I’m so excited to finally blog about a gift basket that I made for my dear friend’s 22nd birthday. Through some creative thinking, I came up with a gift basket idea that I knew she would love.
The idea began when I was shopping online for Bare Escentuals make up. She loves my Bare Escentuals eye shadow, so I thought I would find some to get her for her birthday. I ended up finding a make up kit (complete with eye shadows, mascara, and lip gloss) called “Pretty Wild.” I ordered it right then, thinking that it described her perfectly. (Plus, it was a great deal!) It was shortly after I ordered the makeup set that I found the bedazzled liquor bottle idea on Pinterest. Ah! I had to do it! After thinking about the bedazzled bottle of Tequila and the makeup set “Pretty Wild,” I came up with the idea of making her a gift basket that had a theme. The perfect theme that came to mind?
Here’s the finished basket, and a breakdown of what I did, what I got, and roughly how much money I invested in this project.
So, here the basket is all put together! I basically made a list of things I knew I wanted in it, and then shopped to find the best deals. Here’s a breakdown of the things I purchased, and did not make:
-The silky leopard print panties with lace trim at the top were purchased at Ross for $2.99. She laughed when she saw them, and I knew a pair of fun, wild panties would be an inexpensive touch to add to the basket.
-The glittery frame with pink gems was exactly what I was looking for, and I found it at Ross for $4.99. I wanted one for myself too! I put a picture of us at a rooftop bar in LA to keep with the “wild at heart” theme.
-The polka dot box has a wine opener in it that says, “I drink better than I cook.” It was a funny Ross find for only $2.99, and I knew she didn’t have a wine opener in her apartment.
-Finally, the “Pretty Wild” makeup kit. I ordered it online at a great sale price (less than $20.)
Now for the DIY touches! First, the basket. I looked everywhere for a sturdy, cute, bright or animal print basket. I ended up having to go to the Dollar Tree, just because I knew they would have bright colored baskets. (They have a ton there of all shapes and sizes.) To make it cuter, I glued gems leftover from bedazzling the Tequila to the front to make her initial. So, this monogrammed basket was $1.
Okay, so my bedazzled liquor bottle looks nothing like the fabulous ones I found on Pinterest. But, I was at least able to add some sparkle with gems I purchased at Wal Mart and my handy hot glue gun. The roundness of the bottle did make this project a little difficult, and gems did eventually fall off. But I’m sure that’s bound to happen. Regardless, she loved it!
This was super easy to make. The frame I already had, but it was originally purchased at the Dollar Tree. The letters were a great buy I found at Target in the scrap booking section. A pack of them for $.99! Beware, they are VERY glittery. I knew I needed to have something to show the theme of the basket, so I simply glued the words to a piece of paper and framed them. Only $1.99 and super easy. Plus, I love how it turned out!
Since I wanted to somehow incorporate chevron into this basket, I used a piece of ribbon that I already had to tie a bow to the basket for an extra touch. I then used sharpies and glitter puff paint to add the chevron design to the ribbon of the bow. It was just an easy touch to add since I had everything for it already.
And, ta da! The finished basket. She loved her birthday present this year, and I loved putting it together. Now I’m constantly thinking of random gift basket themes I can make for special occasions. I’ll keep my blog updated with any more!