Sometimes the perfect Christmas gift is lots of little things, all bundled together. Want to create a themed gift bundle for someone you love? We put our thinking stockings on and came up with a whole host of nontraditional gift basket ideas perfect for a variety of personality types and interests. Let’s get ready to bundle!
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Gift basket idea: Place all your gifts in an unused pizza carton, a little rolling cooler or in a new metal trashcan that he can re-use.
Add-ins: Customized coasters or drink cozies, a pillow made out of an old jersey or his favorite team’s colors, and a Keepsake Ornament of his favorite athlete. And don’t forget to load him up with snacks like jerky, nuts, popcorn and some bacon jam turnovers.
Gift basket idea: Roll up a Twister mat like a giant wrapped candy for your game enthusiast. Or serve up the fun in an old board-game box.
Add-ins: Nostalgic board games, handheld video games, toys, decks of cards, dice and a T-shirt featuring a character from his game du jour.
Gift basket idea: Take the gift basket to a new low by adding your items to a toolbox or paint can and rolling it in on a car creeper.
Add-ins: Tools with fun notes added, like a level “for the playing field” and a “nailed it!” gun. Show you know who’s the fixmaster with a hot-rod ornament.
Gift basket idea: A pretty framed mirror (sandwich in a hand towel between the mirror and the gifts so the mirror doesn’t get scratched), glass jar or an over-the-tub tray. Or, roll up a bath sheet like a sleeping bag with toiletries tucked inside. Then use the elastic band of a sleep mask to hold it all together and top it with a bath scrubbie for the bow.
Add-ins: All sorts of potions, lotions, powder puffs and face buffs (and don’t forget a set of pretty pajamas) for an over-the-top gift that’ll send her over the moon. Tuck in something special featuring every fashionista’s favorite, Barbie™.
Gift basket idea: A trio of rolling organizing drawers or a wheeled caddy.
Add-ins: Crafting tools, art supplies and adult coloring books are always a great idea. Provide blank labels and decorations for the outside to fit your recipient. Tuck a gift card in the top drawer to a local craft store and your Martha wannabe will be all set.
Gift basket idea: A backpack, camping stove or portable canvas chair, or a mesh equipment bag.
Add-ins: Equipment for his or her favorite sports, camping accessories, sunglasses, a waterproof wallet, new sport shoes, solar-powered chargers and a “campy” Keepsake Ornament for remembering fun outdoor times together.
Gift basket idea: A large popcorn bucket or bowl or a lap tray.
Add-ins: Wine or flavored teas, movie candy and a bag of reindeer crunch popcorn, DVDs, hot-off-the-press bestselling books, a homemade bookmark, and movie theater or restaurant gift cards. And give them some epic moments to relive with some favorite stars from the small and big screen.
Gift basket idea: Gift wrap storage holder or hanging shoe holder with lots of pockets for stashing necessities.
Add-ins: Gift wrap, tape, boxes, bows, gift bags and tissue paper. Batteries (all sizes), a gift card to a grocery store, paper towels, hand sanitizer, aspirin, party hats, and a bottle of wine with cheese and crackers, or go the other route with energy drinks and chocolate. And don’t forget to give them a way to count down the final days with a countdown Keepsake Ornament.
Gift basket idea: Organizing container or canister set, a large lantern or a pretty throw.
Add-ins: Candles (and candle lighters), batteries, a new tool set and picture-hanging hardware. Fill a pretty plate, tin or utensil holder with homemade cookies. If the basket is for a new neighbor, add in a list of neighborhood families’ names and phone numbers and menus from good local restaurants (that have been vetted by you, of course) and a New Home Holiday Ornament.
Gift basket idea: Diaper bag, small laundry basket or umbrella stroller, or make a cute diaper wreath and add your items to it with ribbons.
Add-ins: Diapers and onesies, baby nail clippers and bath wash, receiving blankets, burping cloths and bibs. Add in a pretty printable family tree or birth record they can hang in their nursery and a New Parents and Baby Snowmen Keepsake Ornament. And don’t forget some baby rattle treats—a sweet sugary boost for the new mom and dad.
Gift basket idea: A cutting board or large chip and dip tray, or a punch bowl or large colander.
Add-ins: Gourmet bread and dip mixes, fancy or homemade rubs and vinegars, a recipe box filled with recipe cards (fill out some with favorite recipes you want to share), a new apron and some grilling tools. Wine or bottle openers, bartending supplies, a cookie press, butter crock and a Happy Christmas Cook Recipe Book Ornament for the pièce de résistance!
Gift basket idea: A comfy pet bed or cat cave or handy-dandy pet carrier.
Add-ins: Fill with DIY dog and cat toys, homemade pet treats, a new collar, a funny pet book and a pet brush or comb. A bird-watching pair of binoculars and a bird guide and an adorable pet stocking perfect for dogs or cats. Then add a cute dog or cat ornament to the mix.