Making a Gift Basket – Great Filler Ideas, Tips and Resources

If you are new to making a gift basket, I am sure you will be wondering what fillers are.

Well, the term ‘fillers’ might give you an indication of what it might be, and for those who do not have a clue as to what gift basket fillers are, you will find out on this page that these fillers are one of the most essential supply in any gift basket making activity.

To begin with, gift basket fillers are items like shredded paper or crumpled tissue papers that you use at the base of gift baskets to give them a fuller look. This is particularly so when you use a deep basket or container to hold your gift items.

Gift baskets look so much more professional with an overfilled look rather than having a few items floating in it. The trick is not about stuffing your basket with lots of gift items, but rather knowing how to fill up a basket with adequate fillers so that it doesn’t look sparsely filled.

Fillers are also great to hold your gift items in place. Once you start arranging your gifts into your chosen container, often you will notice some gap between the gift items and if this gap is not filled up, your gift items have a high chance of being displaced in course to delivering the gift basket to your recipient. Stuffing sufficient fillers in the gaps between your gift items will help you avoid the risk of having your gifts from getting displaced with movement.

How to Use Fillers in Making a Gift Basket

  • Fill up the bottom of your chosen basket or container with the fillers until it reaches a height that is suitable to arrange your gifts. Arrange you gifts and fill up any large gaps with more fillers. Don’t worry about small spaces and it is best to fill up the smaller gaps with adornments or decorative gift items like individually wrapped chocolates or flowers or other ornaments that suit your overall gift basket theme.
  • If the container you choose is very deep, you can use crumpled newspaper to make it shallow, and then fill the top with a layer of decorative fillers. This is a cost effective of making a gift basket as decorative fillers would generally be more costly, but be sure to cover the crumpled newpapers entirely with your fillers or else your gift basket will not look as professional as it should.
  • Lastly, you can also colour coordinate your fillers and gift baskets by choosing fillers that match the colour theme of the rest of your gift basket.

Gift Basket Filler Ideas

Here are the most commonly used fillers for gift baskets:
  • Straw
  • Excelsior - curved wood shavings that can generally be purchased from craft shops.
  • Coloured tissue papers and cellophane papers – these are widely available is most craft shops. You either shred these or just crumple them and use as fillers.
  • Shredded paper – a very cost effective filler idea is to shred colourful magazines and wrapping papers from the gifts you have received and use them as fillers for your gift baskets. You can also use shredded cellophane if you want bright shiny colours for your gift basket.
  • Fabric – works well as a filler. For example, use a baby towel or blanket for a baby gift basket, a table cloth for a picnic gift basket, kitchen towels for a kitchen themed gift basket, etc.
  • Floral foam – for flower baskets
  • Unique fillers – candies/chocolates, nuts (with the shells on), popcorn, flower petals, pine needles, or any other things you can think of that looks good and matches the overall theme of your gift basket.

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