DIY: Winter Holiday Gift Basket With Jergens

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DIY Winter holiday gift basket

Every year, just after Halloween passes, we officially enter the holiday season.  This is the time of year that I swear I’m going to get started on gift lists, shopping, and holiday ideas but I always procrastinate.  Finally, at the last minute, I’m rushed to get everything done.  Well, not this year!  I’m planning early!  I’m allowing myself extra time to make creative gifts as opposed to picking up gift cards at the grocery store at the last minute.  Since people always enjoy beauty products, I’ve decided to make a teacher gift this year with skin care products.  We will be giving my son’s teacher a winter holiday gift basket featuring Jergens products.  My seven year old, Noah, is so excited to participate.  Earlier this year, I was introduced to Jergens Natural Glow products and really loved the results I got.  A gift basket with Jergens products including their Wet Skin Moisturizers and other bath essentials will make a perfect winter holiday gift basket.

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My son and I have already visited Walmart and picked up the goodies for the basket!  Later, I’ll show you how we put the basket together.  But first, I want to share why we selected the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers as the main gift in the basket.  You can find the product in the Hand and Body Lotion aisle at Walmart.

Wet Skin Moisturizer at Walmart

I have been using the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Coconut Oil and I love it.  It’s so convenient to apply before I get out of the shower and dry off and I love the scent.  My skin stays soft all day and I’ve really enjoyed using the product.  I know we can’t go wrong with a soft skin theme for a winter holiday gift basket including Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers.

We decided to choose two Wet Skin Moisturizers for our gift basket to provide options.  The first moisturizer we chose was Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Calming Green Tea Oil.  Our logic was whether Noah’s teacher is beginning her day or ending it, having a room full of second graders always warrants calming and soothing moments!  Jergens also has a new scent available; Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Cherry Almond Essence. This lovely new release is exclusively sold at Walmart.   It smells so refreshing and pretty, we decided to include that product as the other option.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers are wonderful for winter because that’s the most challenging time to keep skin moisturized.  Our lips get chapped, hair becomes dehydrated, and skin gets dry.  The Wet Skin Moisturizers from Jergens contain essential oils that work with water to lock in moisture keeping skin soft all day.  The moisturizers also have a lightweight, non-sticky feel.  It’s definitely a product you can’t go wrong with.  Since the moisturizer is applied on wet skin, it should be kept in the shower.  All that’s needed is  a dime-sized amount for each arm and a quarter-sized amout for each leg.  Apply it immediately after showering and then simply pat yourself dry as you normally would.   We are hoping Noah’s teacher hasn’t tried these products yet and we will surprise her with something new and impressive for her skin care routine.

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While we were at Walmart, we picked up some additional soft skin essentials to help with exfoliation and just create an overall spa experience with every shower.  We also decided to include a cozy, over-sized, ultra-soft bath towel.  I mentioned earlier how much I loved the Jergens Natural Glow, so we are including a small tube of the Natural Glow moisturizer that creates a gradual glowing sunless tan.  It’s perfect for winter.  You can find the Wet Skin Moisturizers at Walmart in the Hand and Body Lotion aisle and don’t forget only Walmart carries the cherry almond essence scent.

We had fun putting this basket together and quickly moved it to a closet as it was under full attack by our cats.  We actually visited Walmart twice during this process!  The dog and cat chaos crew teamed up and stole our Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer.  I left the things unattended for 5 minutes and the cats batted the product off the table.  Once on the floor,  our new puppy made her move and took off with my tube.  She chewed through it with her razor sharp teeth and that was the end of that.  Back to Walmart!  Despite our little challenges, mission complete!  We love the winter holiday gift basket we made.  We know Noah’s teacher will too!  With our basket, soft and glowing skin is guaranteed!

Bengal cat Jergens Skin Care Gift Basket

How to Create A Winter Holiday Gift Basket

I’m so excited to share our idea for the Jergen’s gift basket with you.  I say our idea because Noah definitely gets some credit here.  He chose the Wet Skin Moisturizer with Calming Green Tea Oil because he says some days at school are crazy!  He also picked the cherry almond scent but we spent a while because he liked all the scents.  I gave him the final nudge letting him know cherry almond was a new scent.  If his teacher was already using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers, our best chance of getting one that was new to her would be the cherry almond essence!  So, cherry it is!

Items You Will Need:

  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Basket (with handle preferred)
  • Cellophane on a roll
  • Bow (with twist tie attached; floral wire also works well)
  • Basket filler (see tips below; we will use a fluffy towel)
  • Decorative items for basket (see tips below)
  • Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer(s)
  • Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer
  • Miscellaneous loofahs and sea sponges

Winter holiday Gift Basket Tutorial

Items for Holiday gift basket

Skin Care Gift basket tutorial

Steps To Build Your Gift Basket:

1.  Begin on a level surface and ensure you have a good amout of working space available.  This is necessary to wrap the basket with cellophane.  If you don’t have a large table or work area, consider the floor.  It’s a good option.

2.  Place your filler in the basket.  If you are using a soft filler such as moss or tissue paper, products will weigh it down.  Ensure you have enough filler so your products sit high in the basket.  In my basket, I am using the towel as my filler.  You can see how I have brought the towel up along the sides of the basket and created a pocket inside where I will place products.

Gift basket tutorial3.  Place the largest products inside the basket first.  Continue adding smaller products and arranging the items so they are secure and attractively placed inside the basket.

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4.  Insert or drop in your decorate filler.  My filler on flexible and on long sticks so I can push them down in between products and bend the filler pieces to fit nicely alongside the products in the basket.

Assembling winter holiday gift basket

5.  At this point, you are ready to prepare and size your cellophane.  I don’t have a large available working space so I moved to the floor to finish up assembling the basket.  Roll out the cellophane and place the basket on top.  Before you cut the cellophane, bring it up along the front and back of basket with ends meeting at the top center point of the basket handle.  Ensure you have at least a foot of excess cellophane above the basket handle on both sides.  This is needed to create a finished look. (See my little helper in the photo?)

Tutorial holiday gift basket

6.  Once you have determined you have enough cellophane, cut it from the roll just as you would if you were cutting it to wrap a gift box.

7.  Bring the cellophane back up along the front and back of the basket and bunch it up above the handle securing it with one hand.  With your free hand, secure the bow to the bunch of cellophane using the wire tie.  You should now have the front and back of the basket covered with the cellophane and the sides will remain open.

how to make a Gift Basket

gold bow for winter holiday gift basket

8.  Carefully pull the two pieces on the open side together and close the opening using clear tape.  There should be some extra cellophane now remaining at the base of the basket.  Simply fold it up as if you closing the side of a gift box with wrapping paper and secure it with tape.  Repeat this on the other side of the basket.

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9.  Perform a final check to ensure no cellophane was ripped and the contents of the basket are secure within the cellophane wrapper.

10.  Move your finished  product away from where your kitties can get to it.  (Look, here’s another one obsessed with the basket!)  As you can see, mine have been positively fascinated with this wonderful, glittery, life-sized crinkly toy!  They have stalked me through out this entire process and can’t wait to play with the finished product.  However, I’m onto them.

Jergens skin care winter holiday gift basket

A few tips to keep in mind when creating a gift basket:

  • A basket with a handle works best because it provides structure for the cellophane allowing you to see the contents of the basket.
  • There are many types of fillers you can choose from: shredded tissue paper, tissue paper sheets, moss, etc.  In our basket, we used the towel as the filler. This creates less of a mess and it is functional.  Try to think of functional fillers when creating your gift baskets.
  •  Gift baskets can be made to appear even more festive with a few decorative items inside the basket.  We chose some winter holiday decorations to include.
  • As you bring together what you decide to put in your basket, keep a color theme in mind (ours was blue).  You may want to have a monochromatic theme or introduce some things in your basket that complement your primary color.  In our basket, we added an orange sea sponge as it complements blue.  An orange ribbon would have been a great color choice for a finishing touch.   We opted for a gold ribbon to add to the holiday theme.

Other bloggers have come up with some fun ideas using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers.  You can visit the Jergens site here and see other posts and creative things you can do with these products.

Do you like making gift baskets?  I think they make such a wonderful gifts.  I’d love to hear your  creative ideas.  Leave me a comment below and tell me some about gift basket ideas you have!

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18 thoughts on “DIY: Winter Holiday Gift Basket With Jergens

  1. Wow! The basket came out so great! I honestly thought you bought it at the store from the first picture cause it looks so professional 🙂 I love how you included the towel– it’s on theme and is a nice packaging detail 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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