Are you searching for Craft Beer Gift Baskets for Men? I was too and found out they were REALLY expensive. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create awesome craft beer gift baskets myself and I made a free printable gift tag for you to use too!
Craft Beer Gift Baskets for Men
When the holidays roll around, I try to give personal gifts as often as possible. My husband's partners at work are really into craft beers so I thought I'd look for craft beer gift baskets for men and see what I could find. What I found were super expensive gift baskets that would range from $60 for 6 beers to $140 for 12 beers, and that didn't include shipping.
Well, my husband's partners live locally so I figured I'd make my own craft beer gift baskets and hand deliver them instead. I ran to our local Total Wine & More and marveled at the selection of beer. It was pretty amazing. I decided that I'd buy 12 different 6-packs and split them evenly among the 3 guys. That way, each guy would end up with 2 beers from each pack (24 beers total). I spent a total of $120 on 12 6-packs (after a 10% coupon discount).
Then, I headed over to Michaels to gather some supplies to create the gift baskets. I found some fantastic wooden crates for only $10 each (be sure to get something sturdy since 24 beers can be pretty heavy). These crates are made of unfinished pine and measure 12 ½" x 9 ⅝" x 17 ⅞". I love that they're unfinished so they look a little more crafty and rustic. These crates are only sold in stores, but THIS ONE on Amazon is as close to a match as I could find for you.
I also got some shredded paper for gift baskets. These cost me $3.99 each (per 4 ounces) and I needed 2 bags per crate. This is a better deal on Amazon if you'd prefer to get it there and they've got a ton of different colors. I was really limited since I was shopping in-store. I also picked up 1.5" wide ribbon (be sure to get the kind with wire so they're sturdier for making bows) - THIS ONE is the brand that I bought. I got 3 spools that were 25 feet each, but only ended up needing 2 spools for the 3 baskets I made. This is optional, but I thought galvanized metal letters would personalize the beer gift baskets that much more. They were just $2.50 each and add a great rustic touch.
For the crates, shredded paper, ribbon and letters, I spent about $63. I probably could have done better with the shredded paper if I planned in advance and bought some items during sales cycles, but this really wasn't too bad to me.
The crates are pretty deep and I found that the tops of the bottles wouldn't peek out, so I decided to elevate the beers a bit by using a cardboard box. This was also a necessary step to keep the shredded paper fill from falling through the cracks in the bottom of the crate. Total Wine & More packaged my 6-packs up in beer boxes and these were perfectly sized for the crates (SCORE!). Grab a few while you're at the package store of your choice.
I taped the box shut and then I took a box cutter and used the bottom slat as a guide to cut the box.
This is what I ended up with it. I did the same for the other 2 craft beer gift baskets I was making.
After that, I added the shredded paper. I was really pleased with the boost in height from the cardboard box placed at the bottom. Without that, the baskets looked a little sad.
Then, I loaded up the beers I bought, placing 2 of each kind in each crate. I tried to get a variety of beers, including a stout, a Saison, an IPA, a lager, a hefeweizen, etc.
Next, I tied the ribbon in a bow. It was really nothing fancy, but I looped it around the slat so it would stay in place. Then I added another length of ribbon to secure the galvanized initial, and I tied that in a bow.
To add a fun gift tag to the craft beer gift baskets, I created one! I decided to go with "Merry Christmas and Happy New Beer!"
In total, I spent $120 on beer and $63 on basket supplies. That's about $61 per basket. Compared with other 24 beer gift baskets out there, this is a bargain! I think any beer lover would love this gift.
I'm thrilled with how these craft beer gift baskets turned out!
Are you putting together any gift baskets this year?
Need more gift ideas?
Check out our favorite teacher Christmas gifts
If you need a gift for her, here's why Tieks Ballet Flats are the perfect gift.