Creative Gift Baskets

Added by on January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

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.

Updated 12 months ago by Kimberly Curry

DIY & Goodwill NNE

Giving new life to Goodwill finds extends the life of the item and makes for a sustainable choice. Not only will you be saving money, but you will be saving our planet by diverting products from landfills.

Sustainability & Goodwill NNE

Sustainability starts with a shirt. Goodwill calls it shirt economics. Shirt donations create jobs, and shirt sales sustain the working community.


Joanne Palmisano is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts (W.W. Norton, Publisher), and designer for DIY NETWORK (salvage design videos and step by step projects). She is a national award winning interior designer and has styled homes for national publications, including This Old House. Ms. Palmisano is currently working on her second book, Salvage Secrets, Design and Decor and traveling across the nation, scouting homes and businesses for the book, as well as conducting a book tour. She also continues to create projects for DIY NETWORK as well as write her blog,