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Making Your Own Gift Baskets

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Gift baskets are as fun to make as they are to receive. The choice of the basket or similar container can also help define the sentiment and theme. You can customize the contents for the person and the occasion. This is a guide about making your own gift baskets.


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Susan Sanders-Kinzel2 found this helpful
December 20, 2005

Gift baskets are a great way to make a personal gift for family or friends. This article includes many ideas of containers and themes to help you get started on a gift basket for everyone on your list. Gift baskets can be a lot of fun for you and the recipient and don't have to cost a lot of money.

The Recipient

The first thing to consider is who you are giving the basket to:


The container or "basket" doesn't have to be expensive. Pick a theme (some are listed below) and find a container that goes with the theme that can hold some items or have items attached to it. You want the container and the items to go together and for everything to be usable and practical. (This is not to say that a few fun things can't be thrown in too.) Below are some of my ideas for containers but there certainly are many more possibilities.


Ideas for Themes

The items that go within the gift basket should be tied together by a common theme. The themes below are gift basket recipes that can be modified to fit your needs or to get you started on developing your own themed gift basket.

College Student Gift Basket

Use a basket or usable container with some or all of the following:

Bath Gift Basket

Use a nice basket with some or all of the following:

Kids Coloring Gift Basket

Use a rubber/plastic storage box with some or all of the following:

Photographer's Gift Basket

Use a basket or a camera bag with some or all of the following:

Letter Writer's Gift Basket

Use a square basket or plastic box with some or all of the following:

Crafters Gift Basket

Use a rubber storage container with some or all of the following:

Pasta Lover Gift Basket

Use a colander or bowl with some or all of the following:

Gardener's Gift Basket

Use a clay plant pot, bucket or watering can with some or all of the following:

Cat Lover Gift Basket

Use a cat bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:

Dog Lover Gift Basket

Use a dog bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:

Dogs come in all sizes so make sure you are buying for the right size dog. Also if it is for a puppy, chewy stuff is the best.

New Home Owner's Gift Basket

Use a tool box or tool tray with some or all of the following:

Guitar Player's Gift Basket

Use a basket or gig bag with some or all of the following:

Skier or Snowboarder's Gift Basket

Use a small pack or canvas bag with some or all of the following:

Grandparent Gift Basket

Use a basket or reusable container with some or all of the following:

Wine Lover's Basket

Use a wine cooling bucket with some or all of the following:

Holiday Entertainment Basket

Use a nice holiday basket with some or all of the following:

Fillers for Your Basket

Once you have obtained your items here are some fillers to put around them.

Extra Items To Consider

For Christmas Baskets add:

For any occasion add:

Finishing Your Basket

If you buy colored cellophane you can cover the entire container with it disguising what is inside. Tie a ribbon around the whole thing or paste a ribbon on top. Have fun!

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January 9, 20061 found this helpful

I am in the process of starting my own gift basket business. I have researched many different sights but this one is by far the best. It has given me such good information. The only thing I have to say is thank you and great job.

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December 7, 2007


  • tea for one teapot
  • Earl Grey tea bags (24)
  • passion fruit tea bags (24)
  • peppermint tea bags (24)
  • tea bag wallet with 4 tea bags
  • Ad
  • cappuccino mix in a bag
  • clover honey
  • Morello cherry fruit spread
  • honey in 5# jars from a local beekeeper*


  1. *I poured some honey in a clean jar which was sterilized in my dishwasher. I put some Saran Wrap over the top, screwed the lid on tightly. Finally I taped the neck of the jar closed and sewed a jar topper out of scrap fabric.
  2. Some time ago I purchased a package of new chef's aprons which I always keep on hand for whenever I'm baking or cooking. So I added one in the gift basket.
  3. I purchased a new tea for one teapot from a website and attached the following label:
    Warm your teapot:
    While the water is heating, fill your teapot with hot tap water to preheat it. This prevents cracking that can occur when boiling water is placed in a room temperature teapot, and it helps the brewed tea maintain the proper temperature. Discard the water once the pot is warm.

My husband and I buy foods in bulk to keep on hand for emergencies, so we don't have go grocery shopping every week.

I bought the basket from a garage sale this summer and added a ribbon. The only items that I had to buy was the teapot, and the tea bags. Total cost for making the basket was about $20.00 or less.

By Marge W. from Sanborn, NY

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December 9, 20070 found this helpful

and I almost forgot, a pretty mug or china cup from the 99 cent store or thrift store.

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September 7, 2010

bear gift basket

This is an amazingly inexpensive gift, party favor, etc. You will want to make several and keep one for yourself!


January 22, 2009

I hate Easter basket type gifts! This might sound harsh but what I really hate is the basket that these gifts come in. What do you do with them after the gift is gone?


June 24, 20160 found this helpful

Gift Basket in cellophane against a blue background

This is a guide about making filler for gift baskets. Rather than buying filler for your homemade gift baskets you can use materials that you already have.


April 14, 20081 found this helpful

I use pinking sheers to cut up all old magazines, candy wrappers, colored paper of any kind and keep it to use as basket stuffing when giving a gift or making baskets for friends.


1 found this helpful
October 16, 2007

You can make baskets for gifts and holidays, by buying the shrink wrap paper to put over it and then blow dry it. You can use anything to load the items in you want to cover.


November 5, 20131 found this helpful

Basket of Sunshine

Everyone can use a "Basket of Sunshine" now and again to brighten their day. This is a guide about making a "Basket of Sunshine".


0 found this helpful
November 30, 2006

I save money on gifts by giving baskets with handmade items. Example: Cookie making basket, including, cookie mix, sprinkles, cutters, couple of hot pads, wooden spoon.


1 found this helpful
December 1, 2006

Making Your Own Gift Baskets. When you have a large family, creating gift baskets is a wonderful way to give everyone a gift without breaking the bank. Making your own gift baskets is easy and economical.


October 30, 20011 found this helpful

For gift baskets, find something that goes with the theme. The "basket" does not have to be an actual basket but can be anything that will hold the contents, i.e. a watering can for a gardening basket or a bowl for a kitchen basket.


November 13, 20040 found this helpful

Never pass up baskets which are somewhat used or being sold cheap. Save them all for Christmas gifts. Anything can be put in them, two or three items of the same theme, such as yarn, crochet, and crochet book, etc., and then wrapped with pretty cellophane paper and a ribbon.


October 21, 20040 found this helpful

I buy wicker baskets at yardsales and paint them white if they look slightly tawdry, and cut off the bows and ribbons. I use spray paint outside. When they are done, I put them away for Christmas or any occasion for which I need a gift.



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February 14, 20150 found this helpful

What works best to hold things together, like to stick them together in gift baskets? Hot glue doesn't work.

By Dee

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April 9, 2008

I have an old tobacco basket hanging on an out building and I would like to add some life to it. Any ideas on how to jazz it up? I would love to see some pics. Thanks.

Heather Southern Ohio

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April 9, 20080 found this helpful

i did one years ago, no pics of it. but i painted mine on the inside to simulate an american flag. just use some stencils for your stars the rest is just stripes.

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

I have one that belonged to my father-in-law. I'm planning to use it to post family pictures in the family room. Hope to get to it soon. Other ideas are appreciated.

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December 11, 20130 found this helpful

I need to know what do you put in a basket that will have smoked halibut in it? Please help, the person getting the basket is a 68 year young grandma.

By Karen

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September 9, 2009

I need easy to follow directions for weaving an egg basket. I have 2 sets of instructions, but they are confusing. I am a beginner basket-weaver. Thanks.

By PageC from Richmond, VA

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