Gift baskets created for joyous times reign in popularity.

The Gift Basket Design Book

However, gift baskets made in tribute of those who’ve recently departed also need your masterful touch to celebrate a well-lived life.

You can design bereavement baskets in any way you choose. In fact, you can specialize in making them because just as there are new lives born every day, death also arrives at the same pace.

That means you will have customers requesting gift baskets to mark each occasion, and if you make gift baskets as a hobby, you can also create a signature style for each event.

The bereavement gift basket design you see above appeared on the cover of The Gift Basket Design Book, first edition (now in its second edition).

It contains:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Lemon scones mix
  • Cup and saucer
  • Sugared tea spoon
  • Gold-plated tea spoon
  • White cloth napkin
  • Picture frame with my maternal grandmother’s photograph

White shred and faux flowers finish this special gift designed in a medium-sized, red oval basket sprayed at the top edge with a brushed gold color.

More ideas to honor past lives

Your bereavement designs can include these items, and there are other products for your selection. Most of all, the goods you choose depend on what the loved one prefers.

The selection may also depend on what a funeral parlor or house of worship requests you to make for family members.

Here are some options.

  • Fruit
  • Tissues
  • Fresh baked goods
  • Memorial plaque
  • Hard candies
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Cappuccino mix
  • Cookies

Companies listed at make other products to consider.

It’s always fun to make gift baskets for birthdays and holidays, but it’s truly an honor when you’re asked to design a gift basket to memorialize a person’s life.

What have you chosen as the perfect combination for a bereavement gift basket? If you haven’t yet made such a gift, what items would you include?

Shirley George Frazier
In the gift basket world, all roads lead to Shirley George Frazier, the industry's reigning expert and international authority. Shirley is chief basketologist at Sweet Survival LLC and author of the industry's best-selling books, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, The Gift Basket Design Book, and Marketing Strategies for the Home-Based Business. Shirley works with retailers of all size and home-based entrepreneurs to successfully sell gift baskets to their chosen clients. Shirley is also a frequent speaker at events and instructor of the popular online course, Start Your Own Gift Basket Business. Contact Shirley to speak at your event or call 800-640-8521 to schedule a consultation.

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