Save a ton of money making your own gift baskets

miniature wine bottle basketI was just given a lovely little gift from a friend of mine for my birthday. It contained a few miniature bottles of wine and some chocolate bars. For me, it is perefct! I’m not much of a drinker but I enjoy a little tipple so having a few select tiny size bottles that won’t go flat before I’d had a chance to finish them is ideal. And what woman doesn’t love chocolate??

It with this adorable little gift basket in mind I thought I’d introduce you to some guides on making your own gift baskets and goody bags. Because us older women, we’ve got pretty much everything we need and unless you can gift wrap a hot 25yr old toyboy that’s invisible to husbands, what we want isn’t possible!make own lavender gift baskets

Page down for great gift basket ideas for all occasions and persons!

Why Give A Gift Basket

diy gift baskets make ownThey’re so versatile! You can fill them with anything these days. They don’t have to be food and drink related. They can be hobby and interest themed. I made one at Christmas as a thank you gift for the teaching stff at my son’s school. It was filled with nice teas, coffee and biscuits. Something for the staffroom and it was very well received! I took ages trying to make my gift basket presentable. I wish … I’d had one of these gift basket making guides to help me!!


I shall definitely be investing in one of these and will post pics of my creations. The savings you can make with DIY gift baskets is massive compared to what they cost in stores.

Where to find the materials to make your gift basket?

  • Basket
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Decorative Shred
  • Ribbons
  • Clear Plastic Basket wrap
  • Goodies

I found an unused wicker basket for the teachers gift (they gave it back to me afterwards too which was fab!) and I padded out the bottom with cheap gift wrap that I’d bought in the Boxing Day Sales. I decorated with a few inexpensive silver and gold baubles, a bit of tinsel and for me that was job done! But I know it could have looked better.

I’ve found some cheap wicker woven baskets for you. But a useful source with even better money savings would be thrift stores. You can pick them up so much cheaper.


DollarTree is a great source of cheap goodies to fill your gift baskets.

For decorative shred, save money by shredding paper yourself or aquiring some from a local office. If you’re making a ‘rustic’ basket, shredded newspaper would be perfect to complete the rustic theme.

Gift Basket Ideas
There’s no harm in checking out how the professionals do it. Get those inspiration juices flowing with these fabulous gift baskets. As you can see the themes are very varied and not at all limited to food and drink. Page down for a mammoth list of gift basket ideas.

Gorgeous and Unique Gift Baskets
By Sarah Lennington

Who doesn't like to receive a gift basket? Here are a number of different gift basket ideas. There's sure to be one to cover every single person on your list and more.

Spa gift basket - Use small basin as basket. This can be used for a foot soak or storage as well. Inside put some tissue paper, then add a foot soak, body scrub, body wash, nail polish, nail file, loofah, sponge, bubble bath, bath salts, small towel or towels, eye mask, facial mask, candle, lotion, and body spray. Use any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything you can in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap in cellophane tied with a bow.

Movie gift basket - Use large mixing bowl, or a popcorn bowl if you can find one. Inside put some tissue paper, then add a movie or two, popcorn, different types of candy and candy bars, drink mix, a couple of cups/glasses, popcorn seasoning, nuts, and cookies. Use any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything you can in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Cook's gift basket - Start with a large mixing bowl. In it put some dish towels, baking utensils, dessert plates, cups/glasses, spices, seasonings, oven mitts, baking mixes, measuring spoons, a measuring cup, napkins, recipe box, recipe cards, a recipe or two printed on some pretty paper, and a dessert or food scented candle. Use any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything you can in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Fishermans gift basket - Put in tackle box or lunch box. Lure's, hooks, sinkers, fisherman picture frame, fish seasoning or breading, fisher's book, beef jerky, coffee, crackers, and polarized sunglasses. Use any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything you can in coordinating colors. Add some pinecones or other outdoor-looking decorations.

Hunters gift basket - Thermal socks, scent-killer spray, binoculars, knife, deer picture frame, hunting magazine or book, anything camo, granola bars, and deer, turkey, etc. calls (Depending on what season it is, and what they usually hunt for). Add any or all of these. Add some pinecones or other outdoor-looking decorations.

Dog gift basket - Put in basket or large dog dish. Bones, dog treats, ball, stuffed animals, squeaky toys, dog dishes, dog blanket, collar, leash, and brush. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Cat gift basket - Put in cat bed or basket. Catnip, treats, cat toys, toy mouses, food and water bowls, collar, and cat picture frame. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Baby gift basket - Put in diaper bag, baby bathtub, or basket. Add blanket, washcloths, hooded towels, rattles, stuffed animals, clothing, baby picture frame, teething toys, blocks, wipes, baby shampoo, baby hairbrush, rubber ducky, booties, and baby lotion. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Sporty teen boy gift basket - Gatorade mix, water bottle, stopwatch, ball (depending on what they play), nutrition bars, mp3 player with iTunes giftcard, sweatband, sporty socks, body spray, and homemade cookies in the shape of whatever sporty they play (example: football, soccer, baseball, glove). Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors.

Gamer gift basket - Games (depending on what gaming system they have), drink mix, small snacks (candy, chips, cookies, crackers), and battery packs and chargers (only if you know what kind you need to get). Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors.

Teen boy gift basket - Drink mix, water bottle, small snacks (candy, chips, cookies, crackers), mp3 player with iTunes giftcard, notebook, pens, cards, d.v.d's, model cars, and cologne. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors.

Girly teen girl gift basket - Journal, gel pens, hair accessories, nail polish, perfume, flowers, eyeshadow, small stuffed animal, jewelry, pretty socks, candles, lotions, bubble bath, and mp3 player with iTunes giftcard. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Sporty teen girl - water bottle, Gatorade mix, stopwatch, socks, nutrition bars, ball (depending on what sport they play), mp3 player with iTunes giftcard, body spray, small back massager, and homemade cookies in the shape of whatever sport they play or like (example: footballs, basketballs, volleyballs)

Teen girl gift basket - mp3 player with iTunes giftcard, d.v.d's, small snacks (cookies, candy, chips, crackers), drink mix inside cute glass/cup, watch, decorative mechanical pencils, book, chapstick, scarf. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Nail gift basket - Put inside small basket, or small cosmetic case. Nail clippers, nail polish, cotton balls, nail polish remover, nail stickers, nail file, toenail separators, and nail soak. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Construction worker gift basket - Put inside of cooler or gift basket. Gloves, various tools, duct tape (seriously), sturdy and comfortable socks, hat, small snacks (cookies, crackers, candy, chips, beef jerky), mini notebooks, pens, and handkerchiefs.

Toddler gift basket - Blanket, stuffed animals, blocks, shaky toys, sippy cups, hair bows (for girls), Gerber toddler snacks, sugar-free cookies, hooded towel, and clothes. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Gardener gift basket - Put in flower pot or basket. Gardening tools, gloves, sun hat, seeds, gardening book, and flowers. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Girl kid - Coloring books, art supplies, crayons, dolls, doll accessories and clothing, building things, candy or cookies, cartoon band-aids, stuffed animals, fuzzy socks, children books, and small purses. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Boy kid - Cars, trucks, blocks, coloring books, crayons, art supplies, candy or cookies, small ball, cartoon band-aids, planes, army men, toy animals, and children books. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Family gift basket - Some kind of drink, cups/glasses, board game or movie, napkins, popcorn, cookies, candy, and snack mix.

Sundae gift basket - Sundae bowls, spoons, syrups, sprinkles, maraschino cherries in a jar, ice-cream scoop, and other various toppings. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Homemaker gift basket - Candles, cookie cutters, hand towels, flowers, tea, teacups, small jar filled with mints or hard candy, and moisturizing lotion. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Fashionista gift basket - Put in purse or gift basket. Jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, shirts, fashion magazine, lipstick, and gloves.

New Mommy gift basket - Baby blanket, baby clothes, tea cup, tea, small sweets for Mom, a Mommy and baby picture frame, bracelet, scrapbook, lotion, relaxing bath salts, eye mask, fleece blanket, baby toys, and lotion. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Christmas basket for almost anyone - Bottle of wine/ sparkling juice or hot chocolate/coffee, crackers, candy canes, sausage, cheese, plate and two mugs or two wine glasses, ornaments, peppermints, mini Christmas decorations, and Christmas cookies. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

S'mores gift basket - In a small basket put a bag of marshmallows, mini roasting sticks, candy canes, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and hot chocolate or coffee. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

A student or school-lover gift basket - Put inside backpack or basket. Notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, erasers, post-it notes, planner, highlighters, small calculator, small snacks, coffee and coffee cup or tea and teacup, book, book light, and folders. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Bookworm gift basket - Book or books, book light, small snacks, coffee or tea, coffee or tea cup, small fleece blanket, warm socks, and bookmarks. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Vehicle/Automotive fan - Air fresheners, hanging dice, car cleaning supplies, car towels, tire cleaner, car phone holder, c.d's (if they have a c.d player in their vehicle), and key chains.

The do-it-yourself-er - In toolbox. Duct tape, a do-it-yourself booklet, tools, nails, screws, measuring tape, and a level. Add any or all of these. Just make sure you get everything in coordinating colors. Add some decorative ribbon, and if you'd like you can wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a bow.

Work-a-holic gift basket - Put it in a briefcase or basket. Small folder organizer, memo pads, pens, coffee mug, instant coffee mix, small snacks, calculator, and key chain picture frame.

Tips: You can get a TON of these things and little fillers for your gift baskets at Dollar stores for cheap. Just take your time fixing your basket up right and making it look good. Presentation is everything with these! Have fun!:)

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