How to wrap a gift basket

Did you receive a gift basket and want to say thank you? Below, you will find tips followed by example notes for saying thank you for the gift basket. Gift baskets can be fun to receive. They can contain items such as chocolate, snack food, fruit, gift cards, flowers, or other many things.

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Tips for when thanking for a gift basket

  • When you thank somebody for a gift basket, you may want to mention what type of basket or items in the basket, such as chocolate, nuts, lotions, etc.
  • If the gift basket was for a celebration, holiday, you could mention that in your note too. For example, include Christmas or Birthday before the word basket.
  • If the basket was sent to you at the office as a thank you for your business, sending a thank-you note also acknowledges that you received the basket.
  • If you are feeling funny and know the recipient likes, puns. You can try adding a food pun from this list to your note.
  • Compliment the basket or the contents.

The examples below are the center part of a thank you note. To see an example of a complete thank you note, check out these five steps or download the free guide.

Use the examples below for inspiration. If there isn’t an example of the type of basket you received, substitute words as needed.

Thank you for the gift basket note examples

Thank you for the gift basket for [reason basket was given]. [I or We] liked it because [why you liked it]. The [item] was our favorite.

The basket of goodies you sent was great! I was very surprised! The homemade rolls and egg noodles were terrific. I love all of your homemade items. Perhaps I will return the basket for a refill!

Thank you for the fruit basket. I love that you sent me something healthy. I enjoyed the variety of apples. Thank you for remembering me on my birthday.

I was astonished that you sent me a basket of cat toys. That was perfect for my cat crew and me. I will enjoy watching the cats play with the toys. They love it when I play with them with the wand today. Thank you for the basket.

The Christmas basket of goodies was delicious. The whole family enjoyed the variety of snacks. My favorite was the dark chocolate bar. Thank you and happy new year!

Thank you for the lovely gift basket of nuts. The variety and quality were exceptional. I love food gifts since they are consumed and do not add clutter to my home. And of course, all the nuts tasted wonderful.

Thank you for the beautiful gift baskets of lotions and soaps. The lavender scent is my favorite. I appreciate that you remembered my birthday!

We enjoyed the gift basket of meats, cheeses, and crackers for our anniversary. Your Dad and I had fun trying the variety of cheeses that we had not had before. We were also pleased that you respected our wishes not to receive any stuff. The basket is beautiful. If you do not want it, we will donate it.

Basket sent to office or team from customer or other business relationship

Thank you for the gift basket. The whole team enjoyed it. Of course, the fantastic caramel corn was the first to go! We look forward to another year of working together with you.

Thank you for the fruit basket. Since we are doing the Whole 30 as a team, we are very grateful for the fruit instead of chocolate and other snack foods that are not allowed. We appreciate that you listened to this detail during the monthly call last month! We wish your team a Happy New year!

The gift basket celebrating our fifth year as your customer was delightful. We enjoy working with you and your team. We will indulge in the snacks and chocolate this afternoon. Thank you!

Thank you for sending the Harry and David gift basket to my team. We had fun splitting up the items. We look forward to our growing relationship with your team.

My team appreciated the gift basket your team sent to use for Valentine’s Day. It was a pleasant surprise to get a basket other than at the end of the year. Thank you for thinking of us. We enjoyed the chocolate, nuts, and candy.

A basket from the team at office given to you as their teammate

Note: These examples could be sent to the entire team at the same time via email.

You are all wonderful coworkers. Thank you for the gift basket for my birthday. I will enjoy the hot chocolate and coffee from Starbucks.

I have the best team. Thank you for the fruit basket. I appreciate that you all remembered that I am not eating added sugar right now. This basket was perfect to celebrate my promotion.

Thank you for the beautiful basket of chocolate! I read the little notes of encouragement from each of you on the dark chocolate bars. The basket cheered me up! I hope to be back to work soon.

The gift basket welcoming me to the team and your city was awesome! Each person giving a gift card to your favorite restaurant was a neat way to help me learn a bit about each of you and the best places to eat out.

The gift basket of cat items was a fun surprise! The foster cat loves catnip and playing with toys. He will have plenty to keep him busy for a while. The team pitching in to support my latest cat project is wonderful, and I thank you for your support.

How to wrap a gift basket

Thank you for the flower gift basket

The gift basket of flowers celebrating my promotion is beautiful. The purple carnations are lovely and will last for weeks! I will reuse the basket once the flowers are no more.

The basket of flowers made my day! You are a great friend. I will enjoy seeing the flowers on my kitchen table. They smell great too!

Thank you for the basket of roses! I’m so happy that you chose roses since they are non-toxic to my cats. Buster smelled them, but he didn’t try to eat any. I will text you a picture of him with the flowers. The flowers made my day.

The basket of flowers for Christmas is beautiful! They will look lovely while on display during the family holiday parties. Thank you for sending them early! We will enjoy them all season.

Thank you for the flower gift basket. The colors and variety of flowers are pretty together. Thank you for remembering me on my birthday!

Below are videos and instructions for how to wrap presents that are unusually shaped, including gift baskets, so you can present the gift to the recipient beautifully, despite its shape.

How to wrap a gift basket

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Not all the gifts you want to give to your friends and family can fit neatly inside a box.

But, just because you don’t always have a square or rectangular object to wrap doesn’t mean you can’t make it a beautifully presented gift for your intended recipient.

First, get creative with what kind of containers you could put your gift in. Besides gift boxes, there are many other household objects that might work, like toilet paper or paper towel rolls, old cereal boxes, oatmeal canisters, plastic fruit boxes, etc.

Second, there is the old standby of placing awkwardly shaped items into gift bags. You can make gift bags very pretty too, by placing festive tissue paper inside the bag, brimming over the top.

However, if you really want to wrap your item here are several videos below that can show you how to wrap presents not matter what their shape.

How To Wrap Presents With Awkward Shapes

Below is a video demonstrating a general technique for wrapping any type of awkward shaped gift making basically a cinched up bag that is fanned out at the top.

The video suggests using homemade wrapping paper, but you can in my experience use store bought paper too. You just need to be very careful not to fold and crease it until you get it into the shape you want, or it looks a bit crinkly.

Also, this is not mentioned in this video, but if you have a present that has sharp edges these edges may tear through the paper. You can avoid this by using this same technique shown in the video, but using fabric instead of paper to wrap the present.

For more details see this video on how to wrap a gift, which presents this suggestion toward the end of the video.

How To Wrap Christmas Presents And Other Presents That Are Cylindrical

I know I’ve needed to wrap a bottle or a candle before, and it didn’t turn out so well. That is because I tried to use the general techniques above, from the first video.

Here’s a better video teaching you how to wrap these cylindrical objects so you can still sit them down easily when you are done wrapping them, and they will stay standing up.

How To Wrap Gift Baskets

Everyone has seen those beautiful gift baskets wrapped in cellophane, but it can be difficult to wrap one yourself.

The key is to get a piece of cellophane that is big enough to be able to bunch at the top after it is wrapped all the way around the gift basket. If the piece is not big enough it just won’t work or look right.

The video below shows how to use cellophane to wrap the basket, and also how to tie it off with a pretty ribbon. I have personally found, since I don’t do it very often, that it is easier to have two people when doing this process, one to hold the cellophane and another to tie the ribbon, although this woman in the video is coordinated enough to do both at once.

If your presents are more squarely shaped, you may enjoy this video on how to wrap a gift, which gives basic tips for wrapping standard shaped presents.

In addition, check out these video tutorials for how to make a bow for your presents, to give your gifts a nice personal touch.

Tips & tricks for filling a gift box Add bunched up paper to the bottom of the box and cover it with the colorful shredded filler. This will help lift up the items so they don’t get “lost” in the box. Take edible items out of their commercial packages and wrap them up in more decorative containers.

How do you wrap a gift box step by step?

How to wrap a gift: A step-by-step guide

  1. Step 1: Measure the paper. Measure out the amount of paper needed.
  2. Step 2: Cut paper. Enjoy the satisfying glide of the scissors.
  3. Step 3: Fold and Tape.
  4. Step 4: Fold Ends.
  5. Step 5: Create triangle folds.
  6. Step 6: Fold Triangle Tail.
  7. Step 7: Decorate!

How do you make homemade birthday presents?

5 Best Handmade Birthday Gift Ideas

  1. Make A Card. Yes.
  2. Craft A Wall Hanging. There are many artistic and unique wall hangings that you can make yourself!
  3. Prepare A Snack Box.
  4. Compile A Care Package.
  5. Present A Painting or A Sketch.
  6. DIY Ferris Wheel Photo Frame.
  7. Handmade Dreamcatcher with LED Lights.

What to fill boxes with?

How to Pack a Moving Box and What to Use

  • Packing Peanuts. Biodegradable packing peanuts are ideal for filling up small and large empty spaces, and are not just for swimming.
  • Packing Paper.
  • Cardboard.
  • Cushion Foam.
  • Bubble Wrap.
  • Quick Tips for Packing a Moving Box.

What can I use as a gift filler for a basket?

Choose a gift basket filler. Some examples include shredded newspaper, shredded tissue paper, Easter grass, large pieces of confetti, packing straw or colored foam balls. There is no right or wrong type of filler for a basket. Just choose something you like and/or that you feel matches the contents of the gift basket.

How to Wrap a Gift Basket With Cellophane. Wrap a homemade gift basket for any occasion like a professional. In just a few minutes a gift giver can dress up a gift basket using a complimentary color or design cellophane wrap. Choose a gift ribbon to complete the look and the basket is complete.

Size the cellophane. Unroll the cellophane and place the gift basket in the middle. Pull each end of the cellophane up around both sides of the basket. There’s an excess of about 5 to 6 inches of cellophane beyond the top of the basket. Cut with scissors.

Secure the sides of the wrap around the basket. Lift the cellophane up again around both side of the basket. Fold gently over the top of the basket, so that the cellophane stands firmly upright. Gather both sides of the gaping cellophane at the bottom of the basket to create one panel.

Secure the panel by taping horizontally on both sides to the cellophane wrap around the body of the basket. Repeat on the other end of the basket.

Straighten the appearance of the cellophane wrap in the front and back of the basket. Pull up the end of the cellophane on both sides of the basket, leaving no slack in the cellophane.

Roll the top right corner over once and secure with a piece of tape to the cellophane wrap on the back side of the basket. Repeat with the left corner.

Prepare the wrapping job for the finishing touches. Gather the cellophane at the top of the basket in a bunch.

Wrap clear tape 1 1/2 times around the base of the gathering. The gift basket is then ready for any final embellishments, such a ribbon.

Homemade bread is the perfect gift for any time of year. Gift wrapping bread using twine with seasonal herbs or flowers is beautiful and easy! Then create a sourdough bread gift basket by packaging butter, jam, and salt/spice blends together for a food themed present.

How to wrap a gift basket

This recipe is part of a sponsored partnership with Ball® Canning. You can find more of my canning and preserving recipes, here.

I’ve mentioned this in years past, but buying gifts is not one of my strong suits. I’d rather make something with my hands and heart instead, like this homemade bread gift basket filled with fabulous accompaniments, or a holiday cookies and sprinkles package. Even a DIY Cocktail kit would be so fun to give!

What I love about a basket filled with homemade bread and jam is that it’s comforting, universally loved, and easy to put together.

How to wrap a gift basket

What to put in a homemade bread gift basket:

    (make your own, or you can buy a loaf from your favorite bakery!)
  1. Cultured Butter (not canned, needs to refrigerated upon giving)
  2. Cinnamon Sugar Blend
  3. Artisan Salt

You could also create a savory version by swapping Hot Pepper Jelly and Everything Bagel Seasoning for the fig jam and cinnamon sugar!

How to wrap a gift basket

Besides using Ball® Jars for canning, they work great for gifting accompaniments in an elevated way. For example, the cultured butter stored in the 8 ounce jar looks more handcrafted than adding a cardboard container of butter.

To decorate the Ball® Jars, I simply used twine to secure fresh thyme and evergreen sprigs around the tops. And craft paper labels denote what’s inside the jars. Such easy additions!

How to wrap a gift basket

How to Gift Wrap Bread:

Using twine, tie your bread parcel for a little extra flourish. Fresh herbs, flowers, or candied fruits secured with the twine, or candied fruits add a beautiful touch.

You could also wrap sourdough bread in craft paper, wax paper, or parchment for a more rustic loaf, keeping the top of the loaf exposed.

How to wrap a gift basket

A neat presentation will make your gift look even better. Your gift’s recipient will appreciate a gift more if it is well wrapped, on account of this increased appeal. However, getting it right can be difficult. You need to take into account the shape and size of your gift packaging. Gift baskets can be even harder to wrap because they have unconventional and uneven shapes, with sides that may be fragile.

Here are a few tips on how to pack a gift basket.

Using Cellophane for a better finish

Cellophane is a lightweight transparent sheet that is made out of regenerated cellulose. The material is ideal for packing because it has low permeability to greases, oils, bacteria, water and air, which means that any packaged items can remain uncontaminated for a longer amount of time.

Collect and arrange all your items in the gift basket, as well as laying out other tools for cutting, wrapping and sealing the cellophane. You may need packing tape, scissors, clear tape, and your cellophane sheet which will need to be about three times the size of your basket.

After rolling out the cellophane sheet, place your basket in the middle. You should then fold the edges over the basket, with the front and back edges meeting over the basket. Twist your cellophane slightly to allow a better grip and add a bow around the neck of the package to wrap it up. You may seal the wrapped gift basket with tape to protect any awkward angles.

Adding a bow

The right bow can make a gift feel even more creatively done. It can hold down the gift, as well as make it look nicer. A simple over the top bow makes the gift secure, even though may be considered a little plain. A layered bow which is leaning off to one side may be used for chic gifts. A flowery bow might require a bit more effort, but it could make your gift more attractive to female recipients. A great quality bow may even be used on her hair, making the gift more memorable. Wrapping paper can be tied into a pom pom, which may then be tied as part of a bow.

Embellishing your gift basket

After wrapping, you should add a few more decorative items to make the gift more personal. It can involve adding beads, paper bows, stickers, bookmarks and other items that may have some meaning towards the recipient. This will make their gift more enjoyable, which could be the basis of a great gift. You could also include a personalized message or card alongside the embellishments. If you are using more ribbons to embellish your gift basket, you should make sure that it completely rolls out before cutting.

Practicing before packing your gift basket

Practice makes perfect when it comes to packing gifts. You should make a few attempts on a similarly shaped package to get the techniques. This way you will be better able to get it right on your first try. In case you want to secure your gift basket, you can add double stick tape to fasten any suspicious edges hold your gifts in.

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How To Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrapping products for retail sales can be an excellent choice for business owners seeking a professional packaging option at an affordable price. Many people are confused about the term shrink wrap and do not understand the process.

How To Shrink Wrap: (with Pictures)

1. Insert products into the heat shrink wrap material of choice. Bags, tubing, and centerfold film are the most popular options.

2. Seal open ends with a heat sealer. Impulse sealers, I bar sealers, and L bar sealers are the most popular options.

3. Use a heat gun or heat tunnel to shrink and conform the material to the product.

Heat shrink wrap is used for wrapping anything from boats and electrical wire to thousands of different retail and wholesale products.

See each step below to help gain a basic understanding of the shrink wrapping process.

Step One – Determining Equipment

Effectively and professionally shrink wrapping products for retail sales requires three key elements.

1. The type of shrink film to be used

2. A heat sealer to seal open ends of the material

3. A heating source to heat the film so it will shrink and conform to the product.

There are a few applications, such as gift basket shrink bags and some shrink tubing applications that do not require a heat sealer. The majority ofshrink wrapping applications do need all of the elements listed above. Below is a brief breakdown of each.

Shrink Film

Shrink film comes from four types of plastics: Polyolefin, PVC, Polyethylene, and Polypropylene. Each type of material offers different characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. Polypropylene shrink wrap is the least common; the other three types of films are used in multiple industries around the world. In a recent blog post, a contributor helps to describe the differences and characteristics of each kind of film.

Once the type of shrink wrap is determined, users should consider the form of shrink film they will use. Shrink film can come in tubing, bags, centerfold rolls, and single wound (flat) rolls. Here is a complete list of shrink wrap products, including different forms of shrink film available.

Heat Sealer

The cost of a sealer is directly related to the seal width and the desired levels of production. A small four-inch hand sealer is much less expensive than a large 24"x32" L-Bar sealer, but efficiency is much less. Our guide to shrink wrap machine costs will help determine what type of sealers to consider.

Heating Source

The heating element applies heat to the shrink film after the open ends are sealed. The film shrinks, conforming to the products. The two primary forms of heating elements are heat guns and shrink tunnels. A heat gun is a fraction of the cost compared to a heat tunnel but has many disadvantages compared to a shrink tunnel. Our guide to shrink wrap machine costs referenced above details the benefits and costs of shrink tunnels and heat guns.

Step Two – Proper Measurements

Proper measurements will help determine the size and form of shrink film to consider, the size of the sealer needed, and the size of the shrink tunnel if required. We recommend length x width x height measurements of the largest product wrapped. Purchasing shrink film, a heat sealer, and a shrink tunnel to accommodate the largest product will enable users to package smaller products as well.

Depending on production levels, using different sizes of film can reduce waste and cost. If using shrink bags, multiple bag sizes, and proper product measurements are essential. The same is true for tubing when wrapping products of different sizes.

How To Measure

The best option to measure for bags is to measure the circumference and length of each product. The circumference measurement is the measurement around the product at the widest point. See the illustration below.

Check out our "How to" videos below.

*Formula For Centerfold Shrink Film

Width + Depth + 2 Inches = Width of Roll Needed

*Formula For Shrink Tubing

Circumference + 10% ÷2 = Width of Tubing Needed

*Formula For Shrink Bags

Circumference + 10% ÷ 2 = Width of Bag Needed

Length + Depth + 2 Inches = Length of Bag Needed

Step Three – Sealing Open Ends

Once measurements and proper film sizes are determined, the rest is easy. Place the product in the film roll, bag, or tubing. Close the sealing bar on the open ends of the film approximately half an inch from the product and make seals.

Step Four – Apply Heat

Once open ends are sealed, apply heat with a shrink gun or shrink tunnel. If the film balloons and fills with air when the heat is used, a small vent hole may be required to allow air to escape.

How To Shrink Wrap With an I-Bar Sealer

How To Shrink Wrap with a L-Bar Sealer

How To Shrink Wrap With a Shrink Packaging System

How To Shrink Wrap With a Shrink Combo System

How To Use Shrink Wrap Bags

Shrink wrap bags are an affordable, low quantity shrink wrap option. For best results, a shrink wrap bag should be used with a heat sealer and a heat gun. Insert products within the bag and seal the open end of the bag. Once sealed, use the heat gun to apply heat to the bag causing it to shrink and conform to the interior products. See the video below for different ways to utilize shrink wrap bags.

A gift basket shrink bag can be inserted with the open end facing down at the bottom of the basket. A heat gun or hairdryer applies heat to the bag to conform to interior contents. Because the opening is at the bottom, a heat sealer is often not used. See the video below to view how to use gift basket shrink bags.

How to wrap a gift basket

Step-by-step instructions on making gift baskets for parent group auction events, plus clever theme suggestions for school auction baskets.

Putting together a parent group auction can take a lot of work and a lot of volunteers. But putting together an auction gift basket doesn’t have to! Make the most of your fun, social auction event (and maximize your profits) by offering baskets around a variety of themes to appeal to a wide range of parents and other members of your community. We’ll show you how.

Instructions for Making a Gift Basket

You will be able to do most of this process on your own, but ask a friend to help you with the cellophane and ribbon.

Start by selecting a theme and go shopping for items. Your “basket” can be anything that goes with your theme. We went with an Italian theme, so we chose a pasta bowl as the basket. Note: Browse our list of 20 ideas for theme baskets to get started; they include suggested items and some creative presentation ideas. And see below for a roundup of clever names for auction gift baskets.

Make sure to have scissors, ribbon, tissue paper, tape or glue, and cellophane sheets or a cellophane bag to give your basket its finishing touches.

Set up your work area. We used a large folding table.

Place all items on the table.

Add a layer of tissue paper to the bottom of your basket to help prop up items. If you’re using a large container, you’ll need lots of tissue and may find it helpful to add newspaper or even a small cardboard box (which you can then cover in tissue paper).

Begin by placing one of your sturdiest items in the center. Think of this as your centerpiece and you’ll build out around it.

Add larger items and taller items behind the center item.

Place smaller items toward the front.

If you have an item that’s too bulky for the basket, try taking it out of the package or using just a portion of it. For example, we had a container of cookies that was too big. We opened it, selected a few smaller (individually wrapped) packs of cookies, and added those to the basket.

Use softer items, like hand towels, to fill in gaps.

As you add items, make sure labels are facing forward and no price tags are visible.

Add tissue paper to any remaining gaps.

Step back and make sure items stay in place. You can use glue dots or tape to secure items to each other.

Eyeball it and feel free to rearrange a little if needed.

Ask your friend to help you wrap the basket in cellophane or place it in a cellophane bag. We found the bag easier because we didn’t have to cut cellophane and shape it to the basket.

Open the bag and roll down the sides down. Have one person hold the bag while the other carefully lifts the basket and lowers it into the bag.

If you have any especially large items that didn’t fit in the basket, you can tuck them into the bag behind the basket.

Carefully roll up the sides of the cellophane bag.

Twist the top of the cellophane bag. Have one person hold the top while the other person ties the ribbon and creates a bow. Use wide, wired ribbon for the bow; it’s sturdy and can be shaped into place.

Give the basket its final nip and tucks—you may want to fold and tape any cellophane flaps under the basket—and enjoy your creation!

Clever Auction or Holiday Gift Basket Names

Clever names for your gift baskets can help with sales. Try using them in auction promotions to catch people’s attention and help build excitement. Here’s a roundup of basket names submitted by PTO Today community members.

Powder to the People (skiing)

Why So Tense? (massage)

Spectacular View (glasses, sunglasses, eye care)

Just What I’ve BEAN Wanting (coffee)

Through the Grapevine (wine, wine glasses)

Something To Flip Over (gymnastics)

Par for the Course (golf)

S’mores Galore (camping)

Dig It (gardening)

DELIcious (deli treats)

Rated Awesome (movies)

On Your Toes (ballet)

Dessert First (baking)

Hair’s to You (salon and styling products)

The Weight Is Over (gym membership and related items)

We Hope You Win a LOTTO (lottery tickets)

What’s the Scoop? (ice cream)

In my Spare Time (bowling)

Just for Kicks (karate)

Pain in the Neck (chiropractor)

One-Track Mind (trains, train set)

Let’s Make Up (cosmetics)

Sew What? (sewing, quilting)

Dive In (swimming)

Topping It Off (pizza)

The Dark Side (chocolate)

May the Force Be With You (Star Wars)

One Brick at a Time (Legos)

The Cat’s Meow/Dog’s Day (pets)

Taste of the Town (local restaurant gift cards)

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