Lets face it sometimes mass produced gift baskets can be chinsy, overdone and show little effort or forethought. But a DIY gift basket can be just the opposite! When you make it yourself you have the ability to customize something that fits the recipient to a T and paints a picture of painstaking consideration and care.
When designing these baskets-o-love its very easy to go overboard (trust me I’m the queen of overboard) and spend way more money than originally budgeted. You walk down an isle full of pint sized goodies and very quickly fill your cart, all the while imagining this elaborate creation that will surely shock and amaze the person who you will bestow this gift upon. But I challenge you… ere on the side of minimal and thoughtful instead of elaborate and expensive because you do not need to spend a lot of money to let someone know that you care.
Case and point: I was invited to a very dear friends wedding a week and a half ago and knew that between a flight out to New Jersey as well as gas money, food money, and the like I just wasn’t going to have the funds to get her some big beautiful gift, or even an envelope full of money. She understands our “financial strapped-ness” and therefore I felt comfortable giving her one of my DIY creations. So I started brainstorming, and thinking, and considering. In my opinion the kitchen is a central hub of a family. It is where conversations happen, where the morning starts, and relationships are made. Yes, I was going to focus on things for her new kitchen!
My main objective was to make sure that I could stay under $10 without anything looking cheap or overly DIY. Ultimately I decided to make two mugs (a his/hers situation), a hanging towel (flippin’ love those things!), and a weekly menu planner. But Lordy! How was I going to stay under $10?? Dollar Tree/Hobby Lobby here I come!!!! (Insert maniacal laugh…)
Here was my shopping list
2 Mugs- $2
1 8×10 picture frame- $1
Kitchen Towel- $1
Sweet basket- $1
Pretty Printed Paper-
$0.50 $0.24 (IT WAS ON SALE!!!!)
Things I had at home:
Extra fabric laying around
Black and red Sharpie markers
That’s a total of $5.24! Now here’s what I did with it.