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Gift Baskets Make Inexpensive Gifts

Updated on January 15, 2015

Gift Baskets for Christmas and Other Occasions Make an Inexpensive Family Gift

If you have a family to buy for at Christmas but have limited dollars to spend a gift basket can be a great solution...especially when buying for large families.

Think of it as using a basket rather than a stocking for the contents. A basket makes a stylish gift without costing the earth. In fact even the most expensive gift basket here is under $100!

Many ready made baskets will have a range of items that cater for all members of the family but to make it really personal you can make up your own Christmas gift basket. You can add a personal item to the ready made gift basket too!

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Create Your Own Gift Basket

By creating your own basket of Christmas gifts you can include a 'stocking stuffer' gift for each member of the family.

Boxes of chocolates, candy, cookies all make up the contents of goodies in your own basket can make the theme whatever you choose. Pamper, tea, gourmet, kitchen...the ideas are endless. And it's up to you to fit within your budget.

I actually prefer to make up my own gift baskets as I love the creation and imagination process. It's fun and you can ensure that each member has something that they love.

If you wrap the gifts it can make a special surprise!

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Vintiquewise(TM) QI003055.WF Oval Willow Basket with Double Drop Down Handles
Vintiquewise(TM) QI003055.WF Oval Willow Basket with Double Drop Down Handles

This basket would look great with bread, jams and home made goodies. The handles fold down so this is a plus for storing and makes a handy feature. The size is approximately 13 X 10 inches.

Household Essentials Hand-Woven Paper Rope Basket with Lid and Liner, Dark Brown Stain
Household Essentials Hand-Woven Paper Rope Basket with Lid and Liner, Dark Brown Stain

Looking for something a bit bigger? This measures 7.1 x 15.75 x 10.7 inches. This basket can be given with the lid open for visual effect. It will serve as a handy storage box for the recipient.


Tea and Coffee Gift Basket

Gift basket
Gift basket

Tea and coffee

Twinings of London Variety Black Tea Bags, 20 Count (Pack of 6)
Twinings of London Variety Black Tea Bags, 20 Count (Pack of 6)

A variety pack with selections from the robust Irish Breakfast to the lighter Lady Grey. Perfect for your gift basket.


Cheese and Wine

Cheese and wine lend themselves to making beautiful basket contents. You can get cheese in tins if the basket may sit around for a while.

Add things like crackers for the cheese and perhaps a nice cheese board and knife set. Olives, gherkins and pate make wonderful additions too. Think about adding a couple of attractive glasses for the wine.

Make the basket up as a picnic hamper and include and nice ground rug. Have fun!

Mystery Basket

mystery gift basket
mystery gift basket

A gift for everyone but more like a lucky dip! Who doesn't enjoy a mystery?

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Ideas for Gardners

  1. Set of small garden trowels
  2. Gardening gloves
  3. Gardeners hand cream
  4. Gardeners soap
  5. Packets of seeds
  6. Pruning shears
  7. Flower pots

cat basket
cat basket

Including the Family Pet

While I haven't given a basket with a cat in it I have included a gift for the family pet. Last time I made up such a basket (actually it was a box, but doesn't matter, it's the idea) I lined the bottom with a pet blanket and placed goodies on top.

You can include little treats for the family pet, they're usually inexpensive.

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Theme Ideas for Your Gift Basket

  1. Family basket -- include a small gift for each family member and tie the whole together with cookies, candy and chocolates
  2. Gardener basket -- you could use a small tool bag as the basket if you like. Include small hand tools, gardener's hand cream, gloves and perhaps a child's set for the children.
  3. Cheese and wine -- a small handbook on wine, tinned cheeses, crackers, olives, pesto, wine, bottle opener, wine glasses, small cheese board....
  4. Gourmet food -- all sorts of foodie goods can be included.
  5. Pamper pack -- creams, oils, moisturiser, massage roller,
  6. Tea or Coffee -- varieties of teas and coffee, cups or mugs, cookies
  7. Baby's first Christmas -- all sorts of small goodies for baby and something for the parents to enjoy!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas.... nice lens.

    • Loganor profile image


      6 years ago

      Gift baskets can be a lot of fun to put together yourself - but the professional ones are also fun for the recipient and great if you don't have a lot of time to shop.

    • rihamah lm profile image

      rihamah lm 

      6 years ago

      great ideas

    • irminia profile image


      6 years ago

      Lovely idea, thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      My friends call be the Christmas Basket Queen... I think we may be two peas in a pod! One of my favorite themes is "dinner in a hurry" with everything in the basket focused on one particular meal. Those are always a hit!

    • crafty23 profile image


      6 years ago

      Inexpensive gift ideas always make me smile. Thanks for putting this up. Cheers!

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      I have been making gift baskets for years. It is always fun to shop for the things to make someone else happy in a theme they are passionate about.

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      I have been making gift baskets for years. It is always fun to shop for the things to make someone else happy in a theme they are passionate about.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      It's weird but I've never thought of making my own gift basket. It's a great idea because gift baskets are expensive, way more than the individual components. Plus it would be fun to pick items out and this way you have control of everything. It seems like any gift basket has a couple items I don't like or I wish it included. Great lens-Blessed!

    • FantasticBdaypa profile image


      6 years ago

      great ideas and beautifully put together lens!

    • anne mohanraj profile image

      anne mohanraj 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful gift ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Presentation is the key ;-)

    • gsaber2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Loved the way you arranged the lens.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, I love it.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      6 years ago from California

      Gift baskets are so neat to give and get. I like to make sure it is very personalized, it shows you have really thought out what they may really like.

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      6 years ago

      These Christmas Gift Baskets are great.


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