Gourmet Gift Ideas and DIY Food Baskets

Not sure what to give family and friends this holiday season? Wrap their favorite treat, drink or spice: It’s practical, personal and can fit right into your budget.

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Cheese, Nuts and Crackers

For elegant presentation, line a vintage basket with decorative packing material then fill it with a slate cheese board, artisanal cheeses, chutney, almonds, gourmet crackers and spreading knives.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast never looked so good. Help family and friends get the holidays — and their mornings — off to the right start with a pound cake that’s fresh out of the oven, a jar full of seasonal preserves and a bag of savory coffee.

Infused Simple Syrups

A perfect gift for the mixologist and iced tea or coffee lover. Infused vanilla simple syrup is perfect for the coffee lover, mint is a flawless addition to a glass of iced tea and cranberry syrup takes any cocktail from bland to grand.

Spice Gift Basket

Sugar and spice for the foodie in your life. A gift of spices will last long after the holidays. Decorate the jars with fun wraparound labels and personalized messages.

Flavored Popcorn

For an inexpensive yet tasty gift, prepare bulk batches of popcorn then add interesting flavors like Moroccan spice and white chocolate caramel. Scoop them into standard brown lunch sacks and decorate the bags with a sprig of evergreen or ribbon.

Homemade Breads

Freshly baked quick bread or pound cake is a welcome treat no matter the season. Create a festive presentation with burlap, kitchen twine and mini jingle bells. It's a gift so simple and enjoyable, don't be surprised if you re-create it for every other holiday using a different recipe and changing out the jingle bells for more seasonal options.


A box of gourmet teas is the perfect present for the friend who has a cabinet full of exotic blends, countless diffusers, and a growing collection of cups and saucers.

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