4 In Life

have a little faith ~ thank you baskets

Sometimes you just need a little project, don’t you agree? And when I’ve got that itch, its not surprising that I often find myself going a little overboard on an everyday task.

Most recently, two friends agreed to watch Petey Mac while T-man and I were away for the weekend — a full 2.5 days. To me, that’s a pretty big gesture and one that can’t go unnoticed and unappreciated. I’d typically run to Target for a great card and maybe a Starbucks gift card, but in this case, I was feeling inspired {dangerous, I know}.

I wanted to put together individualized gift baskets for each girl. And what’s better than a personalized pampering gift set full of lotions and treats that you can enjoy while you camp out at someone else’s house dog-sitting?

I didn’t want standard toiletries — and truth be told, I didn’t want to spend a fortune — so I headed straight to TJ Maxx/Home Goods. Not only do they have the best baskets, they also consistently have lotions, shower gels, and various bath products for around $5-8 each.

Scents can be tricky when picking them out for someone else, so I decided to go with a color theme instead of a single scent theme for each girl {of course, if you know your best friend’s favorite scents or flavors, this could be an even easier project}.

Then, while in the basket aisle, I stumbled upon two adorable cocktail napkins in bright colors. While they didn’t fit perfectly with the spa set idea, at only $2 each, I had to have them. To compliment them, I found candles, lotion, and bath gel in coordinating colors. I think they turned out pretty fun and visually appealing!

Customized $25 gift baskets from TJ Maxx created by Jess Alayne

The cost for each basket was roughly $25. That included the baskets and everything inside — the tissue paper and gray ribbon were from my existing stash of giftwrap and crafts. Don’t you just love TJ Maxx? How else could I have pulled off a multi-part gift basket for $25 or less?

Since I wouldn’t be there to give the baskets to the girls directly, I realized I  needed tags to convey my thanks and also make sure they knew the baskets were for them! So, I whipped out my craft supplies and put together a very simple gift tag. Here’s how:

Step 1: Cut tag shape out of heavy white cardstock

Step 2: Add coordinating washi tape in diagonal shape (trim edges along each side)

Gift Tags with Washi Tape

Step 3: Add a message using a black marker or a stamp with black ink. I used a stamp and went over it with black Sharpie to make it bolder. I then added names and a very brief message on the back {not pictured}.

Just For You gift tag

Every once and awhile, a grand gesture is needed. In this case, I really did want to say a heartfelt thanks to my friends for helping out. But I can’t say it was entirely selfish since I really had fun shopping for and putting these together.

Does anybody else go overboard when it comes to everyday things like saying thanks?

Inspired by: Mandy Moore – Have A Little Faith In Me
(As a side note, I sort of adore Mandy Moore and particularly love this cover, as well as her version of ‘Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters’. Enjoy!)

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  • Reply
    April 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Obsessed with MandyMoore, this, and YOU! Do you sleep???? You are so crafty. I love it. Can’t wait to see all the cuteness at your wedding if this is what you are doing in your spare time. XO! Hugs to T & Petey-Boo.

    • Reply
      Jess Alayne
      April 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Haha, yes that ‘Coverage’ CD is one of my faves. And you’d be surprised how much more free time I have on my hands living in Colorado. Best life decision. I only open I don’t give away all of my secrets before the wedding! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I totally do this! I love putting together little crafty things like this and often end up spending more than I initially anticipated because I keep thinking of other great things that could fit in the basket!

    • Reply
      Jess Alayne
      April 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Totally agree. It’s so easy to go overboard but I always think its money well spent!

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