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Thanksgiving is in 6 days and Christmas will be here shortly after! Chances are, you’re going to have guests over to your home. Whenever I have friends and family over, I like to make them feel as welcome as possible. I had been wanting to make a “welcome basket” for my guest room for a while and, with the help of Yankee Candle, I was able to do just that!
- American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles
- scarf and hat set
- printable tags
- needle & thread
1. I knew I wanted to include some candles in my gift basket, so I headed to Walmart to pick up some American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles. Whenever I’m at Walmart (and I’m not hurrying about) I like to take a stroll down the candle aisle in the home decor section and see what new fragrances are available. I love these candles for a ton of reasons, but the top 3 are that they’re super affordable (the large was about $15, medium about $10, and the small about $1.50), really convenient (I seem to be in Walmart wayyyy more often than I need to be), and smell AMAZING! Because I’m making this welcome gift basket in the fall / Christmas time, I wanted to include some fall / Christmas fragrances, or at least some fall / Christmas colors. I picked up Fresh Apple, Pumpkin Apple Harvest, and Warm & Happy Home.
2. Also while I was at Walmart, I picked up a Christmas-y mug, some peppermint tea, and some candy cane Hershey kisses. Aka, my favorite holiday candy.
3. I stopped at a fabric store and picked up some flannel. Because these are just hand warmers, you won’t need a ton of yardage. I cut it into four 3″ x 5″ pieces.
4. Take 2 pieces and sew the edges, leaving about a 1″ opening for you to be able to funnel your rice in.
5. Once all sewn up, turn inside out. I find it helpful to use something to poke the edges out, like a straw.
6. Insert your funnel and pour in as much rice as you need.
7. Once your rice is in, you need to use a blanket / ladder stitch to close up the hole.
8. Now to assemble the gift basket! I placed the hat and scarf set in the bottom to act as cushioning, in lieu of tissue paper. I arranged the candles and mug with tea in each corner of the gift basket. The hand warmers went right in the center, sprinkled with the candy. To top it off, I created some chalkboard printable tags. You can download them here.
How do you plan on welcoming your guests this holiday season? Be sure to check out Walmart Assortment Page for great ideas!