Prepackaged gift sets are popular at holiday time. By bundling related products, retailers supply shoppers with convenient gift options — and maybe sell a few more items than they otherwise would have. DIY gift baskets are more personal and often cheaper than store-bought. Careful sleuthing through clearance racks and discount bins can turn up bargains, and the dollar store is a likely source for attractive containers, from boxes to tins to pails. The beauty of a gift basket is that even small or mundane items become gift-worthy when combined under a common theme. Here are a dozen ideas. And if you're looking for more inexpensive gift ideas, be sure to check out 100 Christmas Gifts for $25 or Less.
Tip: In a basket of consumables, include at least one item that's not disposable (the container counts) so the recipient will think of you long after the holiday.