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Boo Basket Ideas and Free Printables

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If you're wanting some cute boo basket ideas (and adorable boo-ing printables, too), you've come to the right place. This whole "boo-ing" thing is one of my absolute favorite concepts, ever. I mean, who wouldn't want a basket full of fun left by some sweet friends? Grab these free printables and boo basket ideas below.
Boo Basket Ideas

Are you into the whole boo-ing craze? We love it at our house. But, this year, I thought it would be super fun to boo some of my own friends...with thoughtful grown-up gifties and treats. The basket shown in this post has a fun coffee theme...my imagination was really brewing (pun intended) over all things coffee, fall, and Halloween! Grab your free printables below to create a BOO basket of your own. There are prints for "I've Been Boo-ed" and "We've Been Boo-ed" in case you're boo-ing more than one person at a time. And lots of boo basket ideas, as well.

What is Boo-ing?

The concept is purely fun and friendly. The idea is to create a gift for someone and leave it for them anonymously. The instructions included let them know that they, too, must do the same for someone else...and keep the fun going (or, boo-it-forward, if you will). 

This is a game played by grown-ups and kids alike. I remember coming home when my kids were still in preschool to find a basket left on our doorstep with all of their favorites...and a set of instructions to pass the fun along. It was left by some sweet family friends and had a little something for every member of the family tucked in. We had a blast creating another basket for another family. And honestly, ever since then, just try to stop us from boo-ing!


Boo Basket Ideas

There are so many directions to head when putting together a boo basket. Keep it super simple and just put in a few fall-themed snacks or goodies. Or, go more elaborate and really play it up to your recipient's interests. I've got lots of specific ideas on this below.


Coffee Themed Boo Basket Ideas
The basket I'm sharing today was from grown up to grown up. I left this on my friend Alice's desk one night after she left work (I happened to be married to her boss, so I had fairly easy access to her office). Since I know Alice loves coffee, I went with a themed basket and filled it with all of her coffee favorites for the season. Below are a few of my favorite coffee ideas if you decide to go that route for your boo basket (other thematic ideas listed below).


Coffee-Lover's Boo Basket Ideas


Printables for Boo Baskets

Other Themed Boo Basket Ideas

  • movie night basket
    • include a dvd or movie tickets, popcorn, snacks, and sodas
  • pampering basket
    • include bath salts, masks, nail polishes, nail files, loofah, lotions, etc.
  • snack basket
    • include all of the recipients favorite snacks...with a fun fall twist, if possible

Non-Themed Boo Basket Ideas

Not all baskets have to fit a certain theme. Some of my favorites are family baskets with a little something for everyone tucked inside. Below are a few ideas for those.
  • glow sticks
  • Halloween treats
  • cute paper straws in fall colors
  • Halloween socks
  • Halloween pencils/erasers
  • slap bracelets
  • plastic vampire teeth
  • Halloween stickers
  • sticking some of these Oreo Witch Feet from Your Home-Based Mom into your basket would be adorable, too!

If you decide to put together a boo-ing basket, be sure to include an actual set of instructions for your recipient, too. They can copy these and use them for the friend(s) they're boo-ing. I like to attach twine to the door tag ahead of time...especially for someone who will be displaying this in an office setting (not everyone may have something to hang their tag on their door). The tag lets others know they've already been boo-ed...that way everyone has a chance to get boo-ed and it's easy to see who has already been hit. This works great in a neighborhood setting, office area, and so many more places.

Boo Basket Ideas and Free Printables
Above is my basket sitting on its recipient's desk waiting for her to find it. Hilariously, she knew right away it was me and texted me pretty fast the next day (I love you, Alice!). Then she texted me a day or so later to tell me how much fun she was having shopping for the basket she was making. I can't decide if it's more fun to give or receive these baskets...they're just a blast all around and can bring a smile to anyone's face.


Download these Boo Basket Printables

Again, these are the instructions (for single recipients or groups/families). Remember to print two copies per basket that you create...one that you will cut and put on display, the other is for them to use as they boo-it-forward.
Free Boo-It-Forward Printables


We've Been Boo-Ed Printable

Looking for More Halloween Printables?


Halloween Printables






25 comments:

  1. that basket is adorable!! what a great idea!
    thanks for the recipe

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    1. Thank you, Shaunacey! It was so much fun to plan and shop for!

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  2. Such cute ideas! Love the recipe!
    Pinned!

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  3. This is such a cute basket. The biscotti looks wonderful and the printables are really cute

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    1. Thank you, Kallee! I don't know who has more fun when it comes to the boo-ing...me...or the person being boo'd!

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  4. What a fun idea! I love the pumpkin themed basket :)

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  5. Super cute basket and printables. I love biscotti, but I have never tried making a pumpkin flavor (so it's now on my list of to-do's)!

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    1. Thank you bunches! You will love the pumpkin flavor biscotti!

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  6. That looks so amazing! I love biscotti!

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  7. What a great idea! Love the basket and the recipe!

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  8. Such an adorable printable for Halloween! I've never been "boo-ed," but I'd love to use this printable to make my first boo basket! Thanks for the freebie!

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    1. Thank you bunches. Cathy! It's a great way to show random acts of kindness during the fall season!

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  9. This is so cute. I have never been "boo-ed"! We live in a rural area.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! Maybe you can start the trend among your neighbors! I can't imagine what a surprise and treat it would be to be boo-ed in a rural area!

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  10. Super cute basket!! I love it. I love the printables as well. I wanna live in your neighborhood.

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    1. Thank you, Barb! We have a great city with lots of wonderful folks!

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  11. These are great ideas! I need to decorate for fall this weekend.

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    1. Thank you bunches for the sweet comment and for stopping by!!

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  12. This is wonderful! I love all the cute ideas and how you put it together. This will make a great gift for our family parties coming up.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy boo-ing your friends and family this year!

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  13. And now 2016 Halloween season is upon us! Thank you for sharing these printables! I got my baskets and toy treats from the Dollar Tree :)

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