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Gift Basket Ideas That You Can DIY for Under $20

Need a last minute gift idea for Christmas? Here’s a list of gift basket ideas that you can put together yourself for under $20.

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We all have that one person that is hard to buy for or the one who has everything and you have no idea what to give them.

There’s also the family member that decides at the last minute to show up for Christmas. So now you feel you have to have a gift for them.

Gift baskets are perfect for such occasions. They are easy to put together and you can keep them under $20.

However, they’re not just for the hard to buy for or the last-minute guest. They are perfect for anyone on your list!

Here’s a list of gift basket ideas that you can put together yourself for under $20!

Last-Minute Gift Basket Ideas for Under $20

For the movie lover

Who doesn’t love staying in on a cold winter’s night snuggled up with a blanket and a good movie? Fill a large popcorn bowl with a favorite movie, movie theater candy, and popcorn. For the popcorn, just pop some microwaveable popcorn and put it in some cute bags. Tuck in a light throw and some cozy socks, too.

For the car fanatic

Use a bucket as the basket for this gift basket idea. (You can get a cheap mop bucket at Dollar Tree or Walmart.) Grab a car washing kit, take the contents out and place them in the bucket neatly. Include their favorite air freshener scent, too. The perfect gift for guys and the teens who just got a new car.

For the baker

This basket is perfect for those who love to bake. Fill a batter bowl with baker’s goodies, such as measuring spoons, silicone whisks, cookie cutters, and cookie mix. You could also add an apron and oven mitts. The best part is that you can get most of these items from Dollar Tree.

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For the chef

A colander makes the perfect basket for the chef in the family. Fill it up with gourmet pasta, pasta sauce, cheeses, Italian spices, a tea towel, and breadsticks.

For the teen girl

Fill a cute basket or large jar with travel size body wash, lotion, face masks, scented soaps, and a scented LED candle.

Another option is nail polish and polish remover with a nail file, nail clippers, and pumice stone. If she’s a book lover, consider a novel with a calming candle and a soft throw in a cute basket.

For the teen boy

Teen boys love to eat so what’s better than food to fill up a basket? Think candy, sweets, chips, popcorn, and juice boxes.

If he’s into sports: a sports magazine, a small sports ball, athletic socks, and sports cards.

For the ice cream lover

Instead of a traditional basket, a large jar with a lid works perfectly for holding ice cream supplies. Fill it up with ice cream cones, hot fudge and caramel sauce, sprinkles, chopped walnuts, and an ice cream scoop.

For the wine enthusiast

You’ll have to get creative with your basket here and find a long one to hold a wine bottle. Add some chocolate covered pretzels, a unique wine bottle stopper, and a small scented candle.

For the coffee fan

A wooden crate would look so cute in place of the basket in this case. Add some cute coffee mugs, ground coffee or beans, to-go coffee cups with cup cozies, sugar and creamer packs, and stir sticks. Consider adding a personal touch with some handmade candies or cookies.

For the hot chocolate addict

Fill a basket with everything the hot chocolate addict needs! Add packs of hot chocolate, a small bag of mini marshmallows, candy canes, homemade cookies, and some chocolate candies. Don’t forget the cute mug!

What are your favorite gift basket ideas? Do you like putting together gift baskets to give as gifts?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. I hadn’t thought about a basket for my grandson, I love this idea! Thanks Michelle, and Merry blessed Christmas!

    1. Thank you!! I hope he enjoys it. šŸ˜Š Merry Christmas!!

      1. I’m sure he will. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. I love to give gift baskets, they are so much fun to put together! These are all great ideas!!

    1. I agree! I love all the ways you can personalize them, too. Thank you!

  3. Great idea and different types of gifts baskets are great! Merry Christmas Michelle! šŸŽ„ šŸ’Ÿ šŸ˜Š

    1. Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas!!

      1. Thank you! ā¤

  4. Cute ideas. Thanks. Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you!! Merry Christmas!!!

  5. yes, this is what I think I’ll do because I have no clue sometimes and honestly it becomes a bit much when to add up gifts for kids-teachers, church members, co-workers, neighbors etc… thank you Michelle Happy Holidays šŸ™‚

    1. I agree. Baskets make it so much easier. And you don’t have to put a lot in them to make them pretty. Thank you! Merry Christmas!!

  6. These are great ideas for gift baskets! Merry Christmas Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas!!

  7. cdloken says:

    Girl you nailed it on this one!! Awesome ideas for gift baskets!! Pinning for sure!!

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. šŸ˜Š

  8. I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  9. Oooh! I need this because we are putting together baskets for our neighbors for when we move! Cool!

  10. These are awesome ideas!

  11. Love all these ideas! Iā€™m such a fan of a thoughtful gift basket!

  12. Michelle these are super awesome baskets, I know just the right person for the popcorn and Redbox one šŸ™‚
    Thank you

  13. Lots of great ideas!

    1. Thank you!

  14. Super savings gift ideas, Michelle! I guess it applies not only for Christmas, you can save it for other holidays!

    1. Thank you! Yes, that’s very true. Thank you for pointing that out. šŸ˜Š

  15. I love giving and receiving gift baskets. They are the best thoughtful gifts ever! I love all the ideas you shared with us today. Love the blog today!

    1. I love getting them, too. They’re so fun! Thank you so much!

  16. These are great ideas Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. christinafayerepurposed says:

    These are awesome ideas! I am definitely going to do the car basket! My husband loves washing and detailing his truck!

    1. Thank you!! We do one for my father in law every year because he’s such a car guy. Lol I hope your hubby loves it!

  18. My goodness this is creative!!! I made sure to save it to a few of my Pinterest boards… I think I have all my Christmas gifts bought this year but Iā€™d be really interested in using these ideas next Christmas!!!!

    1. Thank you!! I love how easy baskets are to personalize and how easy they are to put together. šŸ˜Š

      1. Yes definitely!

  19. I love how versatile gift baskets are when you mix and match to suit the recipient. Great suggestions, and I love the idea of the themes, esp. the hot choccy one, yum! xx

    1. Thank you! There’s so many ways to personalize them which makes it so fun. šŸ˜Š

  20. Geniussr says:

    a great list of last minute gift ideas… I am an ice cream and chocolate lover so I would love to receive those kind of gifts…Thank you for sharing those useful tips and ideas… happy holidays dear…ā¤ļø

    1. Thank you!! I love ice cream and chocolate, too. šŸ˜Š Happy holidays to you as well! šŸ’•

  21. Love these ideas.

    1. Thank you!!

  22. Some great gift ideas in this post, Michelle. I just had to share! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday season!

    1. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  23. So very lovely ideas for gifts!
    Thanks for visiting my post šŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! You’re very welcome. šŸ˜Š Thank you for reading!

  24. I love all the food related ideas <3 Good ideas!

    1. Thank you so much!

  25. Michelle, you are a treasure of wonderful ideas!!

    1. Aww thank you!! šŸ˜€

  26. These are great ideas! My favourite is the movie lover one. I’ve never made up a gift basket for anyone before, but I might use some of your ideas next year!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad I could help you with next year’s gift ideas. šŸ™‚

  27. I love this! This is the first post of this sort that I’ve seen that actually addresses the basket element as well and uses something different for each person. Great post!

    1. Thank you! I love how easy it is to personalize a gift basket for the person receiving it. šŸ™‚

  28. This is really nice. šŸ¤—

    1. Thank you! šŸ˜Š

  29. Really cute ideas!! šŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!! šŸ˜Š

  30. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and very interesting blog. I’ll come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon. Happy Holidays.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope your holidays were great! šŸ™‚

  31. I never thought of car washing gift basket but yes, it’s really a cool idea.

    1. Thank you! We usually make one for my father in law each year and he really enjoys it. šŸ˜Š

  32. petitehappenings says:

    I love DIY baskets! And even more when it’s affordable! I’ve never thought about the car fanatic theme though. Great ideas!

    1. Thank you! They’re so easy to personalize, too. šŸ˜Š

  33. I love this post! šŸ˜

    1. Thank you so much!

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