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Christmas on a Budget – Start Collecting Baskets

Can you believe that the year is almost half over and six months today is Christmas Day?

Now I know that with the heat wave that some of us are experiencing, Christmas may be the last thing on your mind. But now is a great time to get a head start on the expense of the holidays.

When I was browsing through the house wares shelves at Value Village looking for things for our son’s apartment, I came across an end shelf stacked high with baskets.

Tall shelf of basket at Value Village

And then just around the corner were even more baskets.

More Baskets from Value Village

Prices ranged from 99 cents up to $4.99.

Now if you’ve ever shopped at any of the big craft stores, you know that baskets can cost much more than that.

If you like to give gift baskets for Christmas (or other occasions) the time to start collecting them is now.

And then you can start planning what to fill the baskets with.

Food baskets are usually well received.

One that I like to give starts with my Bean Soup in a Jar. To a second jar, I add the dry ingredients for Herbed Beer Bread. Then I add a can of beer for making the bread. And of course, I also include handwritten recipe cards for making the soup and bread.

There are so many other great ideas out there for what you can fill your baskets with. Following are just a few of the posts I found featuring inexpensive basket fillers.

Roundup: 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas We Love

How To Put Together A Fantastic, Affordable Gift Basket

20 Gift Basket Ideas for every occasion…Thoughtful, Cheap and Awesome!

And if you do a search of gift baskets on Pinterest, you’ll find countless more ideas!

Do you like to give gift baskets at Christmas?  Is there something unique that you like to fill your baskets with?  If  so, I’d love for you to share your ideas for fillers in the comments.



  • Deborah
    June 25, 2013 7:59 am

    I don’t give gift baskets, but I do collect baskets to keep my knitting or sewing projects in. I also have smaller ones to keep medicines, washcloths, wrapped candies, etc. I buy them at thrift stores and have a variety of sizes for many uses.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    June 25, 2013 10:23 am

    I like filling gift baskets with handmade toiletries – bath oils, bath salts, hand scrubs, that kind of thing. They are easy and inexpensive to make and always go down well.

  • Maria Wilson
    June 25, 2013 10:24 am

    Wow there are some lovely baskets there. Wish I lived closer sew I could buy one for my crafts.

  • Maria
    June 30, 2013 11:57 pm

    Those baskets will make lovely gifts. Thanks for the idea. Visiting from Sew Many Ways.

  • Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest
    July 7, 2013 8:43 pm

    There are lots of great baskets to be found at the thrift store!

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