Last modified on November 8th, 2018 at 12:38 PM

7 DIY Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Giving DIY gift baskets is one of my favorite ways to personalize a Christmas gift and make it extra special without having to make something totally from scratch. 

DIY gift basket fill of decorations.

I am so excited about this gift guide you guys!!! I LOVE giving these DIY gift baskets. They are so incredibly fun to put together and customize for the people in your life that you love. I love making homemade gifts, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Holiday gift baskets are such a great alternative!

There are a few tips I want to share with you about these gifts so you can make them the best they can be. Here they are!

DIY Gift Basket Tips

  • Buy the right basket!!! When shopping for a gift basket, you want it to be sturdy, long {12 inches is a good starting point}, and shallow. Ovals or rectangles work really well. You also want it to have enough of an edge that your gifts actually stay inside, but not so high that you can’t see them. Part of the fun of giving holiday gift baskets is seeing what’s inside. 
  • Where to buy a basket? Full disclosure – I always check my local thrift store for baskets before shelling out a ton of money for a basket. I can usually pick up awesome baskets for $1 or less. I fill my sink with soapy warm water, swish the basket around in it, and then let it dry completely. No one ever knows or cares! Just be sure it’s a strong basket and isn’t broken anywhere. 
  • Buy all the cellophane. Plan on using more than you think you need for one Christmas gift basket. I know, it sounds crazy but you really want to err on the side of having extra than not having enough. When wrapping the DIY gift basket, place it in the center of the cellophane, bring the front and back up, and then tuck in the sides, using clear tape if necessary. 

Gift baskets for DIY Gift basket options.

  • Buy thick ribbons and tie your own bows. This just makes your gift that much more unique and is the perfect finishing touch your DIY gift basket will need. It is usually cheaper too! I just pull up a YouTube video on the kind of bow I’d like to tie and go for it. Tie the basket closed with a really thin string or yarn and then attach the bow to the front. 
  • Buy your gift basket items before you purchase your basket. This way you’ll know exactly what size you’re looking for. Using a 9×13 baking pan as a reference is really helpful when trying to decide if your gifts will all fit in a certain sized basket. 
  • If you find you need a little something in the bottom of your basket as you’re packing, I buy party crinkle paper shred from the Dollar Store. This is the cheapest place I’ve found to buy it and a little bit goes a long way. Since you want your gifts to stand out, get a neutral color that goes with your gift basket. 
  • Customize these DIY gift baskets to fit the person who is receiving the gift! Add or take away items I have listed. You are the one who knows this person and what they’d like. I have provided multiple pricing options for each Christmas gift basket, but of course, this all depends on where you buy your gifts and if you leave something out. I did try to find the best price + quality for all of the items listed below. 

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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Movie Night Gift Basket 

Popcorn kernels to go into a DIY gift basket.

Option 1 – $50-$80

Option 2 – $30-$40 

Festive Gift Basket

Kitchen towels to go into a holiday gift basket.

Option 1 – $75-$90

Option 2 – $30-$40

Cozy Night In Gift Basket

Monogram mug to go into a Christmas gift basket.

Option 1 – $80-$100

Option 2 – $30-$50

Cookie Night Gift Basket

Sugar cookie mix to go into a holiday gift basket.
Option 1 – $80-$100

Option 2 – $30-$50

Homemade Food Gift Basket

Homemade Bacon Kit to go into a DIY gift basket.

Option 1 – $80-$100

Option 2 – $25-$35

For the Home Cook Gift Basket

Measuring cups and spoons to go into a DIY gift basket.

Option 1 – $175-$200

Option 2 – $75-$100

For the Baker Gift Basket

Vanilla Extract to go into a DIY gift basket.

Option 1 – $175-$225

Option 2 – $85-$135

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