Gift baskets are always popular and a great gift idea. People love receiving gift baskets. Making your own gift basket for foodies is cheap and easy.

You can fill up with a variety of inexpensive items and you are spoiled for choice. You can easily personalize each basket for your recipient.

I’ve rounded up some great gift basket ideas for foodies, with full instructions on how to make them. You can make cheap gift baskets or expensive gift baskets depending on your budget.

You can find many inexpensive items to make your gift baskets or fill your gift baskets at ‘dollar’ stores, craft stores, party stores, discount outlets, flea markets, outlet stores, etc.

For gift containers you can use: any type of basket, wicker basket, straw basket, bucket, laundry basket, plastic container, toy dump truck or other large toy truck, purse, tin, Christmas tin, seasonal container, large teapot, large backwards hat, or plastic storage container – place the lid underneath.

Other items may include: extra-large coffee mug, boot, pot holder, wire basket, large pasta bowl, large popcorn bowl, stock pot, crock pot, tackle box, colander, wagon, skillet, antique chest, champagne bucket, hamper, Asian-style trunk, or picnic basket.

For the gift basket lining you can use: tissue paper, shredded paper, shredded newspaper, tea towels, tea towels, kitchen towels, colored towels, colored napkins, placemats, diapers, baby blankets, or pieces of fabric.

For the filling of the gift basket, you can use: shredded colored paper, straw, grass from the Easter basket, crumpled newspaper comics, a bed of wrapped chocolates or other wrapped sweets.

For the items in the container will depend on the specialty or theme of the gift basket. In this case, for a food lover. Here’s a small random sample to give you some ideas:

Flavored teas, green tea, specialty tea, herbal tea, biscotti, tea infuser, small tools, kitchen utensils, healthy snacks, fancy chocolates, boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, hot chocolate mix, specialty coffee mix, or a food-related handwritten poem.

Homemade cookies, homemade brownies, homemade jams, popcorn, caramel corn, jumbo box candies, candy canes, lollipops, lollipops, apple, pear, orange, persimmon, mango, papaya, potato chips, pretzels, nuts, cup of coffee, gourmet pasta, or gourmet olive oil.

Kitchen utensils, kitchen gadgets, measuring spoons, prepackaged foods, pancake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes, wooden spoons, your best chocolate chip cookie recipe, Italian recipes, Mexican or other ethnic recipes, birthday poems or cinnamon sticks.

To wrap the gift basket you can use tulle mesh or I like to use cellophane wrap. You can buy it in large rolls. Look for specialty packaging outlets where you can buy them in bulk. Tie the wrapped basket with a ribbon. Wired cloth tape is best if you have it.

For bows: You can use pre-packaged bows, but making your own bows is easy and it’s best if you can do it. Use a big or huge bow.

Gather all of your gift basket items, tools, etc. Now line your selected gift container. Now place your selected filler in the gift basket to add height to your items. Place, overlap and arrange selected items in the gift container filler. Put larger items in the back, smaller items in the front.

Fill the holes or hold them with more stuffing (shredded paper, Easter basket grass, wrapped chocolates, festive napkins or napkins, etc.)

You can also use ‘stems’ of artificial flowers to fill in the space. Place your cellophane or other wrapping under the gift basket. Center the gift basket in the wrapper. Bring cellophane or other wrapping over the top of the gift basket and tie it with a ribbon or a beautiful bow! Use ribbons and bows to match your theme colors.

Stick a card in the ribbon and voila!

You can find cheap wire fabric or ribbon at Costco, especially in the fall before Christmas, but often year-round at some stores. You can shred paper in a paper shredder. If you’re going to need a large amount of cellophane, you can buy it in bulk through specialty packaging stores in the US, but it should be readily available at craft stores.

General Tips: Try to use non-perishable items except for fruit for fruit baskets. Use freshly packaged foods, because even packaged crackers and crackers can go bad in a couple of months.

You can find ‘selection’ of flower filler at garage sales for pennies. If you buy in bulk they are usually around a dollar each. Try not to mix chocolate or other food fragrance items with non-food fragrance items in the same basket.

Plus, there’s nothing like learning how to make gift baskets from a video or DVD for cheap and easy gift baskets. You can watch it over and over again and share it with your children, other family members and friends.

You can even charge for classes with your new knowledge and/or start a home-based business if you want. In any case, making a gift basket for foodies is cheap and easy.