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DIY Gift Hamper Ideas

Updated on July 29, 2013
Food Hamper
Food Hamper | Source

Gift hampers make ideal presents for family, friends, colleagues and business associates but ready-made hampers can sometimes be expensive. That's where DIY hampers come in. With a DIY hamper you get the personal touch of a hand-selected gift combined with the savings, and the fun, of doing it yourself.

The first thing to think about when making the perfect DIY gift hamper is the content. Items that are slightly indulgent, or a little bit out of the ordinary, are often the best. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking along the right lines...

Food Hampers

Food hampers are probably the most common choice when it comes to gift hampers. A mixed food hamper might include a selection from any of the following...

  • Sweets & Chocolate
  • Dried Fruit & Nuts
  • Jams & Marmalades
  • Chutneys & Relishes
  • Cakes, Biscuits & Crackers
  • Beers, Wines, Liqueurs & Spirits
  • Cheeses & Pates
  • Smoked Meats & Fish
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Vinegars, Oils & Dressings
  • Herbs & Spices

Non-Food Hampers

Hampers needn't always contain food. For some occasions you may prefer to come up with something a little bit different. Choosing from any of these ideas would be a great place to start...

  • Toiletries
  • Essential Oils & Candles
  • Beauty & Massage Treatments
  • Scents & Perfumes
  • Gifts for Pets
  • Books, Magazines, DVDs & CDs
  • Novelty Items such as Mugs, Key-rings etc.
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Baby Gifts

Baby Gift Hamper
Baby Gift Hamper | Source

Themed Hampers

One of the great things about gift hampers is that you can tailor them to the recipient. Themed hampers make wonderful presents that people really appreciate. Just combine one or two of the ideas listed above to make the perfect hamper. Here are few examples...

  • Chef's Hamper, includes vinegars, oils and exotic herbs and spices.
  • Cheese Lover's Hamper, includes cheese, wine, chutney and crackers.
  • Beer Hamper, includes real ales, organic ales etc.
  • Coffee Hamper, for budding baristas.
  • Regional Food Hamper, E.g. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Italian etc.
  • Aromatherapy Hamper, contains essential oils, candles and massage treatments.

Beer Hamper
Beer Hamper | Source

DIY Hamper Baskets and Packaging

Once you have all your hamper goodies together it is time to assemble the finished article. You will need a basket or box plus a selection of cellophane wrapping, shredded paper, ribbons, bows etc. You can buy packaging items individually but it is often easier to buy a DIY hamper kit. These kits usually include a basket and all of the bits and pieces that go towards making your hamper look pretty.

If you do decide to purchase a DIY kit, remember to check the size carefully to make sure it is big enough to take all of your items. Also check that the basket material is suitable. Bamboo is fine for lighter items like tea and coffee but for heavy bottles and jars you might need to choose something more sturdy like willow.

Find Out More About DIY Hampers

I hope you've enjoyed reading my DIY hamper ideas. If you've been inspired to find out more then please have a look at my blog...


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    • JoWelsh profile image

      JoWelsh 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks Janis, it is interesting how we use different names for things. I think most people in the UK would think of a basket of food when someone says hamper. Whereas in the US they would likely think of a basket of dirty clothes - not the sort of thing you would want as a gift :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi JoWelsh. I didn't know what a hamper was until I kept reading your hub. We call them baskets. I have a gift basket hub, too. :-) I really enjoy making them. Your gift hamper hub gives a good review of what types people may be looking for. Voted interesting.