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Old 25-02-2007, 4:22 PM
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Hi everyone, I hope you can help me.

I've accumulated a lot of Boots goodies from their wonderful offers and since my grandma and my stepmother both have birthdays in March I thought I'd make up gift baskets for them. But I can't find any suitable baskets. Yesterday I tried woolies, poundland and wilkinsons but there was nothing at all suitable - the only baskets I found were massive. I know other people on here have made gift baskets, so I was wondering where you found suitable baskets from. Any ideas gratefully received.

Also, can anyone recommend a good place to get cellophane from?

Thanks very much, Susie.
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Old 25-02-2007, 4:31 PM
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Have you tried Ikea?
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Old 25-02-2007, 4:45 PM
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I was in Asda today and they had dark wicker type baskets with a cotton liner - pack of 4 in varying sizes reduced from £15 to £7.50
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No, I was just looking around my town. I'll try to take a trip to Ikea one night this week. Thanks
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Ooh even better - Asda's even closer to me. Thanks Techno.
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Old 25-02-2007, 5:25 PM
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I've been busy making up hampers from Boots goodies too. I couldn't find any baskets that were reasonably priced. My solution was to cover cardboard boxes from Lidl (small fruit and veg ones) with some of my stock of wrapping paper. I''ve then put shredded paper in the bottom and then arranged the presents. They look fab too - everyone has gushed over them so far

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Old 25-02-2007, 5:40 PM
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Wilkinsons have different selections of baskets for sale at a reasonable price.
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Not in my local Wilkinsons
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They had them in poundland too at the weekend.
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Nope, I tried there too and they were massive. I'll check back later in the week though. Thanks.
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Old 25-02-2007, 7:34 PM
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Hi

i make loads of gift baskets - here is some ideas

i have got some on ebay 12" round equivalent of 1.19 each

some smaller ones on ebay with handles equivalent of 1.25 each

some great ones at car boot sales only pennies

wooden trays in woolies just now with sides reduced from 10 to 5 to 3

or you dont even have to use baskets - i did a chinese cookery one and used a wok 5 in woolies

or a cheap holiday wicker bag a few pounds in the likes of primark makes a good basket and the person also has a bag to use on holiday

also au naturel and instore do some great baskets slightly more expensive but definately worth it

hope that helps
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I tend to get hold of cellophane in catering shops (the ones that sell icing and sugarcraft things) - it's much cheaper than in the art and craft stores and you can usually buy rolls of it. Also - if you want to tie the tops up, plain raffia looks nice (cheap in wilkinson garden section or garden centres) or florist ribbon (most florists - usually buy by the metre and very cheaply too!). I agree with Miss Kitty on the bags as a substitute - I've used make-up bags and little handbags for the same thing from Primark and they looked great - they were cheaper than the baskets I could find and useful afterwards too.
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Old 25-02-2007, 8:06 PM
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We have a nursery near us and in there they sell the rolls of cellophane - big rolls - for about 7.50. Mine has lasted ages and ages and ages. They sell the plain, with patterns (hearts, stars, flowers) and in different colours.

They also sell coloured raffia and a little goes a long way.

Ebay is great for all the accessories - flowers on wire that kind of thing.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks everyone
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I'd def second trying ebay... I've got some great cellophane from ebay before although dont know any of the sellers names off the top of my head, sorry.

I've bought a couple of rolls before and it was comparable in price to the local garden centre (but less of a trek to get it!)

Hope that helps a bit
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