Last-Minute Holiday Idea: Easy, Homemade Gift Baskets

Last-Minute Holiday Idea: Easy, Homemade Gift Baskets

Skip the store and go DIY with these fun, festive homemade gift baskets this holiday.

Okay, so… Who else still needs a few gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people lingering on your list?

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Or rather, did you wait ’til the last minute this year? … Again? (Ugh, same. This month goes by way too fast!)

Coming to you with an easy, affordable idea that’s thoughtful, personal and sure to be a hit for anyone you still need to shop for this season.

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It’s no secret that I’m a big wine-lover, so when the holiday season comes around, I like to give gifts that reflect a few of my own favorite things. (As they say: Give the gift you’d want to receive, right?)

This year, I curated a homemade gift basket to help you to spoil your recipients — full of items they may not necessarily treat themselves to… Most notably: Wine. (Cupcake Vineyards Sparkling Red wine, to be exact.)

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Earlier this week, I ran to the store (and by “ran to” I mean “killed two hours in”) to pick up my supplies.

Truthfully, I had no idea what I was going to include before I actually went  — which are, like, the absolute worst terms to go shopping on. Ha!

Anyway, I embraced the challenge of really, truly thinking about who I was shopping for before landing on the items that I included today (which we’ll get to).

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Since time is of the essence, I’ll keep the remainder of today’s how-to short-and-sweet. Here’s how to create your own DIY basket:

  1. The foundation. 

First, select the right type of basket. (Duh, but like, this is important.)

Since I was featuring a bottle of wine in mine, I wanted a basket that was longer instead of wider — as well as something that the recipient would be able to re-use in their home.

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2. The “main course.” 

Get a festive bottle of bubbly — or whatever else you’re featuring as the focal point of your gift.

This refreshing sparkler — Cupcake Vineyards Sparkling Red wine — is perfect for any occasion, from warming up after a day of winter activities to serving serving Christmas dinner to the fam.

Admittedly, I’d never had sparkling red wine before I tried this one — it’s actually really refreshing (and tastes like a blend of black cherry, florals and nutmeg).

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3. Add a personal or home-made touch. 

Beyond the wine, I wanted the basket to appear brimming with an assortment of accessories.

Chocolate-covered peppermint pretzels add a touch of sweetness, and they actually pair deliciously well with the wine. With the balance of a little sweet and a little salt, there’s something in here for even the pickiest palette.

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4. Add the rest in. 

To complete the gift basket, just add some pretty toppers — like gold stemware, a unique wine stopper and a scented candle.

Be sure to pick up some pretty packaging for the perfect finishing touch, too. (The ones I’m using are from Sugar Paper LA, so cute and — better yet, affordable!)

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As a little styling tip, arrange everything in your basket while you’re still in-store to make sure it fits and looks the way you like.

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*In this post: 


Cable-knit sweater: Topshop (also love this style)
Ripped jeans: Joe’s Jeans ‘Blondie’ (on sale)

Basket trimmings

Wicket basket (darker version here)
Holiday drizzle pretzel rods
Glass dot candle (striped version here)
Gift tags and twine set

Home decor

Marble coffee table: CB2
Birch wood Christmas trees: Target
Oversize knit blanket: Ugg

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