20 DIY Christmas Gift Baskets for Your Loved Ones

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The holiday season is fast approaching. Which means it’s time to start thinking about those gifts!

Save yourself the headache in trying to figure out what’s on everyone’s wish list by making your loved ones a customized gift basket.

Everyone can appreciate the sweet gesture in receiving a thoughtful DIY gift basket. Not to mention, you also get to save a couple of bucks on your Christmas shopping for the year.

And I’m pretty sure you already have a good idea of what everyone likes. So, this is a great way to use this knowledge to your advantage.

Here are 20 thoughtful ideas for making your own Christmas gift baskets!

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1. Gift Basket for the Ultimate Sweet Tooth

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We all know that one person who has a MAJOR sweet tooth!

This is one of the easiest DIY gift baskets on this list for you to put together. Just grab an adorable willow basket and fill it up with all their favorite sweet treats!

They’ll definitely appreciate having an endless supply of goodies to snack on. For this simple DIY project, I recommend grabbing a medium-sized basket like the style you can find here.

2. Hot Chocolate Kit

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I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t love warming themselves up on a cold winter evening with a cup of hot cocoa. To build your hot chocolate kit, all you need is a hot chocolate mix, toppings, and a big mug.

You could even go all out with the DIY by making your own homemade hot chocolate mix. For the holidays, you could give your loved ones adorable festive mugs like the ones you can find here.

3. Spa Essentials

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Having a tough time choosing items to fill up your gift basket? Fill your gift basket with an assortment of spa essentials to help your loved ones unwind after a stressful day.

The only items you really need to grab are bath salts and scented candles! But of course, toss in some chocolate and other sweet treats for them to snack on.

Here’s a great hack for saving a couple of bucks on making multiple gift baskets. Purchase the largest size of the items you wish to place into your gift basket, and empty them out into separate containers to place into different gift baskets!

For all DIY projects, I always recommend using these mason jars, which you can purchase in bulk for a fantastic price here.

You can get bath salt in bulk here, scented candles – here and a bunch of individually wrapped bath bombs here.

This is how you can make multiple gift baskets on a low budget. Buy in bulk!

4. Gift Basket for the Chef in the Group

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We all know someone who LOVES to cook.

Instead of using any regular basket, this is your chance to get creative. Get them that one kitchen appliance that they always wanted or just something big enough for you to use as a container for your smaller gifts.

You can use a slow cooker or a large pot, then just fill it up with recipe books/magazines, herbs, and spices, dish towels, an apron. Just about anything else you can think of!

Assuming that the instant pot or a slow cooker is apart of the gift, here is the instant pot that’s sturdy yet affordable. This slow cooker works perfectly too!

5. Gift Basket Full of Good Vibes

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We all have our good days and our ‘off’ days.

Give your loved ones a feel-good gift basket to cheer them up on the days they’re feeling a bit down or under the weather.

All you really need to do is fill up the basket with an assortment of sweet treats and yummy snacks. Other items you can add into your feel-good basket?

A gift card, a cozy blanket, or even a cute handwritten letter to let them know how much they mean to you.

6. Assorted Candy in Pop Bottles

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Want to do something super creative with your gift basket? Instead of using the typical willow basket, you can use a pack of glass pop bottles!

Use an assortment of candy or chocolate to fill up the empty bottles entirely, then add your own custom decorations to the bottles and use a container that would hold them all together.  

7. Pancake Kit

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Who doesn’t love warm, fluffy pancakes on a chilly morning?

Make things easier for your loved ones to prepare their favorite breakfast by tossing all the essentials into an adorable gift basket!

You’ll need:

If you know someone that’s on a ketogenic diet, you could always get them a slightly different set of ingredients so they can make keto pancakes themselves:

Hey, this could do for a very thoughtful gift!

8. Coffee Addict

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We all know that one person who reaches for a cup of coffee right when they hop out of bed! A true coffee addict will appreciate the kind gesture in being gifted with a basket full of the essentials they need to brew their morning cup of joy.

Get creative!

9. Winter Survival Kit

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Help your loved ones stay warm this holiday season with a winter survival kit!

For a winter survival kit, the only items you need are lip balm, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, hot cocoa mix, and a cute pair of socks and gloves!

I love giving my close friends and family members adorable festive socks like the type you can find here.

Some of the items I recommend for the basket:

10. Gift Basket for the Makeup Addict

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We all know that one person who loves to get dolled up!

The easiest way to put a huge smile on their face? Fill their basket up with the most coveted beauty essentials.

Here are a couple of items any girl would love to receive in their basket: A black eyeliner pencil, eyeshadow palette, eyeshadow primer, blush, concealer, lip gloss, mascara, beauty blender, and makeup removing wipes! 

For eyeshadow primer, you’ve always got to go with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which you can find here. For the eyeshadow, Naked palettes are some of the best out there!

11. Coffee Lover

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Here’s another fantastic gift for the ultimate caffeine addict!

Fill your basket with different flavors of coffee creamer (so they can try new flavors out), coffee beans, mugs, a cozy blanket, and baked goods.

It’s a good idea to bake a large batch of sweet treats, then package them up in small plastic bags with twine. Then, just toss them into multiple gift baskets!

Try cooking these low carb Christmas cookies!

12. At-home Spa Kit

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We can all use an at-home spa kit for a little peace and relaxation every now and then!

When it comes to creating the ultimate spa kit, there are plenty of items that you can toss into your gift basket. For instance, you can fill your basket with:

Add a personal touch to your gift by using glass mason jars to store your items. Toss in the tea bags into them and throw out the packaging. I’d also add in a silk sleeping eye mask like the one you can find here.

13. Breakfast Kit

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Here’s the best gift for the ultimate foodie! Prepare a breakfast kit for your loved ones by tossing all the breakfast basics into a basket.

Some items you can add to your basket include, orange juice, maple syrup, pancake mix, good quality kitchen towels, bacon, and… champagne.

14. Hot Cocoa Starter Pack

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We can all appreciate the sweet gesture in receiving a hot cocoa starter pack as a gift!

For this gift basket, all you really need is a hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, candy canes, and a cute mug!

15. Keurig Essentials

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We’ve all got that one person in our life who’s completely obsessed with coffee.

Make things easier for them by gifting them with a Keurig along with a Keurig starter pack full of assorted K-Cup packs and baked goods.

If they already have a Keurig, then they would definitely appreciate receiving a gift basket with an endless supply of the essentials.

16. Cupcake Kit

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Does it really feel like a holiday without a fresh batch of baked goodies sitting on the kitchen counter?

Build a cupcake kit for your loved ones to keep them entertained on a chilly evening. For your cupcake kit, all you need is a cupcake pan, cupcake liners, mix, frosting, icing tips, and sprinkles!

You can find adorable pink cupcake liners for a fantastic price here.

17. Sugar Cookie Kit

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Who doesn’t love sugar cookies!

Without a doubt, your loved ones wouldn’t mind receiving a sugar cookie kit that they can bring out whenever their sweet tooth starts acting up.

18. Gift Basket to Keep Your Loved Ones Warm and Cozy

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Most of us avoid cold weather by spending our time hibernating at home!

Fill your gift basket with a couple of winter survival items to keep your friends and family warm.

For this gift basket, you’ll need a warm blanket, chocolate, hot chocolate mix, tea, mugs, snacks, and a neck pillow.

19. Snow Day Kit

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This is the best gift for someone who has small children at home! They will definitely appreciate having this snow day kit on hand when they’re trying to find a way to keep the kids entertained on a snow day.

What to toss into your gift basket? Baked goods, sugar cookie mix, hot cocoa mix, toppings, and an assortment of cookie cutters!

I highly recommend grabbing a set of high-quality cookie cutters like the set you can find here.

20. Breakfast Basket

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A busy mom can definitely appreciate the thought in receiving a gift basket full of breakfast essentials! Instead of using a basket, you can save a couple of bucks by grabbing a mixing bowl to store your items.

Fill your gift basket with pancake mix, chocolate chips, syrup, coffee, hot cocoa mix, and kitchen utensils.

Other things you can toss into your gift basket include an apron, dish towels, a mason jar full of tea bags, a blanket, and just about anything thing else you think they’d like.

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