Best Gift Basket Ideas

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When all else fails to come to mind, our default go to gift idea for the hardest person to shop for is a gift basket. 

Gift baskets have come such a long way from the traditional wine and cheese. There are super creative themes to suit all different gifting situations, tastes, and budgets (even the smallest).

Here are the top 20 amazing, unforgettable DIY gift basket ideas anyone can put together! Whether you need a gift for your partner, co-worker, elementary school class, Boss, or mother in-law you will definitely find something your recipient(s) will absolutely love.

1.) Gift In A Box

Don’t let the mundane title fool you, this is such a cute boyfriend or best friend gift idea especially for LDR and can suit ANY budget.

Buy (or make) a collection of candy or gifts and decorate the box with lights, pictures, paper, and sentimental items.

Think of these boxes as not only a gift but an experience.

Here are a few different themes to try:

Explosion Box DIY gift idea for boyfriend, for best friends, mom, and him

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Box Gift Ideas for Boyfriend

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Festive Candy Gift Box for Boyfriend

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For the above lighted box tape battery operated fairy lights or Christmas lights to the box and clip pictures to them.

Fill the box with candy or any other gifts and goodies you can fit.

DIY Coffee Can Christmas Gift Basket

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Make a gift box that doubles as Christmas decor with this Christmas top hat made out of a coffee canister and cardboard. Stash their favorite candies, treats, or Christmas items in it.

DIY Top Hat Gift Basket Idea

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2.) Christmas In A Box Themed Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Eve in a Box Kids Gift Idea

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Christmas in a box is such a fun gift idea that can be made for either kids, teens, adults, or all three and is quickly becoming a tradition in many homes.

Christmas Eve Box Gift idea

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There are many different variations of Christmas themed boxes to do.

Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Box

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Here are some fun ideas:

  • Christmas eve box with Pjs, hot cocoa, and a movie or book
  • Christmas Season Box with items like a blanket, decorations, and lights
  • Christmas Morning box with coffee or Champagne and pancake or waffle mix

Christmas Eve in a Box Family Gift Idea

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Christmas Season and Christmas Eve boxes are the best idea for those who can’t wait till Christmas day to open presents.

Date Night Before Christmas Gift in a Box

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For the adult or date night version of a Christmas Eve box you can add much of the same items listed above plus :

  • Mistletoe
  • Candles
  • Alcohol
  • A blanket or throw
  • Gum or Mints
  • Lingerie
  • An adult game
  • Stove Top Christmas Potpourri
  • Homemade Fire Starters
  • Christmas lights

Christmas Gift Basket Idea

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Add little DIY touches like stove top potpourri or beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments to personalize the basket.

DIY Christmas Potpourri

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Christmas breakfast baskets are so useful and make your gift part of their Christmas morning memories.

Christmas Morning pancakes gift basket gift ideas for family, friends, and neighbor

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Breakfast Gift Basket

BreakFast Gift basket Idea


3.) Dollar Store Beauty Gift Basket Idea

Beauty Dollar Store Gift Basket

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Put color coordinated beauty items in a gift basket for an easy gift at any budget.


4.) Slipper Gift Basket Ideas

Mens Slippers Gift Basket Idea

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Using non traditional items to make a basket, like slippers, makes a cozy gift for men and women!

Unique Gift Basket ideas Slippers Spa Gift idea

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You just need a set of slippers, beauty items or toiletries, and a ribbon.

Spa Day Slippers Gift Basket Idea

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5.) Glove Gift Basket Ideas

Glove Gift Basket Idea

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Glove gifts are perfect for co workers, employees, teachers, or groups because they’re so easy to assemble and can be low cost if you have budget restraints.

Hand Cream and Gloves Basket Idea

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Start with a pair of gloves or mittens and fill with hot cocoa and candy or a color coordinated hand moisturizer and add a bow….you’re all set!


6.) Wellness Gift Basket Idea

Get well soon gift basket for someone who has a cold

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Help them prevent or treat any cold or flu that may come their way this season with a Wellness Gift Basket.

Wellness Mug Gift basket idea

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Depending on your budget you can fill a jar, basket, or mug.

Never has this gift idea been more useful than it is now. Fill it with any of the items listed below:

  • Tea
  • Honey
  • Mug
  • Zinc tablets
  • Emergency drink powder
  • Vitamin D
  • Pepcid AC
  • Low dose aspirin
  • Tums
  • Vicks Vapo Rub
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cozy socks
  • Microwaveable heating pad
  • Thermometer
  • Blood oxygen monitor

For more wellness gift ideas check out our post on wellness gifts for parents and family


7.) Edible Gift Basket Ideas

Edbible Chocolate Cookie Bowl Gift Basket Idea

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If you love making delicious desserts (or buying them), why not spread the joy by gifting them in an easy to make edible platter or bowl.

DIY Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl

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These baskets are ridiculously easy to make out of :

  • cookie dough
  • peppermint candies
  • chocolate

Platters made out of Peppermint Candies

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Your sweet treats will look as luxurious and delicious as they taste especially if you fill your edible baskets or bowls with the following:

DIY Chocolate Bowls Gift Basket

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We brought an edible basket to a holiday dinner and it was a huge hit!

DIY Edible Chocolate Basket

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8.) Bonfire Kit Gift Basket Idea

Bonfire Smores Gift Basket Idea

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It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t enjoy a bonfire. A bonfire basket is great for those with backyards or balconies. Here are the essentials:

  • Fire Pit or Hibachi
  • Fire starter
  • Skewers
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • Matches or lighter
  • Blanket
  • Wood or coals (if it’s not a gas pit)

DIY Christmas Fire Starters

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9.) Car Wash Gift basket

Car Wash Gift Basket Idea for Men

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If you know someone who calls their car their “baby” or who just got a car, give them a bucket of cleaning essentials to make it sparkle! You can use high end products or dollar tree ones or both.

We love the brand Meguiar’s, professional car detailers like it too. They sell a car cleaning kit of all the essentials for under 40.00 that you can purchase here. Just get a dollar store bucket to put them in and you’re all set.

If you want to go ‘a la carte, here are some ideas on what to include:

If you don’t want to spend much we would suggest wrapping a bow around the Meguiar’s Quik detailer and a microfiber or leather cloth. Any car enthusiast will thank you.


10.) Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Ideas

Keurig Coffee Gift basket

Help your loved ones stay awake through busy mornings and holidays with a coffee gift basket.

Coffee Addicts gift basket

Make sure to include good coffee and add creamers, cups or a thermos, sweeteners, and even flavorings like whipped cream or cinnamon sticks.

Coffee Lovers Gift Basket


11.) Hot Chocolate Gift Basket

Hot Chocolate Christmas Gift basket idea

Hot cocoa gift baskets are great for kids and adults. There are sooo many ways you can package them and for super cheap.

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket

Fill individual cups or even glass ball ornaments with a single serving packet of hot cocoa, a candy cane and marshmallows (and call it Snowman Soup).

Spiked Hot Cocoa Gift basket

Add a bottle of alcohol to the mix for adults, like the quick and easy mason jar idea above.


12.) Plaid Gift Basket Ideas

Buffalo Plaid Mens Spa Gift Basket

Nothing screams manly (and cozy) more than buffalo plaid.

Cozy Gift Basket Idea

Wrap containers or include items with plaid fabric to give baskets a comfy feel that’s a bit more masculine.


13.) Lottery Ticket Gift Basket Idea

Christmas Wreath made out of Lotto Scratchers

We make a lottery gift basket for our Dad every year on Father’s Day and he loves it!

Tumbler Lotto Ticket Gift basket

You can use a thermos or clay pot and add alcohol bottles, a cigar, or anything he likes to consume while gambling.

Lotto and liquor gift basket idea for him


14.) Baking Gift Basket

Whisk Gift Basket Idea

A baking gift basket is a great activity to gift that suits every budget! 

Christmas Cookies Gift Basket

If you have an amazing cookie, fudge, or cake recipe, you can pre measure the ingredients in little jars or sacks and include everything your recipient will need to bake it.

Christmas Cookie Gift Basket

You can even pre mix the cookie or pastry dough for them and include it in a bowl with everything they need to bake and decorate the confection.

Here are some ideas for items to include:

  • oven mitts
  • a whisk
  • cookie cutters
  • scoops
  • apron
  • spatula or wooden spoon
  • sprinkles
  • cookie sheet
  • bowl
  • flour
  • frosting
  • Canisters or jars (for premade cookie dough and ingredients)

Snow Day Survival Kit Christmas Basket Idea

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Baking is a perfect indoor activity for cooped up kids, adults, and seniors who need a little stress relief or plenty of fun! 


15.) Movie Night Gift Basket Ideas

Movie Night Wine Gift basket Idea

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Movie night gift baskets are great for just about anyone of any age. You can customize them to suit all different genres and tastes. 

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More people are enjoying movies and new releases at home so why not give them the full theater experience with a movie concessions basket.


16.) Alcohol Gift Baskets

Jack and Coke Christmas Gift Basket Idea

Traditional wine and cheese gift baskets aren’t the only way you can gift alcohol.

Airplane bottle mason jar cocktail gift basket idea

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There are SO many amazing themes you can choose for every occasion and every type of drinker at EVERY price point.

Christmas Survival Wine and Coffee Gift basket

Package wine or spirits with bottle stops, glasses, mixers, and all the elements they need to make their favorite beverages.

Moscow Mule Gift Basket

Arrange bottles or cans in a creative fashion for a dramatic effect your recipient won’t forget!

Valentine's Day bouquet of beer--easy DIY gift basket idea for men

Easy beer and whiskey tower DIY gift basket idea for men.


17.) Dinner in a Basket Gift Idea

Taco Kit Gift Basket Idea

This would make a really nice housewarming gift or anniversary gift, print your favorite recipe on a card and add it to a basket with all of the ingredients. You can also include utensils, baking mitts, a bowl, a pan, or any other equipment needed.


18.) Snacks Gift Basket Ideas

There are so many cute ways to gift even the most mundane snacks!

Valentine's day snack gift basket idea for boyfriend, husband, co worker, or kids

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You could make an adorable snack basket for a boyfriend, college student, kid, or co worker and for any occasion.

Christmas Pop Bottle Gift Basket

Package candies in jars or bottles and add a pun for a super sweet treat.

Bait box candy Valentines gift idea for him

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19.) Game Night Gift Basket

Family Game Night Gift basket

A game night gift basket is perfect for family holidays and you could easily cater this to all ages. Just include your favorite game, snacks, and beverages. 

Here’s a list of games we recommend:

  • Clue
  • Cards Against Humanity (Adult game)
  • Jenga
  • Candy Land
  • Uno
  • Pictionary
  • HedBanz
  • Operation
  • Sorry
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Monopoly
  • Ker Plunk
  • Don’t Spill The beans

20.) Flower Pot Gift Basket

Santa Clay Pot Gift Basket

Flower pots or clay pots can make great canisters for gift baskets, especially when you dress them up. Fill them with virtually anything like candy, gardening supplies, alcohol, or toiletries.

Clay Pot Christmas Gift idea

They can make cute decorations long after the goodies are gone.

21. SUNSHINE GIFT BASKET

DIY Box of Sunshine Gift basket Idea for College students and Christmas

SUNSHINE GIFT BASKET IDEA

Make a box of sunshine to brighten up any cloudy day. Fill with all things yellow!


That concludes our list of top 20 DIY gift basket ideas that your friends and family will remember forever.  No matter what your budget is, or who you’re shopping for, these unique gift ideas will make a lasting impression.

Dish it to your friends!

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