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“Welcome to the World” Baby Boy Gift Basket

Gift baskets are back! (cue applause)

SDB Carrie Barron Gift Basket
A Welcome to the World Gift Basket for Baby Barron and his Mom, Carrie

You might be wondering… Did gift baskets ever really go anywhere? Like most trends I have seen gift baskets and hostess gifts trend and wane. For a while there, my requests for cookie gift baskets were few. With the craziness of the economy in the past few years, people have definitely been more conservative with how they spend their money.

Lately though, I’ve seen fun gift baskets making a resurgence and I love the really creative takes on them (like Jodi Levine’s Baby Shower in a box) as well as the more “traditional” (like mine, above) and of coarse, the cookie gift basket! What’s great about a gift “basket” (note: I use that word loosely, your container does not have to be a basket), is that you can be really thoughtful and especially customize the contents to your giftee. With a little craftiness you don’t have to spend a ton of money to give a great gift basket.

My friend “cupcake” Carrie had a baby boy just a few weeks ago. I started collecting items for this gift basket a month or so before he was born and it all started with this adorable plush cupcake! When she invited me over to meet him, I packed up a few fun items in an “apple bushel” style basket that I purchased at the craft store. Here’s what I included…

SDB Welcome to the world basket shark mitt
Don’t all little boys love sharks? I could not resist this adorable shark bath mitt from Target! I lined the bushel with a turquoise blue handmade paper and set the shark up in the back for height…
SDB welcome to the world gift basket 77kids shirt cupcake
My first two purchases for Baby Barron… this adorable Kidrobot plush cupcake from Urban Outfitters (almost too cute to part with!) and this “foodie” baby tee from 77Kids!
SDB Welcome to the World Nutella Sandwiches
I have been working on these Nutella sandwich cookies so I baked a small batch topped with blue sanding sugar so I could get Carrie’s opinion on them (they are impossibly melty!)…
SDB Welcome to the World Basket Cheesy Stars
I also included some of my “Cheesy Stars”… something sweet, something savory… I love how they looked wrapped in this Martha Crafts waxed paper…

I also included a chilled half bottle of Champagne and a ripe orange (great for propping up the other gifts). I figured I could make Carrie a mimosa on the spot if she felt like toasting but if not she could save the Champagne for later and have a toast with her husband. (She opted for the large iced coffee I brought her 😉 !

SDB Welcome to the World Basket Martha Stewart gift tag
I love that Martha is selling these metal edged gift tags at Staples- they fit perfectly on so many different packages!
SDBWelcome to the World Barron in shirt
The shirt is a little big now but by Fall it will be perfect!
SDB Welcome to the World Basket Barron and Cupcake
Hey Buddy- It’s me, Cupcake! Wait till you try the cuppies your Mom makes…

Welcome to the World Baby Barron! Welcome back gift baskets… much more inspiration on these to come! Xo Dani


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Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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