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Mark our words, there’s truly no situation where a gift basket isn’t a good idea. It’s a gift that works both for people you’re super close to as it is for people whom you might not know as well. Looking for a small token of thanks for your officiant? Gift basket it is. Future mother-in-law’s birthday coming up? Check. Want a fun array of snacks and treats to have on-hand for your bridesmaids during wedding day prep? Done. And let’s not forget to mention that, because they’re already all packaged up for you, there’s no wrapping required.
The bottom line: You can’t go wrong with a gift basket. And while typically you may think of these as being food-centric (and yes, there are plenty of those out there), there are also lots of non-food based picks out there, too. In other words, there’s truly something for everyone.
Here, the best gift baskets.
Presented with a fun and modern take on classic food baskets, this company offers a litany of snacks and beverages, all made from small-batch artisans across the country. There’s no shortage of ways to gift, either. You can choose from a vast array of pre-made baskets for any and every occasion or create your own custom one.
Select the items you want, perhaps sticking with a theme—think a variety of different hot sauces, types of potato chips, or even items that all from a favorite state. There are also subscription options (three, six, and 12 months) for several different baskets if you want to give a gift that keeps on giving. Also nice: You can easily filter items based on any dietary restrictions your recipient may have.
Harry and David
Arguably the most classic destination for online gift baskets, this site is a staple for good reason. There’s truly a mind-boggling list of choices, though they’re easily categorized by food types and even by price points (as well as a convenient feature that gives you options based on recipient, occasion, and budget).
Take your pick from everything from fresh fruits to chocolate to dips to baking mixes and much, much more. No matter which one you choose, all are gorgeously packaged and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Hearth & Hammer
This modern general store in Batavia, Illinois is a neighborhood favorite; happily, they ship their curated assortment of perfectly giftable items nationwide. Those looking for a completely customizable option will appreciate that you can pick and choose exactly what you want to include in your box.
Pick from food, beauty, home, and even fashion items, and be sure to check out their own handmade line of literary-inspired candles. Simply click the ‘gift box wrap’ add-on and they’ll do the manual labor for you, packaging everything up beautifully.
We’re willing to bet that the majority of women would agree that the men in their lives are notoriously difficult to shop for. Enter the beauty of this brand, which offers gift baskets (well, wooden crates, actually) filled with all kinds of things guys want and need—think everything from grilling essentials to a crate full of tools.
The crates even come with a crowbar for opening purposes, very manly indeed. Don’t miss the plenty of personalized gift options, too…can you say groomsmen gifts?
The focus for this company is ‘modern gift-giving,’ so it makes sense that not only can you shop by theme, recipient, or occasion, but also by ethos. For example, shop products from brands that give back, or are run by female entrepreneurs.
Regardless, there are so many choices, ranging from food and drink to housewares to journals to bath salts—just to name a few. The ready-made baskets are spot-on, though you can also create your own, with the help of some convenient guidelines and suggestions found on the site.
The website is known for mouth-watering recipes and a gorgeous selection of kitchenware. It also happens to have a selection of sophisticated gifts for food-lovers, including several upscale sets. Think a gift box of small-batch organic chocolates, or an adorable wooden crate of four homemade jams. Their subscription offerings are also unparalleled—where else could you find a seasonal pasta of the month club to give the carb-lover in your life?
The name says it all. No matter the occasion or recipient, you’ll be able to find the ideal gift on this site—they even have adorable options for kids and babies. And, if for some reason, none of the pre-made options strike your fancy, you can take the DIY route and create your own, picking from food items, spa goodies, candles, and more. As an added bonus, you can even select the exact type of basket it comes in.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Which is exactly why it’s a great idea to gift someone a box full of the sweet stuff. While, yes this technically doesn’t arrive in a gift basket per se, trust us, whomever you send this to will be so happy they won’t even notice.
Personalization is the name of the game, with adorable sets of four pints touting sweet sentiments on the label. You can also personalize any pint, and even create your own flavor if you really want to make things special and personal.
No matter whether your giftee prefers red, white, or rosé (or all three), you’ll be able to find a great choice for them here. You can send wine alone, for sure, but since wine always pairs better with snacks there’s a great mix of baskets with all kinds of yummy noshables, too. (Just keep in mind that wine shipping laws vary state-by-state.)
This comprehensive site is the perfect place to shop for any cheese lover. There almost 20 different selections of baskets to choose from, and all features—you guessed it—Wisconsin cheese.
Fun fact: Did you know that Wisconsin cheese is repeatedly recognized internationally as some of the best cheese in the world? In fact, in this year’s World Cheese Championship, the state took home nearly one-third of all the awards. In other words, this is good stuff. There are boxes with meats, with cheese that pair perfectly with beer, even a macaroni and cheese gift box.
As much as we might like to, it might not be realistic to gift someone a trip to Italy. The next best thing? A basket of authentic Italian food. The olive oil, pasta, honey, and sauce offerings are sure to transport anyone to the Italian countryside; all that’s missing is the Aperol spritz. We’re especially partial to the "Italian Pantry Basket", which is chock-full of everything anyone could need to create an authentic Italian meal.