Tuesday, 29 November 2011

How To Make A Pamper Basket

I recently wrote a post about getting hand made gifts right. I was delighted at how positive people were about it and thought I would share with you one of the handmade gifts Ive created this year.

 This project illustrates beautifully how you can mix second hand finds with home made goodies as well as a few other carefully chosen items to create a unique and personal gift.I hope this post also shows how with a little time and pre planning you can give lovely presents which tread slightly lighter on the earth, don't contribute quite as much to the land fills and are quite thrifty in a chic way.
What I used.
This basket is for my mother in law (she doesn't read my blog so this wont be a spoiler) I wanted to create a lovely luxurious basket of goodies which she could use over and over again.Over the last few months I have collected or made the following items:
  • A wicker basket from a charity shop 
  • A beautiful silk pashmina from a vintage fair. The colour is fantastic and its so soft. I simply hand washed and pressed it and its perfect. My mother in law loves to go on trips to visit gardens and stately homes and this shawl is perfect for putting on when it gets chilly.Don't feel there is a stigma to gifting something which has been pre worn, if an item is in mint condition and is lovely it matters not a jot that you picked it up from a charity shop, jumble sale or attic fair. Always carefully wash and steam second hand items and spray with some scented linen water.
  • A blue toile de jouy china cup and saucer from a car boot sale (when gifting china always ensure it is chip free)
  • A Rose Petal Jam Jar candle. For details how to make this click here
  • A tin of beautiful tea in a lovely tea caddy

  • Some fabulous eye cream from the body shop which I purchased using a voucher code which gave me 40% off
  • A photograph of my daughter (well this is for a nan)

I lined the basket in pink tissue paper and carefully placed all the items in it.

I printed out a label and hand wrote what the basket contained.

I always think its nice to illustrate the purpose of a gift like this, whether its a food lovers hamper or a beauty basket a handwritten tag always looks great.
I then wrapped the basket in cellophane (not possibly the most environmentally friendly material but I know my mother in law is a good recycler so I hope you will let me off) and some ribbon.

The end result is a beautiful basket of goodies. All thoughtfully chosen or handmade and given with love.

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