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Friday, November 20, 2015

Personalized Budget Friendly Welcome Gift #LoveAmericanHome [ad]

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The major start to the holiday season is just under a week away.  I know that we will be attending and even hosting some wonderful holiday celebrations and I thought it would be nice to have some adult goodie bags for the party that we are hosting.  In the spirit of giving I came up with this fantastic budget friendly Welcome Basket. 

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

The holidays are a time for giving.  When people come into my house I want them to feel welcomed and appreciated.  I wanted to do something special that was budget friendly, had items that were useful and also personal.  I ran to our local Walmart and did some wandering around and then it hit me...a festive kitchen utensils basket!  I grabbed some hand towels, colorful utensils, a mixing bowl and just as I was walking up to pay, I strolled down the candle isle.  The American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand completely caught my eye...and my nose!  I love Yankee Candle® but the closest store to my house is about 45 minutes driving.  I was elated to see the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand collection in my local Walmart and so I snagged a few fragrances for my welcome baskets.  

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

I decided to go with the 19" double wick candle in the Warm & Happy Home fragrance.  I loved the cinnamon touch to this candle and I just know that my guests would too.  I also grabbed a couple votive candles in Sunny Sand for a particular friend who would spend every second at the beach if she could.  My last choice was Fresh Apple fragrance beads.  These fragrances are so perfect for holidays. I know that I love to have my house smell divine during the holidays and passing that on as a gift with quality candle products seemed so perfect for my welcome basket gift idea.

Once I had all the items for my gift basket, I went to work, but I wanted to make something to personalize the basket even more.  I grabbed my Silhouette and went to work designing a holiday card that I personally feel turned out so pretty.  I used the lace tri-fold card template and the welcome templates you see below, and color coded them for cutting purposes.  I then cut them out and put them together.  (You can get a quick tutorial of how to do all that here.)

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

Once I had each piece cut out, I then used glue runners to assemble the card.  On the inside of each card I wrote a special message to thank my friends who are coming to our party.

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

After the card was created, I went to work putting together the basket using the following supplies:

  • Mixing Bowl ($1.50)
  • Paper Shred ($0.99/bag)
  • 2 festive hand towels ($1.00 each)
  • Handmade card (Free if you have paper and supplies!)
  • American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand items (19" candle-$15.00, Votives- $1.50 each, fragrance beads-$3.50)
  • Kitchen utensils (around $1.00 each)

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs
Directions: 
  • First I placed the paper shred into the mixing bowl. 
Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

  • Next I rolled up the hand towels and put them together in one side of the back of the bowl.
  • I placed the handmade card in front of those. 
Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs


  • I created a "fan" of utensils in the back of the bowl, by pushing them into the paper shred.
  • I then placed the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand items on the other side of the bowl.  (For the picture I put all three, but for the individual baskets, I chose candles specific to my friends tastes, so each basket had a different candle option). 

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

  • I think I will add my friends favorite candies or even some tiny shooters to the front to give them a bit more depth, but for right now I am just in love with how this turned out and cannot wait to share it with them. 

Holiday Welcome Basket, Adult Goodie Bags, American Home™ by Yankee Candle®, #LoveAmericanHome, Silhouette card designs

The American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand was a fantastic surprise to find at Walmart and what is even better is that you can also order the fantastic fragrances online at the Walmart Assortment Page too!  I made these baskets for between $14.00 and $30.00 and am so excited to share these with my friends. 

So tell me which fragrance would you love to try?


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