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10 DIY Christmas Gift Basket Ideas


In a few days, September will roll in, signaling the start of the -ber months, aka “the months bringing in the holidays”. And that also means we are running out of time thinking about unique but inexpensive Christmas gift ideas to gift that special someone. One I always admire and love giving and receiving as a gift is gift baskets. If you want to show them how much you care, this is the perfect method to put together a thoughtful and unique package.

Gift baskets can also be utilized for a variety of occasions, such as birthdays and Christmas, as well as Baby Showers and Housewarmings, Mother's and Father's Day, and get-well-soon care packages. Oh, and don't forget to say hello to your new neighbor!

These DIY Christmas gift basket ideas might also be designed to make incredible goods for your PTA or other charity fundraisers. Before we dive into the great inspiration, here are a few brief pointers for crafting unforgettable DIY gift baskets.

Think Outside The Box With The Container

Before you start gathering items, keep in mind that you don't necessarily need a basket to build a gift basket. No, you can be a lot more inventive because we'll show you how to construct a hamper without using a basket! The ideas I've gathered for you today will inspire you to think beyond the box so that your present selection can fit in a tackle box, a bucket, a mixing bowl, a pair of slippers, or even a slow cooker!

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Make Certain It Appears Terrific

You'll want to play around with the order of the pieces when putting your "basket" together so that the completed product looks extremely elegant. Filler paper, which you can buy on Amazon or make yourself by shredding some colored paper, is a good idea. Take a look at the examples below to understand how to style a gift basket in a professional manner.

Assume That Everything Is Tailored To You

If you're making a gift basket for a loved one, add a personalized item to make it even more memorable. Handwriting or printing each person’s name will definitely make them feel more loved and special.

Include A Tasty Treat With Your Package.

Okay, this isn't a must-do, but as you're putting your basket together, consider including an edible treat for the recipient to enjoy while they're looking through the other gifts!

If You're Running Out Of Time... Look Around Your Kitchen For Inspiration!

You’ll never know what you might find lurking in one of your drawers or your pantry, and take this also as a chance to give out all of those leftover Halloween candies you have been hiding (you know it will just add inches to your thighs and waist!)

Let’s start with the ideas!

Laundry Basket Baby Shower Gift

Baby clothes & body wash in plastic crate
Baby clothes & body wash in plastic crate

It's a given that expectant parents will need laundry supplies, and it's easy to put together a basket of goods that reflects their individual preferences. After making several of these baskets, I thought I'd share them again because the most recent basket I made for a dear friend is my favorite!!! I really like how the colors came together! The bright colors and Aztec motifs are extremely feminine and entertaining!

Supplies needed:

  • Plastic storage crate
  • Laundry hamper
  • Diapers
  • Receiving blankets
  • Baby-friendly laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Baby size hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Baby clothes

Here are the steps on how to arrange these in a basket.

Mani-pedi Set Basket

Tools & products for hand & foot nails
Tools & products for hand & foot nails

This is not just for women anymore, a lot more men are also having their nails done and enjoying and benefitting from having clean nails, so this one is a perfect gift, no matter what gender the receiver is. But mostly suggested to people who cannot just live without getting a mani-pedi even when they’re stuck at home!

Supplies are totally up to you, whatever you want and you think would go well but here are some recommendations:

  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • Toe separators
  • Nail files
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cuticle Trimmers
  • Orange Stick (for pushing back cuticles)
  • Cuticle Cream
  • Nail Brush
  • Cuticle remover
  • Fancy polishes or nail markers/pens
  • Assorted nail polishes

These are optional, but still not a bad idea to include:

  • Q-Tips (for removing stray polish)
  • Heel cream (for cracked heels)
  • Pumice stone for heels

Get tips on how to make it better here.

Gardener’s Gift Basket

Gardening tools, supplies, and plants usually spring to mind for me when it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day gifts. Putting them all together in a gift basket (or planter box) is the ideal present for the gardener in your life! I tried to combine items that could be used both inside and outside the house... You should provide something for the gardeners to do on rainy days! It's simple to personalize, so you can provide your gardener with exactly what they require. If you're not sure what someone currently has, many of these items are basic garden tools and supplies that avid gardeners may use an extra set of – or to replace an old, worn-out tool or supply. And if you know someone who is thinking about starting a business, these fundamentals should be just the thing to get them started. Succulents and air plants are also wonderful for novices if you're giving plants — they're forgiving if left ignored for a while and don't require much care or knowledge (I speak from experience!).

Some supplies you can include:

  • gardening gloves
  • garden trowel
  • garden hand cultivator
  • seed packets
  • twine
  • plant mister
  • floral journal
  • gardening book
  • peat pots
  • air plants
  • succulents

DIY Housewarming Gift Basket

Housewarming food & drinksw/ notepad in a basket
Housewarming food & drinksw/ notepad in a basket

Do you know a friend or family member who is relocating to a new location? Why not join in the celebration by dropping off a large box of delicacies suited for the occasion? It only takes a little time and effort to put together a personalized housewarming gift basket, as I discovered. Due to the fact that we're planning to relocate someday or soon, I couldn't help but fantasize about what I'd like in my own housewarming gift basket. Create a thoughtful housewarming gift basket with this list of home-themed gift items and the accompanying step-by-step tutorial. The basket is full of practical items that will offer your friend or family member even more reason to rejoice in their new home's initial few days. The good news is that the gift is around $50 and can be completed in a single afternoon!

Supplies you can include are:

  • Gift box or basket
  • Paper package filler
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Dry erase board with dry erase marker
  • Photo frame
  • Assortment of local baked goods
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • New 6-foot extension chord
  • Scented Candle
  • Printable gift tag template
  • 8-1/2-by-11-inch cardstock of computer copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Patterned tape
  • Clear cellophane wrap
  • Ribbon

Curate it beautifully like this.

Thanksgiving Gift Basket

When the sweltering summer days begin to diminish, you know it's time to think about fall. Giving someone a Fall Gift Basket is a great way to commemorate the changing seasons. Choose from these Fall basket additions to personalize your baskets for friends and family.

Things you can include are:

  • Pomegranate Green Tea Bags
  • Caramel Apple Werthers candies
  • a pair of mugs
  • Harvest Pasta
  • Pumpkin scented jar candle
  • a pair of coasters
  • Dial hand soap
  • votive candle holder
  • Apple scented votives
  • framed Festive Fall Bucket List
  • Sugar Cookie Thins
  • chevron napkins

Breakfast Gift Basket- Banana Bread And Honey Butter

This gift basket is great for your family or friend that just loves baking! Whether for breakfast or snack, banana bread is always a good idea. Make a breakfast basket with rich and dense banana bread, creamy whipped honey butter, and a special blend of your favorite luxury coffee beans.

Supplies that you can include are:

  • Butter, softened
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Coffee Beans
  • Monogrammed Small Napkin
  • Berry Basket parchment paper
  • Kitchen Twine
  • kraft coffee bag
  • Printed Labels
  • small glass jar with lid

Get the directions here.

Teacher Gift Basket 

Pink food, drinks & tumbler in a basket
Pink food, drinks & tumbler in a basket

A box loaded with all things pink is another wonderful color theme option for teachers. A pink pattern journal, pink notebook, pink pattern pens, pink sharpie, pink post-it notes, pink erasers, raspberry Ghirardelli squares, rose-scented lotion, pink pattern tumbler, pink folders, classic bubblegum, pink starburst, mini supply kit in a pink case, and room freshener in a pink bottle were among the items included in a pink crate. I tied it all together with a tag that said, "I'm tickled pink that you're my teacher."

Pink things you can include are:

  • pink pattern journal
  • pink notebook
  • pink pattern pens
  • pink sharpie
  • pink post-it notes
  • pink erasers
  • raspberry Ghirardelli squares
  • rose-scented lotion
  • pink pattern tumbler
  • pink folders
  • classic bubblegum
  • pink starburst
  • mini supply kit in a pink case
  • room freshener in a pink bottle
  • pink crate

Christmas Morning Pancake Gift Basket

What better way to wake up on Christmas morning and be able to prepare and make delicious and easy pancakes for yourself and your family? You can accomplish that when you have been gifted this gift basket, so why not curate one for the people on your Christmas list? They will thank you for it. You can never go wrong with food, ever.

All you will need is:

  • Inexpensive cake mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Spatula

And grab this free Pancake Breakfast Basket gift tag printable here.

Snow Day Survival Kit

When temperatures drop to zero or below, your family and friends who will receive this will definitely reach out to this gift first, thanking you while they’re preparing and enjoying it. And because of the chill, all of them will want to just stay inside and enjoy a cup of cocoa that you will definitely include in this gift. All of these snow days have made me think that it would be interesting to construct some "snow day survival kits" for teachers, neighbors, and friends as unique, handmade Christmas gifts this year. For those days when you're stuck at home, I've packed some goodies in a nice little container, including sugar cookies, cookie cutters, hot chocolate mix, and chocolate spoons for mixing the cocoa.

Okay, for this one you will need:

  • one medium mason jar (I used a blue heritage one from Greenmunch)
  • one small mason jar (also from Greenmunch)
  • a large tin basket (here's a similar size from Amazon)
  • a cookie cutter
  • ribbon and/or twine string
  • scrapbook paper
  • white cardstock, a printer, and this free printable (for the labels and tags)
  • scotch tape
  • plastic or wooden spoons
  • semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
  • crushed candy canes and/or sprinkles
  • lollipop bags or pieces of plastic wrap
  • pre-made or homemade hot chocolate mix + mini marshmallows
  • homemade sugar cookie mix (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt - directions here)

Shower Kit Gift Basket

I truly enjoy giving gifts. I enjoy imagining the ideal gift for that person...picking up on little things they say that hint at what they would truly appreciate. I was trying to come up with a cool gift for a guy at the time. something both unique and practical Showers are something that this guy adores. Actually, I've never encountered someone who liked them more. As a result, I devised the ideal shower set! (I was attempting to build a package that felt like you were staying at a cool hotel because he also likes hotels). The vast majority of men are not going to go out and purchase expensive bath products. However, if they were provided to them, they would most likely enjoy them. And aren't those wonderful gifts? The ones you like but wouldn't necessarily spend money on?

This kit could include:

  • Kiehl’s fig & sage body cleanser
  • • Kiehl’s facial cleanser
  • • Aesop calming shampoo (my favorite! love the smell so much)
  • • Aesop classic conditioner
  • • swim club bath salts
  • • birch & goldberry bar soaps
  • • sea wool natural bath sponge
  • • pumice stone

After shower products:

  • Kiehl’s light-weight lotion
  • herbivore botanicals facial serum
  • herbivore botanicals body oil
  • herbivore botanicals hydrate mistInclude a robe as a bonus! Find more inspiration here.


No matter who you’ll give these gift baskets to, I’m sure they will love and appreciate all the extra effort that you put on each one and it will be so memorable that they might just curate one for you (not that that’s what we’re going for). So go ahead and make these ideas into a reality, and enjoy the holidays!

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Susan Murillo

Susan Murillo - Susan has been interested in real estate since she was a child in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Susan had always wanted to pursue a direction that would encourage her to support others, and she discovered her true calling in real estate, where she could serve her clients and direct them through one of their most significant investments. Shannon has been involved in the selling and distribution of one billion dollars in real estate in Western Canada over the last ten years.

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