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DIY Christmas Gift Baskets

December 1, 2023

It's a magical time of the year—a season for love and joy! And for those who celebrate with a tradition of giving gifts, many gift exchanges are already in full swing.

What's more rewarding than purchasing a gift? Making one yourself!

Christmas gift baskets, handcrafted with love, carry a personalized touch that many people appreciate. Today, we'll inspire you with some DIY Christmas gift basket ideas. This is perfect for families who want their kids to be hands-on with gift-giving, caregivers to help their recipients prepare, or anyone looking for inspiring Christmas gift baskets—DIY edition!

DIY Christmas Gift Baskets for Families

Creating handmade treasures can be a wonderful way to bond while making meaningful, memorable presents. Here are some ideas for DIY Christmas gift baskets!

Holiday Cookie Basket

Few traditions embody the Christmas spirit more than decorating cookies. Kids and adults alike will love rolling up their sleeves and getting hands-on in the kitchen.

Decorate a simple basket and fill it with an array of homemade treats, such as:

  • Gingerbread men
  • Sugar cookies
  • Snickerdoodles

You can also throw in other holiday favorites, like Chex Mix and chocolate-covered pretzels.

Handprint Ornaments

This one gets messy, but grandparents, in particular, will love getting these homemade gifts. Mix up a simple salt dough recipe and make various personalized Christmas ornaments. Having your kids use their handprints and footprints is classic, but you can also use cookie cutters.

Once they're baked and cooled, let the kids paint and customize them. Gather these adorable ornaments in a decorated basket to give away.

Personalized Pictures & Frames

Many print-on-demand websites, such as Shutterfly, Walmart, and Vista Print, can help you create personalized photo gifts for loved ones. These sites allow you to print photos on bags, blankets, and ornaments.

But if you prefer the homemade route, take a simple wooden frame and let the kids go wild with embellishments like paint, glitter, beads, and even dried pasta! Insert a family photo or drawing and add a cherished keepsake to your Christmas basket.

Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot chocolate is an irresistible treat, perfect for chilly winter nights. You'll need some mason jars for this project.

  • Fill them with layers of cocoa powder, sugar, dehydrated marshmallows, and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Tie a ribbon around the jar
  • Attach a name tag and maybe a mini instruction label

Now, you've got a thoughtful, tasty gift.

DIY Spa Essentials

This Christmas basket idea is perfect for a recipient who needs to unwind during the hectic holiday season. Fill a basket with:

  • Bath bombs
  • Soap
  • A sugar scrub
  • A calming face mask
  • A lavender pillow spray

For an added touch, include a fluffy bathrobe and some cozy slippers. Each item sends a thoughtful message of relaxation and self-care.

Holiday Movie Night Basket

Transform a simple basket into a holiday movie night extravaganza. Include a selection of classic Christmas DVDs or a subscription code to a streaming service. Add popcorn (or kernels), gourmet chocolates, candy canes, and a mix of other favorite snacks. You might also want to throw in some cozy, festive socks or a warm blanket.

A Garden in a Basket

This is a unique gift for those with a green thumb.

Combine the following items together:

  • Several small indoor plant pots
  • Packets of various seeds (herbs and flower seeds are a good choice)
  • Gardening gloves
  • A mini watering can
  • A few handheld tools

You could add some decorative items, like fairy lights or cute plant markers. Doing so makes a thoughtful gift that brings nature indoors.

Warm Wishes This Christmas Season and Beyond!

DIY Christmas gift baskets are one great way to express your appreciation and affection for someone you care about, and putting the basket together is a rewarding activity. Hopefully, these suggestions will inspire you to create the best holiday gift baskets!

Remember to stay connected to our blog for more creative ideas, tips, and other great resources.

Homemade gingerbread cookies for Christmas gift.
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