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Whether you’re looking for a special gift for a coworker, want to thank a neighbor for a favor, or need a special pick-me-up for someone going through a difficult season, a gift basket is a great option. After all, who doesn’t love it when the doorbell rings with a surprise gift basket filled to the brim with fruit, cheese, crackers, meats, and a few chocolates for dessert?
These days, your options go way beyond snacks or chocolate, too. There’s truly something for everyone, from comforting tea to wine and cheese to specialized coffee—there’s a personalized 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 three pounds of Harry & David’s special Royal Verano pears, hickory-smoked summer sausage, four 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, six ounces of chocolate-covered cherries, and raspberry galettes.
- Approx. 9 Royal Verano® Pears (3 lb 12 oz)
- Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn - milk chocolate (10 oz)
- Hickory-smoked summer sausage (5 oz)
- Sharp white cheddar cheese (4 oz)
- Super party snack mix (12 oz)
- Three-seed crackers (4 oz)
- Raspberry galettes (5.25 oz)
- Pepper and Onion Relish (10 oz)
- Chocolate swirl cake (5.5 oz)
- Milk chocolate-covered cherries (6 oz)
- Signature chocolate truffles [coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, milk chocolate] (4 oz)
- Milk chocolate mini mints (2.4 oz)
Available to ship beginning October 5, 2021
Best for Couples: Williams Sonoma Italian Pantry Gift Crate
For a gift that’s both tangible and experiential, look no further than the Williams Sonoma Italian Pantry Gift Crate. Your favorite dynamic duo will not only have fun unboxing the plethora of goodies, but they’ll also enjoy each other’s company during a night of fun pasta-making adventures.
The entire collection, which includes everything from other-worldly olive oil and vinegar, to zesty pesto and fresh olives, to nutty pecorino romano cheese, comes packaged in a reusable wooden crate, too.
- 8.8 ounces of balsamic vinegar
- 3.5 ounces of extra virgin olive oil
- 17 ounces spaghetti
- 6.35 ounces of pesto
- 6.5 ounces of olives
- 12 ounces of pecorino romano
Perishable food items are not eligible for rush shipping and cannot be shipped outside the contiguous 48 states or to P.O. Boxes.
Best Baked Goods: Levain Bakery Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a fresh batch of cookies for everyone on your list? Though churning out treats by the dozen may not be practical, you can still give them the gift of seriously delicious homemade baked goods—straight from the Levain, famed New York City bakery.
These cookies are unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. Each one is a full six ounces (that’s almost a half-pound!) of pillowy goodness—crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. You can choose from a few different sizes, but we say go for the big guns: a dozen cookies. They’ll get three of each of the bakery’s signature flavors—chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip and oatmeal raisin—expertly packaged in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.
12 six-ounce cookies. Three of each: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip and oatmeal raisin.
Cookies are baked to order. Orders placed before 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Thursday are eligible for delivery Tuesday through Friday; Saturday deliveries are available for orders delivered within 150 miles of New York stores.
Best Ice Cream: Graeter's Ice Cream Assorted 6-Pack Graeter's Ice Cream Assorted 6-Pack
Winter, spring, summer, or fall… who could resist a quality pint of ice cream any time of the year? So, send the best of the best to your best—six pints of ice cream from Cincinnati, Ohio-based Graeter’s.
The ice cream is famous for a reason: The store is home to the world’s only French pot freezer, which houses old-school machinery that churns out custard-like ice cream two gallons at a time. Flavors are just as unique. Try the famous black raspberry chip, plus choose from 21 others to make your half-dozen.
Six pints of assorted ice cream (your choice!).
Graeter’s ships Monday through Friday. Orders cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.
Best Splurge: Roe Caviar Roe White Sturgeon Caviar Gift Set
An elevated tin is surely not in your average gift basket—but that’s what makes this package so special. The jar of white sturgeon caviar (choose from three sizes) is sustainably farmed by aquaculture in California for a product that’s best described as buttery, briny, and just a bit nutty.
But that’s not all they’ll get. Your proud recipient will be left feeling, even more, tres chic, thanks to the impressive packaging. The caviar comes paired with a mother of pearl spoon (two, if you opt for a larger version) plus a special key to open the tin.
- 50g tin caviar
- 1 mother of pearl spoon
- Key to open caviar tin
Shipping may include an extra surcharge.
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 classic savory treats, including Hickory Farms’ signature summer beef sausage, smoked Gouda cheese, and farmhouse cheddar cheese. Top off the snacks with sweet hot mustard on toasted crackers and finish with dark chocolate sea salt caramels.
- 7 oz Signature Beef Summer Sausage
- 4 oz Farmhouse Cheddar
- 6 oz Smoked Gouda Blend
- 2.25 oz Sweet Hot Mustard
- 1 oz Golden Toasted Crackers
- 2 oz Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
This item cannot ship to HI, US territories, or APO/FPO/DPO, and delivery is not guaranteed on the weekends.
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.
Selection varies, but may include:
- Variety Radishes
- Romanesco Cauliflower
Ships Monday through Wednesday of each week. Orders cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.
Best Chocolate: Godiva Assorted White Chocolate Gold Gift Box
A box of chocolates is a classic option, and you really can’t go wrong with this festive 70-piece box from Godiva.
With almost two 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 praline hearts—creamy-smooth pralinés in a white chocolate shell.
70 pieces of assorted Godiva chocolate
Godiva has a special shipping system that monitors the temperatures where your package is being delivered to ensure your gift arrives in perfect condition.
Best Fruit: Harry & David Deluxe Fresh Fruit Basket
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 eight-pound basket has plenty of tropical fruits, including two kiwis, two limes, baby bananas, a papaya, a mango, an avocado, and a pineapple.
Fruit selection varies, but may include:
- 3 seasonal pears (1 lb 2 oz)
- 4 seasonal apples (1 lb 11 oz)
- 2 kiwi (7 oz)
- 1 papaya (13 oz)
- 1 pineapple (1 lb 3 oz)
- Baby bananas (14 oz)
- 1 avocado (11 oz)
- 1 mango (15 oz)
- 2 limes (0.5 oz)
Available to ship beginning October 25.
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.
- Murray's Cave Aged Reserve Annelies
- Mountain Gorgonzola
- Jasper Hill Farm Harbison
- Fermin Iberico Chorizo Sliced
- Murray's Sopressata Salami
- Dehesa Cordobesa Paleta Iberico De Bellota
- Trois Petits Cochons Cornichons
- Jan's Farmhouse Crisps Cranberry & Pistachio Crisps
- Rustic Bakery Olive Oil & Sel Gris Flatbread
- ChocoHigos® Chocolate Covered Figs
- Murray's Marcona Almonds
- B&R Farms Blenheim Apricots
Murray’s ships with reusable chilled gel packs.
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 three-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.
- Mitica Drunken Goat
- Pyrenees Brebis
- Murray's Estate Gouda
- Murray's Cave Aged Gruyere
- High Plains Cheddar
Murray’s ships with reusable chilled gel packs.
Best for Birthdays: Mouth Birthday in a Box
Mouth’s Birthday in a Box is an excellent option to celebrate anyone’s special day. 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.
- Birthday Confetti Popcorn made by Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn
- Birthday Cake Marshmallows made by Wondermade
- Rainbow Confetti Macaroons made by Danny Macaroon
- Spiced Candied Pecans made by Treat Bake Shop
- Chocolate Sables made by Mouth
- Apple Cider Caramels with Rose + Cocoa Nibs made by Little Apple Treats
Mouth ships to all 50 states and PO boxes.
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.
Items vary based on your personal selections.
Gift baskets ship out Monday through Friday.
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 creamy matcha tea. A spoonful of seasonal honey or the dollop from a honey straw will help sweeten your cup.
- Matcha Tea made by Flying Bird Botanicals
- Hibiscus Rose Tea made by 2 Queens Tea
- Bluebird Morning Herbal Tea made by Flying Bird Botanicals
- Catskill Mountain Spring Honey made by Catskill Provisions
- Raw Wildflower Honey Sticks made by Bee Local
- Heart Tea Strainer made by Pinky Up
Mouth ships to all 50 states and PO boxes.
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 seven ounces of dry salami, four 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.
- 7 oz Original Dry Salami
- 4 oz Mission Jack Blend
- 2 oz Dried Fruit & Nuts
- 2 oz Three Cheese Sourdough Crackers
- 2.25 oz Buttery Sugar Cookies
- 2 oz Santa Barbara Olive Co. Olives
- SunSol California Cabernet Sauvignon
- SunSol California Sauvignon Blanc
- SunSol California Pinot Noir
Shipping is limited to certain states, because of alcohol laws.
What to Look For
Gift baskets often take more time to ship because many are assembled to order. Also, some gift baskets can only be shipped and delivered during the week due to the inclusion of perishables. Be sure to check processing and shipping times before ordering to ensure they’ll get there in time.
Gift baskets tend to be expensive because they include many expertly curated items. If you’re on a budget, look for smaller gift baskets that curate a singular type of item—fruit or chocolate, perhaps. But, if you have a larger budget, you may be able to select a gift basket with a variety of items, including wine, cheese, and other specialty goods.
If your gift basket includes perishables, be sure to coordinate with the recipient. It would be a shame to send a generous cooler full of cheese, only to discover they are on vacation. Likewise, perishability can also affect shipping and delivery. In some instances, these items cannot be shipped or delivered on weekends.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
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.