Renae Diggles

December 1, 2020

Christmas Hampers: Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Renae Diggles

December 1, 2020

These easy DIY Christmas gifts can be put together by anybody. The Christmas hamper will be the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season, especially for people who are difficult to buy for. Although buying an already made hamper is appealing as it can be a time-saver, it can come across as a bit impersonal to the recipient of the hamper. Therefore, by making a hamper yourself, you are able to personalize it for the person you are giving it to, consequently creating a more meaningful gift.

Below is a list of four simple and easy steps to follow on how to create the most beautiful and inexpensive Christmas hamper. Rest assured, it will definitely step up your gift-giving game!

Step 1. Do Up a Budget

The budget that you set for your Christmas hamper will impact on what you decide to put in it.

For this hamper, I set a budget of $30.00. But this didn’t include the basket which was an additional $10.

If you wanted to make a cheaper hamper, you could make the items you put into the hamper yourself. This could include homemade chocolate chip cookies or even a homemade jam stored in a mason jar. If you have a larger budget for your hamper you can add items that are more expensive such as a bottle of wine or even a nice candle.

Once you have set your budget, you can start to buy the supplies you need for your hamper.

Step 2. Find a Basket

This step is actually quite a vital step when creating a hamper. Firstly, you need to decide the size of your basket as it will determine how many items you need. In order to avoid the hamper from looking empty, I recommend that you buy a small to medium-sized basket.

For this easy Christmas hamper, I bought a basket from Target for just $10.00 which is quite affordable, and it’s a perfect size. You could also buy these baskets from places such as a dollar store, K-Mart or amazon.

Christmas basket

Step 3. What Should I Put in My Basket?

This step is where the budget you set earlier becomes important. Below is a list of what’s included in this hamper as well as the amount that each item cost. I mostly got my items from the grocery store and Target.

The items that I have included in my hamper are:

– Tea ($2.90)
– Shortbread cookies ($4.00)
– Infused olive oil ($7.00)
– Chocolates – Lindt ($2.00) & Ferrero Rocher ($7.00)
– Crackers ($2.70)
– Chocolate wafers ($3.50)
Total: $29.10

Christmas hamper items

Some other items that you could put into your hamper include:

– Candles
– Wine
– Fudge
– Hard-boiled lollies
– Soaps
– Chutneys and jams
– Nuts
– Rocky road
– Hot chocolate mixes
– Christmas mugs

You don’t have to specifically stick to the lists of items from above. They are there to help you get started. What you decide to put in your hamper is completely up to you.

Step 4. How to Assemble and Wrap Your Hamper

For this step use tissue paper or shredded paper. Cellophane and ribbon will be needed too.

Firstly, figure out how you want to place everything in your basket. I recommend that you put your tallest items in the back of your basket and arrange the smaller items in front. Once you have done that, fill your empty basket with scrunched up tissue paper or shredded paper. This will give your hamper a more volumized look.

When you are happy with your tissue paper, start to place your items in your basket. This step can be fiddley and is probably the most time-consuming part of creating the hamper. If you find yourself struggling to keep items in position, get some clear sticky tape to either tape overlapping items together or even tape items directly to the basket.

Once you’re happy with the arrangement of your items in the basket you can start wrapping your hamper with cellophane. Firstly, place a large piece of cellophane on a table and place your basket on top of it in the middle. Grab each of the four corners and draw them towards the basket. Then bunch the cellophane and secure it with tape and some nice ribbon to finish off the hamper.  You could even add decorations such as flowers, small baubles or even mistletoe.

Christmas hamper

So there you have it! Easy DIY Christmas gifts in a hamper. Just four simple steps on how to make the most beautiful and inexpensive Christmas hamper for your family and friends this holiday season.

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