Festive Season

Easy DIY Budget Gift ideas for the Festive Season

November 22, 2016
DIY Budget Gift Ideas

Buying gifts becomes more difficult each year, we can spend hours trying to find the ‘right’ gift.  I’ve compiled a quick list of ideas for the person who has everything and also to add a personal touch.  Some of the ideas are just putting together a gift basket or gift box full of treats.  If you want to really go that extra mile, homemade gifts presented in gift boxes or baskets will be sure to be a hit.

It doesn’t have to be expensive and it can look just as good as the more expensive options you can buy.  You just need some imagination and time.

I’ve given some ideas below to start with but there are so many once you start thinking about it.

DIY Budget Gift Ideas for the festive season

What you will need:

  • Pretty gift baskets or Festive themed gift boxes
  • Mason jars for homemade gifts
  • Red, Green and Clear Cellophane wrapping (you can choose other colours but I’m a fan of red, green or gold at Christmas time)
  • Red, Green or Gold Curling Ribbon
  • Selection of Items mentioned in the packs below
  • Gift Cards

The Gourmet Foodie Pack

DIY Budget Gift Ideas

Do you have a gourmet foodie in your life?  Select from the items below and arrange in a gift basket or gift box.

  • Pasta Pack – packet of pasta, special pasta sauce (do you have a homemade recipe?), colander and pasta spoon
  • Specialty cheese and crackers presented on a cheeseboard
  • Flavoured olive oil, marinated olives, marinated peppers and crackers

The Pamper Pack

DIY Budget Gift Ideas

A pamper pack is always appreciated – I know love receiving them.  Select from the items below and arrange in a gift basket with a beautiful bow.   Keep the perfume the same with all the products.

  • Personalised hand towel
  • Soap or Body Wash with loofah
  • Body Lotion or Moisturiser
  • Scented candle
  • Body scrub – (homemade is extra special)
  • Essential oils

The Homemade Baking Pack

Homemade baking is always a winner and not only tastes delicious but is made with love.  Here are some ideas with links to the recipes.  Pack in mason jars or festive gift boxes.

DIY Budget Gift Ideas

The BBQ Pack

DIY Budget Gift Ideas

Who doesn’t love a BBQ ?  Especially us Aussies! Combine BBQ tools with some special BBQ sauce (homemade if you want to go the extra mile) and BBQ flavoured seasoning and herbs and perhaps an apron for the chef.


The Gardener Pack

DIY Budget Gift Ideas

Do you have a gardener in your family?  Gardening is a passion for some people and there are always new and interesting plants for pots or garden plots.

  • A potted plant or herb
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Gardening Tools

Are your creative ideas flowing?  What type of basket would you make?


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  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") November 22, 2016 at 06:00

    Great ideas, Sue! I haven’t even start Christmas shopping, yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2016 at 11:20

      oh there is still plenty of time Carol no panic yet LOL:)

  • Reply Kristina Perrin November 22, 2016 at 15:38

    Awesome ideas! I think I might do gift baskets this year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:15

      You can’t beat a gift basket I say, Kristina. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

  • Reply Gilly Maddison November 22, 2016 at 18:58

    The older I get, the less I can stand Christmas! But these are fantastic gift ideas for any occasion really and could be tailored to practically any event such as birthdays, anniversaries etc. Lovely ideas.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:15

      Yes they can be for any occasion Gilly you are right. I agree Christmas is over the top these days although I do love to see the grandchildren enjoying the whole Festive Season. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Shirley Corder November 22, 2016 at 19:39

    Some cool ideas. Thank you Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:14

      My pleasure Shirley I hope you find something to try.

  • Reply candy November 23, 2016 at 07:28

    Love all the different gift baskets and enjoy receive them as well. I always go for the pamper sets or cooking/baking sets of course. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers Link Party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:08

      Yes a pamper set or cooking is always a favourite of mine as well Candy!

  • Reply Grammy Dee November 23, 2016 at 12:09

    Great ideas you have there Sue! Christmas will be here before we know it. Thank you for partying with us at #BloggingGrandmothers #LinkParty #4. We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 09:42

      Thanks Grammy Dee and also for sharing through the #BloggingGrandmothers linkup. It is one of my favourites!

  • Reply Seona November 23, 2016 at 13:02

    Hi Sue – I love this. I don’t know why I have gotten away from doing more DIY in general, never mind for gift ideas – these ones are great. My DIL is perfect fro the gardening one!
    Thanks for putting the time and effort into this – very valuable.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 09:41

      Thanks Seona and I’m glad that you found some ideas that were helpful. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle November 26, 2016 at 18:55

    I love all of your ideas Sue, very creative. I think I might some special chocolates.

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 28, 2016 at 17:39

      Special chocolates are always a great idea Kathleen and suit anyone – male, female or even children.

  • Reply Donna DeGuglielmo November 28, 2016 at 23:41

    great ideas you have me thinking esp the gardener on for someone special. i think they would love it. that makes me happy. blessings donna maria

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 30, 2016 at 09:45

      Yes, Donna, sometimes we forget that people enjoy gardening and probably don’t always receive gifts for their hobby. I’m glad you found some ideas from the post. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward November 29, 2016 at 02:56

    I have one of each of those people in my life. Great ideas and not too terribly expensive. And I love a gift basket. Thanks for sharing with the Blogging Grandmothers. Hope to see you next week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 30, 2016 at 09:44

      Oh well your shopping ideas are organised – yay!

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