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Impressive Dollar Tree Gift Basket Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

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Gifting on a budget can be difficult. Whether you’re looking for a unique and homemade gift idea or basket to donate for a fundraiser, these Dollar Tree gift basket ideas are a hit. The best part about gift baskets is that you can be creative and customize them to fit your recipient. They also feel like a large gift when many of the basket fillers can be inexpensive!

Start by selecting a theme for the basket. Think along the lines of a spa day, movie night, or gourmet food. Next, choose items that fit within the theme, like bath bombs, candles, popcorn, and candy. Then, select a basket or container that matches the theme and size of the items. Consider adding some decorative touches. You can use ribbon, tissue paper, or a handwritten note to make the basket feel extra special. Just make sure it’s all from Dollar Tree (or another dollar store) to keep the costs down.

We’ve got 10 of our favorite Dollar Tree gift basket ideas for you. Create them for your family and friends at the next birthday or holiday you attend. And if you make one, or come up with another theme, let us know in the comments!

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Movie Lovers Basket, $7.50

movie night gift basket on counter
items to make a movie night gift basket on counter

Create a fun at-home movie experience by stocking a popcorn bucket with some microwave popcorn, movie theater box candy, and anything else your favorite movie lovers would enjoy! If you’ve got some wiggle room in your budget, you can also add a $5 movie from Walmart or even a cozy blanket.


Arts & Crafts Basket, $12.50

a painted arts and crafts gift basket on counter
items to make a painted arts and crafts gift basket on counter

This one can be customized for kids or adults! Any Dollar Tree basket will do here, but we like something bright and fun. Stuff the container with a little tissue paper and fill it with paint brushes, paints, canvas, a paint palette, scissors, an apron, and anything else your crafty friends or family might enjoy.


Spa Gift Basket, $10

Someone putting a Dollar Tree candle into a spa themed gift basket

Probably one of the most popular Dollar Tree gift basket ideas, a spa basket is the perfect gift for stressed-out friends who just need some me-time. Use a $1 basket and fill it with loofas as the stuffing. Next, add in some facial peels, an eye mask, scrub gloves, a bath fizzer, candy, and a candle. We absolutely support adding a bag of chocolates because relaxing with sweets is the best kind of relaxing.


Car Wash Gift Basket, $11.50

gift basket of car related items

Use a cleaning bucket as your basket and include a range of car cleaning products. Consider items like car wash soap, detailing spray, microfiber towels, tire cleaner, and glass cleaner. Other useful items like air fresheners, a wash mitt, sponges, and a drying towel can also be added if your budget allows.

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Baby Shower Gift Basket – $12.50

a baby themed gift basket on counter

Get ready to “ooh” and “aww” with this baby shower gift basket. Fill it up with soft and cuddly blankets, socks, and bibs for those inevitable spills. Add colorful pacifiers, baby lotion, and a sippy cup. And don’t forget to include something every parent needs: a few extra wipes and diapers!

If you want to do something different than a gift basket, you could also put together a DIY diaper wreath or diaper cake with items from Dollar Tree!

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Basket of Summer Fun, $11.25

diy dollar tree gift basket with summer themed gifts

Ready, set, beach! Give your little ones the ultimate summer adventure with a beach pail stuffed full of bubbles, sunglasses, outdoor games, a kite, and some sidewalk chalk. You could also add in a juice box or some fruit snacks for a little treat.

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Baking Supplies Basket, $8.75

A baking themed gift basket with cookie mix, brownie mix, a whisk, an oven mitt, measuring cups, spatula, and a mixing bowl as the basket

Whip up a fun day in the kitchen with a baking supplies gift basket. Fill a colorful mixing bowl with essential goodies like measuring cups, spoons, a whisk, cookie cutters, and a fun oven mitt. You could also pop in a few pre-made baking mixes so the recipes and most of the ingredients are already included.


Coffee & Me Time Basket, $7.50

coffee gift basket on counter
items to make a coffee gift basket on counter

Give the gift of a warm cup of coffee and some cozy me-time. Fill a $1 basket with gift paper and stuff it with ground coffee, a mug, a soothing candle, and some delicious chocolate for a warm and inviting coffee-lovers gift basket.


Birthday Surprise Gift Basket, $12.50

diy dollar tree gift basket with birthday themed gifts

Create a fun and colorful birthday gift basket for your favorite birthday boy or girl. Sticker books, a water bottle, a puzzle, candy, and lollipops all make great basket stuffers. Include some other celebratory supplies and decor, like a birthday hat, confetti, or silly string to get the party started.


Gardening Gift Basket, $9

A gardening gift basket with a planter as the basket, and fake plants, gardening gloves, a trowel, some small pots, a little bird house, some seeds, and a gnome planter hugger inside

A perfect gift basket for spring. Use a planter as a basket and fill it with flower or vegetable seeds, small clay pots, a trowel, some colorful gardening gloves, and any gardening decor you can fit in the basket (and your budget!). This one can be really fun for kids, too. Let them plant their seeds and add water and watch their new sprouts grow!


Pro tips for these Dollar Tree gift basket ideas:

a person's hand holding a dollar store basket bag in front of a gift basket

You can make these affordable gift baskets look like a million bucks by adding a few inexpensive details to really pull them together. Our favorite tip is to use clear basket bags and some colorful ribbon to seal up the basket. This makes it look polished and also reduces the risk of anything falling out when you deliver the gift.

Add more flair with tissue paper, bows, stickers, or little trinkets (like the small safety pins we used for the baby shower basket) to make your gift basket stand out.

a baby gift basket on a counter

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