How to Make the Best-Ever Gift Basket for a Crafter
We all have besties that knit, crochet, stitch and scrap. Treat them to a pretty gift basket packed with useful tools and fun extras.
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We all have creative friends and loved ones—a bestie that’s taken up calligraphy, a sister who scrapbooks like a pro or a work pal who crochets over lunches. Why not treat them to a gift basket tailored just for them for their birthday or upcoming holiday? Even if you’re not a crafter yourself, we’ll make it easy to put together a pretty and practical gift basket they’ll adore.
Step 1: Find your crafty items
If you’re building this basket for a creative friend, you surely know exactly what sort of crafts they enjoy most. In this case, it’s always a good idea to treat them to their favorite materials and tools but elevated just a bit. So if your BFF crochets, treat her to an plush yarn that she wouldn’t normally splurge on or a pretty tote to store all those works in progress. Of course, there are items that are always welcome, like extra scissors, thread, washi tape and the like that crafters of all kinds can put to good use.
However, you don’t always have to stick with what your pals know! Creative minds often love a new challenge. In your gift basket, try to incorporate a few new-to-them crafts, like an embroidery kit or book about paper flowers. You never know if you’ll inspire a secondary passion! For more ideas, check out these fun giftables below.
Step 2: Pack it up practically
As a crafter, I know that it’s always a struggle to organize all your odds and ends—is it just me or are there never enough space for fabric? When you wrap up this amazing gift basket, be sure to wrap it in a practical storage container. Whether it’s a pretty but modular box like we used above or even just a classic plastic bin, be sure that your gift basket’s “basket” can be easily repurposed.
Step 3: Get crafting yourself!
If you’re a crafter like me, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to work on your projects. Send this gift basket with a note saying that you’d love to have your pals (or sister or mom) over for a night of crafts, snacks and wine (might we recommend one of these?). Is there anything better?
1 date ball: 109 calories, 7g fat. My daughter and I came across this easy low-calorie snack when she was learning about ancient Egypt. We changed some of the spices and nuts to suit our taste. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
1 each: 38 calories, 1g fat.healthy baked snacks to make at home.
1 pretzel: 193 calories, 1g fat.salty snacks! Let the bread machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun low-calorie snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado
1 pop: 72 calories, 0 fat.healthy late-night snacks that'll make you forget about that tub of ice cream.
2 tablespoons dip: 58 calories, 4g fat.
1 muffin: 188 calories, 7g fat.
3/4 cup: 68 calories, 0 fat.
1 cracker: 23 calories, 1g fat.
1/4 cup (without vegetables): 139 calories, 10g fat.healthy go-to for lunch, and you can pair it with rice crackers for a gluten-free option.
1 serving: 52 calories, 2g fat.
1/4 cup: 176 calories, 11g fat.
1 breadstick: 66 calories, 4g fat.
1 muffin: 63 calories, 3g fat.
1 cup: 98 calories, 8g fat.
2 tablespoons dip (without crackers): 44 calories, 3g fat.
1 tablespoon: 111 calories, 9g fat.health benefits of peanut butter.
1 appetizer: 40 calories, 1g fat.
1/4 cup: 90 calories, 8g fat.
1/4 cup: 189 calories, 16g fat.
2 tablespoons: 56 calories, 4g fat.healthy vegan snacks that'll keep the hunger pangs away.
1 muffin: 174 calories, 5g fat.healthy slow-cooker meal for a sweet and savory sensation.
1/4 cup: 142 calories, 10g fat.
1 bar: 142 calories, 7g fat.
1 appetizer: 29 calories, 2g fat.
3/4 cup: 97 calories, 0 fat.
1/4 cup: 145 calories, 10g fat.
1 pot sticker with 3/4 teaspoon sauce: 52 calories, 1g fat
1 bar: 178 calories, 5g fat.
1/2 cup: 140 calories, 9g fat.
1/2 cup: 89 calories, 2g fat.
1 mini scone: 109 calories, 7g fat.
1 pop: 129 calories, 5g fat.
1 cookie: 52 calories, 2g fat.
1 bar: 90 calories, 4g fat.