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Gift baskets are so underrated. We imagine most gift baskets are filled with nuts and snacks that might go stale before New Year's Day-but there are so many curated and unique gift baskets: you can get an amazing breakfast basket for a family's holiday morning, a cocktail crate for your bartender friend, or a popcorn library for a movie-lover.
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A gift basket is a great alternative to a traditional holiday gift and also a wonderful thing for someone who doesn't need more physical gifts to take up space. To help get you started on the best gift baskets to give this holiday season, we've collected 12 of the best gift basket ideas, including wine gift baskets and gourmet food boxes.
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1. For the morning after the holiday: Christmas Morning Breakfast Basket
This is the ultimate gift basket for Christmas morning. The basket comes with 7 pastries, such as fruit croissants and muffins, and comes with prosecco and a cocktail mix to create sparkling mules. It also includes a metal tray with two handles so your giftee can bring some treats to a dead tired mom or dad napping on the couch.
2. For the holiday party: Pears, Apples, Cheese, and Wine Gift Basket
This luscious gift basket is the perfect thing to bring to a holiday party or work event. The Deluxe Pears, Apples, Cheese and Wine Gift Basket from Harry & David comes with 6 pears, 4 apples, cheddar, gouda, Touvelle, and two bottles of Pinot Gris. The Touvelle cheese from Rogue Creamery has notes of sweet cream, roasted nuts, and vanilla-incredible flavors to pair with Harry & David's own wine.
3. For the movie-lover: An Amish Popcorn Library
Did you ever think there were so many popcorn varieties? Your giftee might think the same thing when they receive a gift box with 12 popcorn flavors. This Amish Popcorn library comes with popcorn varieties such as mushroom, purple, blue, caramel, yellow, and more. This is the perfect gift for a friend who loves to cuddle up on the couch for movie nights.
4. For the tired parent: Delicious Mornings Gift Basket
Usually, all you can think about on Christmas morning is the gifts that are waiting under the tree. This gift basket from Wolfermans makes it easier to wait. This Delicious Mornings Gift Basket comes with a mountain of amazing morning goodies, including ground coffee, sticky buns, three kinds of English muffins, preserves, and maple syrup. If you know someone who doesn't want to cook Christmas morning, but still has a family to feed, this would be an incredible gift.
5. For the kids: The Candy Sugarwish
Kids always expect lots of sweets during the holidays, and this gift box from Sugar Wish lets them choose what kinds of candies they'd like this season. This gift basket comes in a range of sizes, and they get to choose between four and 24 kinds of candy depending on the size. Candy Wish has a ton of candy to choose from, ranging from gummies to hard candy to jelly beans.
6. For Boxing Day: Traditional Christmas Cookie Gift Basket
The day after Christmas can be a bit of a bummer after the high of the Christmas festivities. A gift basket of holiday cookies from Cheryl's keeps the nostalgia going a little longer. This basket comes with 13 cookie flavors and nearly 50 cookies total. This is a wonderful gift for a family member or friend with a big household.
7. For the home bartender: Cocktail Crate
William Sonoma offers this cocktail crate for the at-home bartender. It comes with a cocktail mixer, sphere ice molds, mixology shaking tins, and two old-fashioned glasses. The highlight is the Christmas-themed cocktail mixer that is flavored with cranberry juice, ginger, and hibiscus.
8. For a neighbor or friend: A Christmas Gift Basket Classic
With all the holiday parties, you may have met one or two new people during the holiday season that we might not know too well but you still want to get them a nice gift. This Christmas Gift Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets is a charmer that anyone would be pleased to receive. It includes cheddar cheese, cookies, chocolate, and crackers that will keep the pantry cabinet full during the holiday season.
9. For Mom or Dad: Nostalgia Candy Gift Box
You know the huge nostalgia factor in old-fashioned candies, and this basket will be a throwback for mom or dad. This basket from Dylan's Candy Bar has Charleston Chews, Sugar Babies, Pop Rocks, Candy Buttons, and more. It'll be sure to satisfy that someone's nostalgic sweet tooth.
10. For the snacker: Merry Christmas Snacks
Sometimes, it's nice to just help someone stock up on treats. This Christmas snack box from Amazon comes with all those little snacks that you grab when you pass by the dining room table. Chocolate covered pretzels, caramel corn, chocolate squares, and more are wrapped neatly in a basket that will bring delight this season.
11. For when you are having trouble deciding: Locale's Greatest Hits Box
If you just can't decide, then you can't go wrong with a gourmet gift box from Locale-an upscale food delivery platform shipping nationwide and featuring fan-favorite menu items from top restaurants, like Pizzana's Cacio e Pepe pizza or Steamed BBQ Pork Buns from Dragon Beaux.
If you want to get them a little bit of everything, Locale's Greatest Hits box will allow them to sample soy and scallion noodles from Momofuku, chili crisp from China Live, peach jam from Sqirl, and hot chocolate from Dandelion Chocolate.
12. For the one who enjoys flair: Fruit Cornucopia
This cornucopia full of fresh fruit would look amazing on the dinner table or in an entryway. A fruit cornucopia is a wonderful gift for those who enjoy a gift that also serves as a seasonal piece for the house. Not only does this include the freshest fruit, it also comes with snacks like pretzels, cheddar cheese, and pistachios.
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