5 DIY Gift Basket Ideas {for kids}

My boys are still at an age where they get invited to a lot of birthday parties... for both boys and girls.  I hate scrambling for a last minute gift, or buying a useless toy that the child might already have, so I am a big fan of gift cards and gift baskets.  Today I am sharing 5 DIY gift baskets that kids will love.

Most of these gifts can be assembled for around $15, but you can make them more or less expensive by adjusting the contents or adding gift cards.  These DIY gift baskets are fantastic because they really can fit any budget!

1)  Artist Bucket -- The dollar store is full of fantastic and inexpensive art supplies. For this basket, I bought a brightly colored bucket to hold all the supplies, brushes, paints, paint tray, and canvases.

2)  Bubble Kit -- I have been making homemade bubbles with my boys for years, and this basket contains everything a child needs to spend the summer making and chasing bubbles.  This basket includes corn syrup, dishwashing liquid, a recipe (which you can find here), bubble wands, and a juice container (aka refill station) that is perfect for dispensing bubbles.

3) Movie Night Basket - Movie nights are always a lot of fun, and this basket contains everything a child needs for a cozy night cuddled up watching a fantastic movie.  An inexpensive popcorn bucket holds a movie (or two), some movie candy, and popcorn. My boys always have fun choosing a movie and goodies for their friends.

4) Spy Kit - Using supplies from the dollar store, it is easy to put together a darling little spy kit that is sure to delight.  What could be better than a gift of "imaginative play"?  You can find all the details (and a free download) for this spy kit here

5) Cupcake Kit - If you know a little one that enjoys helping out in the kitchen, this cupcake kit is sure to please.  This kit includes a muffin tin, cake mixes, icing, cupcake liners, and sprinkles.  You could also add a grocery store gift card for additional supplies.  You could even include a homemade chef hat for an added touch of fun.  You can find the tutorial for the chef hat here

I think all of these DIY gift baskets for kids are adorable, don't you?  Do you have other ideas for birthday gifts for kids?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.  I'd love to hear them!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. These are great ideas! I'd definitely like it if my kids received them, and I think I'm going to make up a few for upcoming parties. I'm getting sick of buying so many toys!

    1. Thanks, Heather! I agree. I find buying toys a waste when you don't know the interests of the child... and what they already have.

  2. I love all these ideas. Thank you

  3. I love all these ideas. Thank you


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