11, 2013:

These are beautiful. I'm feeling inspired to make a few for some people in my life who are hard to shop for. Pinning for later :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 11, 2013:

Great ideas for anyone. Beautiful baskets!

Martin D Gardner from Virginia Beach on December 11, 2013:

Great ideas. I usually buy them already prepared but I might try to make some (or one) myself. I still have a little time. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 11, 2013:

Great ideas for last-minute gifts that don't look last minute! Voted up and shared. Happy Holidays!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

You are so welcome, word55. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on December 11, 2013:

Hi janshares, Gift baskets like that are the best gifts. I usually purchase gift baskets. They are best because there's a variety of items to use out of a basket. Thanks for hubbing about it.

Thank you too Jackie Lynnley for sharing this as well.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for liking it, tobusiness. Good to see you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 11, 2013:

Great hub, wonderful gift idea.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thanks so much, Nell. Good to see you.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thank you kindly, Jackie. It is a lot of fun. I appreciate the visit, vote up, and sharing!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 11, 2013:

Thank you much, Bill. Appreciate the visit.

Nell Rose from England on December 11, 2013:

This is such a great idea, why didn't I think of it? lol! I know someone who will love these, thanks! voted up!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 11, 2013:

Great ideas and I love making gift baskets for people I really care about, it is so much fun! Up and sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 11, 2013:

Baskets are always a very popular gift. I used to receive quite a few when I was teaching....I miss that part of teaching. LOL Wonderful ideas here my friend; well done!

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