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50 Unique Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Christmas gift basket ideas for the homebody, spa lover, DIYer, entertainer, baker, movie lover, and coffee fanatic.

I’m calling it. Christmas shopping is DONE! I have to tell myself to “officially” stop or else I’ll just end up giving my heart out right up until the day.

Having the gift giving love language might be a blessing and a curse in that regard. 😉

But I truly can’t help it. I LOVE giving little treats to teachers and neighbors and the mail man and the garbage pickup crew. It’s a big reason why I love this time of year, not for the receiving but for the giving.

50 creative gift basket ideas for the homebody, spa lover, DIYer, entertainer, baker, movie lover, and coffee fanatic.

This year, since the economy is causing families to tighten their budgets this holiday season, I decided to put together “experiences” in the form of unique gift baskets for our neighbors.

I didn’t want to give people “stuff”. I wanted to create a moment for them, whether that was in the form of a movie night on the couch or a s’mores making evening in the backyard or a cookie decorating afternoon in the kitchen.

So I pulled together 50 fun gift basket ideas, if you need out-of-the-box ideas for friends, family members, or neighbors.

You can do same-day pick up for a lot of the items in these gift boxes from Walmart, Target, or grocery stores if you need to get your holiday gifting finished quickly.

I plan to just leave these little kits on our neighbors’ porches for them to enjoy.

All of these could work as a birthday gift, housewarming gift, or thoughtful care package too.

50 Unique Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas (or Any Holiday)

Gift Basket Ideas : Baking Kit

This one is really fun for large families with kids who bake together in the kitchen. Maybe throw in some Christmas themed cookie cutters for good measure. To make it even more personal, throw in your own DIY cookie or muffin recipe mix. It’s a food gift they can choose to eat later if they don’t want it right away.

1. Baking Kit Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : Family Movie Night Kit

This basket is perfect as a housewarming gift. After moving boxes and prepping your new house, sometimes you just need a relaxing evening vegging out with a good movie and eating junk food. Include your family’s favorite Christmas movie (or include an Amazon gift card for $10 so they can rent a movie on Prime).

2. Movie Night Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : Coffee Kit

If you have a java lover in your life, this one is a guaranteed hit. Fill a jar with biscotti and add your favorite bag of ground coffee. (Even better: hit up your local coffee shop to see if you can grab a bag of locally roasted beans to support their small business). I

f you want to get extra fancy, add this milk frother for making lattes and cappuccinos.

3. Coffee Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : DIY Kit

If someone on your Christmas list is always building something or diving into another home improvement project, whip up a basket with some DIY essentials. (We’re always losing tape measures, safety glasses, work gloves around here.)

4. Handy DIYer Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : S'mores Kit

This is another fun one for families with kids, especially if that family enjoys spending time in their backyard.

5. S’mores Kit Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : Spa at Home Kit

This basket is especially perfect for anyone newly retired, someone with health issues who can’t leave home often, or a new mom. But really… we could all use a spa pampering sesh every now and then.

6. Spa Gift Set Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : Sangria Kit

If you know someone who loves to entertain regularly and enjoys wine gifts, a sangria kit complete with a nice bottle of red, brandy, juice, fruit, pitcher, and mixing spoon is a unique idea. Print out this sangria recipe and tuck it inside of the basket.

If you want a little something extra, maybe add some chocolate covered strawberries or meat and cheese for charcuterie on the side.

7. Sangria Kit Gift Basket Idea

Gift Basket Ideas : Milk and Cookies Cozy Housewarming Gift

This is another sweet idea as a housewarming gift. It’s hard to dislike a canister filled with cookies, cocoa, and a cozy blanket. If you choose to give this basket in warmer months instead, substitute the cocoa with ice cream sundae fixings.

8. Cozy at Home Christmas Basket Idea

pancake gift basket

9. Swedish Pancake Breakfast Gift Basket

Instead of a basket, make your gift container a mixing bowl or a utensil crock so it’s even more useful.

  • Kitchen towels
  • Swedish pancake batter mix
  • Lingonberry jam

More Unique Gift Basket Themes

game night gift basket

Salvaged Living

10. Family Game Night Basket

Compile 2-3 small games like UNO, Skip-Bo, dominoes, and Phase 10 along with a few snacks.

postpartum gift basket

11. Postpartum Gift Basket

The first few days after having a baby are rough to say the least. Here are some postpartum basket stuffers you can give to a new mom to help her make it through the stressful days and sleepless nights with a newborn during her recovery. Gift it before she has the baby so that she feels prepared.

nacho gift basket

See Vanessa Craft

12. Nacho Basket

Fill a festive basket with chips, salsa, queso, and guacamole. Throw in some margarita mix, salt, tequila, and a cute margarita glass for good measure.

hot cocoa gift basket

Kim and Kalee

13. Hot Cocoa Basket

Gift all of the fixings for an epic hot cocoa bar by including mugs, cocoa mix, peppermint stir sticks, Pirouette cookies, toffee bits, caramel sauce, and of course mini marshmallows and marshmallow fluff.

bbq gift basket

Beautiful Eats and Things

14. BBQ Gift Basket

If you know someone who loves to smoke meats and grill out, make a basket filled with spice rubs, barbecue sauces, meat shredders, grilling tongs, and an apron that can stand up to the job.

ice cream gift basket

Giggles Galore

15. Ice Cream Gift Basket

This one is definitely a crowd pleaser, especially for families with kiddos. Add every ice cream sundae topping and accessory you can think of: sprinkles, chocolate syrup, caramel, ice cream cones, spoons, cute bowls, a jar of cherries… everything but the ice cream of course. That last one might make a mess upon delivery.

housekeeping gift basket

The Blushing Bungalow

16. Housewarming Gift Basket

Think of all the things someone might appreciate using on move-in day.

new dad gift basket

The Loveliest Detail

17. New Dad Gift Basket

If Mom gets a postpartum self-care basket, it seems fitting to hook up Dad with some goodies too.

big sister gift basket

Sophie Ella and Me

18. Big Sister Gift Basket

With all of the attention on a new baby, big sis could probably use some fun activities to do while Mom and Dad adjust.

big brother gift basket

Modern Mom Life

19. Big Brother Gift Basket

Big bro deserves lots of love too with fun activities he enjoys.

car wash gift basket

The February Fox

20. Car Wash Gift Basket

A great idea for anyone who just got a new car or has an old classic pride and joy in the garage.

housecleaning gift basket

21. Housecleaning Gift Basket

It might seem like an insulting gift, but receiving great smelling housecleaning supplies as a housewarming gift right when you move into a new house is a blessing.

pasta gift basket

Frugal Mom Eh

21. Pasta Gift Basket

It’s hard to go wrong with an Italian meal someone can decide to enjoy now or cook later. Add a fresh basil plant that they can keep right on the kitchen countertop to toss clippings into cooking.

spices gift basket

Naturally Ella

22. Spice Gift Basket

The great thing about this gift idea is you can blend spices on your own. Just search “spice blend recipes” for ideas using ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet.

teacher gift basket

Life With Nitraab

23. Classroom Essentials Gift Basket

Let’s be honest, teachers don’t need more candles. By December, they’re running low on the classroom essentials and could use a pick-me-up.

beach gift basket

Do Say Give

24. Poolside Gift Basket

If you know someone with a fun warm climate trip coming up, this beach bag / poolside basket is a great idea.

picnic gift basket

Simply Taralynn

25. Picnic Gift Basket

Even if it’s too cold outside to have a picnic, who says you can’t have a date night picnic right on the living room floor?

cheese gift basket

Plays Well With Butter

26. Cheese Board Gift Basket

An instant hit… it’s hard to say no the a scrumptious gourmet cheese spread.

gardening gift basket

The Merry Thought

27. Gardening Gift Basket

The gardening enthusiast in your life is probably dying to get their hands back in the dirt in winter, so a houseplant and some seeds they can start indoors is helpful.

tea gift basket

A Night Owl Blog

28. Tea Gift Basket

Having a cozy tea stash handy in the colder months is especially nice.

pumpkin spice gift basket

Zen & Spice

29. Pumpkin Spice Lover Gift Basket

For that friend who is obsessed with pumpkin spice everything: pumpkin candles, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread… you get the picture.

wellness gift basket

Think Make Share Blog

30. Wellness Gift Basket

This sweet idea supports physical and mental wellness with tea, honey, and lemon with a journal and adult coloring book.

manscaping gift basket

NorthWood Distributing

31. Manscaping Gift Basket

Guys need great skincare too, ya know?

local favorites gift basket

Gather & Savor | Rachel & Josh Photography

32. Local Favorites Gift Basket

I’ll bet you live in a region with great locally crafted items. Stop in to your grocery store and find the local fare section for snacks and treats to gift while supporting small businesses.

moscow mule gift basket

Kristina Does the Internets

33. Moscow Mule Gift Basket

Bundle together a copper mug, a bottle of ginger beer, some vodka, and a lime, and you have the makings for a delicious cocktail.

mimosa gift basket

Craftberry Bush

34. Mimosa Gift Basket

Juice and prosecco is all you really need for this one. It’s perfect for enjoying on Christmas morning while everyone is opening presents.

pet gift basket

The Southern Thing

35. Pet Gift Basket

For that one friend who is completely obsessed with their fur-baby.

DIY slime gift basket

My Frugal Adventures

36. DIY Slime Gift Basket

Will it end up all over the carpet? Probably. Is it still an awesome gift for a slime-loving kiddo? Yes, yes it is.

kids craft gift basket

Mama Papa Bubba

37. Kids’ Craft Night Gift Basket

A great idea for a kid who loves to make things. An even better idea to bundle it inside of a caboodle box.

craft night gift basket

The DIY Mommy

38. Adult Craft Night Gift Basket

There are so many craft possibilities with this one! Provide a crochet kit, cross-stitching kit, or paint-by-numbers set.

grandma gift basket

Tidbits & Company

39. Lots of Love for Grandma Gift Basket

Grandmothers are notoriously hard to buy for. But this gift basket is a beautiful idea including a photo album, gratitude journal, Storyworth subscription, and more.

pedicure gift basket

Laura’s Crafty Life

40. Pedicure Gift Basket

A little self-care treat that anyone can use.

wine lovers gift basket

Wine With Paige

41. Wine Lovers Gift Basket

Bundle up a sampler of some of your favorite wines to share with a fellow wine lover.

beer lovers gift basket

Plays Well With Butter

42. Beer Lovers Gift Basket

Pull together a variety of different beers; locally crafted is a plus.

popcorn gift basket

Hunny I’m Home

43. Popcorn Lovers Gift Basket

Go boujee with popcorn making supplies and a variety of popcorn flavorings to sprinkle on top.

hot toddy gift basket

Lauren Conrad

44. Hot Toddy Gift Basket

Especially during cold season, this gift box will come in handy for sure.

kitchen gift basket

Nina Williams Blog

45. Kitchen Gift Basket

Put a salt & pepper shaker set, a serving tray, a sugar bowl, and a dip bowl set for a friend who would enjoy a decor perk in their kitchen.

girls night gift basket

A Bubbly Life

46. Girls’ Night Gift Basket

Go nuts with everything rosé to make any girls’ night a celebration.

flower themed gift basket

Glitter Guide

47. Flower Gift Basket

Fill a planter with a small bundle of flowers and floral themed goodies: lavender essential oils, rose bath salts, and chamomile tea.

scented bath and home gift basket

Room for Tuesday

48. Good Scents Gift Basket

Pull together some of your favorite scented bath and home products for someone who could use a little aromatherapy.

college care package

Alicia Wood Lifestyle

49. College Care Package Gift Basket

By December, your college kid is probably scraping by on dorm room essentials. Send them a Christmas care package as a surprise to get them through exams before winter break.

soup gift basket idea

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

50. Soup Gift Basket

The slow cooker is quite a splurge, but whether you use that or a basket, bundling together soup mixes, pot holders, and a ladle works well.

Where to Buy Cheap Baskets

Tip: Keep an eye out at thrift stores for any good sized secondhand baskets you can use for around $3-5. Or just take a look around your house to find baskets you’re not using that you can repurpose.

Do you do fun little gift baskets? Or any sweet gifts for neighbors. I’m not really one who bakes cookies for lots of people so this is my alternative. 😉

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a gift basket look expensive?

Something as simple as a tied satin ribbon, crinkle paper filler, and a personalized tag can make an old basket feel luxurious. If you want to make a gift basket seem even more expensive, place it inside of a cellophane gift bag.

How should I decide what kind of gift basket to give?

Think about your friend or family member’s lifestyle. A mom with young children might love a movie night gift basket. A newlywed couple who loves to entertain would likely prefer a sangria kit (though check first that they drink alcohol). A grandmother who loves being in the kitchen might love a baking kit.
8 Creative gift basket ideas for the homebody, spa lover, DIYer, entertainer, baker, movie lover, and coffee fanatic.

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  1. Great ideas, Lauren, and I know you had to work really hard on this post! Definitely saving for future reference. Merry Christmas to you and your family!🎄