Craft the Perfect Gourmet Gift Basket

Say happy holidays to loved ones with a perfectly curated gift basket. Follow these simple tips and your basket will shine bright like a diamond.

By Heather Kane Kohler

Nov 2020

Gift basket photo by Brandon Alms
Photo by Brandon AlmsCraft the perfect Christmas gift basket with these tips. Purchase Photo
ABOVE: Good Clean White wine $19.99 at Harter House; Creative Co-op Dish rags, $9.95 at Harrison House Market; Wooden Cheese board, $21.99 at Brown Derby International Wine Center; Delice de France Grand Camembert cheese, $16.99 lb at Brown Derby International Wine Center; Illume Winter White candle, $21.50 at Harrison House Market; Wicker fold-able basket $23.50 and striped tea towel $7.95 both available at Harrison House Market; Holiday trees, $7.95–24.95 at Harrison House Market; Star garland $18.50 at Harrison House Market.

1. Pick a Theme

Think of who the gift basket is for and plan the theme around their interests and taste. Want to make one for a garden lover? Then pull basket-filling items like paper white bulbs, garden gloves and a rosemary-scented candle.

2. Create a Color Scheme

Pick a color scheme and try to stick with it. This will help the basket look cohesive and stylish.

3. Keep it Local

What makes a gift basket really special is that fact that you chose each item personally. Locally made or sourced goods always seem more thoughtful.

4. Build Your Basket Right

You want to start with a shallow basket, bowl or box so you can see the items peeking out. Fill your base with tissue paper. This holds items in place. Then add a pretty tea towel.

5. Add Some Decoration

If your basket is for the holidays then you need to add a little bit of flair. Try adding an on-theme ornament or a few small decorative trees.

BELOW: Rifle Paper Company recipe cards, $11 at The Market; Askinosie Cocoa Powder $10.49, NEST Pumpkin Chai reed diffuser $47.99, Hester and Cook Table Accents $12.99, all available at Brown Derby International Wine Center; Bon Bon’s Candy House Chocolate Bars $4.95 each at Bon Bon’s Candy House; Date Lady Chocolate spread $8.99 at Harter House; Ceramic mixing spoon $4.95 at Harrison House Market; Natural Life mug $16.50 at The Market; Mud Pie wooden bowl $44.99, Mahogany tea towel, both available at Brown Derby International Wine Center; Holiday trees, $7.95-$24.95 all available at Harrison House Market.
Gift basket photo by Brandon Alms
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe perfect gift basket for the chocolate lover on your list. Purchase Photo