Obnoxious ties. Cheap perfume. Cheesy sweaters. Tacky knick knacks. What do these items have in common? Well, you just might find them under your Christmas tree this year. Or maybe this is a list of recent birthday gifts you stuffed into the back of your hall closet. It could be Mother’s Day and Father’s Day presents you quickly donated or re-gifted perhaps.
Now imagine this: red wine, pasta, teas, cookies, coffees and more. Edible gifts are a fantastic alternative to traditional presents because everyone needs to eat, right? And homemade gift baskets can be tailored to any event or occasion. Here are a few edible gift basket ideas that you can give to your loved ones throughout the year:
Fill up a large wicker basket with a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream, homemade Christmas cookies or candy, a set of holiday mugs and some festive hand towels. Add in some hot chocolate packets and mini marshmallows for a warm and thoughtful Christmas gift.
For an edible Valentines Day gift basket, think romance! Load a large picnic basket with scented candles and a CD of sexy songs. Add in a bottle of white chocolate liqueur paired with dark chocolate truffles and homemade heart shaped cookies or brownies. Or consider a bottle of red wine or champagne and some cheesy breadsticks. Purchase a cozy throw to complete the perfect couple’s Valentines Day picnic basket.
Present an edible gift basket to mom overflowing with teas, coffees, cookies and some scone or muffin mixes. Tuck in a classy romance novel for a relaxing Mother’s Day gift.
For Dad, assemble a gift basket filled with pretzels, dip, chips, salsa and peanuts. Sunflower seeds, trail mix and beef jerky also make for great additions to a Father’s Day edible gift basket.
Edible gift baskets are also an excellent idea for a baby shower or birthday gift. Find a white wicker basket and pack it with jars of baby food, baby cookies, fruit and veggie puffs, breakfast bars, sippy cups, bibs and more for a unique and practical baby gift.
Create a lovely fall themed food basket using pumpkin pancake mix, syrup, trail mix, pumpkin seeds, apple butter, cider mix and more. Tuck in a few small pumpkins and gourds to complete your autumn gift. This particular basket also makes for a great present for your host and hostess on Thanksgiving Day.
The best part about assembling a tasty gift basket is that you can find most of the above items at Trader Joe’s or even Target. Both stores sell baskets as well as elegantly packaged edibles that are reasonably priced. And you can usually find cellophane wrapping and bows at your locale dollar store.