DIY holiday food gift basket ideas
That book club holiday gathering, Christmas Open House, or New Years' Day party is the perfect occasion to pack up something delicious in a festive basket to give to your host. Is there any more earnest gift to give than the gift of food? Take it from this former visual merchandiser and perennial make-it-look-pretty-aficionado – it's easy and fun to put these together.
STEP 1: pick your food combination
Get your fresh produce & booze from your local shop and mix those with a few specialty-order items to make your gift unique. I've sourced many of them for you below to make shopping easy.
- apples and gourmet caramel sauce
- pears and high-quality gorgonzola cheese
- pepper jelly & brie
- fig jelly, rosemary crostini, & chevre (goat cheese) log
- Port dessert wine & a good quality Stilton cheese
- biscotti, gourmet hot chocolate mix, espresso
- spiced tea & gingerbread cookies
- Beignet mix, powdered sugar shaker, chicory coffee
- Harney's peppermint tea, scone mix, & peach-apricot jam
- Starbucks holiday blend coffee & Mast Chocolate
- Indiana Popcorn & a 6 pack of domestic Artisan Beer
- Parisian tea & macarons
- Prosecco or Veuve Cliquot & parmesan crisps
- smoked salmon & 18 bagels from Zabar's New York
STEP 2: pack it pretty
Since presentation is what makes your host feel really special; don't skimp on this part!
- Pack up your DIY holiday food basket in a shallow texas basket or apple basket with handle for taller items.
- Use natural wood excelsior or crinkle cut paper packing to pack and cushion items in your gift basket. I like excelsior best! Tip: ball-up wrapping or packing paper in the bottom of the basket; place items on top, so they don't look lost in the bottom of the basket, and then just lay the excelsior over the top of the paper – packing it all around your items.
- Put a beautiful bow around your basket rim; forget the cheesy cellophane shrink wrap.