I’ve already shared several DIY gift ideas for Christmas-candles, lotion bars, soap, and lip balm. Today, I’m going to share several gift basket ideas you can put together yourself. Most of these ideas don’t cost too much and can be scaled up or down, depending on how much you want to spend. And if you need several gifts, you can save some money by buying in bulk and splitting the items between the baskets.
I think gift baskets make great gifts, because they usually require you to think about what the recipient would like. You can make up the same basket for several different people, while still customizing it for each individual’s tastes. It makes a thoughtful gift and thoughtful gifts are always the best.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKET IDEAS
I have divided the list into gift baskets for adults and ones for families. I have also included several other neat gift basket ideas that I found online.
- A loaf of fresh (homemade or store-bought) bread and some gourmet jam or honey would make an easy (and delicious) gift.
- An Italian basket-Spaghetti noodles, sauce, a loaf of Italian bread, and a good bottle of wine make an adorable basket. Add a cute towel for an extra special touch.
- Coffee Lovers Basket-Fill the basket with some gourmet coffee, several kinds of coffee flavorings, and some scones or cookies to go with the coffee. This idea would also work well with tea.
- Spa Kit-If you really wanted to go all out, you can make a spa gift basket with soap, candles, lip balm, sugar scrub (tutorial coming soon), and lotion bars all scented the same way. Placed in a cute basket with a bow (or bagged as above) this makes a great (useful) gift for almost anyone-men, women, teachers, friends, co-workers, etc.
- Gardener’s basket-There are many items you could include in a gardening basket-gardening gloves, seed packets, a new trowel, a bar of scrubby soap, a lotion bar, some netting, plant markers, cups to start seeds in, and maybe even a potted herb or two.
- Movie night-Include several bags of microwave popcorn, a movie or two, several cans or bottles of soda, and several “movie-sized” bars of candy. Instant at-home movie night.
- Cookie Dough-Either slice and bake cookies or cookie dough balls would work well. A new cookie sheet and a potholder would be a nice addition to this basket. This gift will need to be refrigerated or frozen so be sure you have a way to keep it cold until gifting. You could also do a layered cookie mix in a jar. This looks like a nice one to try.
- S’mores gift basket-Include everything needed to make s’mores-marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate bars, and forks to roast the marshmallows on.
- Art supplies basket-This is perfect for kids from toddlers on up. Fill a basket or tote with crayons, paint, coloring books, scissors, paper, stickers, and any other fun things you can think of.
OTHER CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKET IDEAS FROM AROUND THE WEB
HGTV has a list of 8 DIY gift baskets for food lovers. It includes basket ideas for the baker, the entertainer, and a basket of kitchen essentials.
The Busy Budgeter has several unique gift basket ideas including a Sunshine Gift Basket full of yellow products, a craft gift basket, and a fairy garden in a tin.
Do you have any other gift basket ideas? If so, leave a comment and let me know. I would love to update the post with even more ideas.