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Christmas on a Budget – Start Collecting Baskets

Christmas on a Budget – Start Collecting Baskets

Do you like to create gift baskets to give at Christmas or other occasions?

If you do, you know that the baskets themselves can be as expensive as the items you make or buy to add to them. So where to you find baskets?

The best way I know to cut down on the cost of making gift baskets is by collecting baskets year round shopping at thrift stores.

Just look at this amazing collection of baskets I found on a recent visit!

Start Collecting Baskets - Shelves Full of Baskets at Thrift Store

There were dozens of baskets in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Start Collecting Baskets - Baskets of All Shapes and Sizes

Prices ranged from 99 cents up to $4.99.

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

There were Christmas themed baskets.

Start Collecting Baskets - Christmas Themed Baskets at Thrift Store

This basket would have been perfect for putting together a coffee, tea or hot chocolate themed basket:

Start Collecting Basket - Beverage Basket

If you start collecting now, you’ll have lots of baskets ready to turn into gift baskets for Christmas or any occasion.

And then once you’ve got a nice collection, you can start planning what to fill the baskets with.

Food baskets are almost always well received.

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

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

Do It Yourself Gift Basket Ideas for All Occasions

DIY Gift Basket Ideas for Any and All Occasions

13 Ideas for DIY Gift Baskets from Country Living

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.


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Christmas on a Budget - Start Collecting Baskets





Note: This post originally appeared on Super Mom – No Cape! in June of 2013. It has been updated with all new photos and links to help you make this year’s Christmas on a Budget your best Christmas ever!

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  • Leanna
    September 19, 2017 3:23 pm

    This is a great idea. I am writing a series on prepping for Christmas and suggested gathering boxes, but had not thought of baskets. Last year is the first time we started giving a gift basket to each of our families so this post has been most helpful.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  • Christine M
    September 15, 2017 3:46 am

    What a great selection of baskets.

  • Marie
    September 14, 2017 2:21 pm

    My mom always had a bunch of baskets on the top of the fridge…sure came in handy on many occasions! This is another good idea.

  • Meghan Ashburn
    September 8, 2017 7:33 pm

    Great idea! I never thought about giving baskets of things. I’m not a very crafty person, but I think you may convert me. ❤

  • Oby
    September 8, 2017 5:31 pm

    I love filling baskets with miniature wine bottles. Great for birthday and Xmas gifts.

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

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

  • Maria
    June 30, 2013 11:57 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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