A gift basket conveys the message that you have actually spend more than a thought while picking a gift for the recipient. That is why it is always a good idea to make a gift basket on your own rather than buying the ready-made gift baskets available in different stores or online.
Food Gift Basket Shopping List
When we think of a gift 'basket', we can immediately picture something on the lines of what Little Red Riding Hood carried for her grandmother. So we will going to work with that imagery! First of all, you will need to buy a few things to make a good food gift basket. Here is the list -
Apart from these, you may add a small bunch of flowers from your garden (adds to the visual appeal of the basket), or a stuffed toy (especially if the food gift basket is for your girlfriend!), or even a custom-made music CD of the recipient's favorite tracks (food and music go so well together!) and other decorative items.
Cooked Food vs. Food Ingredients
While making a food gift basket, there can be two lines on which you may work. If the basket is meant for a foodie, you may include ready-to-eat/cooked food items. If, however, you intend to give the basket to a person who is fond of eating as well as cooking food, then you may fill the basket with an assortment of special (possibly rare) food ingredients.
The advantage of this is that the recipient can continue to use your gift basket goodies for a long time, and will think of you every time he/she uses it! For someone who is not very fond of cooking, a consumable food gift basket would be a better option.
Food Gift Basket Ideas
Irrespective of the type - cooked food gift basket or food ingredient gift basket - the following themes will work just fine. Here are a few good ideas...
Be sure to include different kinds of meat - pork, ham, sausage, chops, chicken, beef, etc. - but include more of the particular meat the recipient really likes.
Special Tip: How about including some special kind of seasoning? Italian herbs or something? Or some extra nice barbecue sauce? A crate of beer would also go well with a BBQ gift basket.
However, for obvious reasons related to the olfactory stimulation induced by raw seafood (!), it would be best to make a seafood gift basket of cooked food rather than raw seafood. Again, be sure to include more of what the recipient likes - lobsters, crab, shrimp, prawns, whatever it may be.
You may even prepare an exotic dish from some fancy cookbook and put it in the basket - your friend is sure to be licking his/her fingers for days to come! If you are not sure of your culinary skills however, you may get a parcel of your friend's favorite seafood dish from your friend's favorite restaurant and add it to the basket.
Special Tip: A creamy homemade tartar sauce dip, or a yummy coleslaw preparation would be the perfect thing to add to a seafood gift basket. You can even add your friend's favorite fries - fries and fish make an awesome combination!
Bakery items are a weak point for many people! You simply cannot say no to some things in life - bakery items are one of those things for a foodie. To make a food gift basket for such a person is quite easy! Include donuts, puffs, fruit bread, muffins, waffles, cookies, biscuits, crackers... and most importantly cakes!
Buy these from the best bakers in your city - or you may make these at home, if you think you are the best baker in town! If your friend is a baker himself/herself, you may include special flours in the basket for your friend to try out.
Special Tip: How about including canned fruits with the basket? Fresh fruits would also be a good idea. You may even add homemade jam, honey, or maple syrup - tastes yum with bakery products!
A good idea would be to have a theme for the different desserts you include in the basket - like Italian desserts, or Spanish desserts, etc. Take a tour of the different shops in your city, or pick an assortment of different desserts from your friend's favorite restaurant.
Special Tip: How about bringing a smile to a diabetic person's face? A sugar-free desserts gift basket could be a delight for a diabetic person... something he/she will really cherish and love you for!
Chocolates. Having a chocolate when you are really craving one can be orgasmic. Seriously! It has been actually proved in the study that chocolates get a woman's heart beating faster than a picture of Brad Pitt!
Special Tip: You can include plain bread sticks or crackers in a chocolate gift basket, especially if you are going to include chocolate syrup and molten chocolate in it. Bread sticks, chocolate syrup, a nice book and a warm rug... WOW!
Special Tip: Fresh fruit tastes real good with yogurt fruit dip - maybe you can make a lip-smacking dip at home and add it to the basket. Another option would be to include a small handy fruit juice maker.
Food Gift Basket Add-ons
Here are some food gift basket add-ons that you can incorporate into your own custom-made gift basket -
- Recipe book (for an 'ingredients' food gift basket)
- Restaurant vouchers (a good idea if you picked up a special preparation from some restaurant, or if your friend particularly loves a restaurant)
- Serving guide (for world cuisine dishes/preparations)
- Serving utensils or cutlery (for example, barbecue sticks in a BBQ gift basket, wine goblets in a cheese and wine gift basket, etc.)