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Themed Gift Basket Ideas

Holiday gift basket ideas

Looking for some ideas for making a themed gift basket? Here are a ton of unique gift basket ideas that are perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Before we get started on our list of gift basket themes, make sure you read Make Your Own Gift Basket: Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas & Tips. This post will provide you with ideas on everything from how to put your unique gift basket together to tips on shopping.

Now for the fun part: choosing your gift basket themes. Here are a bunch of themed gift basket ideas to help get you started, including some ideas on what to put in them.

Animal themed gift basket ideas

Animal/Pet Lover Themed Gift Basket Ideas

We all know someone who is obsessed with their cat, in love with their dog, or idolize their horse (you may even be one of them!). Some ideas on what to put into an animal themed gift basket include:

  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Clothes (if the gift recipient enjoys humiliating their pet by dressing them in poofy, frilly dresses or other types of clothing)
  • Collar and leash
  • “I Heart Horses” (or preferred critter) paraphernalia, such as bumper stickers, coffee mugs, etc.
  • Homemade gift certificate that entitles the gift recipient to cash in on a number of things, such as a free dog walk (rain or shine!), free pet sitting, etc.
  • Real gift certificates to the local pet groomer, doggy daycare, etc.

Baby Themed Gift Basket Ideas

This is the perfect gift basket for new parents (or those who are expecting a new arrival in the near future). The “basket” for this theme could be a number of things, depending on your budget, a few ideas include a baby bath, an infant car seat, or a diaper bag. Filling these baskets are easy, some ideas include:

  • Diapers
  • Onesies (those little t-shirts that do up between the legs)
  • Bibs
  • Teething toys
  • Baby food
  • Bottles (if the mother isn’t breastfeeding)
  • Baby socks/booties
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Receiving blankets

…this list could be endless. Visit the baby section of any store and you’ll be full of ideas.

Beach Themed Gift Basket Ideas

This one is good for young kids or even families who love to visit the beach often (New Brunswick has some of the best beaches in Canada!). Some excellent beach themed gift basket ideas include:

  • Beach towels (roll them up tight and tie some ribbon around them to keep them that way)
  • Shovels and other sand toys
  • Sunblock
  • Water bottles (works good as “filler” for the basket)
  • Beach ball
  • Flip flops
  • Water shoes
  • Goggles
  • Snorkel
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat

If you’re making this themed gift basket for a family with a toddler, you could also include some Huggies Little Swimmers – they’re disposable waterproof diapers. For the “basket”, you could use a large sand pale to put everything into.

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Eco-Friendly Themed Gift Basket Ideas

This unique gift basket is perfect for the eco-conscious person in your life. Some ideas include:

  • Energy efficient light bulbs
  • Water filter for their faucet (so they don’t need to buy disposable plastic water bottles)
  • Metal water bottle
  • Reusable cloth bags
  • Rechargeable batteries (and charger)
  • Organic cleaning supplies
  • Solar powered gadgets
  • Eco-friendly cosmetics and skin products
  • Gift certificate to the local farmers market or organic health food store

You can use a reusable cloth shopping bag as the basket, a glass container, or some other recycled container.

Family Game Night Themed  Gift Basket Ideas

This themed gift basket could include:

  • One or two great board games
  • Deck of cards
  • Dice
  • Pads of paper and pencils
  • Microwave popcorn or other snack foods (non-perishable)
  • Bottle of pop

Food Themed Gift Basket Ideas

There are an abundance of things you could include in a food themed gift basket. It’s always a good idea to choose non-perishable food items though, or if you plan on pulling it all together at the last minute, you can save a bunch of money by including baked goods. Here are some ideas:

  • Jams and jellies
  • Canned fruit, pickles, or fish
  • Cookies
  • Homemade chocolates (or store-bought)
  • Gourmet coffee
  • Herbal teas
  • Bottle of wine
  • Mixed nuts in glass jar
  • Dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Peanut brittle
  • Fruitcake
  • Salsa or chutney
  • Hot chocolate

Themed gift basket ideas

Gardener’s Themed Gift Basket Ideas

For this one, you could use a garden tool caddy as the container or a large decorative planter. Fill it with items such as:

  • Seeds
  • Small garden tools
  • Plant food
  • Decorative planters
  • Book on gardening
  • Gardening gloves
  • Kneeling pads
  • Plant labels and stakes
  • Small garden ornaments
  • Solar lights

Hobby-Specific Themed Gift Basket Ideas

If the gift recipient has a special hobby, use it to your advantage to create a gift basket theme. For example, you could make a scrapbooking themed gift basket, or one that is geared around the photography enthusiast. If your gift recipient loves to build model trains or is into Harley Davidson, work with it to make a unique gift basket.

Movie Night Themed Gift Basket Ideas

Use a popcorn bucket at the container, and fill with items like:

  • Popcorn seeds or microwave popcorn
  • Gourmet popcorn seasoning
  • DVD or Blu-ray movies
  • Bottle of pop
  • Various snacks
  • Gift certificate to local movie rental store

Spa/Bath Themed Gift Basket Ideas

This gift basket is not only good for the lady in your life, it can also be a fun idea for smaller children if you fill it with the right things. Here are ideas for both:

  • Small bath toys
  • Bath crayons
  • Bath bombs (you can purchase ones that have a little toy in them when they dissolve)
  • Bath salts
  • Bubble bath
  • Scented bath oils
  • Sea sponge
  • Floating candles
  • Lotions
  • Various soaps
  • Foot scrubs
  • Eye masks
  • Pedicure set
  • Massage oils

…this list is virtually endless. Consider using a shower caddy as the container.

Sports Themed Gift Basket Ideas

If the gift recipient has a favourite sport, it’s easy to make a unique gift basket for him or her. Every sport has accessories and gear that are perfect to include. For example, the golfer always needs balls, tees, a golf glove, etc. For hockey, think stick tape, water bottle, gift certificate for skate sharpening, etc. Decide what sport you’re going to create the basket around and simply visit a sports store to get some great ideas for making a themed gift basket.

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More Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Do you have some homemade Christmas gift basket ideas that haven’t been mentioned here? Whether it’s tips on shopping or ideas on themes, we’d love to hear what you have to say!

Make Your Own Gift Basket: Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas & Tips

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas


Putting together homemade Christmas gift baskets can be an excellent way to group together all those smaller items you found on sale that are great for someone on your shopping list who isn’t going to receive a stocking from you Santa. Gift baskets make great gifts for all ages too, you just need a plan of action. Check out these tips on how to make a gift basket to help you put together the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Tips on How to Make Your Own Gift Basket

1. Decide on a theme – Gift basket themes help to make the gift have a purpose, rather than a hodgepodge full of random items. Consider the people who you’re making the baskets for to help you decide on your gift basket themes. What is the gift recipient’s hobbies, interests, etc.? Some excellent ideas for making a themed gift basket are provided in the link at the end of this blog post.

Holiday shopping tips

2. Shop throughout the year – We all have good intentions of starting our Christmas shopping early in the year, especially after spending a stressful and ridiculous amount of time scrambling at the very last minute to find the perfect gift. When making holiday gift baskets, if you make a decision well in advance of Christmas who you’re shopping for and what gift basket themes you’re going for, you can keep your eyes open for deals 365 days of the year, picking up items to go into the gift basket when they’re on sale. Taking this approach is also easier on the wallet and you aren’t left thinking “Holy crap! Only 3 more pay cheques until Christmas! What am I going to do?!”

3. Pick a basket – For a unique gift basket, be creative when choosing the actual container the gifts will go into, making it something that the gift recipient can use. For example, if you’re making a beach themed gift basket, use a sand pale as the basket. Or if you’re making a movie themed basket, use a popcorn bucket to put your gifts into.

Make your own gift basket

4. Put it all together – Now that you’ve decided on your gift basket themes and you’ve got all your supplies, putting it all together is the easy part. Place the items into the basket, putting the larger items at the back and smaller items in the front and on top of the bigger items. Purchase some Christmas themed cellophane and some ribbon from your local dollar store and wrap it around the entire basket. Easy-peasy.

Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Make sure you read our post Themed Gift Basket Ideas for a ton of awesome ideas on how to make your own gift basket. From the eco-friendly gift basket to the gift basket for the sports lover, you’ll be provided with a bunch of suggested items to put into a variety of different themed holiday gift baskets, including ideas on creative containers you can use to help make your gift even more unique.

How to make your own gift basket

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Do you have tips on how to make a gift basket? We’d love to hear your homemade Christmas gift basket ideas, so be sure to leave a comment!

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