3 DIY gift baskets Choose your theme: Personalized treasures, soothing relaxers, or a winter escape kit 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. Pinterest Make: Bath scrub $32 for set of six; heathceramics.com 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. Make: Lavender sachet Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet. Make: Travel candle Handmade travel candle instructions Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores). Add Add a few store-bought items to round out your spa-inspired gift basket: Eco-friendly ballet slippers ($50; endless.com). Yellow blossom adjustable eye mask ($12; bibbon.etsy.com). A little tissue paper and maybe some ribbon, and your basket is good to go. Make it personal Present monogrammed items in a canvas tote ($15; uppercasegallery.ca) that bears the recipient’s initials. Make: Paperweights Stencil river rocks with white rub-on transfers (available at craft stores). Make: Handkerchief Hand-stamp a linen napkin to lend your recipient's next dinner party an impossibly swanky air. (And to make sure you get an invite!) Add Add a few store-bought items to round out your personalized gift package: Colorful pencils (from $9 for 12, explicitlyyourspencils.com). Personalized notepad ($32 for 100-page pad; lindaandharriett.com). Don't forget to hand-write the gift tag for the most personal touch of all. Let's get lost $48; plasticashop.com Pull together items for the ultimate weekend escape in a space-saving folding felt basket. Make: Marshmallows Give homemade marshmallows in a cellophane bag, or choose another sweet treat to share from your kitchen--you almost can't go wrong with the gift of something home-cooked. Make: Etched glasses Glasses $2.50 each; pier 1.com Use etching cream (available at craft stores; instructions here) to add a personal message to glassware. 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--or consider patronizing your local bookstore) Add Hot cocoa and a warm wool blanket will ensure your gift recipient a comfy, cozy winter: Dark hot-cocoa mix ($18 for 12 oz.; recchiuti.com). Motor Robe wool throw ($78; pendleton-usa.com). Optional warm hug (priceless).