Thrift Tip: Creative Gift Baskets

Dear readers,

We are excited to feature another guest post from Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets and She shares some tips on how to assemble creative gift baskets with Goodwill finds. This is a great project for friends or family members to work on together – and it allows for the creativity to assemble a unique gift that truly speaks to the giftee. Have you done this before? What tips do you have when assembling gift baskets?

Thrifty Gift Baskets

If you’re like me and have a hard time searching for the perfect gift to give to someone, I have the solution for you. All you need is a little creativity, imagination and the eye for finding a great bargain!

Recently, my daughter struggled to find her dad a gift; especially on a kid’s budget. Besides loving the abundant selection of items and the mission of the organization, I wanted to instill a recycling mentality in my daughter, so I took her to the Goodwill store in Williston, Vermont. While we were there, she found all sorts of items he would like. He loves to read books, so she chose a few by the authors he enjoys. He also likes to drink tea, so a tea cup was a perfect addition! With a few other additions, plus a basket, we then headed to the grocery store and garnished the basket with his favorite teas, candies and cookies. Naturally, he loved his personalized “relaxation basket.”


It was then, it came it me: this wallet-friendly “themed basket” can be used for any occasion. They can be used for a kid’s party (create a “game” basket full of puzzles, board games, etc), a housewarming gift (fill with cloth napkins, salt and pepper shakers, wine glasses), Valentine’s Day (add candies, candles to a basket), birthdays- the possibilities are endless.  Just follow these suggestions and your gift basket will be a sure hit!

1. Take the tea bags out of the wrapper and write a personal note.

 2. Relaxation basket: Books, blanket, mug, teas, cookies, glasses…

Ideas:  Mugs, books, toys for kids, wine glasses, Valentine’s items, housewarming dishtowels, and baskets. Put a few of these items together and you have endless possibilities.