Making your own Christmas gift basket is generally less expensive than purchasing a pre-packaged one. Another good reason for making it yourself is it is a lot more personal.
The first thing you will want to do is make a list of all the things the receiver loves, things they want or need. Next, you need to decide how much you want to spend, you don’t want to go overboard.
Gathering a good variety of gifts is nice. If you’re buying garden items you could get a couple of tools, gloves, seeds or a plant, flower pot and put everything inside the flowerpot.
Someone you know may love jewelry, there is a lot of nice costume jewelry you can buy. A necklace, earrings, ring, and/or a toe ring, along with a small jewelry box that you can put it all in & wrap up.
Maybe you know someone who loves to bake, there are many options for the kitchen. A cute timer, baking utensils, kitchen gadgets, oven mitt, apron, and a mixing bowl, canister or pitcher to use as the container.
You can make a food basket with fruit, meat & cheese, candy or popcorn. A cake in a cake carrier. You can include a cutting board, bowls, cloth napkins, kitchen towel or a cookbook.
For a movie or music lover you can get a couple of movies and popcorn or music CD’s and headphones.
Bath salts, shower gel, bath sponge, a bath towel and a candle for someone who likes to relax in the tub.
A handy man or women may like a new hammer, screwdriver or multi-tool, a flashlight, duct or electrical tape, tape measure in a tool box or metal pail.
If you know someone who travels a lot you could get travel size items and a neck or back pillow.
An avid book reader would enjoy a new book they’ve been wanting, bookmarker, and a book light, if they don’t already have one.
There are so many possibilities for items to put in your gift baskets, but if you really are at a loss as to what to get someone, there is always the gift card option. There are cute boxes, tins and stuffed animals made to hold a gift card.
After you decide what you’re getting, if you haven’t included a container, you will need to decide what you are going to use for the container. It may be a basket or something that goes along with the items you are purchasing, such as a plant pot, jar, plastic basket with handles, a tin box, metal pail, tote bag etc.
If the container is plain you can decorate it with paint, ribbon, bows, stickers or more. Also, making sure the size is right is important too. You don’t want it to be too small or too big. Next add a gift tag to the gift basket or container.
Now your Christmas gift basket is ready to give to the receiver and for them to enjoy!