Homemade Gift Baskets on A Budget


Homemade Gift Baskets on A Budget

This post is from last year, but I have received the same question this year. You can see a similar idea for teachers here.

Last year a reader emailed –

” Hi Shannon. We are in a very tight financial situation this holiday season. I am wondering if you think it would be inappropriate to use my stockpile to give gifts to a few people, just as a token of our love?”

First,  I believe that gifts are secondary to spending the holidays with your family and loved ones. So first and foremost, your time is a precious gift. However, I do understand you feel the need to give them some sort of gift.

I think using your stockpile is an awesome idea! I am by no means crafty or artsy, so you will need to “pretty them up”.

Anyway here are a few ideas for you…..

1. Make a “pampering basket”. I used a dollar store basket and filled it with things from my stockpile – many were free or cheap. Add some cellophane and a bow to make it pretty. Some items I included:

  • Nivea Body Wash
  • Hand Lotion
  • Bath & Bodyworks Lotion & Hand Soap
  • Ghiradelli Chocolates
  • Glade Candle
  • Loofah

2. Use items like coffee, teas, creamer to create a “Coffee/Tea Lovers Basket” Just find out what they like and add it to the basket.

  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Instant Coffee
  • Coffee Scoop
  • Sweetner
  • Creamer
  • Coffee Filters

3. Movie Night basket – I used cheap candy and popcorn. I bought a few items to add from the dollar store.  Add a cheap movie, like the ones on Amazon and you’ve got yourself a movie night basket.

  • Skittles
  • Nerds
  • Boxes of Orville and Smart Pop
  • Cheap DVD
  • Pop Corn Seasoning

Have fun with your holiday gifts and don’t let the lack of financial means get you stressed out. We can only give what we have and that is the end of it. Remember – your time and love is much more valuable than anything you could ever buy!


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