Christmas Gift Baskets

One of my favorite kind of Christmas gifts to give and receive are gift baskets. You can buy ready made gift baskets and Amazon has a really nice assortment of them here: Gift Baskets

Of course, being that Christmas is in just a few days, it’s a little late to order a gift basket online for Christmas but there are always other occasions and holidays.

You can however, make a gift basket yourself and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can add some homemade items to your basket and make it pretty inexpensively.

What I like about gift baskets, besides being fun to make, is that you can personalize them to the recipient. Just match the interests of your recipient to any basket idea. In fact each basket should have it’s own theme.

For example, last year I had a hard time coming up with an idea for a gift for my mother. She was elderly, disabled but fairly well off financially and really didn’t need anything. One of those cases of what to give the person who has everything.

After some brainstorming, I came up with a stationery basket. Being of the generation that still pays all their bills through the mail, my mom went through a lot of stamps. She also liked to send cards and notes to friends and family. So I made a basket with a roll of stamps, a pretty writing pen, a box of all purpose cards and a pack of pretty stationery and envelopes. She loved it!

I also have a brother in law who is in the same category who doesn’t really need anything. He is middle aged, wealthy, not married and I only see him once or twice a year so I really don’t know his interests or needs. I do know that he travels by car several times a year from the Chicago area to the southern states to see his siblings. So I made him an “auto” gift basket. In it, I bought a really nice heated ice scraper, a car air freshener, some cleaner for the interior of your car, and a few more things that I can’t remember now.

I also made him a “kitchen” basket one year when I heard he had re-done his kitchen and bought him some little things for his kitchen in the new color scheme. I lined the basket with new kitchen towels. To tell you the truth, I don’t know if my B-I-L ever really liked these gifts or used them. He’s a guy of few words. But I had fun making them, And at least my gift showed I put some thought into it and it didn’t cost me too much. I think the most I spent was $30 for everything.

This year, I am making one gift basket for my sister in law who loves to collect Santas so Santa is her theme, I bought a few things off of Etsy and got the rest at discount stores.  You can see hers below.

sister in laws gift basket

The other basket below  is for my next door neighbor. I don’t know what she likes so her basket is sort of general with a pretty candle, a tin of tea and few other small things.

I bought a roll of thick red ribbon on sale at Micheal’s and a roll of red plastic wrap that I will use to wrap these 2 baskets up in. I bought the baskets on sale too and I made sure I got sturdy, attractive baskets that can be used for other things.

I got these baskets at Ross’s but you can find them just about everywhere. I have found them at thrift stores, craft stores, Walmart, Kmart and even some surprisingly decent baskets at dollar stores.

I have given a quilter friend a basket that had fabric remnants (also called fat quarters), a few quilter tools, some quilting thread, some pretty trims and it was in a basket that would be perfect for a quilter to store supplies.

Some other gift basket ideas to make:

  • Fishing Gift Basket with fishing lures and line and other fishing paraphernalia.
  • New Pet Basket with pet toys, pet food samples, grooming supplies, etc. And instead of a basket, use a pet food bowl.
  • Kids Basket with toys or books or whatever they are interested in.
  • First Home Basket. I did this for a friend of my daughter’s that had some basic tools (hammer, nails, screw driver) and a flash light, light bulbs, and don’t laugh, but toilet paper. I gave this basket to her on the day she moved in to her first apartment and she was very appreciative of these items that she didn’t think of getting herself.
  • Movie Night Basket with a DVD, bag of microwave popcorn. Put this in a popcorn bowl instead of a basket.
  • Home Cooked Basket with jars of mixes. I know you have seen them. You put all the dry ingredients in for something like soup, or cookies and add the instructions. You could also add cookies or fudge or some other home made goodie.
  • Reading Basket with paperbacks and magazines.
  • Baby Basket with things for a new baby.
  • Hot drink Basket with 1 or 2 pretty mugs, a tin of tea and a tin of  hot chocolate mix and a baggie of marshmallows.

Got any ideas to add to the list?  Use your imagination. I’m sure you can come up with countless ideas for great gift baskets.

Cathy

4 Responses to “Christmas Gift Baskets”

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  1. Amy Richardson says:

    Great idea! I’m going to make one for my mother in law! I like the ones on Amazon too. I may buy one for my mom for Valentines Day.

  2. mommacat says:

    Great Amy! Let us know how your M-I-L liked her basket!

  3. Rose Millican says:

    I made a basket for a friend that had recently moved into a new home, I put a candle, toothpaste, toothbrush, dedorant, bar of soap, finger nail polish, coffee (small bag), tea, crackers, jar of cheese, dry soup, spaghetti and jar of sauce. She was very excited and I think she enjoyed digging out everything as well as using it.

  4. mommacat says:

    I love that idea Rose!

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