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DIY Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Updated on October 15, 2012

An easy way to give

Christmas is approaching, and wouldn't it be wonderful not to stress over getting everyone the perfect present without breaking the bank? Well this year you might not have to! Consider going DIY with family Christmas baskets- make one per family, put a little something in there for everyone, and I guarantee it will be a big hit! Add homemade and personal touches for a present that is heartfelt but still simple and inexpensive for you to put together.

First, pick up a few plain baskets from your local craft store.

You might want to line them with some cute cloth napkins. If you know how to embroider or sew, consider adding a fun Christmas-oriented design to the fabric.

Time to fill the baskets. Here are some suggestions:

Christmas cards.

Dry cookie mix in vintage ball jars. (Attach tags with handwritten instructions for making it).

Hot cocoa mix, poured into plastic bags and stuffed into Christmasy dollar store mugs. (Don't forget mini marshmallows)!

Jars of maple syrup.

Boxes of maple sugar candy.

Boxes of homemade truffles (search for recipes online- they're easier than you'd think)!

Christmas tree ornaments (these can be homemade too- try the hard cookie kind with a hole punched through for a ribbon to hang it).

Fresh fruit, (apples, oranges, etc..)

Candy canes

Peppermint lotion

Bottles of wine

Bags of roasted sugared nuts

Homemade jams

Bags of flavored coffee grinds

Assorted homemade cookies

Pine cones- (If you want to get really fancy, you can try spray-painting them gold)!

A little stuffed Santa or reindeer toy

Gloves, hats, or scarves

Snow-globes

There you have it, although I'm sure the list could go on!

Anyway, I hope this has inspired you to get creative with your gifts this Christmas, and I wish you the best of luck!

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