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Home-made gift baskets are inexpensive to make, easily personalized, and allow you to get creative with your gift-giving.

Gift-giving doesn't have to be nonexistent during tough economic times; however, it's difficult for many companies to afford elaborate gifts during a recession. This is especially true for companies that need to give presents to a large number of clients. Gift baskets are always enjoyable presents to receive, and believe it or not, they can easily and inexpensively be made to fit almost anyone’s budget during a recession!

Gratuity Filled Bag (Caramel Popcorn) A food basket is one type of gift basket that is fun to give and receive. This can include either a specific type of food item or a mixture of things. For example, a chocolate gift basket filled with candy, chocolate bars, hot chocolate, and other similar items can be put together for a chocolate-lover. You can also improve upon it by adding things like fruit, cookies, popcorn, coffees, and wines. For those notorious snackers, try putting together a snack basket that includes favorites like beef jerky, popcorn, cashews, peanuts, chips, dips, and cheese. A food basket is an excellent gift idea, especially when you know which of your recipient's preferences to indulge!

A “happy hour” gift basket is another option that can be inexpensively put together. A bottle of wine or similar beverage can be included with wine glasses,small corkscrews, bar napkins, beer mugs, shot glasses, novelty items, and drink mixes. There are also wine and cheese baskets, complete with bottles of red or white wine, grapes, cheese, crackers, and wine glasses. Just make sure the recipient is of legal drinking age before putting together and giving such a gift. Decanter Set

Mist Bath & Body Kit Another great gift basket is one that offers some sort of luxury. For little money, you can put together a basket for a woman that will make her feel pampered and appreciated. Put together bath oils, bath beads, bubble bath, perfumes, lotions, decorative soaps, pretty washcloths, and other similar bathing products. Many of these items can be found in dollar stores and super centers for next to nothing. For a special touch, add a bottle of wine and a wine glass or a restaurant gift certificate. The recipient will appreciate such a gift basket, and your budget will stay intact.

For the gardener in your life, try a gift basket geared toward planting a beautiful garden. This is a good basket for Mother’s Day, Christmas, or spring and summer birthdays. Add packages of seeds, flower bulbs, garden tools, gardening gloves, a watering can, plant markers, and other related items. With this gift, you can even add a creative touch by using a store-bought terra cotta plant holder instead of the traditional basket! Seasons Garden Tool Tote

If you run a business and you need to send out gifts, consider giving promotional gift baskets made up of items that are already being used by the company. Include things such as key chains, coffee mugs, calendars, pens, note pads, and anything else that has the company name on it. A promotional gift basket is a great idea for those who need to send out a gift but do not have a large budget. In addition, promotional items can help get your name out there and bring in business from new clients.

Article By Jill Tooley
Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. In addition to managing the QLP blog, Jill also manages the content development team, assists with the company’s social media accounts, and writes like a fiend whenever given the chance. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

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