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Best Gift Basket Ideas

Updated on August 31, 2013

Bountiful Baskets

Any occasion is an opportunity for a basket filled with goodies for the lucky recipient. Whether you order a basket or fill one yourself, the results are sure to please.


Food Gift Baskets

Many companies offer gift baskets through their web sites. Food sites, such as Wolfermans, Hickory Farms, Harry and David, or the Honeybaked Ham Company are just a few that offer everything from breakfast foods, to cheese and sausage snacks, and on to dinners and desserts. Prices and basket size vary, and usually can be mailed out to any place in the continental United States.

Sweet baskets, filled with chocolates, cookies or other treats are another food basket idea. Romance a lover with a basket from Godiva Chocolates; send a gift basket of Mrs. Fields Cookies to thank a teacher; or congratulate your friend with a popular cookie bouquet from Gourmet Cookie Bouquet or Cookie by Design.

College students love to get care packages anytime; however, sending out a gift basket filled with healthy snacks during exam time is especially appreciated.

For the wine connoisseur, a basket filled with local or imported red, white, or bubbly, is certain to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. The basket can be as simple or as elaborate as your budget allows. If creating your own, throw in a fancy bottle cork, glasses, wine glass jewelry, and a corkscrew to complete the gift.

General Gift Baskets

Nonfood gift baskets vary as much as the items inside the package can. Here are some of the ideas for a company delivered, or personally created, gift basket:

New moms-create a spa package filled with a loofah sponge, bath oils or shower gels, a bath pillow, along with candles, a relaxing cd, and finally, a gift certificate to a local massage clinic.

New dads can celebrate with a book or two on fatherhood, as well as some gag gifts for diaper duty: a nose plug and rubber gloves.

Newlyweds: send a gourmet food filled picnic basket for an evening at an outdoor concert. Throw in two tickets and a bottle of wine for a romantic evening under the stars.

Baby gift baskets speak for themselves. These can include a health basket filled with thermometer, lotions, nail clippers, a baby care book, and a baby monitor. Another baby basket idea is the bath theme: baby bath products, towel and washcloth, and not to forget, the rubber ducky.

Gift baskets are great for Fund Raising

Gift baskets are a wonderful way to pull together a fund raising party. Advertise your organizations event with a prearranged theme party. Then, have participating members create, (or purchase), a room full of baskets of various sizes. Then, have a silent auction where people will place their bids or raffle the baskets off. It is a fun way to get creative while earning money for your cause.

How to make a gift basket:

Sometimes you will get the exact results you want by designing your own gift basket. Only you know the specific taste of the person who will get your gift. Where to go for supplies?

1. Start with selecting a basket from a craft store, such as Michael’s.

2. Have the items to be placed in the basket already set aside to ensure a proper fit.

3. Decide on the right wrap for your basket: colored cellophane, net, or ribbon.

4. Add a filler on the bottom of the basket to ‘nest’ in your gifts, such as shredded tissue.

When you are completely satisfied with your materials then assemble the basket, enclose it, secure a bow and add a gift card. Your loved one will enjoy the gift basket even more knowing it was designed by you.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Linda-that's a great idea! I have an Avon representative at our work place and she is always bringing in 'goodie' bags. Avon rocks and I can only imagine the sunshine you spread with your Avon products. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great basket ideas! I would suggest an Avon Gift Basket, not just because I sell Avon, but because I love their products and they are appreciated :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jeff-agreed. I love to give and receive gift baskets. It's like a treasure trove of delights. :) Thanks for stopping by.

    • Jeff Gamble profile image

      Jeff Gamble 

      7 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Great hub, gift baskets are good for any occasional and are much more personal that store bought wrappings

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Andre-thanks for reading and commenting. Nice to see you and hope you are doing well.

    • andrebreynolds profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful hub!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Phil-thanks for your comments. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Phil Plasma 

      8 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      The way things are going these days, I need a small basket to hold two or three gift cards. Good tips, though, I'll come back here in November to see if organizing a basket for Christmas is in the plans.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Travel-thanks for your comments. It's fun getting a gift basket isn't it? One of my favorite treats.

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      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Nice work Denise. You've presented a great selection of baskets here to choose from. Its always a very special treat to receive a gift basket and delve into all the goodies.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great, Carrie, glad you enjoyed it.

    • carrie450 profile image


      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thanks for the great ideas you've given Denise. This hub was very helpful.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Stephanie, glad you enjoyed the hub. As my mother would say, "you can never have too many books or baskets"

      There's always something you can create with a basket as a gift idea. :) Nice to see you here.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Nice hub! I especially liked the ideas for gift baskets for new Moms and Dads. I'm enjoying your writing!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi K-T-B nice meeting you and glad to hear you enjoyed this hub. I LOVE getting and giving basket gifts. I'll be following your work as well. Thanks.

    • kids-toy-box profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful Gift Ideas...its no wonder why Baskets are a popular gift choice. I like the variety it offers and the reaction is always very positive form most people who recieve them.Last Christms I recived a goumet food bassket from my older sister.I love it and best of al I can use the basket and it always reminds me of the kind gesture.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello MarieAlice and Lilly-thanks for reading and commenting. I love making and GIVING gift baskets for any occasion as much as getting one. :)

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      Lori J Latimer 

      9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Very good Hub! Love your ideas! We love getting Food Baskets too!

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      Maria Alicia Cardenas 

      9 years ago from Spain

      This are great ideas, in my country most of the companies give food baskets as christmas presents for their workers. This baskets can have a huge variaty of products from affordable to expensive ones but will always be useful for the family...


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