Color photos of more than thirty completed gift baskets.
Advice about supplies, gifts, and pre-packaged food items.
The best ways to assemble and enhance your creations.
See how to design with containers, boxes, bags, teacups, and more.
The most effective wrapping techniques, including cellophane and shrink wrap.
A special chapter showcasing four designers and their unique designs!
If you are new to designing gift baskets or simply considering entering the trade, buy this book. It is an easy to follow, step-by-step instruction source (the b/w photos are exceptionally clean and clear). There are also color photos of the completed works/samples and a valuable Appendix/Resource List. Frazier offers several options for constructing your baskets, complete with “pros/cons” for each method, as well as how to fix a mistake. If you buy this book you should also get Frazier’s “How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business.”
Just wanted to thank you for your tutorials. I work with New Hope Foundation and we are currently making over 400 gift baskets for five women’s shelters in the Dallas area to be delivered for Mother’s Day. While I understand many of the basics, I’ve been having a challenging time closing my baskets. I’ve purchased several shrink wrap bags, but they are expensive. Looking forward to trying your great cellophane idea! Thank you so, so much for sharing. I’m sure you have blessed many without even knowing.
This book has become my bible of designing. I am a home business gift basket owner, and thanks to this book I can now design beautiful designs.
Creating a Work of Art for Every Occasion
Joy and amazement occur every time I teach a gift basket design class. The group of aspiring beginners enters the room, empties the contents of a large bag onto the work table, and stares at the basket and products in front of them, all in disorder as though it were a broken puzzle.
The work begins. You can hear a pin drop as the budding designers concentrate on how to fill their baskets with chocolates, chips, bottled water, and other goods. Then there’s lots of noise as twenty pairs of hands crunch and crush paper, filling the baskets’ cavities simultaneously. Someone snaps a skewer into three pieces. Fingers tuck shred neatly between products that stand tall like soldiers. Leave and brightly colored flowers find a place within the vibrant designs. Clear cellophane bags rattle as they surround and encase each creation. Everyone is talking and laughing during he final step of topping the new design with a dazzling, handmade bow.
The puzzle is complete. One by one, the new designers gasp and admire the masterpieces before them. What emerges from controlled chaos is…
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