How To Make a DIY Spa Gift Basket To Promote Self-Care

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Shopping for gifts can be super fun and fulfilling, but sometimes a bit stressful. You want to make sure you are getting your friends and loved ones gifts that are practical, exciting and of course on budget. Not only that, but procrastination seems to get the best of some of us — especially during the holidays when there are multiple people to be shopping for.

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but can sometimes feel overwhelming due to all of the hustle and bustle this time of year brings. Self-care ends up being overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps promote health and overall wellness. So this year, gift your loved ones with a DIY spa gift basket that helps promote self-care and love! Spa gift baskets are fun, practical and very easy to make on your own with ingredients you may already have in your home — perfect for last minute or making in bulk.

With a spa gift basket, you are not only gifting amazing smelling products and pampering tools. You’re giving your loved ones the gift of some well deserved self-care and ‘me time.’ We’ve gathered together the tools and inspiration you’ll need to create your own DIY spa gift basket to gift out so the ones you love will receive everything they need for a luxury home spa experience.

Build Your Own DIY Spa Gift Basket

To get you started, you need to know what items are needed in order to create the ultimate spa gift basket. You could create a trendy box full of the essentials or something more traditional covered in cellophane wrap. Whichever route you choose, don’t forget to personalize your basket by adding one of these printable cards.

Self-care card I hope you feel beautiful today

What You’ll Need

  • Basket or box
  • Tissue paper or newspaper
  • Fillers like shredded paper
  • Scissors
  • Gifts of your choice
  • Ribbon or bow

Step 1: Stuff Your Basket or Box With Filler

First, you’ll want to make sure your items are propped up to display your gifts and products. Use crumpled up tissue paper or newspaper at the bottom of your basket or box to create a solid base. Next, you’ll fill the basket with a filler like shredded paper for a more put together and decorative effect.

Step 2: Place Your Gifts Accordingly

The next step is to place your gifts according to size, shape and weight. As a rule of thumb, it’s encouraged to place the sturdiest or heaviest items in the middle to avoid an imbalance to your basket. Taller items are placed behind the center while smaller items are towards the front. Place the soft or lightweight items to fill in the gaps. Rearrange the basket if need be — do whatever looks the most aesthetically pleasing.

Step 3: Wrap Your Basket

Traditionally, a cellophane bag or wrap is used to cover a gift basket. The wrap is twisted at the top and tied together to keep the products safe. However, there are plenty of other ways to wrap your gift basket or box if you want to go a more unique route. Use wrapping paper, a festive blanket scarf or keep the basket open — there is no wrong way to do this.

Step 4: Add Final Touches

Once you have your basket or box wrapped (or not), add some finishing touches to make the basket stand out. Place a bow or tie a ribbon around your basket or wrap tie to. For any additional empty spots in the basket, fill them with your loved one’s favorite flowers or foliage like evergreen stems — perfect for the holidays.

DIY Spa Gifts

When it comes to deciding what gifts to add to your spa gift basket, you may want to add a bunch of store-bought bath bombs, body washes and lotions, but that can add up super quickly — leading you to go over-budget.

Making your own spa gifts is fun, easy and great gifts for those who indulge in conscious beauty products and natural ingredients. From gifts made from ingredients in your own pantry to gifts with essential oils, check out these DIY spa ideas to add to your basket. Don’t forget to add these printable gift tags to your finished products so your recipient knows what each product is.

printable gift tags

DIY Scented Sugar Scrub

A DIY sugar scrub is a great addition to your spa gift basket as it’s so simple and easy to make. So easy, that it can be made out of things you probably already have on hand already! The sugar helps exfoliate all the dead skin cells while the oil nourishes the skin leaving it soft and supple. Adding an essential oil like lavender, peppermint or lemon gives this recipe the added bonus of an all-natural fragrance making it a worthy rival to store-bought body scrubs.

DIY scented sugar scrub recipe

DIY Luscious Body Butter

This body butter is a great gift to make a give out in several batches — one to your friend, a family member and even some leftover for yourself! The hydrating oils and butters will moisturize and pamper your skin leaving it soft to the touch. Essential oils like vanilla or sandalwood create a warm and creamy scent that lingers on the skin for a delicious and irresistible fragrance.

DIY luscious body butter

DIY Relaxing Detox Bath Salts

To promote an evening of self-care, try adding this DIY detox bath salt recipe to your spa gift basket. A detox bath will help your body in eliminating toxins as well as adsorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Epsom salts help replenish the body’s magnesium levels while baking soda contains cleaning abilities — leaving your skin soft. Add these salts to your bath and soak for 20 minutes to an hour for a relaxing and detoxifying experience.

DIY detox bath salts recipe

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee can be used for more than just your morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up. The sand-like texture of coffee makes it an excellent exfoliant while also offering the added benefits of caffeine which has been proven to have positive effects on the skin like reducing cellulite and providing anti-aging properties. Add a fragrance like vanilla essential oil for a rich and sweet scent to add an extra boost to your morning shower.

DIY coffee scrub recipe

DIY Hydrating Hair Mask

This hydrating hair mask is perfect for taming frizz and adding shine to dull hair. The coconut oil and jojoba oil penetrates each hair strand giving it extra moisture and hydration while the lavender essential oil helps promote hair growth. Section your hair and leave this treatment in  for 20 minutes to an hour before rinsing and shampooing. Coconut oil naturally hardens, so soften it in a hot bath or in the microwave before use!

DIY hair mask recipe

DIY Nourishing Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm is easier than ever and makes for fun gifts to give out to all your friends. You can even add color by using old lipstick into your ingredients which leaves a lot of room for personalization. The beeswax, coconut oil and Vitamin E nourishes your lips while the peppermint essential oil adds a refreshing fragrance. You can choose whatever essential oil you’d like, but peppermint also offers a cooling effect that feels great on dry lips.

DIY lip balm recipe

DIY Aromatherapy Room Spray

Help set the mood of a spa-like atmosphere with an aromatherapy room spray. This spray makes for a great gift to add to your spa gift basket as it adds the final touch to any self-care routine and is super easy to make. You can blend certain oils together to scent any room with the calming aroma of lavender and chamomile or with something more inspiring like lemon and peppermint.

DIY aromatherapy room spray recipe

Other Items To Include In Your Spa Gift Basket

DIY spa gift basket

To make your spa gift basket even more special, you can add some extra spa items to accompany your DIY spa gifts. These items can help bring the basket together and are still relatively cheap to include. Check out some of these additional options to include in your DIY spa gift basket to help gain some inspiration for your thoughtful self-care gift.

Comfy Garments

Nothing says “spa day” like a comfy pajama set or cozy robe to wear while pampering oneself. Add comfy garments to your gift basket to tie the spa theme together by making people feel warm, cozy and pampered.

Example Items:

  • Robe
  • Pajama set
  • Slippers
  • Fuzzy socks

Spa Tools

Encourage an at-home spa day by including pampering spa tools in your gift basket. From exfoliating sponges to lifting facial tools, there’s a multitude of items you can incorporate into your gift, so choose items your loved one will use the most.

Example Items:

  • Loofah
  • Sponge
  • Facial roller
  • Gua sha tool
  • Mani/Pedi nail kit
  • Pumice stone
  • Dry brush

Sweet (or Savory) Treats

Yummy treats are always appreciated, so include your loved one’s favorite snack or self-care beverage to personalize the basket and make it an even sweeter (or savory) gesture. If you include this, make sure you don’t add anything that could be perishable if not refrigerated.

Example Items:

  • Cookies
  • Trail Mix
  • Wine
  • Coffee/tea

Self-Care Essentials

The whole point of your spa gift basket is to promote self-care and wellness. With that being said, including some self-care essentials to your basket will make sure your loved ones get the ultimate spa experience from your gift.

Item Examples:

  • Candle
  • Essential oils
  • A good book
  • A self-care journal
  • Pamper coupons


DIY spa gift basket recipe infographic

Whether it’s a last minute holiday gift or just a kind gesture for someone you greatly appreciate, DIY spa gift baskets are ideal. Use these tips and ideas to make your gift shopping less stressful, more fun and budget friendly! For more budget-friendly gift ideas, check out our extensive discount perfume selection to shower your loved ones with authentic designer brands at the lowest prices.

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