DIY Gift Basket Idea For Mom – Picnic in a box

DIY Gift Basket Idea For Mom - A Picnic in a box

Hi friends! Welcome to the Perfect Gift Basket For Mom blog hop! If you are coming over from my talented, sweet friend Janet of Shabby Fufu, welcome. I just have to say… is there anything that Janet can’t do? From French Country decorating, to florals, to photography, to tablescapes – this woman does it all and inspires me on a weekly basis!

When Bethany of The Posh Home invited me to create the perfect gift for mom, I was thrilled. Not only are gift baskets an excellent idea for mom on Mother’s Day, they’re a great gift idea for graduations, showers (baby or bridal), neighbors, friends and/or teachers. Heck, why reinvent the wheel! Haha

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I’m more about time with my kids (-er young adults) than I am about gifts, so I created something that I would personally love to receive – a picnic lunch gift basket!

Simple DIY Gift Basket Idea

Doesn’t a nice relaxing lunch with your family (that you didn’t have to prepare) sound like the perfect Mother’s Day gift? It does to me.

DIY Gift Basket Idea For Mom – Picnic In A Box

This simple diy gift basket idea for mom is so easy to copy, it’s ridiculous.

Finding the right pieces that fit perfectly together can be intimidating to some, but the truth is, it’s a lot simpler than you think.

mple diy gift basket idea for mom step by step

Step 1: Start with the container. I chose a plain wooden crate (purchased at JoAnn’s) to house as my Mother’s Day gift basket.

Step 2: Add some pretty cover or filler. I used white flour sack kitchen towels draped over the wooden crate, but napkins (like this black and white herringbone one from World’s Market) or tissue paper works great too!

Step 3: Add some food. Remember, this is a picnic in a box gift basket, so food to eat is a must! I made a delicious caprese sandwich, with a few items out of my garden, wrapped in colorful tissue paper. I also made a simple, chocolate mousse dessert and placed it in a sealed container jar.

Step 4: Add something to drink. There’s so many options to choose from; a pop, seltzer, juice, wine, etc. but I decided to add a nice, refreshing glass of chocolate milk from Danzeisen Dairy – a local, family run dairy farm in Phoenix, AZ. And once the milk is gone, I knew the bottle could be reused in a fun way!

Step 5: Anything else your heart desires. I love cookies, so this Coconut Salted Caramel cookie in a jar was a good fit. The Cherry Blossom body butter was solely chosen for the pretty packaging (don’t judge me: even my business cards tell people that I tend to buy things solely for the design/pretty factor). The cookie and body butter were found at Kirkland’s. And how great is this wooden appetizer board I scored from HomeGoods? I couldn’t pass it up.

Perfect DIY Gift Basket Idea For Mom

I really enjoyed creating this DIY gift basket idea for mom, now if only my young adults read this post… they’ll know what to do for me this Mother’s Day! Haha

Next, head over to my friend Summer of Summer Adams Designs to check out her luxurious, relaxation inspired gift basket idea for mom.

Another Pretty DIY Gift Basket Idea For Mom by Summer Adams

And be sure to check out each of the lovely gift basket ideas below:

Just Destiny | The Posh Home | Shabby Fufu | Your Marketing BFF


Summer Adams | Pretty Petals | 2 Ladies & A Chair | Modern Glam

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  1. I love your picnic basket idea! My mom would love this because we would be having lunch together! I love all the special treats you included!

    1. It’s the time that I treasure… so a lunch with mom is always a winner in my book. Enjoy your lunch with your mom!

    1. I haven’t made them yet… but I’ll let you know! I bet they taste amazing!!!! It’s my kind of combo too.

  2. Tana love this picnic basket idea! Would be so fun and perfect for Arizona! Such a thoughtful idea. I know my Mom would love something like this! xoxo

    1. You have to do this! It could be you and her or you and the girls… she’d love lunch with y’all.

    1. I like to buy local when I can… it also adds that extra personalized touch (if it’s going to someone local).

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