Simple DIY Gift in a Box Ideas

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

Throughout the year there are countless gift giving opportunities. The problem is I’m rarely as prepared as I’d like to be so having a quick last minute gift idea on hand is key. The trick is not making it feel like a last minute idea. With Easter just a few short weekends away, I have baskets/boxes on my mind. I like “box gifts” because they are thoughtful, unique and have a personal feel. Probably the best part is the endless options that can be as fancy or budget-friendly as you want. I gave these ice-cream boxes to Max’s teachers last year and had so much fun making them. Here are the steps I used for a quick, but fun, gift, as well a few other gift in a box ideas (from Pinterest, of course).

Ingredients:

Once you pick the theme for your box the ingredients are easy. Here’s what I included for my ice cream box:

  1. Ice Cream Cups/ Cones - a stack of cups or cones are a must-have. The $1 section at Target has a lot of colorful and fun options, especially around this time of year. Or if you prefer a more eco-friendly option these glass dessert bowls are adorable and only $3!

  2. Spoons - wrap a stack of plastic spoons in a clear cellophane bag and tie it off with twine or ribbon.

  3. Ice Cream Scoop - An ice cream scoop is a nice touch. Try a heat conducting scoop or a non-drip option.

  4. Toppings - here’s where you can really get personal, but know your audience. Is the recipient gluten free, allergic to peanuts? Put your toppings in a clear cellophane bag then fold a piece of card stock over the bag opening and staple it shut. To hide the staples I wrapped colorful washi tape around the top. Alternatively you can tie each bag with a ribbon or twine. I used these 4x6 treat bags and found them to be the perfect size.

  5. Hot fudge/caramel - package hot fudge or caramel in a small mason jar.

  6. Box - Of course you can use whatever box or basket you find, but I found that 8x8x4 kraft boxes or 7x7x4 kraft boxes are a nice size.

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

Lastly, arrange your items with tissue paper. Put enough tissue paper so everything fits nice and snug. Add a note that says “just add ice-cream”, or throw in a gift card to a local ice cream shop.

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

Lastly, arrange your items with tissue paper. Put enough tissue paper so everything fits nice and snug. Add a note that says “just add ice-cream”, or throw in a gift card to a local ice cream shop.

Other Gift in the Box Ideas

If ice cream isn’t your thing, try some of these other gift in a box ideas that I found on Pinterest.

1. Tea in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

2. Party in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

3. Sunshine in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

4. Hot chocolate in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

5. Movie in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

6. Lunch in a box

The Best DIY Simple Gift Ideas to have on Hand.

Do you have a favorite gift in a box?