How to Create DIY Gift Baskets for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Posted On Friday, December 8th, 2017
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Fab Under $50, shopping

A few days ago I made another appearance on Essence Now, Essence magazine’s weekly digital show. Last year I showed affordable style options to decode your holiday party dress code. But this time around it was still holiday related, but all about gift baskets.
While you can buy a ready made gift basket, there’s nothing better than creating a custom DIY gift basket. One that’s really tailored to the person and the things they want or even need.


I had less than a week to put this segment together and that meant finding useful, but fun and interesting products that anyone would love to receive. I created four different baskets: for the co-worker, new home owner, new boyfriend and new parents. And of course all of the products were less than $50 each.

Once I found the actual products, I knew I wanted cute baskets to place the products in. Because any gift is about presentation, right?! The baskets came from one of my fave stores, Marshalls. You never know what you’ll find when you go to Marshalls or TJ Maxx but they always have cute home items like baskets. And they ranged from wire style baskets to wooden-like crates. The only one that didn’t come from Marshalls was the star-shaped wicker basket. It’s actually mine and I thrifted it about three or four years ago. Thrift shops are also a perfect resource for home decor {check this out: home decor items you can thrift}.
Not to toot my own horn, but everyone on set really loved the products. I wanted to make sure the picks were thoughtful, useful and ranged from the usual to the I-didn’t-know-that-product-existed-but-I-need-it.
You can check out the clip here.

And here are links to each of the items in each basket.

For the co-worker:
Verilux HappyLight: compact UV-light therapy that boosts mood, energy and focus
Thoughtfully Cocktail Ornament Kit: individually wrapped ornaments with cocktail mixers
A Book that Takes Its Time: coffee table book full of inspirational quotes, journaling activities and more, as a way to encourage mindfulness
Timolino VacuumMug: insulated mug and basket to brew tea or coffee grounds

For the new parent:
Lyft gift card: give a free ride or two
With Love, D necklace: personalized date necklace
YouCake cookies: personalized cookies with your picture or favorite phrase on them

For the home owner:
La Rousse box: keepsake box for photos or trinkets
Brina wine sleeve: keep your wine or champagne chilled in a chic sleeve
*25 percent off with code ESSENCE25
Tocca diffuser: perfect way to make your home smell divine without having to light a candle
For the new boyfriend:
IceMule cooler: portable and foldable cooler
Pacific Shaving Co. shaving minis: convenient way to shave on the go with shaving cream capsules
Coby wireless earbuds: up to six hours of play time and sweat resistant
Hopefully you love the picks, either for yourself or the people on your list.
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