DIY Spa Gift Basket (Printable & Filler Ideas)

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Put together a DIY Spa Gift Basket for a fun — and frugal — gift. Not only can you customize what you add to suit the interests of your friend or family member, but you can also put together a lovely gift basket that fits your budget!

Whether you buy a number of commercial items or make your own Milk Bath and Hand Scrub, putting together a spa gift basket is super fun and such a welcome gift.

overhead shot of cloth lined gift basket filled with spa items, snacks, and hard cider as well as a copy of home spa experience how-to printable.

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After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes.

It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal and easy to do at home. I might have added some candles, music, and a slice of pumpkin pie.

You can easily do a spa treatment at home. Years ago, I put together Spa Gift Baskets for the girl friends in my life for Christmas gifts when I went on a soap-making binge. I even included this at-home spa treatment pamphlet. And this was in the days before Pinterest!

Why Do This

It’s a fun gift to give. I’ve never known a woman to turn down a chance or the encouragement to treat herself to a little R&R. All too often, busy women, especially moms, are so intent on serving those around them that they forget to take care of themselves. Giving a Spa Gift Basket is like giving permission to take care of herself.

It’s a frugal option to a commercial spa gift basket. Depending on what you fill the basket with and how you shop, you can put together a deluxe spa gift basket for a fraction of the cost to buy one pre-packaged.

You can customize it however you like. A spa gift basket can vary a lot depending on the interests of the recipient. You can include the basket bath accessories, but after that you can explore a world of tastes and preferences, including the snacks you include. One friend might prefer a green smoothie while another will go wild for a mini bottle of champagne. Have fun with this!


These Spa Gift Baskets are really fun gifts to give to friends at Christmas. Consider any of the following items to fill the basket:

spa gift basket fillers laid out in an array on a black table top.
What we included in our basket: snack bars, hard cider, fun nail polish, body lotion, washcloths, hand and foot scrub, milk bath, bath puff, hair towel, spa experience printable.
screen shot of home spa experience printable.

This printable pamphlet is quite handy. It spells out how to create a spa experience at home, super helpful for someone who’s perhaps never gone to a spa or out of practice with pampering herself.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. If the basket isn’t already lined, consider adding some kind of filler to make sure your spa gift basket looks full.
  2. Arrange the items in the basket in a way where it’s easy to see the contents.
  3. Deliver with a smile.

Pro tip: If you are assembling several Spa Gift Baskets for friends, be sure to make one for yourself. You are worth it!

close up of filled spa gift basket in front of a black background.

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close-up shot of items in spa gift basket, focused on printable pamphlet.

DIY Spa Gift Basket

Jessica Fisher
Pull together a fun spa gift basket that is custom-made for your giftee.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • basket, gift bag, or bathroom tote


  • basket filler, optional
  • 1 candle
  • 2 washcloths
  • 1 bath puff
  • 1 nail polish
  • 1 body lotion
  • 2 snack bars
  • 2 bottles hard cider
  • 1 batch milk bath
  • 1 bath hand scrub
  • 1 copy printable pamphlet


  • Line the basket with filler if it's not already lined.
  • Assemble the items in the basket in a way that most everything is visible.


Feel free to vary the items you use to fill your spa gift basket so that they are customized to suit the recipient. The materials listed are suggestions to get you started. Have fun with this!
Tried this project?Let us know how it went!

This post was originally published on November 23, 2012. It has been updated for content and clarity.

overhead shot of basket with text overlay, DIY Spa Gift Basket.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m really learning the importance of self care, and putting it into practice. I like this post as a visual for ways to round out my relaxation days.