Thrift & Yard sale baskets to “Fellowship baskets”!

Want a fun and easy gift addition this year?

Who can remember the “thrift store” tray and posts from last year? What about the “thrift store tray and chalkboard post”?

Last minute gift ideas that were super popular and

How many of you have down-sized gifts to friends and even family?

We have.

Last year, I baked home-made cookies and gave them to friends in lieu of gifts.

It was personal and well received.

Well, I have another fun and simple gift idea this year.

I know you probably already invented this gift idea but it just hit me today. It is a trick from years “way-gone-by”, that I had used “back in the day”. WE used to use this trick to make “country style” decor.

The memory of this “trick” came back to me because I had picked up some cute and cheap baskets at thrift and yard sales. I was getting ready to price them for my booth, but they were so plain that I was putting a low amount on them because of their simplicity…… when the “old and used” idea hit me.

Like a ton of DIY bricks.

Right up side of da’ head.

The idea?

Take a cheap thrift store or yard sale basket and spice it up…….quick and easy like.

I am not sprucing them up for decor. I am sprucing them up for a “meaning”.

Here is what I mean…..

My yard sale and thrift store baskets are  no longer just “baskets” they are “fellowship baskets“.

Yes, copyrighted here at ; )

If you are from the South, you will understand the word “fellowship“.

In the south it means the following:

Let’s get together and eat. Let’s get together and party. Let’s get together and chat. Let’s get together and cry. Let’s get together and laugh…..

Let’s “fellowship”. It is what is shared between those you love.

So, how perfect to carry small , thrifty gifts to friends and family in something different than a gift bag.

Carry them in your “fellowship basket“.

Are you going to any Christmas parties where you are taking the host or hostess a gift?

What about family and friends that you make Christmas cookies for?

Don’t use gift bags.

Turn thrift store and yard sale baskets into “fellowship baskets“.

Turn “plain” baskets into part of the gift or even the gift alone.

Take it from here in it’s plain state…..

To here.

That easy.

You just created a “fellowship Basket”. Tell them they can use this gift to share their gifts with others. Make it part of their gift. Create the “story of the fellowship basket”.

My basket will have a small amount of baked goods, that I normally put in Christmas tins etc. but this year it will have a fun twist.

What my tag will say…or something similar:

Dear friend or family member,

This is a special basket. It is called a “fellowship basket”. We are giving it to you this holiday season because you are so very special to us and for you to know that we appreciate your fellowship. If you would like to re-gift this basket, please know that we would be honored. It is meant to be shared. To provide “fellowship” with others. It has started with you. Please accept this gift and know that we appreciate and love you. May this be a season of new and wonderful memories and “fellowship” with family and friends.  Love, The Stanley Family

Wah lah! A fellowship basket!

We did it people! You guys are so good at keeping my mind challenged! Thank you so much!

Another thrifty gift idea! Just what we all needed right now. : )

Ribbon and a basket that you “create a story” for….that easy.

I get my ribbon from Costco. You get 50 yards for an awesome deal but you can get at Michaels etc. Just weave it through where you can. Knot it off. Tie some bows. and Wah lah…….

Another before….


Fellowship basket.

I do not glue the ribbon on. I just wrap and weave and tie bows on the end. That way, they can always take the ribbon off if they would like to keep the basket plain after the holidays.

What an affordable and fun way to give your thrifty gifts.

Plain yard sale basket…..

Fellowship basket.


Turned off?

Dreading my cookies again this year?

Would you use this idea?

Have other ideas?

I would love to hear them. You always have the best ideas!

Don’t forget to click on the above links for other thrift turned “custom gifts” ideas from last year!

Talk to me people!



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12 thoughts on “Thrift & Yard sale baskets to “Fellowship baskets”!

  • November 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Love this post! Watched it unfold in our kitchen. Could not believe this transformation!

  • November 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Love the baskets, Rebecca! You’ve proven once again that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make something special. And as for those cookies….your friends are probably already looking forward to them. I find that any homemade goodies are received like a precious gift. So few people have time to do it these days. Keep the great ideas coming!

  • November 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Great idea! Throughout the year, I purchase Christmas mugs at garage sale…I find many cute new ones. I add homemade biscotti (super easy to make) and a package of hot chocolate plus a candy cane. Place them in a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and add a special note. These have also been well received.

  • November 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What a great idea.
    Lots of love.

  • November 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    We have used baskets to give small, thoughtful gifts to family members for the past 8 years… but we did NOT glom onto the “Pay it forward” idea! What a great idea! We’ll use your very words to make tags for the baskets this year, and decorate them by weaving, instead of simple boys. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • November 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Brilliant! I’d go so far as to say, genius! I have a thing for baskets, but have avoided actually buying any (no matter how cheap) because they just stack up…..and up…..and up. But this is a GOOD reason to buy them when I find ’em! Hope I can find some as cute as those you have. I’m kinda persnickety in what I like when it comes to baskets and their shapes. So once again, you have hit the mark, kiddo! Thanks!!!

  • November 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Yes, as per a suggestion by some family members, we too have toned down Christmas. I am luving this basket idea… have always luv baskets and have used them as holders for some gifts in the past. But now, I agree, they can mean so much more….
    My neighbours have always received baskets with home made goodies inside.. from holiday breads, to hand personalized napkins…
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Gee

  • November 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Wow! I have to comment to say how gorgeous these baskets are. I would be *chuffed to bits* to receive something like that. Sadly, we don’t have many thrift stores near us where we are, here on this Scottish island. If I was able to source baskets like this, I wouldn’t hesitate to give away ‘fellowship baskets’. They are soooo lovely 🙂

  • November 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    LOVE LOVE this idea! I recently came into a ton of baskets (cone shaped ones) and I am going to do this…

    Instead of cookies, I think I’ll steal my mom’s idea and put in garden snippets of my favorite plants in my garden that will re-grow!

    Thanks for the idea!=)


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