Gift Food Baskets

My husband received one of these unique gift food baskets from his place of employment, and it was a gift that our whole family loved!

Wine Counrty Gift Baskets

This particular basket came from Wine Country Gift Baskets. They have beautiful gourmet food gift baskets, but are a little expensive for us do-it-yourselfers! Why order one of these when you can make your own?

The first step in creating any good gift food baskets is to select the perfect container to put your contents into. Be creative! You can use something that you already have, or purchase a container from a craft or general store. Remember, anything can be used for the gift food baskets container...think of common household items that your recipient can use again after the contents of the food basket are gone:

  • Decorative basket
  • Clay pot or planter
  • Household cleaning bucket
  • Organizing basket
  • Serving bowl
  • Open metal lunchbox
  • Wine crate
  • Small trash can
  • Picnic basket

Once you have selected your container, now it's time to fill it! If you just plunk all your items into the bottom of your container, it really doesn't end up looking very nice. They all fall to the bottom, and you really can't appreciate the goodies inside.

Therefore, we need to use some "fillers" in the bottom of our gift food baskets. Styrofoam and small cardboard boxes work great.

Gift Food Baskets

Make a stair-step design in the bottom of the container. Meaning, place a high piece of filler in the back, and lower ones towards the front. Cover them with shredded gift basket paper or tissue paper, and put your items on top of it.

Now that you've created your container, what should you put in your gourmet food basket? It's completely up to you! Search the grocery store for unique items that have pretty packaging and a long shelf life. Some ideas are:

  • Flavored or green tea
  • Flavored coffee (beans and/or ground)
  • Hard Candy
  • Salami
  • Cheese spread
  • Specialty crackers
  • Cheese spreader knife
  • Pretzels
  • Assorted nuts
  • Boxed cookies
  • Chocolates
  • Tapenade spread
  • Olives
  • Cookie, brownie, or bread mix
  • Coffee mug
  • Specialty pasta and sauce
  • Dried fruit

Once your basket is filled, you need to put a basket wrap around the outside to keep the contents secure. Basket wraps come two ways: as bags that slide over the basket and you tie at the top (have a loose look), or as bags that fit over your basket and you use a blow dryer to shrink the bag to make a tight fit. You can find both of these types at a craft store.

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