When you think about making gift baskets, what location in your home or in another place comes to mind?

Here are some popular places:

  • Basement
  • Garage
  • Spare room
  • Shed
  • Kitchen

You begin making gift baskets in one of these spaces because each one accommodates your lifestyle, and it’s convenient, too.

Of all the places mentioned, the kitchen is the most popular, but it’s also one of the worst spaces. Time goes by quickly when you start enjoying this hobby (or business if you’re making gift baskets for money), and all of a sudden it’s time to make dinner.

It’s a pain in the you know what to move all of the products and supplies to another area, so a better way to decide where you’ll make gift baskets is to look for a space where you can get messy, clean it all up, and then start again without any household interruptions.

Your family will appreciate that, too. They may get tired of seeing those beautiful designs in places where they gather. Pets will also get interested, but they’ll make a mess by dragging shred and other materials through the house with their paws or tails. Dogs and cats can choke on the smaller stuff you make gift baskets with, so you have to be very careful.

Supplies to Stay Organized

My first place for making gift baskets was in a spare bedroom, but that doesn’t mean everything was organized. I made gift baskets on top of the ironing board until I figured out how to properly set up my space.

Some of the supplies that will come in handy for you are:

  • Folding table – you can easily put it up for designing and take it down when done.
  • Storage containers – these come from any discount store and are great to separate foods, gifts, shred, and more.
  • Wrapping paper holders – you can find these in discount stores during the holidays. They’re great for cellophane rolls.

There’s much more you can put in a room, and if you have closet space, some supplies can be added to shelves.

The online gift basket class gives you lots of information on setting up your work area. There’s a complete lesson on what you need and how to set it all up.

I’ve given you some ideas on organizing your gift basket items. What else would you include on this list?

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 manufacturers and retailers to successfully add gift baskets to their current revenue streams. 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 973-279-2799 to schedule a consultation.

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