You can get a lot of inexpensive Mother's Day and Graduation Day gift ideas right here! Believe it or not there are some people who don't like junky, rusty, metal, vintage, thrifty stuff like you and I do. So today I wanted to share how I put together inexpensive gift baskets and fun candy dishes with stuff from the Dollar Tree. Not only are the gifts inexpensive but they can be personalized for each recipient!
I put together three gift baskets with different themes. One of the gift baskets is for a Nursing Home resident, one gift basket is for the creative crafter, and one gift basket is a treat for anyone who loves a Pedicure.
Inexpensive Dollar Tree Gift Baskets | Ideas For Mom, Grads, Anyone!
I don’t know about you guys but there is just something about a gift basket. I love it when I receive a gift basket. It's fun discovering the goodies inside. When you look at these ideas be thinking of the next gift giving opportunity you will have and how to customize a basket for the recipient.
Dollar Tree Gift Basket For Mother's Day
Keep in mind that these baskets are just to give you ideas. You can customize a gift basket for your child's teacher, your neighbor, the postman (or woman), your grandkids, etc. The Dollar Tree is full of pretty things along with practical items that can easily make a gift basket unique.
1. Select The Container
The first thing you need to put the basket together is…..a basket….of any type. Take into consideration what you might put into the basket and select the appropriate size. Or another idea might be to gather all the items you want to put into the basket then pick the basket.
There are all kinds of things you can use as a “basket”. Some ideas; plant pots, metal pails, dish drainers, a basket (!), large plastic bowls, tote bags, kid’s sand pails, gift bags, Chinese take out containers, etc. Get creative.
This is a basket for a nursing home resident. I chose a large pink plastic basket with a handle. You can store a lot of things in small containers such as bath stuff, snacks, and photos so the basket will come in handy.
2. Select Items For The Basket
I gathered a couple of snacks, lotions, hand creams, nail polish, room deodorizer, chap stick, an infinity scarf, a wall hanging (Thank You For Being You), a handheld mirror with pocket mirror, and a Lei for fun! The total cost of this gift basket was $13 plus tax.
3. Prepare Basket Before Adding Gifts
I put everything in the basket and arranged and rearranged. I wasn’t happy. Since the basket was deep everything set on the bottom of the basket. I found some packing paper in the shop and put it in the bottom of the basket. You could also use shredded paper.
4. Add A Basket Liner
Not sure what to call it but you need something to pull the gift basket together like a liner. Use cloth napkins, scarves, cloth shop towels, washcloths, etc. to cover the bottom of the basket and the sides. This adds softness and something to kind of snuggle the gift items in.
I put the Infinity scarf on top of the paper. Isn’t that a pretty design?? I’m always amazed at the things I find at the Dollar Tree. (This is not a sponsored post)
5. Add The Gift Basket Items
Start with the largest items and lean them against one side of the basket or stack them from the bottom. Add smaller items in between until you are happy with the look. The photo above shows how the basket looked after I got it together. Very Uptown for less than $15 and such nice items, fun and useful.
Next Dollar Tree gift basket is for the Pedicure fan. I treat myself to a pedicure occasionally. How about you guys? In this case I used a Lei to soften the look of the gift basket. You should always include things with texture in the basket.
I selected a turquoisy green catchall container for this gift basket. I gathered flip flops, 2 bottles of nail polish, nail brushes, mini ped egg, manicure set, a fun scented candle, and a bright Lei. Who wouldn’t love this basket. It helps to go with a specific color scheme when selecting your items.
Nine items including the basket means $9 plus tax. See how inexpensive these baskets are. This one is perfect for a friend, teenager, etc. Perfect birthday gift basket.
The third gift basket is for the crafter. I found a cute box container with top to use as the basket. The flower design with all the colors was calling my name. The Craft Gift Box contains Mod Podge, Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, a faux cactus, liquid adhesive, three containers of loose glitter ( oh boy!), green ribbon, and googly eyes. Eight items for $8 plus tax. A nice gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Would you give a big hug to the giver of these gifts?
Now for another great gift idea made from Dollar Tree stuff.
I made cute little candy trays and they were a hit with the nursing home residents, staff, and a bunch of my friends too! Great gift idea for any time of the year. You can make these simple Dollar Tree Candy Tray Gifts for less than $2 each. These gifts were made at Christmas time but keep in mind this idea can be tweaked for anytime of year. You can select various types of dishes or small decorative containers and various candies for your special project.
I have a couple of funny stories about how many trips to the Dollar Tree it takes to find Llamas and how many pieces of candy are in the peanut butter cup bag. Read on….
Shop Dollar Tree For Cute Trays
We’ve come to know a lot of the residents at the nursing home and I really wanted to get them a little something for the holidays. We made goodie filled coffee cups (see here) for all of the staff a couple of years ago and they were a big hit. At least it let them know we appreciate them.
I went to the Dollar Tree last week just to see what they had. I didn’t have a gift plan at all so when I spotted these ring holders that was it. The white plates with the gold tone Llamas, Unicorns, Whale Tails, and Dinosaurs were just too pretty. I could just see them filled with candy. Everyone loves chocolate, right? You could also use hard candies, sugar free candies, or personalize the candy selection to the sweet tooth of your recipient!
Buy Candy And Treat Bags At Dollar Tree
I bought gift bags to hold the candy filled dishes. There were 15 bags in each set for $1. I had an issue with the bags I chose but more on that later.
I’m a big fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey’s Kisses and I got those at WalMart.
When I have a plan I will go to any lengths to make sure it happens. The Dollar Tree where I spotted the ring holders only had 10 gold tone ring holders. They had 12 all white ring holders. The all white wasn’t nearly as pretty as the combination white and gold tone ring holders.
Well, Clarksville has 5 Dollar Trees and I hit all of them in 3 days trying to find more of the pretty gold tone ring holders. I ended up with a total of 30 ring holders including 5 white ones. I know that sounds like a lot of trouble to go to for such small gifts but I didn’t mind.
Add Chocolate Treats To Dollar Tree Trays
Now that I had everything the next thing to do was fill the ring holders with candy. If you guys want to know how many peanut butter cups are in the bag and how many kisses are in the bag…..I can tell you……..there are 35 peanut butter cups give or take 1 or 2 and 66 kisses give or take 1 or 2. You’re welcome. I decided I needed more candy so I raided our leftover Halloween candy pulling out all the red wrapped Kit Kats. I poured all of the candy into a cardboard box then I put 6-8 pieces of various kinds of candy in each dish.
Put The Trays In Decorative Bags
When it came time to put the candy filled dishes in the bag I ran into a small problem. When looking at the bags in the store I decided they would be big enough for the dishes. And they were……if I cut one of the seams half way down. I forgot about the skinny neck towards the top of the bag and the dishes wouldn’t fi past the neck. Always something.
Dollar Tree Candy Tray Gifts
I was able to stuff the dishes in the bags, swirl them closed, and twist the little thingies around the bag and nothing fell out! It's best to get an assembly line going when putting the bags together. I made 30 candy filled ring holders putting a certain number of each kind of candy in each dish then stuffed the ring holders in the bag and tied it up.
Do you have a Dollar Tree in your town and do you shop there? Sofi and I love Dollar Tree and I give her a limit of $3-$4 when we shop Dollar Tree together. She would break me if I didn’t give her a limit.
Another Great Gift Idea: Goodie filled coffee cups (candles, candy, and other goodies) I made a couple of years ago here. Mugs can hold a variety of things and you can never have too many mugs. Make a Mom Mug or make a birthday mug for your friend.
As always, thanks for being here. You guys make my job worth doing. Have a great day, Kathy