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Gift Baskets on a Budget


The grandeur of gift baskets can certainly be alluring, but that doesn't mean you have to blow your bank account in order to send the perfect gift. Whether you're trying to say thank you, congratulations, or happy holidays, you don't have to spend a fortune to do it. Make the most out of your tight budget with these tips and ideas for budget gift baskets.

Going the DIY route can be easy, and homemade gift baskets are not only budget-friendly - they're thoughtful as well

Bargain Shopping is Best
All types of bargain hunters know that the best way to get the best deal is to shop around. Spur-of-the-moment decisions typically lead to spending more than necessary. Don't feel like you have to make an immediate decision. Before you commit to your gift basket, look at different options and be ready to be flexible. You don't necessarily have to go with the deluxe version to send the right message. Maybe you can do without a couple of items or opt to replace them with cheaper alternatives. Don't be afraid to ask and find out what your options are.

Plan Ahead
No matter how good you are at coupon-clipping and bargain hunting, if you don't plan ahead, you could miss out on some serious cost savings. Having to pay for overnight or next-day shipping can make an otherwise affordable gift basket very expensive. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead. Figure out how long the cheapest shipping option will likely take and order your gift basket in advance to ensure that you stay within your budget and it still arrives on time.

Make Your Own
Rather than dropping your dough on a pre-assembled gift basket, make Martha Stewart proud and create your own instead. Going the DIY route can be easy, and homemade gift baskets are not only budget-friendly - they're thoughtful as well. To get your basket base, check out local thrift stores and discount shops. Thrift store baskets can be easily revived and given a second shot at life with a quick coat of spray paint, and shredded paper provides a quick, easy, and cheap filler. Once you've gotten your base in order, the fillings are up to you.

  • Spa gift basket: Create your own relaxation-inspired spa gift basket by combining soothing candles and luxurious bath products like bubble bath, bath salts, and a loofah.
  • Food gift baskets: Easy make-at-home mixes like hot chocolate mix or cookie ingredients make for great DIY gifts. Simply combine ingredients in glass mason jars for an easy and attractive presentation and add to your gift basket. Or make your own homemade treats like biscotti, cookies, and candy and get double the credit - for your creativity and your kitchen prowess.

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