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.
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).
Make: Lavender sachet
Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet.
Make: Travel candle
Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores).
Make it personal
Present monogrammed items in a canvas tote ($15; uppercasegallery.ca) that bears the recipient’s initials.
Stencil river rocks with white rub-on transfers (available at craft stores).
- By Kelly Wilkinson, San Francisco
Hand-stamp a linen napkin.
- By Arounna Khounnoraj, Toronto, ON
Let's get lost
Pull together items for the ultimate weekend escape in a space-saving folding felt basket ($48; plasticashop.com).
Give homemade marshmallows in a cellophane bag, or choose another sweet treat to share from your kitchen.
More: Gifts from the kitchen
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).