DIY Father's Day Gift Hamper

by - 09:21

Finding the perfect gift can be difficult. It is easy to come up with 101 little bits rather than one big, extravagant gift. Sometimes it is the little things that count. Today's post is all about creating the perfect hamper for fathers day. Gift baskets are a great way to personalise gifts while giving your father figure all their favourite things!


I decided to make a gift basket for fathers day because it was a bit stumped with what to get my dad. There are lots of things he likes which I didn't think would make a special gift on their own! Making gift baskets can be easy but sentimental. 

The key things you will need is: 


  • A basket or box The size you will need varies on what you intend to put in it. Make sure you have enough room to fit everything in while it is upright. 
  • A fathers day card - This is optional, but it is a nice touch to feature the card inside the basket. This year I purchased 2 cards; one from a small business and a pretty one from Amazon.
  • Tissue Paper - This will add colour to the basket and bring it all together. It is also better for the planet to use tissue paper than wrap the basket in cellophane.
  • A range of items your dad will enjoy! - This can be anything from a new pair of socks to his favourite aftershave! Go wild with it.

Prepping the basket 


The first thing you'll want to do is to make sure the basket is clean. I reused a basket that I had used to store bath bombs in, so I had to clean it well. I then lined the bottom of the basket with tissue paper and ensured that it went over the edges of the basket too. I decided to use blue tissue paper, but you could pick any colour you like. You could even use a few sheets and mix colours!

A pink & white coloured image with a gift in the centre. The gift has patteren paper and is wrapped in red and white striped twine. Father and a young boy holding hands. They are walking away from the shot and are about to walk under a bridge. The dad and son are holding hands.


Building up the basket 


I found this the most difficult part. I found it hard to layer the gifts the way I wanted and make it look good. I had a lot of shapes in my basket, which meant things rolled around, and if one thing moved, they all did! Hats off to professional gift basket makers! I found that scrunching up a bit of tissue paper and putting it at the back as a ledge worked really well. It gave the basket depth and kept things where they should be. Put the bigger things at the back and work your way forward. You can put anything in your basket to make it personal to the person you're getting things for! Don't overdo it though. A full basket is great, but it can look a bit too much. I chose the following items to put into my hamper: 

  •  Lynx Africa Gift Set Bit of a running tradition in our family to always get a Lynx product during an event. I decided to take out the 2 products...big mistake! I would recommend keeping them in the gift box.
  • Whisky Stones - An affordable gift for any whisky lover. These are lots of different styles and shapes to chose from. You can even get a glass to go with it! We bought some whisky & some ale to go along with this gift.
  • Experience Voucher - In the current COVID-19 situation, days out are a no-go. We decided to get an activity voucher for when this is over so our family can enjoy a day out together!
  • Explore Chocolate Chocolate Box - I wrote a review about this travelling treat. It is a chocolate box with bonbons inspired by 9 different countries. It is an adventurous gift idea!
  • BEEFit Beef Biltong - This is a pub lovers gift for sure! BEEFit have a fathers day gift box with a range of meaty snacks for every day! I even included this in my fathers day gift guide!



A Quick Review!


BEEFit has kindly sent me some of their yummy biltong flavours to review for you - just so you can see how good they are before you gift them to your dad! BEEFit is a meaty snack company, priding themselves on making the best beefy snacks around. 

Truly Traditional - This biltong has a nice amount of seasoning. It is a little salty, but that is actually quite delicious. Each of the little pieces is lean and without fat. There are subtle hints of garlic and pepper, which is really tasty and moreish. These would taste great with a beer.

Deep South Dixie BBQ - I love BBQ, and this hits all the right spots. Each piece is tender, while the flavour is powerful. These would make a good gym snack! I thought it had a good texture, and the flavour wasn't too overpowering. I would have liked a little more of a tangy taste, but other than that, it was an enjoyable packet. Inside was just the right amount of meat to be satisfying. 

Gorgeous Garlic - I love anything garlicky; garlic bread, garlic potatoes. You name it, I will probably eat it. This had a strong garlic smell, so I wouldn't recommend it before a date. The garlic was prominent and strong. This is the biltong for the garlic loving dad! The biltong was tender and juicy. It was like a mini beef dinner...but as a snack! It was delicious and definitely my favourite flavour. 

I think that BEEFit really hits the spot if you're craving a meaty snack. There are lots of flavours to choose from, including chilli and teriyaki, so there is something for everyone. This would make the perfect gift for any BBQ loving dad, a dad who misses the pub, a sports fan or is all about the gym and fitness! It is versatile and a great snack to have on hand!

Father crouched by son pointing into the distance. There is blue abstract shapes at the bottomFather and son in a living room. The father and son are on the floor drawing together. In the centre of the image these is a text box saying fathers day gift ideas


The Finishing Touches


Back to the basket! To finish off, you can decorate the basket as you please. I would recommend leaving out the plastic ribbons or cellophane. Plastic isn't good for the planet, but there are eco-friendly alternatives you could use! Twine is a rustic but chic alternative to bows, or even make your own out of paper! There are lots of tutorials online. With our basket, we decorated it with eco-friendly tape. This is my all-time favourite tape, and it looks really pretty. We also tied twine and ribbons around the basket. Don't forget to add the card!

I am sure anything you put together for your dad will be appreciated this fathers day. In this article, there aren't many small businesses included, BUT I have a whole post about small businesses you can support this Father's Day! Have fun creating a personalised basket - there are so many things you can customise and include! Thank you to BEEFit for those delicious snacks, they are definitely one to add to any gift basket! 


AD - This post contains gifted items, but opinions are my own! This post also contains affiliated links. These links will not cost you anything extra, but will give me a small commission to help me run my blog!

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19 comments

  1. I enjoy making up gift baskets and customizing them for the person or the occasion. It's such an easy way to pull together many little surprises into a really nice gift. What a great idea for Father's Day!

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    1. Gift baskets are great! Especially when you can find some unique little bits which tie the whole thing together! Thank you for reading

      Em x

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  2. Such a cute idea! I always make gift baskets for friends but hadn't thought about doing it for my dad!

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    1. Gift baskets are great, plus they work for everyone! Thank you for reading

      Em x

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  3. This is such a lovely idea. I was a bit stuck for ideas this year and your post has given me some inspiration. Thank you x

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    1. Aww, I am glad I could help. I have a whole gift guide post too if you're still stuck with ideas!

      Em x

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  4. Such as great posts as always Em. I love this idea it is something super simple and creative. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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    1. Thank you Matt! I think sometimes the simple things are the things that count

      Em x

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  5. I love the gift basket idea - it's like getting a lot of gifts all at once! How fun!

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    1. Defo! Plus you can add in some handy ones like socks and some fun ones like a game or unique experience :)

      Em x

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  6. I love the idea of a hamper, I am really stuck for what to get my Dad this year. He has asked for a book but I can't find it anywhere. It was recently talked about on a TV show in the UK so I think it may have sold out.

    Think I may give this a go for him x

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    1. That is crazy! Hopefully you can find the book somewhere. Good luck with making your basket! Thank you for reading

      Em x

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  7. I usually find myself making gift baskets for my mom and dad because they're SO hard to buy forπŸ˜‚ The whiskey stones looks super interesting!

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    1. I think when you can make the gift basket themed, it is so cute. Ideally I would have whisky, stones, some socks and some fancy glasses but budget says no! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  8. I did my Mum one of these for Mother's Day a few years ago and it turned out really well. It's a great idea and shows you put in loads of effort for Father's Day! x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Aw thank you, that means a lot. I think the sentimental gifts that have effort been put in is so important

      Em x

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  9. I think a curated gift box for Fathers Day is a lovely idea. That way you know you'll be getting things that your dad will really love and enjoy. I like the sound of the chocolates and the biltong looks yummy too! Thank you for sharing, Em :) Lisa x

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    1. The chocolates were fantastic, it was a unique was to explore different cultures! I just think personalised gift baskets are so much nice. Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  10. This is a good idea, especially for dads who are difficult to buy for as you can just get lots of little things you already know he likes.

    Helen
    Tea in the Tub

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