the homemaker's wedding gift basket idea for under $25


when luke & i first married, we didn't even have hand soap. i was saddened when we arrived home from our honeymoon & i used our first target gift card on cleaning supplies. instead of purchasing cute picture frames for our wedding & honeymoon photos, i was buying mops & sponges with gift cards. 


you all know i'm a sucker for a good ol' handmade gift basket (example: thisthisthis & this). i get a kick out of staying within the budget when giving gifts & i love when those gifts are personal & meaningful.

so when we were invited to attend a couple's shower for luke's childhood best friend, i went straight to the cleaning isle of target. i don't know the bride as well as i would like, but i was certain she would rather spend her wedding money on lamps than dish soap.


our budget was $25 & i spent just under that amount. i purchased the woven basket for $2 at a local thrift shop & filled it with fun supplies from the big box stores. i included dish washing soap, hand soap, dryer balls, hand towels, sponges & cleaning spray. 


i also made our homemade laundry soap & included the recipe (you can find the recipe here). i spray painted the jar lid, added a scoop from the target dollar section (i purchase those in bulk when they're available & add them to handmade gifts often) & tied a fabric ribbon around the top with the recipe tag attached. 


i tied ribbon around the cleaning products for a pop of color & included a happy flag in the basket. i also added a little chalkboard from my crafting stash with a fun little clothespin. it all came together for under $25 & they loved it.

if you have a bit of extra cash, you could also include: a pack of toilet paper or paper towels, cleaning wipes, bleach, dish scrubbers, handmade crocheted dish towels or a gift card.

what are some of your go-to gift basket ideas? please share!

love,
natalie


11 comments:

Living on Love said...

You always have the cutest ideas. LOVE!

harknessangels said...

Love, Love, Love your gift basket ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Hope Curtsinger said...

LOVE your ideas. always!

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Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I have just recently stumbled on your blog and love all your ideas. It seems to be wedding season around here. My son just got married and I have a couple of wedding showers coming up.

I love creating baskets and for one of my DIL's showers we gave them an ice cream maker (our family is big on homemade ice cream) and for a gift basket to go with it (cuz just wrapping the box with the ice cream maker is boring LOL!), I filled a basket with homemade ice cream toppings (chocolate fudge, blueberry, cherry, salted caramel) all with fabric circles tied to the tops and then baggies tied with fabric strips and ribbon filled with mini cherry chips, mini choc chips, chopped nuts, mini marshmallows (the really mini ones you can get now by Kraft) and mini M & M's. She shares my love of antiques, so I got them an antique ice cream scoop (which is also perfect for scooping muffin and cupcake batter to get even sizes). I also added a package of ice cream cones. It was a fun basket to create.

Natanya said...

I always LOVE your gift basket ideas. So thoughtful and clever!

natalie said...

debbie, that is absolutely adorable! thanks for the idea!

Jennifer said...

I love this! What a sweet idea :) And when I first started keeping my own home I always loved recommendations for good cleaning products (I still do!)

yours truly, melissa said...

What a fantastic gift idea! The cute factor is such a bonus.

Holly said...

A large basket full of cleaning supplies was one the best and most useful shower gifts someone gave me.

nancy john said...



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