Spa gift basket diy ideas you need to know about

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Have you ever wondered what a good unisex and universal gift would be for both genders and all ages? Whether you have a wedding, birthday, engagement, baby shower, require Christmas gifts, or any other gift giving event coming up, a DIY spa gift basket might be one of the most cost-effective and practical presents you can get.

After all, the global skincare market is predicted to be worth $189.3 billion before 2025. That figure alone indicates how much people love to pamper themselves and feel good. Therefore if people love to invest in their skin, why not save them money and make your friends or family feel appreciated by getting them a homemade spa gift basket?

Spa gift baskets are really easy to put together and make a thoughtful gift. To know more about DIY spa baskets, keep reading as we will provide you with several ideas for inspiration.

Who would like homemade DIY spa gift baskets?

If you're not used to buying or making a spa themed gift basket, then the idea of one might be confusing for you, especially to who you should gift one. The truth is, many people love and will use a DIY spa basket in their home. 

Typically though, these spa baskets are often most suited for moms for occasions like Mother's Day, Christmas, birthdays, and more. In addition to mom's a DIY spa gift is also a nice gift for the following people:

  • Teachers: They are great for leaving or thank you gifts.
  • Friends: Spa gift basket DIY is the perfect gift for friends doing a favor, birthdays, or best wishes gifts.
  • Stepmoms, aunties, and mothers in law: If you don't know their preferences very well, gift baskets are a safe present and practical one to purchase.
  • Children: A spa basket is a fantastic gift for bonding with your kids.
  • Men: Often, the spa experience is only focused on women, but they also make fantastic gifts for men!

When is a DIY spa gift basket not a good gift?

A DIY spa gift basket is a great idea for many, but there are some occasions where it might not be appropriate for gifting. While most spa gift baskets are good for people you don't know or people you know that loves skincare, bath, or beauty product, in the following circumstances, you should consider a different gift:

Allergic reactions

If the person you're buying for has allergies, buying skin products is not a good idea. After all, some people might have sensitive skin and require specific hypo-allergenic skin products. Moreover, they might have bad reactions to strong smells from the products. 

Because of this, you have to be really cautionate about gifting soaps, scrubs, and items that have fragrances. Similarly, you might have to think about gifting them equipment instead of products like a back massager, head massager, or cooling eye mask.

Difficulty with scents

Another reason why a spa gift basket may be inappropriate is if the person struggles with scents disliking certain smells, or not being able to smell any. Therefore if you plan on getting someone a spa basket, you must ask a lot of questions to get an idea about their preferences before buying several scented body lotions, body wash, soaps, and essential oils. 

After all, they could detest citrus scents, fruity smells, or even musky ones, making a gift bag useless. If you're unable to ask questions or are unsure, then opt to buy un fragranced and neutral spa gifts.

Does not use baths

If the person you buy for lives quite an on the go lifestyle or opts to have showers instead of baths, then a basket is not always relevant. Especially if the gifts consist of bubble baths, bath bombs, bath salts, oils, and more. 

If this is the case, these gifts could probably collect dust or be recycled and given to someone else. But, this is not too bad as the person you gift the spa basket to will still be touched as it's the thought that counts!

What to put in a homemade spa basket?

A spa basket can vary based on what you'd like to include and, therefore can be as large or as little as you like. They're pretty easy to make; all you need to do is go to the beauty aisle of your local cosmetics or drug store for a wide arrange of gifts. 

You can expect to find body scrub, body lotion, shower gel, body butter, bath bombs, nail polish, and more stuff for pampering in these sorts of places. But, if you want to go the extra distance with this treat, you should consider adding a theme for the best spa experience.

For instance, if you know someone who adores lavender, you could make a spa basket that revolves around that particular scent. Similarly, if children love to look good, you could get them a cool bubble bath or bright colored nail polish. Whereas if the gift recipient is a man, you could consider getting some beard oil, a shaving kit, or manly type scents. If you're uncertain, you can always gain inspiration from the following:

What to put in a DIY bath gift basket:

For home pampering, here are some ideas on what to include in your gift basket:

  • Tissue paper
  • Body lotion
  • Body butter
  • Face masks
  • Shower sponge or loofah
  • Scented candles
  • Bath bombs
  • Cozy fluffy slips
  • Hair towel
  • Eye mask
  • Shower gel
  • Bubble bath
  • Organic or handmade soaps
  • Body scrubs
  • Ribbon for decoration
  • Bath salts

What to put in a DIY manicure/pedicure gift basket:

If the recipient you're buying for loves their nails, then these ideas might be super helpful to include in your whole basket.

  • Toe separators
  • Foot soak
  • Hand lotion
  • A full manicure set including a file, nail brush, cuticle pusher, tweezers, nail clipper, and scissors.
  • Foot scrubber
  • Nail polish
  • Nail remover
  • Foot mask
  • Foot scrub

What to put in a DIY spa day gift basket:

If you're wanting to make a spa basket for a day gift, then you might want to customize it with the following stuff:

  • Fluffy towel
  • Back massager
  • CD of relaxing spa music
  • Head massager
  • Eye mask
  • Muscle Soak
  • Face mask
  • Epsom salts
  • Massage oil
  • Body scrub
  • Body lotion
  • Scented candles
  • Bathrobe and slippers

What to put in a DIY relaxation gift basket:

If you're looking to create the ultimate relaxation home spa experience, here are some ideas:

  • Herbal teas
  • Lip balms
  • Hand cream or lotion
  • Lipgloss
  • Tasty chocolates
  • Stress ball
  • Bath bombs
  • Fluffy socks
  • Scented room spray
  • Bath oil
  • Body oil
  • Oil diffuser

How can I create a DIY spa basket on a budget?

If you want to make a gift basket for any holiday season, it doesn't have to be expensive at all! There's a range of options you can choose from to make the best gift basket according to your budget. Especially if you buy single options to customize your basket or box, it can help make it look fuller easily. If you're on a budget, here are some ideas to think about:

Buy nothing gift basket

If you're not familiar with the buy nothing concept, it's where people give out free stuff they don't need. Normally they're recycled items or unused ones and are on Facebook groups. You might want to check your Facebook and search for local Buy nothing groups in your area for unwanted pampering or bath products.

After all, there have been many people who've been given Christmas gifts filled with unwanted candles or body wash they don't like. Most of them are happy to donate these unused items to a good place where people will use them.

In addition to these groups, you could always go through your personal bath collections you've received from your last holiday season, which you don't use. Similarly, if you've got bottles or bath products from hotel stays, you could add them to the basket. 

Another idea is asking friends, neighbors, or family if they have any unused items. You never know, just speaking to a friend, you could save a lot of time and find a lot of helpful stuff for your gift basket for free.

Dollar Tree Spa Basket

Wherever you are in the world, there is often a dollar store or pound, euro, or your currencies equivalent of such a store. A dollar store is useful as they often contain affordable beauty sections that have a range of candles, soaps, lotion, manicure, and pedicure supplies. Most of the time at a dollar store, you can get 10 items for $10 and therefore could easily make up your basket. 

Even during holidays like Easter, you can find wooden baskets to store the items. You might want to get creative and customize them by spraying them a certain color and adding a ribbon to match your items, adding to the gift experience.

DIY Spa Gift Basket

If you like to have fun making items instead of shopping for them, you might want to consider making your own DIY products for your basket. You can make some cute items for the basket: body scrubs, bath salts, candles, bath bombs, and more. 

If you opt to make these items yourself, they can be a lot more cost-effective around Christmas or other holidays, saving you a lot of money if you need to make multiple Christmas gifts.

How do I put together a spa day gift basket?

When looking to make the best spa basket, you don't don't have to be creative or think ahead to make one; you just need to consider these tips:

Pick your items

Before you get the basket or arrange it, you must assemble the items for putting in it. To help you, you might want to buy some from the drug store or make the items yourself. Similarly, you could ask family members or friends for things to add to the spa basket.

Choose a basket

If you don't have any cute baskets lying around your home, you can ask around for one from someone you know. Moreover, if no one you know has one, you can buy them from craft or dollar stores. Plus, your basket does not have to be a wicker type either you could get creative and make a box using a gift bag, metal bucket, or tin to decorate the items. The best tip for this is to ensure they hold all the individual gifts and look full.

Add padding to the bottom

When making the gift basket, you will want to ensure it's well-padded and the items do not fall through. The padding is not hard to make, you can simply roll up a white towel to make it look like a spa treatment, and it also helps elevate the gifts, making them the focal point of the basket. 

Another idea to add padding is simply putting colored tissue paper in the bottom of shredded paper. Just make sure you don't buy shredded paper and use your own to save you money.

Carefully arrange the cute gifts

In addition to buying the items, the presentation of the basket or bag is equally as important. To make each item look visible and attractive, you will want to start by putting the larger items like bottles in the back. 

Then you might want to think about putting medium-sized items in the middle like candles, massagers, eye masks, and more. Following this, you should put the small items at the front like soaps, smaller bottles, and more at the front.

To also add the illusion of fullness, you might want to think about putting flat items at the back, such as face masks and more, to add cool backdrops. If your gifts are mainly small, you could think about lying them down in fake grass or moth to give them that earthy feel, making it perfect for a holiday like Easter. Similarly, you could also fill it with tinsel or sparkly wrapping to the basket if it's Christmas.

Decorate the basket

To add to the fun of your gift, you should think about adding decorations to it like ribbons or bows to make it more presentable. If you're not the best at adding ribbons or bows, you can always take it to a store or ask a friend to help decorate it.

Add a gift tag

One of the top tips for making a DIY basket is adding a gift tag once you've finished it. These are essential to allow your recipient to know who it's from. Moreover, it also gives you a chance to put a lovely message to show them why they deserve the gift. You can put something simple or even get creative with a poem when writing the note!


Overall, a spa basket is a fun and practical gift to give for all sorts of holiday seasons. Whether you're planning to gift a friend or family member, take time to think about what they like and if they have any allergies before buying. 

Doing this can help you make a themed basked or get gifts that they will definitely use. Gift baskets don't have to be expensive; you can buy cheap individual items from the dollar store or make your own. Check out our products and gift baskets at Body and Earth to get more inspiration for your search


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