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:
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.
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.
2.) Christmas In A Box Themed Gift Basket Idea
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.
There are many different variations of Christmas themed boxes to do.
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 Season and Christmas Eve boxes are the best idea for those who can’t wait till Christmas day to open presents.
For the adult or date night version of a Christmas Eve box you can add much of the same items listed above plus :
- A blanket or throw
- Gum or Mints
- An adult game
- Stove Top Christmas Potpourri
- Homemade Fire Starters
- Christmas lights
Add little DIY touches like stove top potpourri or beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments to personalize the basket.
Christmas breakfast baskets are so useful and make your gift part of their Christmas morning memories.
3.) Dollar Store Beauty Gift Basket Idea
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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
Using non traditional items to make a basket, like slippers, makes a cozy gift for men and women!
You just need a set of slippers, beauty items or toiletries, and a ribbon.
5.) Glove Gift Basket Ideas
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.
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
Help them prevent or treat any cold or flu that may come their way this season with a Wellness Gift Basket.
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:
- Zinc tablets
- Emergency drink powder
- Vitamin D
- Pepcid AC
- Low dose aspirin
- Vicks Vapo Rub
- Hand sanitizer
- Cozy socks
- Microwaveable heating pad
- Blood oxygen monitor
For more wellness gift ideas check out our post on wellness gifts for parents and family
7.) Edible Gift Basket Ideas
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.
These baskets are ridiculously easy to make out of :
- cookie dough
- peppermint candies
Your sweet treats will look as luxurious and delicious as they taste especially if you fill your edible baskets or bowls with the following:
- Melt in your mouth Cookies
- Decadent fudges
- assorted chocolates or candies
- Muffins or pastries
We brought an edible basket to a holiday dinner and it was a huge hit!
8.) Bonfire Kit Gift Basket Idea
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
- Graham Crackers
- Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
- Matches or lighter
- Wood or coals (if it’s not a gas pit)
9.) Car Wash Gift basket
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:
- A soft washing mitt or sponge
- Meguiar’s Quik Detailer Mist (AMAZING PRODUCT)
- microfiber or leather cloths for drying
- Wheel cleaner
- Window cleaner
- Clay bar (for stuck on bugs and dirt)
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
Help your loved ones stay awake through busy mornings and holidays with a coffee 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.
11.) Hot Chocolate Gift Basket
Hot cocoa gift baskets are great for kids and adults. There are sooo many ways you can package them and for super cheap.
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).
Add a bottle of alcohol to the mix for adults, like the quick and easy mason jar idea above.
12.) Plaid Gift Basket Ideas
Nothing screams manly (and cozy) more than buffalo plaid.
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
We make a lottery gift basket for our Dad every year on Father’s Day and he loves it!
You can use a thermos or clay pot and add alcohol bottles, a cigar, or anything he likes to consume while gambling.
14.) Baking Gift Basket
A baking gift basket is a great activity to gift that suits every budget!
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.
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
- spatula or wooden spoon
- cookie sheet
- Canisters or jars (for premade cookie dough and ingredients)
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
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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.
More people are enjoying movies and new releases at home so why not give them the full theater experience with a movie concessions basket.
How about this punny gift basket idea that is every mans dream?!
16.) Alcohol Gift Baskets
Traditional wine and cheese gift baskets aren’t the only way you can gift alcohol.
There are SO many amazing themes you can choose for every occasion and every type of drinker at EVERY price point.
Package wine or spirits with bottle stops, glasses, mixers, and all the elements they need to make their favorite beverages.
Arrange bottles or cans in a creative fashion for a dramatic effect your recipient won’t forget!
17.) Dinner in a Basket Gift 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!
You could make an adorable snack basket for a boyfriend, college student, kid, or co worker and for any occasion.
Package candies in jars or bottles and add a pun for a super sweet treat.
19.) 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:
- Cards Against Humanity (Adult game)
- Candy Land
- Hungry Hungry Hippos
- Ker Plunk
- Don’t Spill The beans
20.) Flower 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.
They can make cute decorations long after the goodies are gone.
21. SUNSHINE GIFT BASKET
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.