Sunshine Gift Basket

A sunshine box is a fun gift to not only give, but to create. Go on a search for all things yellow and surprise someone special with a sunshine yellow gift basket!

You can give a sunshine gift basket as a ‘just because,’ ‘thank you,’ or a ‘birthday gift.”  Make tags to say “Hello Sunshine” or “Let me Brighten up your Day.”

Wooden Crate or gift basket: You can get one at any craft store.

Small snack sizes work well


  • Yellow/White Dishtowel
  • Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate & Caramel Squares
  • Sunshine Mug
  • Juicy Fruit Gum
  • Yellow Nail Polish
  • Butterfinger Candy Bar
  • Yellow soap
  • Golden Oreos
  • Sparkling Peach or Lemon Soda
  • Kleenex’s
  • Personalized Stationery
  • Keebler Vanilla Cookies
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Lemon tea
  • Lay’s potato chips

Arranging the Gift Basket:

Line the box/basket with the dishtowel and arrange the items the best way you can. You want to make sure that every product is showing. It might take a little elbow grease and some innovative re-working but do what you got to do.

If you think of anything else, or just happen to be shopping and see something yellow, get it. For example, a yellow rubber duckie or yellow stuffed rabbit or bear is a nice addition for someone young or old. Another suggestion is a yellow gift card.

To add some “umph,” to this gift, get a gift card to somewhere that you know the individual will like.

If you give a gift card, you might want to include the receipt showing the balance in case there is a problem trying to redeem it. If you can’t find a yellow gift card, get one that is bright and sunny with some yellow in it. The idea behind this gift basket is cheery.

Always include a note. Put it on yellow notecards or stationery. Personalized notes always add a special touch to any gift basket.

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket

You can also make hot cocoa mix jars with toppings included.

This is the ideal gift to keep your friends warm on those cold winter nights. Make a gift basket for one with single packets of cocoa mix or put together a basket for a crowd by using a canister of hot cocoa mix.

What better way to warm up in the wintertime than with some hot chocolate? This tasty basket is filled with all the must haves for making hot chocolate and then some.

Here are some ideas of what to include:

A good rule to remember is “smaller basket filled big”. When picking a basket, always get a smaller one instead of a larger one. Big ones are pricey to fill, and a big basket half-filled looks bad. The better choice is to go with a small basket and fill it to the brim.

This hot chocolate gift basket is full with all the things someone may need to make good hot chocolate. There’s the mix, great cups, straws and fun flavorings. Oh, let’s not forget marshmallows! Yesss!

Simple Hot Chocolate Gifts:

If you want something nice to easily take to neighbors and friends, here’s a few of easy hot chocolate gifts that you could pull together. This would be perfect for a gift basket of any size since most of these items are quite affordable. Here are some great fixings:

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket Ideas:

Here are the things to put in the hot chocolate basket:

  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Hot Cups
  • Candy Canes
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Drink Flavorings (coconut, peppermint, orange, French vanilla)

    Edible chocolate spoons

  • Marshmallows
  • Andes Mints and Godiva chocolate
  • Mini Flavor Mix Ins
  • Crate or basket
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy canes
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Ceramic mugs
  • To-go hot chocolate sipper cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Spoons – Hello Homebody

Add these tasty spoons to any gift basket. Make them yourself or buy them ready made at Target or Amazon.

Ice Cream Gift Basket

Gathering Products for The Gift Box

Assorted ice cream and toppings

First, collect the materials that you needed for DIY ice cream sundae gift box. Craft stores like Michael’s always have sales of baskets and gift boxes.

On your weekly trip to the grocery store, buy the ice cream box necessities such as chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, cherries, and cones.

Also, buy a couple boxes of candy that could be used as toppings. They usually are less than a dollar. Don’t forget almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and of course, sprinkles! ​

Get a budget-friendly, but sturdy ice cream scoop. If you are looking to get a good scoop, there’s some on Amazon that uses the heat from your body to heat up the ice cream.

At your local dollar store or bargain store, pick up festive spoons and napkins, as well as ice cream cups (different varieties).

To save time, there are some places like Amazon where you can buy an already assembled ice cream sundae kit that has the cups, spoons, straws, and other goodies in bright and cheery colors.

Putting the Ice Cream Sundae Box Together

The next step is the fun part…putting it all together into a pretty ice cream sundae gift basket.

Pour the candy into the condiment cups. It saves room in the gift basket. ​To save even more room, you might want to fill condiment cups with the sprinkles and nuts.    ​​

Unwrapped two different kinds of cones and wrapped a stack of them in cellophane for brightness and freshness.

Take a couple pieces of ribbon and tie a couple of the spoons to the ice cream scoop with a cute sign.

If you think of anything else your gift recipient might like, such as fresh fruit, put that in the basket as well. Just remember, if you put fresh produce in it, make sure to deliver the basket immediately.

Pancake Gift Basket

Want an affordable gift idea that people will use? Then you will love this DIY Pancake Gift Basket! You can get very creative or you can make it sweet and simple.

The Ultimate Frugal Gift Ideas- DIY Pancake Basket

Do you have folks on your list that are hard to buy for? Here the best solution: food. Everyone eats, eh? This is the reason why food baskets make the best gift ideas. You don’t have a lot of money? No worries. A food basket can be created on any budget.

Include in the gift basket:

Pancakes, fresh berries and jams, horizontal

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen towel
  • Homemade Maple Syrup
  • Pancake mix in a bag with instructions stapled on back
  • Skillet
  • Pancake Molds

Flavorful additions:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Canned Fruit Topping
  • Whip Cream Mix
  • Assorted Nuts
  • Assorted Flavored Syrup


  1. Gather your ingredients, making sure you have enough products
  2. Print or Hand draw labels
  3. Place pancake mix in plastic bag and seal (you can use a zip lock)
  4. Staple pancake mix directions on bag
  5. Put all ingredients in the mixing bowl with tissue paper
  6. Now the piece de resistance to really make your DIY Pancake Gift Basket Stand Out…Homemade Maple Syrup!

Shortcuts for Your DIY Pancake Gift Basket

If you’re a person who likes to make gifts but don’t have the time, below are a few tips for you.

Buy a box of pancake mix and measure it out per the serving suggestions on the box. This is a great tip if your are making gift baskets for more than one person.

For your homemade maple syrup (if you don’t know how to make it, there are TONS of online recipes) buy a couple of decorative bottles from the dollar store, Walmart, or thrift shop. Pour your syrup in the container and print a label for it.