Looking for a customized gift that’s almost sure to be appreciated? Try creating a food gift basket.
Food gift baskets are versatile and can match any occasion (showers, weddings, birthdays, etc.). For example, I created a baking-themed basket last year for my daughter’s travel softball fundraiser (each family was required to provide a basket to be raffled).
I started with a slick-looking Zak Design mixing bowl (orange to match her team color) and filled it with:
- small cook books
- silicone hot pad
- kitchen towel
- pure vanilla
- sugar cookie-scented candle
- gourmet sugar sprinkles
- unique cookie cutters (since it was a softball fundraiser, I tied bat and glove cookie cutters to the orange bow that topped the basket)
This year, I opted for a heartier basket and went with a beer and snacks theme. My husband and I picked out an assortment of craft brews (throwing in some Shiner Bock as a nod to my Texas heritage) and complemented this with an array of snacks, including:
- Slim Jims
- Chex Mix
- summer sausage
- Corn Nuts and a few other salty delights
I carefully arranged everything in a smallish beverage tub from Target (the only drawback with the beer — the finished basket weighed a ton).
We’ve used the food basket for personal gifts, as well. Pondering what to get my in-laws last Christmas, I settled on a snack theme but packaged everything in a reusable lined Thermos tote (great for outings as well as transporting cold/frozen foods to and from the grocery store). Besides salty snacks, we added some gourmet cookies and candy from a local specialty market, plus a McDonald’s gift card since they often stop there for coffee or breakfast.
The food theme works for kids’ birthday parties, too. My daughter and I put together a movie/snacks gift that consisted of a large plastic bowl filled with microwave popcorn, boxes of movie candy, plastic movie popcorn containers we found in the Target dollar aisle and a movie rental gift card.
The possibilities are endless. You can make it as general or personal as you like and fit any budget, be it economical or over-the-top.