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Need a present for someone who's overworked or overstressed? This easy DIY Relaxation Gift Basket is the perfect idea ... it's filled with things to help them unwind, and it's super simple to make!
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There are so many traditions I cherish at this time of year: making cookies, shopping for and wrapping presents, getting together with family and friends, and checking out holiday windows and decorations, to name a few.
All this activity can get a little hectic though, and at the end of the day, I love to relax with a cup of hot tea. It's the perfect way to unwind.
Which got me thinking ... I know a lot of other people that could use a little relaxation, too. Don't we all?
This Relaxation Gift Basket is the perfect for treat for anyone that needs a little peace and quiet ... moms and dads, teens, friends, and even teachers!
DIY Relaxation Gift Basket
This Relaxation Gift was inspired by my love of tea. But this present can be customized for whoever you're giving it to!
In this day and age where we're all a little overstimulated / overworked, I can think of many occasions this gift basket would be perfect for:
- Teacher Appreciation Gift
- Mother's Day
- Father's Day
- Grandparent's Day
- Treat for a Teen or College Student
- New Mom or Dad
- Wedding Shower Gift
- Gift for a Boss or Coworker
- Baby Shower Present
- Silent Auction, Raffle, or Fundraiser
- Wedding Present
- Treat for a Boyfriend or Girlfriend
- Housewarming Gift
- Get Well Soon Present
- Christmas Gift
See what I mean? It really is an all purpose and unique relaxation gift idea! And the best part is that it's stress free to put together, too.
This Gift Basket was created with a friend in mind. I'd recommend choosing five to seven small gifts to fill your gift basket.
She loves tea, so that was the first thing I got. Along with the tea, I filled the gift basket with other relaxing surprises like a coloring book and a candle.
And there's no need to spend a lot of money ... just fill in the extra space with candy or other inexpensive treats.
Want to make your own gift of relaxation? Here's what you'll need to get started:
- basket or other container (the dollar store is a great resource for this)
- tissue paper (I used plain white and ombre.)
- washi tape (This silver glitter tape is similar to the washi tape I used.)
- twine or string (I used both jute twine or baker's twine.)
- card stock
- free printable Relax & Unwind label (download it at the end of this post)
You'll also need some items to fill your gift basket. Here's what I used:
- a mug (This owl mug is similar to the one I used.) ... or another glass that fits your drink.
- tea (I used Bigelow's Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, and Constant Comment teas.) ... or another drink like ice tea, sparkling water, wine or champagne, beer, etc.
- a variety of relaxing gifts (I chose a coloring book and gel pens (similar), a game (like Farkle), nail polish, a candle, and chocolates.)
- other ideas: gift cards, homemade (or store bought) cookies, candy, manicure kit, spa supplies (like scented body wash, lotions, masks, or scrubs ... try my DIY Sugar Scrub), cozy blanket, slippers, pajamas, book, journal, magazines, and more.
How to Make a Relaxation Basket
Packaging the Gifts
To make this gift basket more fun to open, wrap or repackage some of the presents.
I used baker's twine to tie together four tea bags from each box. (There's 20 tea bags in a box, so you can get multiple gifts out of each package ... a great way to save a little money!)
Then, I wrapped the candle in ombre tissue paper and tied it together with more of the baker's twine. It took minutes to wrap, but looks so pretty and made a nice surprise for the recipient.
The gel pens I bought came in a big pack, so I split them into two sets. (Just like the tea, dividing the pens up means you can make more than one gift from a single pack.) I taped the pens together with some pretty glitter washi tape. Doesn't that look much cuter than the packaging the pens came in?
Decorating the Basket
I also wrapped some of that glitter washi tape (this silver glitter tape is similar) around the handles of my basket for a little extra bling.
You could use any kind of washi tape for this ... pick something that fits the gift recipient!
Filling the Basket
Start filling your gift basket by placing the tallest or largest item in the back ... the coloring book in my case.
Have you caught on to the coloring book craze yet? It's so fun and definitely a good way to unwind after a crazy day.
My friend loved it!
Keep filling the basket, adding smaller items as you get toward the front. You can also use small items to fill in any gaps.
Use tissue paper to fill the bottom of the basket and create height, as needed.
I also balled up a sheet of tissue paper and stuffed it in the mug.
That way the tea sat right on top of the mug in the basket.
Finishing the Basket
Once everything is in the basket, add more tissue paper around the gifts. This will hold the presents in place and make the basket look more full.
To finish, I scattered chocolates between the gifts and tied a cute Relax & Unwind gift tag onto the basket with the jute twine for a little extra texture and interest.
You can download the free printable gift tag at the end of this post.
This DIY Relaxation Gift Basket turned out so bright and cheery. I definitely want one for myself ... ha ha!
Obviously, I chose more girly colors and presents for my gift basket, but this gift could be customized for a man, too.
And don't limit yourself to giving one just during the holidays; it makes an awesome gift year round (hello, Mother's Day!).
Printable Gift Tag
Click the image below to download a free printable Relax & Unwind gift tag!
Print it on card stock for best results.
More DIY Gift Ideas
And you can find more gift ideas here ... there's something for everyone.
Do you know anyone who could benefit from a gift of relaxation?