DIY Pancake Gift Basket: Budget-Friendly Gifts

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DIY Pancake Gift Basket; Budget friendly Gifts.

DIY Pancake Gift Basket; Budget-Friendly Gifts

For as long as I can remember I have loved making my own gifts for others, from crocheting to canned jams. As I got older I grew to appreciate and cherish the handmade gifts my grandmothers used to make me and understand the time they put into each gift. A homemade gift tells the receiver, I care about you, I’m not just buying you a gift with money but I am giving you a piece of time from my life, a gift that is priceless.

Although you can never put a price on your time, making gifts can save you money and are often fairly inexpensive to make, so they are perfect for those on a tight budget or who are trying to live frugally.

This year my in-laws wanted food as their gift for the holidays so I tried to become creative with different ways to accommodate that request. I made several different food baskets (I will share all of them with you) so it would seem more meaningful than just bringing a grocery bag full of food.

With this pancake gift basket you can get really creative and cute or you can make it simple and sweet. I went the simple and sweet route.

DIY Pancake Gift Basket

In the gift basket I included:

  • Mixing bowl (from the dollar store)
  • Whisk (also from the dollar store)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Homemade Maple Syrup (recipe link below- so easy to make, you won’t believe it!)
  • Pancake mix in a bag with instructions stapled on back

Additional Ideas:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pancake Molds
  • Assorted Flavored Syrup
  • Skillet

DIY Pancake Gift Basket, Budget-Friendly Gifts


  1. Gather your ingredients, decide how many baskets you want to make and make sure you have enough supplies
  2. Print or Hand draw labels (I bought my labels from Avery and they are easy to print-link below) for the syrup and mix
  3. Place pancake mix in plastic bag and seal (you can use a zip lock)
  4. Staple pancake mix directions on bag
  5. Assemble all ingredients in the mixing bowl with tissue paper

DIY Pancake Gift Basket; Pancake mix
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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Place mix in bag or jar for gifts.
  2. On a card print or write these instructions:
  3. ADD: 1 1/4 cups milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  6. Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  7. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Now the Piece De Resistance to really make your DIY Pancake Gift basket stand out, Homemade Maple Syrup- without a maple tree

Home Made “Maple” Syrup- without a maple tree

DIY Pancake Gift Basket Shortcuts

I am a woman who likes to make gifts from scratch, however, I am also frugal and often short on time so I am giving you a shortcut tip.
Buy a box of pancake mix and measure it out per the serving suggestions on the box. On a box I used (shhhhhhh, don’t tell) the instructions called for one cup of mix so I added 2 cups to each package and was able to make 3 bags. You can do the same with syrup, buy a couple of decorative bottles from the dollar tree or use a small mason jar and pour your syrup in the container and print a label for it. Looks just like homemade.

DIY Pancake Gift Basket; Budget-Friendly Gifts


  1. Carol Orris on January 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm
    I love this idea!!!! :) Homemade gifts are so much more personal than store bought. I could see adding a vintage towel or hand embroidered tea towel to the basket for some vintage flair.

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