Celebrate autumn with these easy fall gift basket ideas. Treat your friends and family by adding a custom touch with free printable gift tags.
Even though the fall season isn’t always thought of as a time for gift-giving, it’s the perfect time to treat the people in your life to something special. When autumn arrives, it’s easy to brighten someone’s day with a basket of small gifts that reflect care, coziness, and comfort.
Remember Someone Special
A personalized gift basket is such a nice way to remember a friend or family member who has an autumn birthday. Perhaps you know someone who has lost a loved one, or someone who simply needs a hug. Presenting a custom fall gift basket says “I care” in the best possible way. Read on for easy, step-by-step directions for assembling a lovely fall gift basket.
Set a Budget
The first thing to do when you are putting together a fall gift basket is to decide on a budget. This will determine your selections, and it will help narrow down the choices.
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Choose the Perfect Basket
Choosing the basket is not only fun, it sets the tone if you want a themed gift basket. I wanted everything to be black and white, so I chose a handled basket with a black bottom.
Repurpose a basket
One way to save money when assembling a fall gift basket is to repurpose a basket you already have. Look around your home and see what you can come up with! Another great idea is to skip the basket, and use a gift bag. Kraft bags are quite sturdy and strong, and neutral in color.
Buy a set
The basket I chose came as part of a set that has two different sizes. I used the smaller basket (9 inches in diameter) for this project, and I’m using the bigger basket (10.5 inches in diameter) to hold the wool dryer balls I keep in our laundry room. The bigger basket would also be perfect if you were taking food or baked goods to someone. It’s roomy enough for a jar of soup and a loaf of bread.
What do you put in a fall gift basket?
You’ve got your budget and a basket. Now it’s time to have fun! When assembling a gift basket, the goal is to personalize it as much as possible. For example, if the recipient is a tea drinker, make sure to include some tea bags.
A really good idea, and one people love, is to include edible savory treats. A jar filled with salted roasted pecans, sweet Chex mix, cashews, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios adds a caring and personal touch. Package them in mason jars, and you have a festive addition to your fall gift basket.
List of Ideas + Inspiration
- Snack in a Jar (mentioned above)
- Kitchen towel
- Sugar scrub
- Pumpkin Cookies (packaged in a cellophane bag)
- Mug/Insulated tumbler
- Note cards
- Coffee syrup
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin Spice coffee
- Hand lotion
- Scented soap
- Scone mix
- Apple cider mulling spices
- Linen spray
- Fall cupcake sprinkles
- Specialty pasta
- Pumpkin bread
- Fruit: pears, apples, peaches
- Gourmet snacks
- Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving napkins
- tan and white twine
Tip: Check out places like HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Dollar Stores, grocery stores, and other retail establishments. Many times, budget-friendly fall gift ideas are right at your fingertips, and can be purchased locally.
Putting It All Together
Once you have assembled all your fall gift basket supplies, it’s time to put it all together. Grab some tissue paper, crumple it a little, and add a few pieces in the bottom of your basket. This will help raise the items out of the basket, and give them a soft base. After that, begin to add your items, starting with the biggest items placed in the back of the basket. Continue adding the smaller items, in between the big items. Move things around, and nestle everything together, until it’s all snug.
Some of the items in your basket may not show. That’s OK…they make special surprises when your recipient is exploring their basket! The coffee mug I included was quite heavy, and it sunk into the tissue paper. I left it there, and simply placed the kitchen towel in the mug.
Printable Gift Tag for Fall
The final, personal touch to your fall gift basket is to add a gift tag. I designed five tags that are perfect for fall gift giving. Get these custom free printable gift tags by filling out the form below. If you are already an OSP email subscriber, go ahead and fill out the form. My email company makes sure you won’t have a duplicate subscription.
As an added gift, I am including a printable list of fall gift basket items in the PDF with the wall art and gift tags!
Some of you may remember that I shared a post featuring fall gift basket ideas a few years ago. That post was mistakenly deleted, and I could not retrieve it. I did everything I could, but it was completely gone! You loved that post, and I’m sorry for the mistake. I hope you love this one equally as well.
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Exclusive Fall Printables and Gift Tags
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