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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nuts and dried fruit are the best bet if you’re unsure of when your giftee will open their snacks or if they lack a sweet tooth. This Williams-Sonoma exclusive gift basket from Manhattan Fruitier is a delightful gift tower for just that.
The 1-pound, 12-ounce box comes with three different kinds of nuts, two types of dried fruit, and two fruit and nut snack mixes. Roasted cashews and almonds are surefire crowd-pleasers, and pair well with the apricots and rings of dried pineapple. The surprising finishing touch is the lemon pepper corn nuts.
The two mixes gives you more to go nuts about. One combines dried fruit with almonds, cashews, and pecans, while the other blends nuts with crispy snacks. All the items are shipped fresh, but can keep, unopened, for at least four months.
When you need a gift for a workout fiend or want to help out new parents with some healthy 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.
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.
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.
Magnolia Bakery might be famous for its cupcakes, but its cookies, brownies, and blondies are some of the best in New York City. This gift box, ordered through Goldbelly, includes a half-dozen each of these classic treats: chocolate chunk cookies, peanut butter cookies, double fudge brownies, and chocolate chunk blondies. The items are prepared fresh and ship directly from Magnolia Bakery to fans across the country.
Even when a get-together is virtual, it takes a lot of planning and organizing for a successful party. When you need a nice small token of appreciation for your host or hostess, this gift basket from Stonewall Kitchen is just the ticket.
Arranged in a Nantucket-style basket, Stonewall Kitchen sends mini 3.5-ounce jars of its Maine Maple Champagne Mustard and Blue Cheese Herb Mustard, as well as a 13-ounce jar of the Hot Pepper Jelly and a 9.25-ounce jar of the Honey Mustard Dip.
For snacks, there are pretzels, two types of crackers, and spicy bar mix. To sweeten the deal, all orders over $50 from Stonewall Kitchen receive free standard shipping.
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.
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.
Most of us look to jumpstart our days with a little cup o’ joe, which makes this coffee-centric gift set from Mouth a welcome gift. The main event is a canister of high-quality coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company. Those who prefer cold brew will enjoy Grady’s Cold Brew’s bean bag. But this basket is also for those who like coffee-infused sweets.
There are the classics of chocolate-covered espresso beans and chocolate espresso cookies, plus Mouth adds in an incredibly creative chocolate coffee caramel popcorn and mocha caramels.
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.
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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.