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Holiday Gift Baskets 101: What You Need to DIY the Perfect Surprise

October 24, 2023 at 9:37 PM PST

As the holiday season approaches, you’re probably searching for the perfect gifts. Gift baskets are a unique way to bundle all the little things someone loves into a single, delightful package, carefully curated by you. Whether it’s family, friends, or colleagues, well-designed gift baskets convey warmth, thoughtfulness, and festive joy. And, while you can find ready-made baskets, you can also DIY these unique gifts at home for a personal touch that tugs at the heartstrings. So, other than pastel-wrapped sweets, what can these baskets include? To help you share the holiday spirit with your loved ones, here are some charming gift basket essentials to inspire your giving this season.

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1. Treats

Most of us love to indulge in themed, gourmet treats during the holidays, making them perfect additions to your gift baskets. If your recipient is someone close to you, you likely know what yummy goods satisfy their cravings. If not, you’ll want to include a variety of delicious snacks like artisanal cheeses, savory crackers, and premium chocolates, but there are no limits.

2. Personalized Note or Card

What can make a heartfelt gift even more sentimental than an accompanying note? We don’t need to explain the impact of kind words. Sometimes, that’s the best thing in the basket. Place this at the bottom for an even better surprise.

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3. Essential Oils or Scented Candles

Choose candles or essential oils in seasonal scents like pine, cinnamon, orange, and cranberry to create an inviting and soothing atmosphere. Similarly, you can shop for aromatherapy scents that evoke happiness, focus, or tranquility.

4. Warm Accessories

Staying warm is usually on everyone’s minds during this time of year. Even if your recipient lives in a warm climate, fuzzy socks, mittens, or a warm blanket are a comforting necessity during the holiday travel season.

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5. Specialty Wine or Champagne

Whether saved in a wine cellar for decades or opened on a celebratory occasion, a bottle of fine wine or champagne is a sophisticated and elegant surprise for your basket. With expensive essentials like these, you leave a lasting impression with fewer items.

6. Decorative Accents

No matter what’s inside, a gift doesn’t feel like a gift without the works. Add ribbons, tissue paper, and confetti to your basket for a beautifully curated design. For those who love to go over the top, get creative by sprinkling in battery-operated string lights.

7. Spices, Teas, Coffee

Take the culinary experience further by adding some high-quality coffee beans or tea leaves to create a warm and cozy holiday feeling. Or maybe you could create a DIY soup mix in a jar with all the necessary dry ingredients and a recipe for a comforting holiday soup. Likewise, consider including seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves for holiday baking or cooking.

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8. Ornaments or Figurines

Include some small, festive ornaments like tree decorations or figurines to infuse your basket with holiday spirit. Rather than buy these essentials, you can also include a DIY kit.

9. Themed Home Decor or Gift Cards

Another way to target a specific holiday through your additions is with themed kitchen towels, oven mitts, or tablecloths. Beyond linens, gorgeous homewares, like mugs, plates, or snow globes, will become cherished mementos put on display for years to come. You can also get gift cards to your recipient’s favorite stores if you aren’t sure what to buy for their home.

10. Flowers

When we think of the winter solstice, mistletoe, holly, and poinsettia are just a few of the florals embellishing homes with scents of nature. Since you don’t want flowers to be the focus of your basket, you only need a small bouquet or one or two stems. Tuck these in the corners of your basket, perhaps on top of your note.



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