How to DIY a customised gift hamper for any occasion

Whether you're heading to a wedding, looking for the ideal birthday gift or simply want to show a friend how much you care, a gift hamper is always a winner. It's a thrifty way to treat that special someone AND it can be customised to suit their interests. Here's how to make one yourself...

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When you’ve got birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and weddings on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about your gifting options. When you’re looking for the ideal gift for her, you’ll no doubt find plenty of lovely ideas online. But, if you’re sticking to a tight budget or want something personalised, you could always try DIYing a gift yourself.

Plus, some gifts might not always 100% suitable for your recipient. For example, if your friend is a vegan, it may be difficult to find a pamper hamper than contains vegan-friendly, cruelty-free products. If your mum is gluten-free, finding a foodie treats hamper with suitable ingredients might be tough. That’s when DIYing it comes in handy!

So, that’s why I’ve come up with a few tips and ideas for making your own gift hampers at home. You can hand-pick the contents so that you know your giftee will love it and you can make it by upcycling old baskets and using scrap paper and ribbons you’ve already got in your craft stash. This way, you’ll save money AND create a truly special DIY present for your other half, family member or friend.

Pamper hamper

I’ve taken an old wicker basket and have upcycled it with a coat of fresh white spray paint to turn it into gift hamper. The spray paint makes it easy to cover all the woven texture from different angles. You could also make use of any leftover emulsion paint you already have and use a brush to work it into the basket weave.

Then all you need to do is pile in lots of treats for mum and tie a bow around the lid of the hamper. To make a bath-time ‘pamper hamper’ I laid fresh new flannels in the hamper to line it and then popped in some bath fizzers, face masks and luxurious creams.

Then all you need to do is pile in lots of treats for mum and tie a bow around the lid of the hamper. To make a bath-time ‘pamper hamper’ we laid fresh new flannels in the hamper to line it, and then popped in some bath fizzers, face masks and luxurious creams.

Put taller items towards the back of the hamper, such as some low-cost fluffy slippers and a mini bottle of bubbly. To make bath crystals a little more special, pour them into an old jam jar, spray paint the lid and tie an organza ribbon around the neck of the jar. Add a scented candle, et voila! Everything your friend needs for a pampering evening in.

Gardening goodies

Alternatively, find a basket you’re happy with from a charity shop or car boot sale, and simply dress it up with some homemade packaging. To make the shredded base, you can use chive scissors to recycle old brown paper from a parcel you’ve received. This shreds the paper into a straw-like texture to cover the base of the basket. Alternatively, you could use a paper shredder to bulk-cut strips of paper. Again, I’ve used recycled brown paper, but you could use metallic wrapping paper for a glitzy finish.

For a family member who loves gardening, why not make a basket full of supplies for their hobby? I’ve added gardening gloves, pruning scissors, packs of seeds, hand tools, a rose-print bamboo cup for an al fresco coffee while she’s pottering outdoors and hand cream to give her hands a treat after all the hard work she does in the garden.

In fact, ANY gifts can be added to the upcycled hamper to delight your recipient – just think about her hobbies and then add a few of her favourite things to a basket. Even if your mum or friend simply needs to put her feet up and relax, you could fill a basket with a mug, her favourite hot chocolate mix, flavoured syrups, marshmallows and chocolate spoons to help her chill out with a steaming cup of cocoa.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for DIYing your own gift hampers for your family and friends. Let me know in the comments below if you come up with any other themed hamper ideas, I would love to hear what you’ve put together yourself. My blogger friend Fairytale Pretty Picture previously shared her ideas for a Christmas hamper on my blog so be sure to check out that DIY post too!

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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