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Sometimes it's impossible to find that perfect gift, even when you're shopping for someone you know very well. Here's a fun and easy solution that has the added benefit of stretching your budget a little further, making your own gift baskets. Everyone loves them, and there's no warmer or more personal gift.

It's simple to create professional-looking gift baskets with the help of a full-color, 20-page guidebook, "Gift Baskets You Can Make Yourself." The book includes ideas for baskets for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter and almost any other special occasion.

To make the "Victorian Bath Basket" shown here, you'll need a basket, a lace bow, shredded paper, small crocheted doilies and some fragrant items for the bath. First, paint the basket and glue a coordinating gathered material around the outside edge. Use shredded paper as filler, arrange the bath items inside and add a ceramic cherub. To finish, adorn the basket with the lace bow, glue doilies to the sides, wrap it all in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon. All 14 of these hand-crafted gift basket projects make it easy to save money and delight your friends.

The "Gift Baskets You Can Make Yourself" guidebook, No. J40102, is $6.95 and comes complete with step-by-step instructions and supply lists. You can find 14 other unique gift ideas in a 23-page guidebook, "Florals Made Easy," No. MM1881, available for $8.95. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow seven to 10 days).

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