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How To Make Your Own Christmas Gift Baskets

Updated on August 22, 2012


Sometimes the holidays roll around and we’ve had a not-so-stellar year…and the question we or should we go into debt to buy Christmas gifts? Better there an alternative?

As a bargain hunter from way back and a frugal shopper for some years, I decided to go the homemade route for certain people on my gift list a few years ago and with wonderful results.

Rather than charging something on a credit card that I’m going to be sorry about later....for months to come....I figured out how to create just the right something that didn't cost me an arm and a leg and that was definitely a people-pleaser.

There are some great money-saving ways that you can give someone a great gift at Christmas and not break the bank.

Let’s look at some good money-saving ideas for homemade (or mostly) homemade Christmas gifts!

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I don’t care who the person is, you can almost always, 100% guaranteed figure out a way to make anyone a gift basket!

  • Pet lover

    • Magazine on cats or dogs or specific breed
    • Mini-calendar of their kind of pet
    • Wholesome treats
    • Toy or two
    • Petsmart gift card for $5
    • For furry pets, add a grooming brush - $1 at the Dollar Store

  • Young Kids

    • Inexpensive card games
    • Board games
    • Matchbox cars
    • Dolls
    • Videos that you buy on super sale
    • Hats, gloves, mittens
    • Fruit rollups, nuts, or fresh fruit

  • Older kids

    • Gift card for iTunes
    • Gift card for Starbucks
    • Paperback books or fashion magazines
    • Body or bath lotions
    • Lipsticks
    • Gift certificate for McDonald’s or Arby’s
    • Gift card for Taco Bell or Taco Time
    • Samples of cologne or perfumes
    • Socks, gloves, etc.
    • Jimi wallet 
    • Gum or candy bars

  • Chef

    • Great little utensils like a tart maker
    • Gourmet blend of spices
    • Special beef or fish rub (make yourself and put in a pretty tin or bottle)
    • Cookbooks you’ve bought on sale, on eBay or Amazon
    • Apron
    • Cooks or other magazine
    • Bottle of wine for cooking like Marsala or cooking sherry
    • Mini-muffin pan
    • Tart pan
    • Pastry cloth

  • Gardener

    • Trowel
    • Kneeling pad
    • Seed packets
    • Book on gardening
    • Instructional video
    • Book on garden design
    • Starter kits for seeds
    • Sun hat or visor
    • Garden gloves
    • Mulch
    • Seedling starts

  • Emergency kit for car

    • Jumper cables
    • Ice scraper
    • Emergency light
    • Flares
    • Oil
    • First aid kit
    • Pencil and paper
    • Flashlight
    • Deck of cards
    • Lightweight blanket
    • Extra batteries for flashlight

  • Christmas goodies - if you’re a great cook - include your recipes

    • Cookies
    • Small breads
    • Snack mixes
    • Homemade candies,
    • Mixes for cocoas
    • Rubs for meats
    • Flavored vinegars

  • Christmas goodies - if you’re not a great cook

    • Teas
    • Flavored coffees
    • Candies
    • Chocolates
    • Cookies
    • Bakery breads
    • Hot cocoa mixes
    • Spice rubs for meats or chicken
    • Special vinegars

  • Romance

    • Bottle of wine
    • 2 wine glasses
    • Cheeses
    • Crackers
    • Box or tin of chocolates
    • Bath oils
    • Romantic CD or movie
    • Candles

  • Movie night

    • Pick up movies at Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer
    • Pick up movies at video stores
    • Packages of microwave popcorn
    • Bottles of juice
    • Bottles of pop
    • Boxed or bagged movie candy

  • Game night

    • Board games
    • Card games
    • Electronic games like Catch Phrase
    • Scrabble games 
    • Add some snacks
    • Add some drinks

  • Cuisines – pick a cuisine, any cuisine - for instance Italian

    • Bottle of Italian wine
    • Pasta noodles
    • Jar of spaghetti sauce, homemade or store-bought
    • Loaf of crusty Italian bread
    • Salad greens
    Obviously this is fresh basket so will need to be used right away, or plan ingredients accordingly

  • Family basket – for a whole family

    • Frozen turkey or other meat source
    • Bag of potatoes
    • Bag of sweet potatoes
    • Box of stuffing or bread
    • Rolls
    • Canned or fresh vegetables
    • Cranberry sauce, etc. 
    You might need a laundry basket for this can purchase them for $3 at Michaels. 

  • Fruit or vegetable basket

    • Select fruits in season
    • Select vegetables in season
    • Cheese
    • Crackers
    • Nuts
    • Bottle of white wine
    • Bottle of sparkling cider


In short, you can make just about any kind of gift basket there is for super cheap. 

Buy cellophane, colored or clear at Michaels and all you need is some ribbon to tie it all up after enveloping it in cellophane.

Buy baskets at the Dollar Store or anywhere you find them on sale.  Stock up during the year.

Baskets don’t have to be baskets actually!  Any container will do.

Gift baskets are unique ideas that come from the heart.  I’ve never known a person who didn’t love getting a personalized gift basket. 

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fantastic.  Let your imagination be your guide. 

Think of the person you’re making it for, think of some items to put in your basket and then enjoy your own creativity!

I'm sure you can probably guess that these make wonderful gifts ANY time of year....not just at the holidays. 

They're also great for wedding showers and baby showers, birthday parties, over-the-hill parties and many more occasions. 


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    • bingskee profile image

      bingskee 5 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      very nice ideas. will definitely bookmark this. i like the Christmas goodies and fruit or vegetable baskets best!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wishing you the same, Eddy~!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very well presented and full of great idea.

      I vote up up and away here.

      Take care and I wish you a great day.


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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Cool, Gail~~ I also got interviewed on internet radio for another hub I did about the holidays and saving money. These days, it's all about saving money especially for us 'older' folks who are going into fixed income territory!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Sounds like a great way to have a meaningful Christmas! I came here via newcomer, Sestasik's link from a hub she just wrote about saving money during the holidays. Hope the link revives this excellent hub that you've written.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by an old hub, Gail~ I definitely enjoy doing baskets more than anything else. Sometimes it is just the ticket to make someone something and have them not think you went 'overboard'.

      I love personal touches in everything I do and likewise, I love receiving things that someone has taken the time to actually make just for me. I recently received an email from an old friend, the point of which was to stop buying all this STUFF at the holidays - it's all made in CHINA anyway! The emphasis was on trying to go back to old-fashioned notions and make things from scratch or even just give people coupons for your time or services. That makes so much more sense to me and that's what I'm planning on this season.

      Thanks for the kind words and for the votes up as well~

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub! I love the family basket suggestions. I have friends who always bake us bread and other goodies and send it to us. Each item is beautifully labeled and individually wrapped and those baskets are so special because they bring back memories of holidays spent with a whole group of friends that lived near us in New York State. We moved to Delaware a decade ago and I was missing our dear NY friends tremendously that first holiday so when the basket came in the mail I actually squealed with delight!

      Voted this hub up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Ah yes, Dim - but then I am a slave to the contest~! I am definitely obsessed or was that possessed? Or a little of both? At least this will be there for this next Christmas~!

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Somewhat AFTER the even, don't you think, IP??? :-))

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Love the puppy...but then I'm a puppy kinda gal~

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      These are such fun ideas!!! And that puppy is SO CUTE!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Prasetio as are too kind~

      Leah - Thanks so much for stopping by and isn't that the cutest puppy? We have another pup coming to our house mid March....Griffin's niece. Can't wait and now I have plans for putting her in the basket!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I love Christmas baskets (giving as well as receiving)! The picture of the Golden Retriever made my heart melt: we are looking into getting a puppy this spring, and both of our boys are dog-crazy at the moment! Another great hub, as always!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another great hub from you, Audrey. Every time I visit your hub, you always have the new one to share with us. This is useful information. Keep on writing and share your knowledge. I give my thumbs up for you. God bless you.