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How to Make a Soup Basket

Updated on November 18, 2014

Soup Baskets

Making a soup basket can be easy and fun. These kind of baskets can be given to an individual, couple or presented as a lovely family gift.

A soup basket can be created to fit any kind of celebration along with being a nice get well gift or hostess gift.

They're not just for the cold weather months, either. You can modify the contents of the basket to work in warm weather months as well. I personally love soup and eat it year round. Ready to get started?

Making a Gift Basket

Start with an empty basket. I suggest buying a simple one. If you want to go fancier, you can always add some basket decorations yourself.

The size of the basket should reflect how big you want the gift to be. You want to be sure to be able to get at least a few items into the basket and have them displayed nicely.

Add some ribbons or bows to make it festive. I usually find some good deals at places like dollar type stores or department stores like Walmart. However, I do have some available for order below.

Basket photo by Xandert at morgueFile.

Baskets for Sale

These baskets can all be found on Amazon. If you see one you like, click on it to get further information.

Be sure to pick a basket that will hold what you plan to put in.

Check out this unique design.

Soup Gifts

Of course the most important ingredient to go into the basket is soup. If on a tight budget, I suggest looking into a store like Goodwill for a used basket, then filling the basket with some cans of soup, along with crackers and other treats.

Be sure to include some type of popular, favorite soup such as chicken noodle, vegetable, tomato or cream of mushroom.

Soup photo by Davi Cheng at morgueFile.

Soup Mixes

Soup mixes are usually pretty easy to prepare. Many only require the addition of water. In some cases, you can also add fresh ingredients.

Leonard Mountain Soup Sampler Dry Soup Mix, 5 count
Leonard Mountain Soup Sampler Dry Soup Mix, 5 count

Although you can buy canned, I've found that quite often the soups mixes taste better. I suggest at least one common, popular soup, but then consider also going with something a little more gourmet.

 

An assortment can work nicely in a basket.

Knorr is a popular brand.

Favorite Soup Poll

What is your favorite kind of soup?

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Crackers for Soup

Of course, tossing some crackers in is a must! My suggestions include Triscuits, Ritz, Carrs, Oyster crackers and Cheez-It.

Be sure to check out the various flavors that are offered. (I happen to love the Triscuit Roasted Garlic crackers.) If you want to take this a step further, add some cheese spread.

Crackers photo by jdurham at morgueFile.

Cheese and Cracker Snacks

Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese - 45 ct.
Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese - 45 ct.

Of course, you can always order some crackers that would be great to add to a soup basket. Be sure to pick something you also like so what you don't put in the basket, you can enjoy at home.

 

How about a cookbook?

Soup Cookbook

500 Soups: The Only Soup Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Cooking (Sellers))
500 Soups: The Only Soup Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Cooking (Sellers))

If the person you're giving the basket to really loves soup and enjoys making it, consider including a new soup cookbook. This one should keep someone busy for awhile. It has a wonderful assortment of soups, chowders and broths, along with recipes for cold soups which can help you cool off on a hot summer's day.

 

Soup Cookbook

This cookbook is available through eBay. If you bid, don't forget to check back.

Dessert Gifts

I always like to include some kind of a dessert or treat when I make a basket.

Two of my favorites to include are some kind of a cookie wafers or a little bit of chocolate. My favorite are truffles. After dinner type mints can also go well in the basket.

Dessert photo by beglib at morgueFile.

Chocolate Candy for Gift Basket

Soup Poll

Are you a soup lover?

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Gift Basket Items

At this point, it's up to you how simple or elaborate you want to be. If there's room, you might want to include soup bowls and spoons.

If the person the basket is intended for enjoys making homemade soup, then consider adding a new crock pot. I make most of my soups this way. I put everything together in the morning, then come dinner time I'm all set. You might even add some of your favorite soup recipes.

Soup photo by wax115 at morgueFile.

Crock Pots for Sale

One of my favorite ways to make soup is in a Crock Pot. The slow cooking really lets the flavors come through.

If you prefer, here are some ready made baskets.

Soup Gift Baskets

A Taste of Home Chicken Soup Gourmet Food Gift Basket
A Taste of Home Chicken Soup Gourmet Food Gift Basket

Soup, tea, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, crackers and much more.

 
Healthy Soup Gift Basket by Well Baskets
Healthy Soup Gift Basket by Well Baskets

Healthy and handsome looking at the same time.

 

Soup Trivia

Did you know that soup has been prescribed for ailments since ancient times?

Thanks for stopping by and please say hello!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Merrci: I'm so glad you think so. I happen to love soup, especially this time of year.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is such a fun idea for a basket, different and healthier than so many of them. Will have to make one! Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: And you didn't share?

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @cmadden: How about some soup?

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LaughingLady LM: A person after my heart.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love soup, made some the other day.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Oh, great, now I'm hungry ;-> . Lovely baskets!

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      I really love soup, any time of the year! Great idea, a soup basket!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Thank you. I'm a huge fan of soup, too!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: OK little brother!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @myspace9: Go for it!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ERD1966: Thank you!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Sounds yummy.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Rankography: Glad I could introduce you to it.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I love soup! This is an awesome idea.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Hi, Big Sister, come back here to see this lens :)

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Beautiful baskets, I love them and want to have one for me.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Beautiful baskets, I love them and want to have one for me.

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      ERD1966 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Great gift ideas!

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I could eat homemade vegetable noodle soup every day - what a lovely idea to give soup basket gifts!

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      Rankography 4 years ago

      I Had never heard of this. Cool idea

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: I also love soup during the winter. Thanks for your visit and blessing.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I'm a soup lover, esp during wintertime, and to be able to make a gift basket filled with a great variety of soup mixes and stuff is a luxurious treat for me :). Fabulous gift basket ideas indeed! Fabulously-BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you sweetheart. Huge hug and muah! Happy New Year my dear friend!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @tedwritesstuff24: Thanks!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Great gift idea especially in todays economic times where many people are struggling to eat.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: That's a really good point.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: I like chicken noodle soup, too.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      What a great gift idea.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love chicken noodle soup, and can eat it all the time. Another great lens.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I'm ready.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Nothing like soup to make you feel better.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: Must have been nice.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Winter is coming, it's time for a nice hot soup:)

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a wonderful gift idea for many occasions, including when someone has been sick!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I used to go with basket to our local market.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: I could really use a good homemade turkey soup recipe this time of year. Thanks for your support.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @webmavern: Glad I could be of help.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I would include a jar of my homemade turkey soup - maybe in a pretty Mason jar because it rocks. All the soups you described are great too. I really liked this lens because it is creative, and speaks of how you can give a thoughtful gift on a budget. Pinned on my "thrifty living" board and blessed.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      What a great idea especially for older folks. I always struggle for new gift ideas, thanks for sharing!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @MrsPotts: So true. Nothing like soup on a cold night.

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      MrsPotts 4 years ago

      Great idea, especially with Christmas coming around the corner!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @coolmon2009 lm: Glad you like it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Hannah Writes: I think so, too, especially for the holidays.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: I'm a total soup fan.

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      What a neat idea, haven't thought about making a soup basket, nice lens.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      This is an excellent gift idea!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This seems like a fantastic idea! Of course, I really, really love soup. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      now i understand how to make a soup basket. very interesting presentation

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      This is a great idea. I wouldn't mind getting a soup basket myself.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have never heard of a soup basket before, but I love the idea! I am also a soup eater all year round, can't get enough of it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Making a soup basket as a gift is a nice idea. I just might have to do that for someone I'm think of. Thank you! :)

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas here! These make for great get well gifts. Nice lens!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Haven't seen this in the UK yet

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I think this is a great idea. People just haven't caught on to it yet.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      * Blessed by a SquidAngel * for making me drool... (oops - tmi) (lol)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What a great idea - a soup basket would also make a wonderful housewarming gift!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Soups for the soul. This would make a perfect gift and would liven up the spirit of anyone who's sick.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Soup is one of my favorite foods! Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the idea of a soup gift basket rather than the traditional candy or fruit one. Unexpected but very welcome, I'm sure.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thank you everyone for stopping by!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      What a great idea, a soup basket! I love soup, and many people especially enjoy it during winter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love these soup baskets, they make the meals more delicious and gourmet.

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      I love the idea of giving a soup basket, especially in the winter. The Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker you show is FANTASTIC. I used mine yesterday to make taco soup.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fabulous idea! I'd never thought of a soup basket before - I love it! Blessed. :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Very useful lens! This would be perfect for a get well basket. Great tips!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I am especially fond of chilled soups. If someone gave me a gift basket filled with nothing but cans of chilled cucumber soup (if it came in cans) I would be one happy camper.