Easy Holiday Gift Baskets + Pier 1 Imports Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Pier 1.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I was thrilled when my friends at Pier 1 Imports asked me to come in and check out their great holiday gifts.

I’m a big gift basket fan.  I find them fun to put together, and I’d like to think the recipients enjoy them as well.  So when I spotted the themed kitchenware items at Pier 1 I knew they’d be perfect in holiday gift baskets for some special ladies in my life.

One of the things I love about giving gift baskets is that if you get the right basket, the person can reuse it somewhere in their home.  The wicker baskets I found would work perfectly anywhere in someone’s home.

I went with a snowman theme for this basket– a cute snowman dip bowl & spreader set, two kitchen towels, giant red mug, Christmas tree-shaped soap dispenser, and ornament.

snowman basket

The second basket I made is more of a kitchen theme– two kitchen towels, snowman measuring cup set, gingerbread man spoon rest, gingerbread man mug, ornament, and gingerbread man shaped soap dispenser.

gingerbread man basket

The third gift basket has a penguin theme going on– penguin measuring cup set, two kitchen towels, penguin shaped soap dispenser, penguin mug, and ornament.

Seriously how cute are the measuring cup sets?

penguin basket

 When putting together a gift basket keep size in mind.  You want the gift basket to look full, not sparse.  So if you only plan on filling a basket with three small items, grab a smaller basket.

You can also mix things up a bit.  If you look carefully, I folded the towels differently in each basket.

After I arrange a gift basket I wrap it in cellophane.  I left out that out because it’s harder to photograph and see everything in the basket with cellophane on.  I buy cellophane by the roll, but you can also find cellophane bags, which makes it a lot easier to package.

Easy Holiday Gift Basket Ideas + Pier 1 $50 Giveaway!

Now on to the extra fun part– I’m giving away a $50 Pier 1 gift card!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Stalk away!

This post is brought to you by Pier 1.  As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. We have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year, and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” cracks me up every time i see it.

  2. “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Elf” I love both of them!

  3. A Christmas Story, Elf, and Christmas Vacation have to be watched every year!

  4. Home Alone is probably my favorite Christmas movie!

  5. I LOVE Pier 1! And my favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas!
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  6. Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are my two favorite Christmas movies that I have to watch every year!

  7. It’s not Christmas at our house until we’ve watched Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmaszip! Happy Holidays and thanks!

  8. Fun giveaway! My favorite Christmas movie is ‘The Muppet’s Christmas Carol’ with Michael Caine and of course, the Muppets. It is so clever and CUTE! – Thanks
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  9. I love Home Alone!

  10. I love watching Christmas Vacation and Garfield’s Christmas

  11. My favorite Christmas movie is a Charlie Brown Christmas!

  12. The Rise of the Guardians has become my very favorite for go
    to Christmas movie.

  13. Love these ideas! My favorite Christmas movie is an oldie but goodie — White Christmas!

  14. I love A Christmas Story and would watch it for the 24 hours if I could! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation still makes me laugh!

  15. I love Love Actually!

  16. My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone. Halarious! Kevin is so adorable and that house is delicious!

  17. White Christmas! Watch it every Christmas Eve!

  18. A Christmas Story and Elf! We have watched Elf at least 5 times this month already, the kids love it!

  19. Pier 1 = fun,fun,fun!
    Christmas isn’t complete without It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St. – love the classics.

  20. My favorite Christmas movies are Elf and The Santa Clause!
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  21. Elf all the way!

  22. Clara Leonard says:

    The Santa Claus (all of them!) and Christmas with the Kranks!

  23. Kim England says:

    Definitely Elf!

  24. White Christmas with Bing Crosby – classic!

  25. The original “Christmas Carol” with Reginald Owen.

  26. White Christmas!

  27. Kelly Thompson says:

    Cute stuff!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  28. michelle maddox says:

    Super cute! Great giveaway. I guess im gonna go with National lampoons christmas. : )

  29. Jennifer McClenny says:

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  30. I have to watch Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas every year. It’s a childhood classic!

  31. The old version of Miracle on 39th Street. I love Natalie Wood.

  32. I love those penguin measuring spoons!

    Every year we have to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, my kids love it.

  33. Mary Happymommy says:

    Elf is our favorite Christmas movie.

  34. Christina Z says:

    I love the Christmas Vacation.

  35. The Polar Express! My boys love it!

  36. Love Actually!

  37. My favorite Christmas movie is The Polar Express

  38. It wouldn’t be Christmas without White Christmas and in the last few years we’ve added Family Stone to our list. Very different movies but we love them.
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  39. I love the movie The Santa Claus! By far my favorite.

  40. You are the sweetest for doing this! Mine is Jingle All The Way!
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  41. hands down…. It’s a Wonderful Life.
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  42. Home Alone.

  43. I absolutely love Elf and Home Alone! Merry Christmas you filthy animal!

  44. Rachael Williams says:

    Christmas Vacation all the way!

  45. Die Hard!

  46. Christmas Vacation!
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  47. I like A Christmas Story

  48. I love “A Year Without Santa” My family has always enjoys the Mr Heatmeiser and Mr Snow musical numbers. :)

  49. femto femto says:

    Home Alone is probably my favorite Christmas movie!

  50. classic – Miracle on 34th Street
    funny/current – Elf & Christmas Vacation

  51. A Christmas Story.

  52. I love Miracle on 34th street.

  53. I love Home Alone.

  54. How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Home Alone (the 1st one).

  55. A Christmas Story is my all-time favorite!

  56. a christmas story

  57. Love the penguins and snowman! What’s my favorite Christmas movie? Hmm, I’ve never seen most of the “classics” like Holiday Inn or White Christmas, so I’ll have to say It’s a Wonderful Life. I think it gets better with every viewing.

  58. Sandy Headtke says:

    An oldie, White Christmas with Bing Crosby.

  59. Susan Christy says:

    I love Christmas movies! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation really makes me laugh every year.

  60. I love the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We usually have the 24-hours-of-a-Christmas-Story playing in the background at my parent’s house on Christmas Eve too, I’m pretty sure it’s my dad’s favorite movie of all time.
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  61. It’s a Wonderful Life!
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  62. My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

  63. Sheila Pujara says:

    Home Alone! Such a fun Christmas movie.

  64. Love Actually! It’s a little bit strange, I admit, but it’s a good movie at the same time haha.

  65. Elf for sure

  66. Miracle on 34th Street.

  67. wendy rozema says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is ELF!

  68. A Christmas Story

  69. Christmas Vacation for sure!! (Elf and Home Alone are right up there too though!)
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  70. Love Home Alone!

  71. I love Pier One~ Great Givaway.

    My favorite is love Actually :)

  72. Love actually :)

  73. Alison Peterson says:

    Home alone

  74. I like Elf.

  75. Our family loves The Santa Clause. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  76. There are way to many to list lol I love Christmas time and watching as many Christmas movies as I can :)

  77. I haven’t been to Pier 1 for awhile. Should go check out their goodies!

  78. My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone. Never gets old!

  79. I just love all the Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas movies….I can’t pick a favorite.

  80. My favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life!
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  81. I love the Muppet Christmas Carol!

  82. Elf and A Christmas Story are my fans!!

  83. I love Charlie Brown!
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  84. home alone

  85. Frosty the Snowman!

  86. Love this store! Especially the crepe mix

  87. Love Actually!

  88. My favorite Christmas movie is some animated version of the Nutcracker from when I was a kid!

  89. that’s so difficult! I’m going to go with White Christma

  90. Best movie ever is A Christmas Story!

  91. My favorite HAS to be A Christmas Story…the leg lamp…c’mon!

  92. “White Christmas” – I love the classics! Many thanks and Merry Christmas!

  93. It’s a Wonderful Life!

  94. Love me some Pier 1!

  95. jennifer agard says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life!

  96. White Christmas

  97. Natalie G. says:

    Scrooged :)

  98. home alone!
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  99. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    A Christmas Story is my fav

  100. Christmas Vacation, it never gets old!

  101. I love the muppets Christmas Carol. They did such a Good job with it!

  102. White Christmas

  103. We watch A Christmas Story on TBS for at least 12 of the 24 hours it’s on on Christmas Eve/day. It never gets old! It’s a major award!

  104. I love Elf. =)

  105. I like ‘Love Actually’

  106. My favorite movie is Christmas Vaction with Chevy Chase.

  107. I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original) and It’s a Wonderful Life

  108. The Holiday is a favorite (plus all the ones everyone else posted)! :)

  109. Cheryl Edwards says:

    My favorite has always been Frosty the Snowman!

  110. Elf!

  111. Andrea Anderson says:

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  112. The Santa Claus movies (especially the first one) & Charlie Brown Christmas :)
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  113. elf

  114. “White Christmas” is a must-watch for me.

  115. Aanand Shah says:

    These all gifts are the best option & now everyone use basket to give gifts to someone. We can get huge collection of combo gifts online from this kind of store.. Combo Gift Hampers

  116. Elf is my favorite

  117. I loved the penguin basket!!!!!!

  118. Such cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  119. Hands down Lampoons always makes me smile :) home alone is one of my kiddos faves.

  120. Christmas Vacation and It’s A Wonderful Life are always must watch for me during the holiday season

  121. Cheryl Newton says:

    4 Christmases. I still laugh out loud every time I watch it.

  122. National Lampoons..never gets old.

  123. I love ELF with Will Farrell… Best christmas movie!

  124. a christmas story!

  125. My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. My family always used to watch it together on Christmas Eve.

  126. I love to watch It’s a Wonderful Life!

  127. White Christmas!!

  128. Love Actually and Scrooged!

  129. A Christmas Story! IIt was the first movie I ever saw in the theater. I was in kindergarten!

  130. rayraycartucci says:

    It’s a tie between A Christmas Story and It’s A Wonderful Life!

  131. I love watching The Holiday with Cameron Diaz! Not a traditional Christmas movie but it’s just so good!!
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  132. I like the Christmas Story.

  133. Mariaelena Dominguez says:

    My favorite is elf

  134. Home Alone!

  135. My favorite Christmas movies are Home Alone 1 and 2.

  136. I love Elf or Christmas Vacation!


  137. love Elf

  138. White Christmas!

  139. I think my favorite holiday movie are the old animated ones, like Frosty :)

    Also, I love that penguin basket! It’s so cute!
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  140. It is hard for me to choose between Christmas Vacation and Love Actually :)
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  141. The Santa Claus was a childhood favorite of mine, but I love nearly every Christmas movie I’ve seen.
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  142. great gift ideas!!

  143. The Santa Clause!

  144. i’m between Home Alone and Love Actually for my favorite

  145. Miracle on 34th Street

  146. sara staffeldt says:

    Charlie Brown – Brown Christmas :)

  147. Allison Downes says:

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  148. Most definitely Elf.

  149. Elf

  150. It’s a Wonderful Life

  151. I have too many favorite Christmas movies! I think my most favorite is the original Miracle on 34th Street. I also love It’s a Wonderful Life and the Santa Clause movies.

  152. My favorite Christmas movie is, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  153. my favorite movie has to be, home alone!!!!!

  154. Melissa Licon says:

    Cute baskets!

  155. Christmas vacation :)

  156. Smiling is my favorite! So, naturally, “Elf” is my favorite Christmas movie!

  157. Cynthia Harvey says:

    Frosty the Snowman & all the Hallmark movies

  158. Ashleigh Miller says:

    How the Grinch stole Christmas (the cartoon version, lol) since I was little girl, now I hope my son will love it just as much as me!

  159. Elizabeth C says:

    White Christmas

  160. We always watch Surviving Christmas, White Christmas and Holiday Inn.

  161. Paula Willbanks says:

    I love A Christmas Story. We watch it every Christmas Eve as a family. You put together some beautiful gift baskets, thank you for the opportunity to win :)! Happy Holidays

  162. A Christmas Story.

  163. Would love to win this!

  164. Four Christmases or Christmas Vacation

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