Tips for building baskets for Easter (w/video)

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

April 12, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.

ABOVE AND BOTTOM: Easter baskets made by Vanessa Bazan line the shelves of Color Me Paisley in Victoria.

ABOVE AND BOTTOM: Easter baskets made by Vanessa Bazan line the shelves of Color Me Paisley in Victoria.

Wow loved ones with a gift basket this Easter.

"They should impress the person you're giving it to," said Vanessa Bazan, owner of Carried Away.

She's in the business of making gift baskets and knows a few tricks of the trade when it comes to special occasions.

When Bazan, 29, of Victoria, puts together a gift basket, she tries to find items that the person receiving the basket will enjoy.

"I picture what I would like to see; I usually go from there," said Bazan, who is also a stay-at-home mom.

Candy, toys and books are a few of her favorite items to include in the baskets she sells.

The average American celebrating Easter will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, according to the National Retail Federation's Easter Spending Survey. About 90 percent of Americans will stock up on Easter candy, spending a total $2.2 billion on children's sweets.

"Eggs are a must," Bazan said of Easter baskets.

She typically starts with an empty basket or bucket and then builds as she goes. She'll shop around to find the best items that will fit in the basket.

Colorful items help make it festive and fun for whoever is going to get it as a gift.

Natalie Knesek, owner of Licorice and Lemon Drops in Shiner, said this time of year is especially popular for cute stuffed animals, including plush rabbits, chicks and ducks.

"Kids love stuffed animals," she said.

Knesek has been in the business of sweet treats for more than 10 years and sells baskets year-round for all occasions.

Her store sells some more traditional treats, including taffy and divinity.

"Some people like divinity for Easter because it's white," she said.

When candy won't cut it, Bazan has also created high-end baskets that include larger items. She's created a movie-themed basket that had a DVD player resting in the basket.

Do the research and find out what the person is interested in, she said.

"To make something for someone shows more from the heart," Bazan said.



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