I’ve had this project sitting around for quite some time, but finally I managed to get it finished and made into a gift. So can I have a big fanfare for my finished 'Will Trade Coffee for Gossip' gift basket….
I think it was worth the wait, don’t you?
I love making this type of gift as you can tailor it exactly for the recipient. Another great thing about making your own gift baskets is that they can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want to make them. When I went looking for the items to put into the basket, I found that there were lots of coffee themed items, mugs, towels etc. in the shops that would have been great for putting in this basket, but when I saw these mugs I knew they were exactly my friend’s style (don’t worry, she doesn’t read this blog.) I fell in love with the mugs myself and after making the basket, I went back to the store and bought myself the same set!
Here’s the cross stitched items that I made for the gift...
So let me tell you what I put in the basket – remember you can put whatever you want to in to the basket, which is the beauty of making this type of gift. I bought a plain cream tea towel to line the basket (it makes it look a bit prettier – and it’s practical too!), a set of two mugs, the cross stitch coasters that I had made, a jar of instant cappuccino, some packets of cookies, some homemade chocolate spoons and then I slipped some individually wrapped biscotti into the little gaps in between the items. I’m not a big fan of biscotti, but they are brilliant for filling in the gaps!
Here’s a picture looking down on the basket and you can probably see each item better.
And did you spot those chocolate spoons nestled in amongst the other goodies?
These spoons are so much fun to make and if you are a chocolate lover they’re great with coffee or hot chocolate – or even just eating on their own! You can find how to make them here, here and here, or you can Google ‘chocolate dipping spoons’ and there will be plenty more to choose from. I’ve a feeling I’ll be making more of these to
eat give as gifts at Christmas.
All that’s left to do now is to wrap the gift up with cellophane and tie a big bow on to it.
Charts for the picture and coasters are available on my website www.TangledThreadsOnline.com. (There are two coaster/card designs, but for some reason I only photographed the one!)
Until next time…happy stitching!