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Who doesn’t love when the doorbell rings with a surprise gift basket filled to the brim with fruit, cheese, crackers, meats, and a few chocolates for dessert? Whether it’s a holiday gift, a sincere thank you present, or to help a loved one through life’s tough times, a picture-perfect gift basket is always appreciated.
With so many different companies creating curated boxes—from baby veggies to comforting tea—there’s a specialized gift basket for everyone in your life.
Best Overall: Harry & David Grand Favorites Gift Basket
The best gift baskets have something for everyone, from fresh fruit to a few sweet treats. This one from Harry & David is curated with gourmet products for every kind of snacking.
Giftees will be thrilled with over 3 pounds of Harry & David’s special Royal Verano pears, hickory-smoked summer sausage, 4 ounces of sharp white Cheddar cheese, party snack mix, pepper and onion relish, and three-seed crackers.
On the sweet side, there’s Moose Munch chocolate-covered popcorn, chocolate swirl cake, 6 ounces of chocolate-covered cherries, and raspberry galettes. The basket includes express two-day shipping at the standard shipping price.
Best Budget: Hickory Farms Thank You Treats Gift Box
Between add-ons and shipping, sending a small gift box can easily cost a pretty penny. But the all-purpose Thank You Treats box from Hickory Farms is just the ticket for those on a budget.
The 1.39-pound box is filled with the classic savory treats. Hickory Farms’ signature summer beef sausage can be paired with both the smoked Gouda cheese and the farmhouse Cheddar cheese. Top off the snacks with sweet hot mustard on toasted crackers and finish with dark chocolate sea salt caramels.
Best Vegetable Gift Basket: Melissa’s Produce Baby Veggie Gift Basket
When you need a gift for a workout fiend or want to help out new parents with some ingredients, a gift basket full of fresh vegetables is an alternative choice to fresh fruit.
California-based Melissa’s Produce is known for freshness, and this 7-pound box, ordered through Goldbelly, is no exception. The box will include seasonal delights like artichokes, Romanesco cauliflower, and kohlrabi. The produce ships directly from Melissa’s and you can specify the delivery date.
Best Chocolate: Godiva Assorted White Chocolate Gold Gift Box
A box of chocolates is a classic option when life dictates sending a gift basket. For those moments, you know what your giftee is going to get when you send this festive 70-piece box from Godiva.
With almost 2 pounds of Belgian chocolate, this box includes a little taste of everything from four Coconut Pyramids—coconut macaroons and creamy coconut fondant within deep dark chocolate—to four classic cherry cordials and two White Praliné Hearts—creamy-smooth pralinés in a white chocolate shell.
Since chocolate is fragile cargo, Godiva ensures the package arrives in perfect condition, even during hot summer months. The best part is there is no minimum for free shipping.
Best Fruit: Harry & David Deluxe Fresh Fruit Basket
An overflowing fruit basket is a hallmark of holidays, birthdays, and life’s special occasions. From pears to a pineapple, Harry & David’s Deluxe Fresh Fruit Basket comes with nine different types of fruit so no one gets bored.
In addition to seasonal apples and pears, this 8-pound basket excels when it comes to tropical fruits. Harry & David adds in two kiwis, two limes, baby bananas, a papaya, a mango, an avocado, and a full-sized 1-pound, 3-ounce pineapple.
There are multiple shipping options from standard to overnight, which can include a Saturday delivery.
Best Meat and Cheese: Murray’s Cheese The Ultimate Cheese Board Collection
Murray’s Cheese is one of the world’s best cheese shops, so it’s no surprise that it creates some of the world’s best cheese boards. Whether it’s a party that calls for a spectacular spread or a gift for a top client, Murray’s Cheese’s The Ultimate Cheese Board Collection is the ideal gift of meat and cheeses.
Wrapped in its signature gift box, this collection contains 2 pounds of cheese and 10.5 ounces of meat. This includes Murray's Cavemaster Reserve Annelies cow’s milk cheese, blue-veined Gorgonzola, Jasper Hill Farm’s Harbison, and Saint-Maure goat cheese. For the meats, there’s Spanish chorizo, soppressata salami, and the Spanish jamon Paleta Iberica de Bellota.
Rounding out the box are crisps, flatbreads, cornichons, dried figs, Marcona almonds, and dried apricots. Committed to freshness, Murray’s ships with reusable chilled gel packs, with the cheese wrapped in its breathable cheese paper.
Best Cheese: Murray’s Cheese Cheeses of the World Sampler
Small wedges of Cheddar and Gouda are a common fixture of gift baskets, but the Cheeses of the World Sampler from Murray’s Cheese is for those in search of a gift box filled with cheese and only cheese. This box fits the bill for anyone from a cheese newbie to a bonafide expert.
The 3-pound box showcases the global diversity of cheese and its production methods. There’s Mitica Drunken Goat cheese, which is cured in red wine, and the popular crumbly High Plains Cheddar, a sweeter cheese than your typical white Cheddar. Most recipients will also receive a Basque sheep's milk cheese, semi-soft Raclette, aged Gouda, and aged Gruyère.
If you want to complement the cheeses with crackers, jams, snacks, or even an insulated cooler, Murray’s makes it easy to add those items to your order.
Best Sweets: Mouth Birthday in a Box
When you’re in need of a gift for a dessert lover, Mouth’s Birthday in a Box is an excellent option. The gift basket’s goodies range from a bag of candy-coated popcorn to both macaroons and marshmallows covered in rainbow sprinkles. Of course, any good box of sweets needs to include some chocolate, so Mouth includes its own chocolate sable cookies. Spiced pecans and apple cider caramels are a nice savory component.
Mouth offers shipping to all 50 states and an additional service around the holidays of holding delivery until a specific date.
Best Custom Gift Boxes: Knack Gift Sets
Many places allow some customization to your gift, but fully custom baskets are for when you want to send something a little more personal. Knack allows just that—and also allows customers to expand beyond food and flowers.
Knack starts you with general ideas, whether it's a care package, a thank you gift, or a gift for a celebration, before walking you through the different options. Gifters are able to not only send personalized cards, but can also send recorded messages. Each gift gets its own gift page where the recipient can learn about the producers.
In addition to the gift set ideas, you can shop by theme or ethos like women-led, handmade, small businesses, and sustainable.
Best Tea: Mouth Positivi-Tea Box
Tea is a comforting gift for anyone, year-round. This tea samplers gift basket from Mouth combines a selection of herbal teas with small-batch honey and a personal tea strainer.
There’s the loose-leaf tea made of sweet-tart hibiscus and rose, as well as a bagged tea created out of Himalayan silver tips and white peony with hints of lemon and ginger. A spoonful of seasonal honey or the dollop from a honey straw will help sweeten your cup. Rounding out the gift basket is a bottle of chai tea concentrate from Dona Chai, which is great for hot and iced chai drinks.
Best Wine: Hickory Farms Tres Amigos California Wine Gift Box
Great wine gift baskets should not only have a couple bottles of wine, but also enough snacks for a nice evening with friends. This basket from Hickory Farms checks both boxes with three bottles of private label wine and various noshes to enjoy along with them.
Hickory Farms showcases the Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc from its California-based SunSol. The basket includes 7 ounces of dry salami, 4 ounces of cheese, sourdough crackers, a nut and fruit snack mix, and California olives. For those who need something a little sweet, there’s also buttery sugar cookies.
Shipping alcohol is a bit harder than regular gift baskets, but this is available to ship to most states.
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Siobhan Wallace has been writing about food, including two cookbooks, for over a decade, in addition to doing a stint as a baker. Her former corporate life included sending quite a few gift baskets.