Laundry Gift Baskets Literally Everyone Would Love To Get

Are you looking for unique gift basket ideas? A laundry gift basket is an easy and cute solution that can work for a few different occasions. It’s often used as a gift for graduating students moving into their dorm, but can also make a charming baby shower or a wedding shower gift. It’s great because the entire gift is usable so nothing goes to waste. For occasions such as a baby/wedding shower or college present, the gift itself is something that you know they will need and use. For step by step instructions, and ideas on how to create your own keep reading ( I covered a baby and wedding shower hamper as well as a college laundry gift basket).

How To Make A Laundry Gift Basket

  1. Find a shallow material, plastic or wicker laundry/hamper basket that you want to use for the laundry gift basket
  2. Purchase some packing paper, a blanket or tissue paper to place in the bottom of the hamper
  3. If you want to wrap the basket, ensure that you have cellophane wrap, tulle or a large piece of fabric
  4. Decide what you want to include in the basket (depending on what kind of basket you are making ex. College dorm or Baby shower gift basket) 
  5. Start assembling the basket by placing your choice of material (step 2) in the bottom of the basket to add some height
  6. Take the largest items that will be included in the basket and start by placing them near the back of the basket
  7. Continue to fill the basket by placing the smaller items in the front until the basket is full
  8. Place the basket in the middle of a large sheet of cellophane wrap (or the material of your choice) 
  9. Take all four corners and pull them up to the middle of the basket, using one hand to hold them, while gathering any missing pieces
  10. Next secure the cellophane wrap with a ribbon, elastic or string and you’re done

College Dorm Gift Basket

College is an exciting time in every young adult’s life. The start of their independence and the start of more responsibility including, doing their own laundry. That’s why the laundry gift basket is perfect for this occasion. It gives them everything they need plus a few extras and it’s a nice little send off from mom or whomever is giving the gift. I found some DIY examples of laundry gift baskets that can be easily recreated.

What I love about these laundry gift baskets is that they can be made in so many ways. I created my own gift basket by using a material bag. I figured it would be perfect for lugging your laundry up and down stairs or to the laundry room. I added a few bright touches and put all the presents inside. If you would like to see the complete tutorial click here.

The next gift basket example is from Hoosier Homemade. They went with more of a snack basket by adding typical college snacks like chips and Oreo’s as well as a few laundry and shower supplies. A quick trip to the grocery store and you would pretty much be set.

College laundry gift basket filled with snacks

Baby Shower Gift Basket

Every mom out there knows that once you have a baby your laundry quadruples! So giving a laundry gift basket is the perfect present, plus you can make them super cute just like this one from The Inspired Hive! I love the bright, beautiful mint basket. Add some baby clothes, laundry detergent and hangers to complete the gift.

Mint Colored Baby Themed Laundry Basket

This next baby basket is adorable! I love how Planning Baby Shower created a clothes line and hung the socks on it. She even found little mini clothes pins to hang the socks with. I know this would be a hit with any new mom.

Baby Shower Laundry Gift Basket

Wedding Shower Gift Basket

Dream Green DIY came up with a creative idea for her bridal shower gift. By comparing a “perfect pair” couple to the paired items. She added them to a plastic laundry bin and created custom labels, to make the “perfect paired” gift.

Bridal shower laundry gift basket
Source: Dream Green DIY

LeAnn from Crafty To The Core made this ordinary laundry basket look beautiful! By using tissue paper she created a gorgeous looking gift that any bride would love.

What To Put In The Laundry Basket

If you need some ideas for what to put in the laundry basket I have listed some below. I hope you found some inspiration to create your laundry gift basket. Good luck on your project and happy crafting!

College Gift Basket

  • Throw blanket
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Razors
  • Laundry Soap
  • Fabric softeners
  • Stain remover
  • Towels
  • Dryer sheets
  • Flip flops
  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Pillows
  • Money/ coins for laundry
  • Snacks
  • Magazines
  • Planner for school
  • Dresser drawer organizers
  • Loofahs

Baby Shower Gift Basket

  • Swaddle blankets
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Baby clothes
  • Baby blanket
  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Baby wipes
  • Stuffed animal
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Bottles
  • Silverware
  • Soothers
  • Stain remover
  • Bibs
  • Towel

Wedding Shower Gift Basket

  • Towels
  • Loofah
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Dish towels
  • Oven mitts
  • Knife sets
  • Cook book
  • Silverware
  • Serving platters
  • Soaps
  • Laundry soap
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Wine
  • Bath salts
  • Bath soaps

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