Paterson, NJ (PRWEB) March 2, 2005
To encourage enterprising women and men to learn how to make gift baskets during MarchÂs National Crafts Month, GiftBasketBusiness.com is distributing a free tipsheet with ideas to start a hobby or business.
ÂThereÂs more to creating gift baskets than just throwing a few items together,Â says Shirley Frazier, president of Sweet SurvivalÂ®, parent company of GiftBasketBusiness.com and author of The Gift Basket Design Book. ÂA designer considers what the receiver enjoys eating or the fragrance she prefers. ThatÂs what makes a gift basket memorable.Â
According to a survey conducted by Sweet SurvivalÂ® in 2004, an estimated 55,000 individuals in the U.S. make gift baskets as a hobby or a full-time business. Gourmet baskets are best sellers, followed by spa, romance, and new home baskets.
The two-sided gift basket tipsheet explains, on one side, how to start a hobby, and the other side details the best ways to start a business. It also shows designs that anyone new to the craft can re-create.
Tips to get started with gift baskets include:
ÂStart small by finding supplies at local stores.
ÂDonÂt mix chocolates and fragrant items together in one basket.
ÂCreate your gifts with unique containers as well as baskets.
ÂLook for adult schools that offer hands-on classes.
ÂUse the Internet to find books and videos to expand your design ideas.
Tipsheets are available throughout March by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Sweet Survival, P.O. Box 31, River St. Station, Paterson, NJ 07544.
Since 1990, GiftBasketBusiness.com specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and gift professionals how to start and grow successful businesses. Shirley Frazier is an award-winning designer who conducts seminars at libraries, adult schools and trade shows nationwide. She has appeared on CNBC and The Food Network. Frazier is also author of How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business.
For more information, contact Shirley Frazier at (973) 279-2799, or visit http://www.GiftBasketBusiness.com.