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Best Gifts: Gift Baskets for Kids

Gift Baskets for KidsGift baskets for kids are fun and easy to make. Kids love personalized gift baskets for Christmas, birthdays, or any special occasion. And they are gifts that are remembered long after the tree comes down or the cake is gone.

Last year I told you about my college finals survival kits (a great gift basket for your older kids). The same ideas will work for a child of any age. The key is to find something they are interested in and build a basket around that theme. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Cooking Gift Basket

If your child loves baking, get him or her the real thing. Include a child-sized apron and toque, oven mitts, small wooden rolling pin, and measuring cups and spoons. Add a basic cooking book (our favorites are Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics and Klutz’s Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual) and a binder with your own collection of easy recipes that your child can add to.

We gave Monica one of these a number of years ago and she still uses it — and she’s a great cook! You can get great kids’ cooking sets in one package, too.

Sweet Tooth Gift Basket

My oldest daughter, Jessica, came up with this idea for Samson. She filled it with all sorts of non-perishable yummy snacks: granola bars, cupcakes, chocolate wafers, etc. It quickly became the envy of Caleb who is waiting with bated breath to get his own treat basket.

Book Lover’s Gift Basket

Fill a basket with inexpensive paperback books and an Amazon.com gift certificate to choose more favorites. Throw in (pardon the pun) a fleece blanket to curl up with.

Movie Fan Gift Basket

If one of your kids loves movies, grab a couple of favorite DVDs, add a bag of microwave popcorn, a can of soda, a box of licorice, and a package of his favorite candy.

Scrapbooking Gift Basket

One of my dear friends is a world-famous scrapbooker. I’m the anti-craft. But I do have some kids who have the crafty bug. For one of them, get some special accent papers, fancy scissors, gel pens, paper punches, and any of those other crafty tools whose uses are of constant confusion to me.

Kids Gardening SetGardening Gift Basket

When Alana was younger she was fascinate with gardening. We gave her a big watering can filled with kid-sized gardening gloves (we bought three pairs of this brand nearly two decades ago and they are still going strong), gardening hand tools (get a quality set that will actually work, even if it’s a “toy”), knee pads, and a bunch of seeds to plant. The next spring she was all over the dirt. Be sure to include the Klutz Kids’ Gardening book. We’ve had this for years and years and it’s a perennial (ahem) favorite. And it comes with a nearly indestructible hand trowel.

I’ve even seen nice, affordable, working child-sized wheel barrows. Can you imagine the excitement that a wheelbarrow filled to the brim with a long-handled gardening tool set (like the one pictured above), a gardening apron and hat, a garden tote with tools, and all sorts of other gardening supplies would bring? What a fun gift! Educational, too.

Artists Gift Basket

What kid doesn’t love to draw, color, and paint? This gift basket is simple to put together and provides hours upon hours of educational fun. For this basket, don’t go for the grocery store Crayolas, instead, spring for some real art supplies. Inexpensive drawing paper and nice drawing pencils are the starting point. (Or splurge on wondrous Prismacolor pencils. I know they are expensive, but they are so worth it!) Add some paints and an apron-style smock. The Drawing Textbook is such a great little (inexpensive, too) book that my fourth daughter is currently using — and the little boys can’t wait.

Design Your Own

What does the child in your life love? How do they spend their spare time? Are there any innate talents or interests they would enjoy developing? Build a gift basket around that theme for the great kids in your life.

Please share you kids’ gift basket creations!

P.S. If you’re just not up to this much creativity this season (I understand!), check out my the 9 Best Toy Sets My Kids Play with All the Time. Hours of fun, no assembly required (on your part, at least)!

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  • SueBee December 3, 2010, 5:45 pm

    Alison, this is JUST what I was looking for. So many great ideas. I know for sure Santa will be leaving a gardening gift basket, an artists gift basket, and a cooking gift basket under our tree. What great ideas. Thank you!

  • Ila February 7, 2011, 5:11 pm

    These are all great ideas- and a favorite for any age, really. I remember when I was younger, I always looked forward to baskets, because it always seemed like it never ended. My daughter is recently getting into dance. What are some suggestions you would recommend to make one for her?

  • Alison Moore Smith February 8, 2011, 12:59 am

    Ila, thanks for stopping by.

    Any hobby or interest is a great way to create a theme basket. A dancing basket could get very expensive — with dance clothes, shoes, etc. — but there may be ways to keep it reasonable. Perhaps a poster of a favorite dancer, a cd of downloaded dance music, pony tail holders or other things for hair, tickets to a dance concert (some are free, check local dance and public schools), concert makeup or glitter (depends on the genre, ballroom dancers, for example, are famous for fake tanning 🙂 ), energy bars or other healthy snacks for heavy rehearsal days, foot undies, any supplies that go with the type of dance, may be helpful.

    Hope some of those ideas get you brainstorming what your daughter would like!

  • HVS February 15, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Such a cute idea! It’s my niece’s birthday and she loves cooking. Maybe a personalized bib with her name on it would really make the gift special?

  • Alison Moore Smith February 15, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Great idea. I was looking at putting together a cooking basket for my 7-year-old son and found the best ever, personalized Star Wars apron! But they were all on backorder. Boo hoo! He would have loved it. Maybe for his birthday. 🙂

  • reva September 6, 2011, 1:26 am

    Thanks for giving such a nice tips for Best gift like gift basket for kids or anything else……… This is the really best gift for everybody no one think about that. Your idea is really wonderful…

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