“Orange You Glad…” DIY Gift Basket

DIY Gift Basket Idea

When it comes to birthday presents for my friends I am slightly ashamed to say that I never know what to get them. Most of my friends already have everything and I absolutely hate it when they tell me they me they don’t want anything. That just bothers me to no end because I want to be a good friend who gives a gift that looks like I put some thought into it. Just giving my really close friends a gift card isn’t enough for me because I am a self-proclaimed overachiever.

November just so happened to be the time when it seemed like everyone had a birthday and I was scrambling to make sure that I texted everyone and posted on their Facebook wall on their birthday. Since this was my first semester of college this year, I realized that everything is really expensive! Well, I realized that before but now that I was living in another state and paying for school on my own, I became so much more conscious of my budget. I had one close friend whose birthday was at the end of November and I had absolutely no idea what to get him. So, I did what I always do when I have no idea what to do in most situations. I started browsing Pinterest. I came across the idea to make a gift basket for a present. It was full of snack foods and such. I mean, what guy doesn’t love junk food? I noticed that everything in the basket was orange and the caption said that you can use whatever color you want. Then it dawned on me. I could make this a theme basket! My friend and I have so many inside jokes and we always think stupid puns are funny. So I came up with this idea. I would put a note in the basket that would say “Orange you glad it’s your birthday?” and fill it with treats that were all in orange packaging. He loved it and I decided I would share this awesome idea with you!

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Here is a list of the things I used for this basket:

  • Cardboard box
  • Washi tape
  • Cupcake window box
  • Note card

And then I filled it with these treats. Honestly, you can put whatever you want in it that is orange.

  • Orange Mountain Dew (I found it at Wal-Mart, but I can’t remember what the exact flavor is)
  • Cheetos
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Trident gum – Tropical flavor
  • Orange Tic Tacs
  • Starbursts
  • Pens (you will see why I added this)

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I got one of these little treat boxes with the windows so I could put the smaller treats in it and attach the note to inside of the box.

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I then filled the box with the Reese’s Pieces, Peanut Butter Cups, Tic Tacs, and gum.

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I had colored note cards and I wrote ” ‘Orange’ you glad it’s your birthday?” on it and attached it to the inside facing upwards so it’s visible through the window.

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My friend has this bad habit of losing pens all the time, so when I found these pens in a partially orange package I just had to put them in the basket, too. I used a gift tag to write a little message and I attached it to the pen package with washi tape.

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To “spice up” the boring cardboard box I made a pattern all around the box with the same washi tape I used earlier and attached a card to the front that said “Happy Birthday.” I filled the box with the bigger soda, Cheetos, Starbursts, pens, and the smaller box and slipped his birthday card inside. This is the finished project!

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Let me know what you think of this basket idea. And if you have any ideas for gift baskets, I would love to see them! Leave a link or comment below and I would love to check out your idea. You never know when these gift basket ideas will come in handy!

 

 

 

  • Kristen Moore

    how could you name boxes with other colors like pink or blue?

  • Kristen, maybe you could do them for a going away gift like “I will be so ‘blue’ without you” or “I don’t want to ‘pink’ about how much I will miss you”. 🙂