DIY Gift Baskets

I love giving gift baskets. I love coming up with the theme, picking out items, and putting it all together into the final basket. I’m not going to lie though, sometimes I get a little stuck on themes or what to actually put in the basket. I like to be original but also give something that will actually be used. Today I have some of my go-to ideas for gift baskets to give. These are the perfect gifts for anyone on your holiday gift list this year.

  • Art Basket - An art basket is definitely one of my go to ideas for younger kids (or anyone who really likes to make stuff lol). I like to find a sectioned off caddy, if I can’t find one with sections already I make them using foam board. I usually add a set of paint, a set of paint brushes, some pompoms, some pipecleaners, and a box of crayons or markers. I usually open everything and set it all up so it looks all cute. Finally, I add a few fun size candy bars with a note that says ‘For snack breaks’.
  • Ice Cream Basket - In my mind, if they don’t like ice cream, they don’t deserve any gift at all. But that’s just me. Some people may argue that ice cream in the Winter is a bad idea for a gift, but they're wrong. Ice cream is never a bad gift. In a large basket, I start by putting in cute bowls (1-5 depending on the family or person). I then add two mason jars. In one, I put homemade chocolate sauce and in the other, I put homemade caramel sauce (but don’t worry, adding in a bottle of store bought caramel or chocolate works just as well). Then, in either mini mason jars or other cute containers, I add m&ms, chocolate chips, marshmallows, crushed oreos, gummy candy, and sprinkles. I then attach a tag that says ‘Just add ice cream’.
  • Cookie Basket - Who doesn’t love cookies? I start by mixing all the dry ingredients to my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I then make a cute note that says what wet ingredients to add and how to bake the cookies. I also add in some cute cookie cutters that I match with the theme/holiday. I also add in a few colors of cookie icing. Finally, I add in some sprinkles and other hard candy decorations.
  • Pasta Basket - For this basket, I like to use a large colander as the actual basket. I then add in a box of pasta, I usually use spaghetti but if I’m at the store and find something cute I’ll go for that. I then add in a jar of pasta sauce, a block of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, a nice bottle of olive oil, and a cheese grater.
  • Movie Night Basket - A movie night basket is a great gift for one of your close friends - partly because it’s super cute and partly so you can snag an invite to the movie night. lol. In a basket, I add a cute movie, a box of popcorn, and a few boxes of movie theater candy (I like to get this at target because it comes in actual boxes). If it’s someone I’m very close with and want to spend a little more money on, I’ll add a cute pair of pajamas.
  • Pizza Basket - I start by adding a pizza crust, I almost always get a store bought one because it’s a lot easier to work with and doesn’t require a lot of work for the recipient. I then add in a jar of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pizza seasoning. I also add in a pizza cutter and a nice bottle of olive oil.

These are my favorite gift basket ideas for any occasion. They’re so much fun to make, and I love seeing the look on the recipient's face when you tell them the basket was homemade. Share any other gift basket ideas down below, I’d love to try them out!



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