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Holiday Gift Baskets | Animal Print Gifts for Teen Girls

Updated on May 19, 2013

Holiday Gift Baskets -- DIY Animal Print Basket for Girls

Holiday gift baskets are fun and easy to make! It's all about personalizing them for the teen girl you are giving them it to. Here's my story:

My 14 year old niece was re-doing her bedroom in animal prints -- all kinds, all mixed up. A change from the bubble gum pink and aqua room of her girlhood to a mod, hip rendition for her teen years.

I decided to help her along by making a holiday gift basket full of items she could use to make her room more grown up and show her new style. She absolutely loved it! I decided to pass along my ideas to others that might need some inspiration for girls' gifts!

Here's what I did...

Image credit: Vector Open Stock and DecoratingforEvents

Holiday Gift Baskets Don't Have to be a Basket!

Find a Useful but Fun Container

The container is the basis for your gift. In my mind, it is part of the gift. Use a container that is useful, unexpected, unique! The container is probably one of the items you will spend the most money on. Make sure that she can use it after the holidays are over. It will always remind her of you!

Suggestions for holiday gift basket containers:

Trend Lab Zahara Storage Caddy

  • Wastebasket in a coordinating room color or pattern
  • Storage container for under the bed or in the closet
  • Hat Box in coordinating print or theme
  • Cool, unique magazine rack
  • Storage Ottoman
  • A large drawer or wardrobe organizer
  • Wooden crate that can be used for magazines, storage, shelf or d├ęcor -- decorate it yourself or find one in a coordinating color or pattern
  • A new or vintage suitcase or a container in a suitcase style
  • Laundry Hamper
  • Metal, wood or wicker basket
  • Overnight bag for all those teen slumber parties

Leopard Print Lined Magazine Basket - Holiday Gift Baskets -- Containers

Safari Magazine Basket with Leopard Print Lining
Safari Magazine Basket with Leopard Print Lining

Choose a container that can be a useful part of the gift. At 16½" tall, this magazine basket is lined in leopard print -- perfect for a teen girl to hold all her gossip mags or school papers!

Consider lining it with a leopard throw blanket for an added touch!


Something Unexpected for Your Holiday Gift Basket - Holiday Gift Basket Container

Wilson Leopard Faux Leather Storage Ottoman
Wilson Leopard Faux Leather Storage Ottoman

One way for your gift basket to make a lasting impression is to use something big and unexpected for your container like this ottoman. The lid lifts for storage and allows you to fill it with more animal print items for her room. This is a great seating option in a teen bedroom.

Won't her eyes pop out seeing this footstool filled with goodies for her animal print room!


Be Choosy! Holiday gift baskets don't have to be expensive.

Put some time into finding items she will love at an affordable price.

Tiger Animal Print Candle Holder - for Teen Girl Holiday Gift Baskets

Gifts & Decor Tiger Animal Print Centerpiece Candleholder Stand Decor
Gifts & Decor Tiger Animal Print Centerpiece Candleholder Stand Decor

This 12" candle holder was perfect for my niece's room. It brought in the tiger print in a modern, jazzy way. The votive holder is on top with mirrored tiles covered in more leopard print down the stem. Chic and fun and definitely more grown up!

holiday gift basket picture frames
holiday gift basket picture frames

Picture Frames for Holiday Gift Baskets

Consider picture frames as part of the gift basket. Most teen girls have lots of photos around their room. A few nice animal print photo frames will allow her to highlight some of her current faves.

They would look lovely sprinkled around her room or set in a grouping on a dresser, table or bookcase.

Any way she chooses to display them, they will add the animal print she craves!

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Items to put in an Animal Print Themed Holiday Basket

* Candle Holders/Candles

* Throw

* Jewelry Box

* Earring Tree

* Wall Decor

* Picture Frames

* Note Paper and Pen

* Bulletin Board and tacks

* Make-up Case

Teen Girl Wall Décor for Holiday Gift Baskets - Dress Up her Walls

Zebra & Tiger Fashion Art Print Posters by Todd Williams, Two 11x14's & Two 8x10's, Set of 4
Zebra & Tiger Fashion Art Print Posters by Todd Williams, Two 11x14's & Two 8x10's, Set of 4

This set of 4 poster prints (2- 8" x 10" & 2- 11" x 14") will be great on the walls of her animal print themed bedroom. Suitable for framing, but put them in your basket rolled up so you can fit in lots of animal print gifts!


Which Animal Print?

Which is your favorite animal print?

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Holiday gift Baskets - assembling
Holiday gift Baskets - assembling

Need Help Assembling Your Holiday Gift Baskets?

This article will walk you through the steps of arranging and assembling your holiday gift baskets so the recipient will be thrilled with the finished product!

From containers to filler to cellophane and bows -- it'a all right here! Make sure you bookmark it for future reference!

Go beyond the standard bath and body products. Find unique items for your holiday gift baskets.

Animal Print Jewelry Box - Looks Like a Chaise Lounge

Sofa Style Unique Fashion Jewelry Box With 2 Pillows For Teens And Tweens - Black & White Leopard Animal Print
Sofa Style Unique Fashion Jewelry Box With 2 Pillows For Teens And Tweens - Black & White Leopard Animal Print

This gorgeous animal print chaise lounge has a secret! It is actually a jewelry box in disguise! I wish it had been around when I made my nieces holiday gift basket -- I would have used it as a centerpiece!


Ergonomic Black and White Zebra Gel Mousepad by stripedhope

For my nieces animal print themed holiday basket, I used 3 main items and filled in the rest with small, more inexpensive items. I bought Animal Print Scarves she could hang on the wall, a mouse pad, a small toss pillow, a cell phone holder and more! Whatever I could find that would go along with the animal print theme.

If you don't already know, find out what the teen on your list likes to do in her spare time -- is she organized, messy, or somewhere in between? Look for gift basket items that will go along with her personality as well as her animal themed room! Good luck and have fun!

Have you made a Holiday Gift Basket for a teen girl?

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love these ideas. So clever. My favorite is the animal print throw. Besides the ideas you list for including the throw in a gift basket, you could also use it to 'line' the gift basket as the base for all the other items. :) Well done.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Okay, I can mark you off my list now (since I know what to get you!)

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: I think she's about the right age for animal print too, Susan!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      All of these ideas are fabulous! I love Animal print myself, You could just slip a lovely animal print afghan in that wonderful animal print ottoman and send that right to me as a gift for Christmas :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I think I have my gift for my oldest granddaughter all designed now. Thanks for the help!