Posted by Eileen
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When out shopping, I can't resist a great deal. This past holiday season, I bought quite a few things that I loved but had no need for.
Yet, when the price is right, I can't resist.
At Michaels, I picked up the below wire basket with the burlap ribbon and the two navy snowflake mugs 70% off. Yet, the holidays came and went and I hadn't done anything with these items.
Shortly thereafter, I thought of putting together a winter picnic basket. I love giving gift boxes and baskets - they are fun to put together and unique gifts are always so appreciated.
This indoor winter picnic basket is perfect for so many occasions - a special gift for your husband or wife, a Valentines picnic basket for couples or families, or a holiday gift for someone who has everything.
It's even something you could save for a snowy day spent fireside.
My favorite part of this gift is the soft, fluffy blanket that I used to line the basket.
The blanket is perfect for an indoor picnic - and who couldn't use another cozy throw?!
I just love this wire basket - it's rustic yet modern looking.
It came with the burlap ribbon wrapped around it, which meant no additional fussing or ribbon was needed later on :)
I picked up the red snowflake plates and napkins to go with the mugs (Dollar Tree finds).
Navy and red are one of my favorite color combinations!!
I put together some snacks to go in the basket. We love Mary Gone Crackers (vegan and gluten free!) as well as Lara Bars. The chocolate coconut ones taste like brownies :)
When picking snacks, don't forget to think about refrigeration. If you are giving it as a gift, you probably want to stay away from things needing to be refrigerated - like cheese.
You could also include a thermos that could be used for hot chocolate or soups.
To assemble, I simply laid the blanket at the bottom of the basket, wrapping the extra around the back, and arranged the items.
The blanket worked great for the lining because it made propping up the items easy - and it served as cushion for the fragile mugs.
I had a little "help" with the arranging... our buddy Zeus. He actually wanted the crackers in the basket and was begging :) He looks huge next to the basket.
As a side note, in this picture, I was attempting to use tissue paper at the bottom of the basket, but the drab tissue took the elegant basket down a few notches. That's when I decided to make the blanket work.
The basket took minutes to put together, and the total cost was around $30. The basket, mugs, plates, and napkins were $8 - you can't beat that!
The snacks and blanket brought it up to $30, but the blanket was on sale too :)
The winter picnic basket is not only a unique, creative gift but it's something friends and family will find so thoughtful. You can put a romantic spin on it for husbands, wives, boyfriends, or girlfriends, too :) Especially with Valentine's Day coming up :)
And, I have to say buying things you love at the right price definitely results in some creative, cute gift ideas :)
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