DIY on a Dime: Build a Feel Better Basket

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Know someone feeling under the weather or just having a rough go of it this season? Put together a Feel Better Basket.

We’ve been fighting the grunge this month, from shingles to cold and flu to raging female hormones. So, it’s with great anticipation of gifting it to myself, that I put together this gift basket.

Not only does the Feel Better Basket contain practical things like a cozy blanket, kleenex, and vitamin C, it also provides a few extra touches to help the heart and mind feel better, too, like a good book, a fun pen, and a cute journal.

You can control the budget on this according to the size and quality of the items. The blanket cost me $5 at Walmart. It is amazingly cozy. The journal was just a buck fifty on Amazon. The book is an old favorite, but you can find good books ranging from $5 to 10 new.

Obviously, customize the basket contents to suit the personality and the needs of the person you’re gifting it to.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • cozy blanket
  • a good book or two (or splurge on an e-reader)
  • vitamins
  • candle and holder
  • pen and journal
  • Kleenex
  • other helpful items: favorite beverages, a citrus pomander, a funny movie, a premade meal or snack

Depending on the items you choose, you can create a fun basket starting at $10. Assemble all the items in a fun basket to give to a friend. If you can, spend time visiting when you deliver it. That will be icing on the cake.

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. At first I thought this was a ‘sick bag”. We have a special bag for our children that is only pulled out when they are sick. It is full of activities and such that can be done while sitting in bed. On a side note, my son is home with pneumonia this week. We are blessed that our children rarely get sick, but the ‘sick bag’ is sorely below his age. I think when we get well it will need an update for my children’s ages.
    Thanks for this post. A great idea!

  2. Elizabeth Kane says

    This is a great idea, Jessica, especially for this time of year. I like that you included a journal in the basket. I was sick last month – conked out on the couch for a week or so kinda sick – and writing felt therapeutic when everything else felt miserable. I also found that when I jotted my to-do list down on the side of the pages, it included the absolute bare minimum tasks. Something I should really do more often.

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