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Unique and Fun Handmade Gift Idea- Craft Survival Kits

Updated on May 18, 2012

If you are looking for unique ideas for clever handmade gifts, craft survival kits are great option. They are easy to create and you can make them as fancy or simple as you want. All you do is gather different items for your kit and place them in a decorative container. The items you choose for the kit depends on what occasion it is for. You can make the perfect kit for any occasion, whether it is a birthday, a certain holiday, boot camp or even a vacation survival kit. What I love about this project is that you can use your imagination and really get creative with it. Below I am featuring some fabulous survival kits that I found around the internet. Hopefully these will help spark some ideas for you and inspire you to make one or a few. Remember that you can choose whatever container you like, you do not necessarily have to use the same container that was used in the tutorials below. It all depends on what has to go into the container and also it's nice to consider what the recipient may like. At the end of the hub, I have listed some different ideas for containers.

survival kit for teachers
survival kit for teachers | Source

Survival Kit for Teachers

This kit that I found at bee in our bonnet is especially for teachers to help them survive that first day of school. I am sure there are a few teachers out there who would appreciate one of these :) The container looks like it is one of those small tackle boxes or maybe a small craft storage container but whatever it is, it is perfect for this cute little kit! The label is great and the big, red polka dot bow is the perfect finishing touch.

back to school survival kit for kids
back to school survival kit for kids | Source

Back to School Survival Kit for Kids

The first day of school can be pretty tough on the kids as well so I thought it was great when I found these back to school survival kits for kids at organize and decorate everything. These are a little bit more simple than the one above for teachers but super cute! The container for this one is a small plastic bag with a cute tie and has a printed tag with it that tells about each item in the kit. You will see from reading the tag that each item in the kit has it's own special purpose.

germaphobe Survival Kit
germaphobe Survival Kit | Source

Germaphobe Survival Kit

Do you have a friend or loved one who you refer to as a germaphobe and have an ongoing friendly banter with about the subject of germs? This cute kit that I found at just a little something... is perfect for that person in your life! What I love about this one is the container. It is actually a re-purposed Altoids tin! How cute is that?!?! Go have a look at the link. You won't believe all of the germ fighting items that are packed into this cute little tin.

bridesmaids survival kit
bridesmaids survival kit | Source

Bridesmaids Survival Kits

What a unique gift idea! I love this bridesmaid survival kit that I found at Casa Camacho. It has items like tic tacs, aspirins and other things like that- just little last minute items that can be tucked into a purse or bag to help them be prepared for the upcoming wedding. I love how she used the ric rac tie on the bag topper and also labeled each bag with the bridesmaids names.

labor survival Kit
labor survival Kit | Source

Labor Survival Kit

Do you have a pregnant friend or family member? I love this hospital survival kit for labor. It contains helpful things for the mom-to-be, like water, granola bars and hair ties plus some other things that may be helpful for those long hours in the hospital while she is in labor. I love the brown bag and tissue paper packaging.

This one I found at Gift Packaging Ideas. Be sure to go have a look, she even offers free printable labels for the kit, the same labels she used on this bag, plus a blue one for a boy and a neutral color as well :)

new mom's survival kit
new mom's survival kit | Source

New Mom's Survival Kit

Darling Doodles has this new moms survival kit which of course can be either pink for girl or blue for boy. I LOVE that all the items are in this cute basket! What is so neat about this idea is you can create something like this super cheap. You can find baskets like this all day long at thrift stores and second hand shops! If you will be adding books to your basket, you can always purchase used books in new condition sometimes less than half the price of what they are brand new. I mean, to look at the books you would never know they were used! Just another little money saving tip I thought I would throw in there :) Be sure to visit the link, she shares the cutest free printable tags, both for boy and girl. The items you need for the kit are on the tags and you will want to print one off and put it with your kit.

marriage survival tool kit
marriage survival tool kit | Source

Survival Kit for Marriage

Ahh.. now this is the perfect survival kit! I feel like there are probably lots of married couples out there that can use a survival kit like this one. As you probably already know, sometimes relationships are not all that easy. This kit is packed full of tools that have cute tags attached with important reminders about what it takes to help "fix" a relationship or marriage and make it better. You could tweak this a bit and make it perfect for a couple who are engaged and about to be married. I think it would make a neat wedding shower gift.

Creative "Try"als is where I found this. She even offers a free printable of the tags she used and sign she mounted on the top of the toolbox plus a link to her other survival kits!

Survival Kits for Holidays

Below are some examples of survival kits for different holidays. Even though all holidays are not included, you can create one for any holiday or occasion. Just use your imagination to think of some relevant contents for it and put them in a nice container.

New Years Eve day after survival kit
New Years Eve day after survival kit | Source

New Years Eve Survival Kit

Here is a really cute New Years Eve (the day after) Survival Kit that I found at Three Pink Dots. I love the container she used.

Listed below are content ideas for a smaller New Years Survival Kit. You could package these in a smaller take out container like the one in the photo or you could use a zip lock bag with a decorative topper or cute bow, small box, can or anything you want. Just make a tag listing everything below and either attach it or include it inside the container.

New Years Survival Kit Contents:

  • Small Pocket Calender- Just because everybody can use one of these for the new year :)
  • Toothpick- To remind you to pick good qualities to focus on in other people as well as yourself.
  • Lollipop- To help you lick problems when they come your way.
  • Pencil- To remind you to list your blessings each and every day.
  • Rubber band- To remind you to be flexible. Things don't always turn out the way you plan.
  • Band aid- To help heal any hurt feelings, yours or someone else's.
  • Eraser- To remind you that we all make mistakes. Thankfully, we get to learn from them.
  • Chamomile Tea- To remind you to take time and relax from life's daily stresses.
  • Marbles- In case you lose a few along the way
  • Stick of Gum- To remind you to stick to your goals. You can accomplish anything you want!

Valentine's Day survival kit
Valentine's Day survival kit | Source

Valentine's Day Survival Kit

The cute Valentine's Day survival kit to the right I found at Ustamp4fun and they even include a free printable PDF.. so cute!

Idea #2 - Valentine's Day Survival Kit:

  • Candle- Because you are the light of my life.
  • Sweet Escapes- For those times when we are alone.
  • Red Hots- Because you heat me up!
  • Matches- Because we are a great match
  • Jolly Rancher- For all the times you have made me laugh
  • Popcorn: Because you keep popping up in my thoughts
  • Pom Pom- Because I feel all warm and fuzzy when I'm with you
  • Toothpick- Because I'm glad I picked you
  • Hugs and Kisses- Because I love you

Gather these items and put into a container of your choice.

pillow box container
pillow box container | Source

Thanksgiving Day Survival Kit

We all need a Thanksgiving survival kit, don't we? The pillow box container to the right that I found at Country Momma Cooks is the perfect size for the Thanksgiving survival kit below. She even shares the link to the template so that you can make your own. You can personalize it any way you want. A couple ideas for decorating the box is to embellish it with Thanksgiving themed scrapbook paper or paint it with fall colors. You could also label or add a tag to the box saying Thanksgiving Day Survival Kit and finish it off by wrapping it with a nice bow!

Here is what you put in the box:

  • Instructions on How to Cook a Turkey- In case you forgot
  • Tea Bag- Something to sip while taking a break from cooking
  • Paperclip- To help you keep it all together
  • Snickers- To remind you to laugh and enjoy your family
  • Button- To replace the one you lose from eating so much
  • Nut- To help remind you there is one in every family
  • Tums- For anyone who may need them after such a nice Thanksgiving dinner
  • Hugs and Kisses- Because you deserve them!

Christmas Survival Kit
Christmas Survival Kit | Source

Christmas Survival Kit

This is a cute Christmas survival kit that I found at Under a Glass Sky. The container looks like it may be one of those pencil boxes that kids use at school to hold all of their pencils and crayons and other school supplies.

Survival Kit for Christmas #2- Here is another list of survival kit contents to help get a friend or loved one through the busy holiday season:

  • Starburst-- You will need a burst of energy during the holiday season
  • Pocket Calender- To keep up with the busy holiday schedule
  • A couple of Advil- To get rid of that stress headache
  • Peppermint- To settle your stomach when you overeat
  • Almond Joy- To help you remember the Joy of the season
  • Slimfast Bar- To help get you started on the post season diet
  • Marbles- In case you lost yours!
  • Tea Bag- To help you to sit back and relax and enjoy the season
  • Pennies- So that Christmas doesn't leave you penniless
  • Tape- To help wrap all of those gifts
  • Handmade Gift tags- For your beautifully wrapped gifts
  • Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe- A quick, easy treat for you and your family

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heart graphics and lines courtesy of green-eyed-butterfly at

Survival Kit Container Ideas

Here's a list of container ideas:

  • zip lock baggies with a topper
  • cello bags
  • paper bags
  • decorative paint cans
  • small sized gift boxes
  • Mason jars
  • plastic bowls with lids
  • baby food jars
  • crystal light drink containers and other cardboard containers
  • empty tins (even popcorn tins)
  • canvas bags

I hope that you have enjoyed this hub about craft survival kits. The sky is truly the limit with this one. I hope that some of these ideas have inspired you. Remember, you can make these for any occasion, holiday or for any reason you wish!

Two More Things: I ran across this page on Scribd by brooke_raeside8763. She was kind enough to share 55 pages full of survival kits! Another place I ran into was Budget101 where I found a WHOPPING list of 124 survival kits! I JUST could not help but share these links... If you are unsure about what survival kit to make or what the contents should be, have a look at some of these. They sure to spark some ideas for you! Also, to the right I have listed some container ideas.

Happy Survival Kit Crafting!!!


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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Lonna Weidemann- Great! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Lonna Weidemann 4 years ago from Helena, Montana

      Cute ideas!. I am sure I can use a few.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it!

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      THESE ARE NEAT! I'm looking to actually create stuff as presents for pals next year and not buy something from some fancy store -- so your ideas are going to help a whole lot! Thanks for sharing them! Voted up :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      rls8994- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi

      I love this! This is such a cute idea. I need to buy the germaphobe kit for my fiancée lol

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Green Art- Thank you so much for the vote up and positive feedback! I'm so glad that you found this useful :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Mike Robbers- Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by :)

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      My daughter is getting married next year and I plan on sharing the bridesmaid survival kit with her. So many other creative ideas here too. Voted up and useful.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Great ideas and suggestions and such a wide selection to be inspired!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Sherrye Barrow- Thank you!

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      Sherrye Barrow 5 years ago from Duncan, AZ

      Luv it! Unique gift idea...

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      newusedcarssacram- You are welcome.. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      newusedcarssacram 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      All these kits are so amazing a unique. Thanks for sharing...

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Better Living- Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Thank you for dropping by!

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      Better Living 5 years ago

      Cute and kind of crafts!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Ronna Pennington- LOL! Yeah, I loved that one too. Thank you so much for dropping by :0)

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      Ronna Pennington 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Great ideas! I came here for the Germophobe kit, but must say that the Thanksgiving was my favorite because of the nut (to remind us that there's one in every family). LOL. LOVE IT!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- Thank you :0) I live for arts and crafts.. LOVE them and I'm always looking for new ideas. I thought the germ kit was super cute too!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cute survival kits. You're good at this, you know? :) I'm going to the germaphobia kit now.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      photosbecomearts- Thank you! I'm glad that you like these ideas. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      photosbecomearts 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

      It's a very useful hub! Voted up! Surely, I can use these ideas when giving a gift for someone! Keep it up!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Linda :) I am glad you like these!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Keith- I bet that your nephew would really like that :0) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like the Christmas Survival Kit the best! All the kits are excellent ideas! Way to go!:)

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      KDuBarry03 6 years ago

      I am definitely gonna be using the "Back to School" survival kit when my nephew becomes of age for kindergarten! Great hub! :)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Ruchira- Thanks! I am glad that you like these... That is what I loved about these.. You can do them for just about any reason or occasion! Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      wow...this is so creative jamie.

      you could cover all kind of occasions in this survival kit. voted up as awesome!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      prasonline- Thank you so much.. glad that you found this useful! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Christy, Glad that you like them! I thought the bridesmaid one was cute, too :)

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      Prasanna Marlin 6 years ago from Sri lanka

      Great idea for a hub and gifts. Voted up and useful!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The bridesmaids survival kit is so cute. You really put together neat kits here!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, Elderberry Arts! Thank you kindly for stopping by :)

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      Claire 6 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Great idea for a hub and gifts. These are brilliant, thank you for sharing

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rose, this one had been sitting unfinished for a long time and I decided to get busy and get it published. It is hard to pick a favorite but I think I like the marriage tool box the best :)

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome topic for a hub! There are so many fun ideas here.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Mommigee- Yes, give it a try.. They are super easy to make and they are inexpensive, too :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Global-Chica- Aww.. thanks for the vote up! I am glad that you like these :)

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      Mommiegee 6 years ago from Alabama

      These are such awesome crafts! I am definitely trying this.

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      Anna 6 years ago from New York, NY

      This is such a great hub! I love all the thoughtful gift ideas and inspirations you've provided. Voted up and useful!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Lauren, You are so welcome! Your blog is fantastic.. LOVE it :)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Hello Jackie, Yes, I agree! This is one of those projects that have endless possibilities. It's one of the main reasons I love these so much. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Sanjida Alam, Aww.. thanks.. I am feeling very flattered! I am happy that you are enjoying the craft hubs.. Comments like this inspire me to keep writing.. thank you :)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      teaches- I bet teachers would love that germophobe kit! LOL! That is too funny.. I didn't even think about that but makes sense for sure :) I am not sure if you meant that to be funny but it just struck me that way for some reason. Great to see you and as always, thank you for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Hi Arlene, Thank you for the vote up and all of the kind words :) You always leave such nice comments. I love that Valentine one too.. I am like you, I am sucker for Valentine's Day because it so easy and fun to decorate for. I could doodle hearts all day long. Take care!

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      Three Pink Dots 6 years ago

      This is great!! I love all the ones you found, and your ideas! Thanks for the link!


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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great and makes the reader have more idea jump around inside our heads, this could be endless and all different design and materials!

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      Sanjida Alam 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Day by day I'm becoming bigger fan of your hubs. So awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I love this hub that is filled with wonderful gift ideas. I know teachers would love to have one of the germaphobe kits. Very handy to keep in the classroom.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      VOTED UP, USEFUL, INTERESTING AND AWESOME. Jamie, my heart is with the Valentine's Day Survival Kit. I am a Valentine's Day fan because there are so many ways that you can get creative. Looking forward to your next creative adventure!


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