3 DIY gift baskets

Choose your theme: Personalized treasures, soothing relaxers, or a winter escape kit

A spa-inspired handmade gift basket.

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Give 'em a break

A water hyacinth basket ($12;  pier1.com) is the natural choice to contain spa-inspired stress relievers.

Click ahead to see how to put this gift basket together.

Handmade bath scrub

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Make: Bath scrub

Create a scrub from 1/2 cup each Epsom salts and sugar, plus 1/4 cup sunflower oil, and place inside a pretty glass mason jar ($32 for set of six;  heathceramics.com).

A handmade lavender sachet

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Make: Lavender sachet

Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet.

Handmade travel candle

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Make: Travel candle

Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores).

More:  Handmade travel candle instructions

A few store-bought gifts to add to a handmade gift basket.

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Add

Add a few store-bought items to round out your spa-inspired gift basket:

A gift tote filled with personalized items

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Make it personal

Present monogrammed items in a canvas tote ($15;  uppercasegallery.ca) that bears the recipient’s initials.

Personalized river rock paperweights

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Make: Paperweights

Stencil river rocks with white rub-on transfers (available at craft stores).

- By Kelly Wilkinson, San Francisco

More:  Monogrammed paperweight instructions

A hand-stamped napkin becomes a mongrammed handkerchief

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Make: Handkerchief

Hand-stamp a linen napkin.

- By Arounna Khounnoraj, Toronto, ON

More:  Monogrammed handkerchief instructions

Personalized pencils and notepad

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Add

Add a few store-bought items to round out your personalized gift package:

Handmade and store-bought gifts make up this holiday gift basket.

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Let's get lost

Pull together items for the ultimate weekend escape in a space-saving folding felt basket ($48;  plasticashop.com).

Handmade marshmallows

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Make: Marshmallows

Give homemade marshmallows in a cellophane bag, or choose another sweet treat to share from your kitchen.

More:  Gifts from the kitchen 

Handmade etched glasses

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Make: Etched glasses

Use etching cream (available at craft stores) to add a personal message to glassware ($2.50 each;  pier 1.com). ― Kelly Wilkinson, San Francisco

Free download:  Get our etched glass stencil

More:  How to make etched glasses

A deck of cards and gaming book

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Add

When it's too cold to go outside, these store-bought items will provide hours of indoor entertainment:

  • Playing cards ($4).
  • Ultimate Book of Card Games ($20;  amazon.com).

Hot cocoa mix and a warm wool blanket

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Add

Hot cocoa and a warm wool blanket will ensure your gift recipient a comfy, cozy winter:

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