Welcome Basket Ideas

Select a bottle of wine with gourmet cheese for a pleasing welcome basket.
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Welcome basket ideas work well for greeting your new neighbors and making out-of-town visitors feel at home. Select gift items that will help the recipient navigate the area. Include such items as local maps, phone books, newspapers and gift cards to restaurants or theaters. Fill the basket with homemade items or gifts that represent your area. Recipients will appreciate the time and effort you put into personalizing the welcome basket.

Picnic Basket

Place wine and food in a picnic basket. Include such items as gourmet cheese, cheese spreads, salami, smoked ham and oysters. To compliment the meats and cheeses, add crackers or crusty bread. Include an assortment of nuts and jams, as well as such fruits as apples, pears or grapes. Add such dried fruits as apricots, bananas or pineapple. Complete the welcome basket with a corkscrew, napkins, utensils, plates and glasses. Instead of a picnic basket, you also can use an insulated cooler.

Garden Basket

Create this welcome basket with starter plants or do-it-yourself items for more ambitious recipients. For instance, include house plants in pretty pots, plant food, a watering can and a small book on how to take care of house plants. To create a do-it-yourself basket, include such herb seeds as rosemary, thyme, Italian parsley, oregano, mint, sage, chives, golden thyme, dill and marjoram. Add small pots, potting soil and a book on growing and cooking with herbs.

Tool Basket

This unusual--and useful--welcome basket works well for apartment dwellers and homeowners. Include an assortment of nails and screws, Phillips head and flat-head screwdrivers, a hammer, a box of standard light bulbs, matches, duct tape, electrical tape, hole patch, sandpaper and a flashlight. Add a book on home repair and maintenance to complete this gift basket.