Often when you wish to present a gift to your loved ones, you face the dilemma of what to give. All ideas seem boring and unexciting.
In such a case, the idea of gift baskets may be the solution. A gift basket is a basket that is decorated and filled with goodies like fruits. One of the great things with fruit baskets is that it can be customized according to the needs of the recipient.
For instance, if you wish to send get well soon wishes to a convalescent, you can pick healthy fruits to fill your basket, which will improve the health situation of your loved one. If you wish to send greetings for a wedding, you can send a fruit basket that can be the centre of attraction filled with fancily cut, exotic fruits.
Fruit gift baskets can be ordered from stores like sending fruit basket delivery to Belfast. But you can easily assemble a fruit basket at home. Homemade gift baskets are more personal than those procured from the market.
Making a fruit basket: Objects required are a selection of fruits, decorative basket or wicker basket, flowers/ cheese/ chocolates (optional), gift wrapping paper, bows and decorative material (optional) and plastic sheet (optional).
Procedure: Before making the gift basket, ensure that the basket is sturdy enough to hold all the fruits you have in mind. Next, you can go shopping to local farmer’s market or approach fruit growers directly to pick the fruits. One must select healthy, blemish free fruit.
Arranging the fruits in the basket is the next step. Before that, layer the basket with gift paper. Place the fruits attractively with big, strong ones forming the base and delicate, small ones at the top.
Fruits can also be arranged according to colour combination. They can be arranged horizontally or in pyramid fashion. Fill up space between fruits with fillers like chocolates, cheese or flowers. Cover the entire basket with transparent plastic sheet, especially if your basket is intended to travel a long way to its recipient.
For this, you can place the basket on the sheet and draw together the sides to fold and secure with a ribbon. The sheet will keep the fruits in the arrangement from falling off. Finally, finish the basket by decorating with a bow and sticking a card.
This is how you make the basic fruit basket. One can also make other types of fruit baskets such as
- Gourmet fruit basket: it is a fruit basket in which gourmet food like chocolates, sauces, cheeses and BBQ are included along with fruits.
- Exotica: This is basket in which fruits chosen can be exotic. Choose berries, Kiwi, grapes along with a bottle of wine. Make sure the bottle does not crush the fruits.
- Fruit and nut: Create a fruit basket with frozen berries and cherries along with exotic nuts like cashew and almond.
- Fruit bouquet: This is mostly intended for table centre pieces. Cut fruits in same size pieces. Insert into skewers by coordinating according to colour. Carve a water melon into half like a boat. Insert skewers with fruit chunks into the water melon. You can also use a cantaloupe melon.