Thrifty Tip: Make Your Own Gift Basket

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Discount Debbie

gift basket

I’m pretty sure that we’ve now officially entered the “late shopping” zone. If you are still shopping today, it’s late! But it’s not too late to come up with some frugal and personal gifts for friends and family members. I actually thought that I was done with all my shopping until just a few days ago. We decided to get together with some friends for dinner this week. It dawned on me that we should get them a little something. I racked my brain trying to think of something that would be personal, practical, and frugal for a family of six.

Then, it came to me! (And I just had to share it.)

So, here are just a few tips to making a gift basket suited to the recipients tastes and to your budget.

1. Personal does not have to be expensive.

Our friends share the desire to eat healthy but have admitted to needing a re-start and not really knowing where to start. Since eating healthy (or, mostly healthy) is so important to us, it was easy to figure out what to put in the basket once the idea finally came to me.

I went to Costco and bought the same coconut oil we have been using lately… for just $12.

coconut oil

Then, I happened to find a coupon for one of my favorite brands of raw honey. So, I got this for $6.99.


We bought an extra gallon of raw milk (from our local farmers) to add to the basket. That was $7.50.


2. It can be pretty and practical.

Then, I put all three items in a basket that I’ve had around (and never used) and tied some ribbon around it.


3. It doesn’t have to be complicated! I actually enjoyed doing it. Those of you who are much more creative will be able to make it look so much cuter than I made mine. But, you get the idea. It works. We know they will like it because of what we know about them and we were able to make it happen fairly easily.

So, even if you’re shopping at the last minute, you don’t have to spend a ton of money or time to make a special gift for a friend.

What other gifts have you made for friends or family members?

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