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5 Heartwarming Gift Basket Ideas for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s the perfect time to show our relatives and friends our deepest gratitude for their love and friendship. One fine idea you can do is to present them with themed gift baskets filled with splendid treats associated with the holidays.

A basket filled with bright-colored flowers makes for a classic centerpiece (Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage)

A basket of lovely blooms is a classic gift 

Here are gift basket ideas you can purchase or use as inspiration to create your own. These excellent presents show the people in your life your appreciation.

The Chocolate Lovers’ Basket

One of the most popular treats enjoyed all around the world during the holidays is chocolate. The rich taste of hot chocolate is ideal during those cold nights, while the silky smooth texture of truffles makes chocolate a delectable dessert. A gift basket filled with this favorite will be a sweet present to anyone. Make sure to include various types, such as dark and milk chocolate, and those with nuts, nougat, and coffee caramels. You can also include a bottle of dark red wine to go with the confections.

The Gourmet Gift Basket

For people who have a palate for the savory, a gourmet gift basket is the perfect choice. Fill your basket with an assortment of cheeses and include focaccia crisps for a lovely pairing. You can place various types of nuts, such as almond and macadamia, and salted pretzels. Cold cuts and dried meat are welcome additions. It’s also great to include a bag of fine coffee beans or tea leaves to complement these various snacks.

The Classic Holiday Gift Basket

Arranging a basket filled with an assortment of well-loved snacks will brighten your loved ones’ day. Mix and match both sweet and savory treats, such as cookies, crackers, cheese, chocolate, chips, and even dips. Throw in a bottle of sparkling dessert wine to go with the food. Afterwards, tie a plaid ribbon to put a festive touch on the basket.

The Tea Party Gift Basket

One of the best things you can do during a crisp snowy day is to sit down with your friends and enjoy a hot cup of tea. Naturally, this makes for an excellent gift basket theme. Place an assortment of tea choices for them to enjoy. Earl Grey, English breakfast, Darjeeling, and black tea are always exceptional choices for the cold season. Don’t forget to include biscuits, crackers, and biscotti to complement the brews. For an unforgettable gift basket, you can also include an elegant teapot and some tea cups. This charming gift idea gives your friends the opportunity to relax and enjoy the season before it slips away.

A Basket of Personal Favorites

For something a little more special, you can create a customized gift basket. Think of the person you want to give the gift to and figure out what they like. Place their favorite chips, candy bars, cookies, crackers, and drinks. Include a couple of little trinkets or mini photographs that would remind them of the moments you’ve shared. Some trinkets are readily available in a number of craft stores. By putting together your loved ones’ favorites in individualized baskets, you can show how much you appreciate each one of them.

As we start the holiday season with the celebration of Thanksgiving, spread the spirit of love, gratitude, and cheer to family members and friends with these gift basket ideas.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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