By Janice A. Jones | Last Updated 02-07-2020
In this article, puppy gift baskets, how to make it yourself, we are going to demonstrate step by step just how easy it is to make your own fabulous gift basket for anyone you know who loves dogs.
If you missed the first page in this puppy gift basket series, please read that first before proceeding to the step by step instructions
If you love the freedom to create your own, it can be a creative fun project. Best of all, you have complete control of the products inside the basket. You can be extravagant or as budget minded as you like.
What will you need?
We decided to make a spa type puppy gift basket for a new puppy owner. We chose items for bath time as well as grooming and added a bag of treats for good behavior and a breed specific calendar for the new puppy owner.
Use the list above to assemble everything you will need to finish your project.
We made a store list and shopped around for good quality but not top of the line items.
The total cost of this project came to $17.47 including the filler, cellophane and bow.
So you can save money by doing it yourself if you have the time.
A puppy basket can be as creative as you want it to be. I chose a Grooming theme but here are a couple other ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Puppy Training Basket
If you know that the new puppy owner is not likely to have many supplies available for the homecoming, consider a generic gift of necessities. Fill up a small dog bed instead of a basket
Welcome-Home Content Ideas
Here is one of my favorite puppy books:
Start with the largest item such as a plush toy, rolled doggie blanket or folded towel.
For an attractive, balanced gift, the largest item should be about three times as high as the container and one-third its width.
You will tie the covering of the basket above this gift, so choose wisely. Baskets are usually pyramid in shape so think “triangle” when assembling the contents.
If the item, you chose, will not sit comfortably, consider a book behind the article to give it more support.
Next, select a couple medium size items of different colors and textures. By textures, I mean items made from various materials.
For example, a plastic bottle of shampoo, a steel comb, a wooden bristle brush, and a small bag of cotton balls.
Each adds a different dimension to a puppy gift basket of grooming aids. For our example, we added a stuffed toy, a bag of training treats and a doggie towel.
Finally, add a few small items to fill in empty spaces. This is the place to add doggie treats, a little bottle of doggie cologne, even a bottle of doggie nail polish.
You can even add a small gift for the puppy's owner to enjoy.
You may decide to add a breed specific gift here such as a dog car magnet, dog shaped earrings, a key chain,or a scarf embroidered with a breed design.
In our example, we added puppy grooming tools and a calendar.
To make the basket look professional, we recommend you add some type of filler or shred. You can purchase this at your neighborhood craft store or online.
It can be anything that adds a new dimension to the basket.
I choose a shed that was translucent with a small amount of shimmer, giving the basket a sophisticated finished look.
Now it is time to wrap up the Gift. You may need to go back and do a little rearranging so that all the items lean and help support each other.
Most puppy gift baskets have a front and a back. If you want to
add a little interest to an otherwise dull back side, consider a doggie
book, magazine, or surprise items. In our example, I added a small calendar, facing backwards so it shows up at the back of the basket.
Make sure all items are secure. Any loose items, which won't stay in place can be assisted to do so with a small piece of double sided tape. Glue dots (those sold for scrapbooking) work well also. You can use either shrink-wrap or cellophane to wrap up your gift.
Choose a size that will fit over all the items in the basket with a little room to spare. Do not worry about it being too long because you can always trim any left over at the bottom.
And there you have it, a beautiful gift basket for that special person, all done lovingly by your own hands and at a fraction of the cost it would be to buy one ready-made.