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Monday, December 13, 2021

Gifts from the Kitchen, tasty baskets of holiday cheer!

Gift baskets are fun to make, and fortunately, there is no right or wrong way to make one! We have provided suggestions for uniquely themed gift baskets for your consideration. And if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, I hope we have offered you some creative ideas to make one up using your own ideas! 

Homemade gifts are always a special treat, both in the giving and the receiving. With holidays being such a busy time, making any homemade gift is truly a showing of love...and makes receiving one proof of how much you are cared about. These gift basket ideas are not necessarily holiday-themed and can be given with pride year-round.

The term gift basket was most likely coined by a retailer as a marketing tool. And yes, baskets make great containers for homemade food gifts. But so do large colorful bowls, cardboard boxes wrapped up in pretty paper and even a platter from the local dollar store. But it comes down to this, whatever holds the homemade gifts you wish to give, will make a great "gift basket". 

And there are really only a few simple rules to follow, such as:

Use any container you have, through the year I keep an eye out for unique baskets, bowls, antique jars, and boxes for use during the holiday season and gift-giving in general. 

Make it look beautiful, add colorful tissue paper, or wrapping paper, ribbons, dried pinecones, candy canes, and bows. You can also wrap each item individually and place the wrapped items in the basket then cover the whole gift in rolled cellophane and attach a bow or dried flower. 

And give your gift with pride, you know the ingredients used, the recipe, and how much you care about those receiving the gift. Nothing is more valuable than that!  

Let's get started, shall we!

Put Together a Basket of Homemade Mixes

Do you have a budding cook in your family or circle of friends? A Gift Basket of homemade mixes would make a thoughtful gift, especially if you also included a coupon for a cooking lesson or a few "lifeline" phone calls! Make a basket with the following suggestions: 

Ground Bay Leaves. Ground Bay Leaves is so handy to have on hand. And you never have to remember to "fish" out the leaf before serving!

Gingerbread and Ginger Snap Cookie Mix. For those times when Gingerbread or Ginger Snaps are calling your name! 

Our Favorite Dry Rub. This is so tasty, and don't think once grilling season is over that all the dry rubs are no longer used. This is delicious on any hunk of meat you might also cook in the slow cooker, in the oven, or even the pressure cooker. 

British Style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking. Now we all know that you will enjoy a bite of dessert after a nice roast or chicken dinner! So why not include a sweet spice mix in the basket...

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. Just about everyone loves Ranch Salad Dressing and this one is easy to make and already has the buttermilk in the mix! Great with tossed greens or as a dunk for crisp vegetables.

Put Together A Chocolate Lover's Basket

Chocolate lovers are everywhere, and there is no better time of the year to indulge them in their love of chocolate. So make a basket of chocolate treats they will enjoy, and appreciate, from morning coffee to dessert in the evening! Make a basket with the following suggestions:

Chocolate Sugar for Mochas and Cocoa. This handy sugar mix makes any coffee into a mocha and the milk of your choice into cocoa! 

Whole Wheat Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. The browned butter makes these especially delicious...

Easy to Make Toffee. The chocolate-covered toffee is one of the easiest and tastiest confections you can give in a gift basket!

Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread. A honey-sweetened fruit and walnut Brownie, in loaf form. Life does not get better than this loaf, slice after slice.

My Favorite Super Delicious No-Bake Cookies. These are a chocolate lover's dream! Plus no baking on the part of the giftee!

Put together a Romantic Basket for Two:

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of time. This basket is meant to see a couple through a quiet and relaxing time together. And while this basket may seem sparse, it is not, especially when it includes a coupon for a little babysitting. Make a basket with the following suggestions:

Broken Olive Antipasto Relish, along with a hunk of aged cheese and a box of crispy crackers. 

Cranberry Liqueur. Along with a bottle of club soda or Champagne for mixing and sipping.

Chocolate Cheesecake. Offer slices of this rich and delicious cheesecake for two.  

Put together a No-Sugar-Added Platter of Delicious Treats

Slices of these no-sugar-added, naturally sweetened loaves of quick bread will surely brighten up the holidays for just about everyone! No sugar added does NOT mean boring! This group of delicious recipes will provide enough to make several platters to share with others. Make gift platters with the following suggestions:

Brandied Cherry and White Chocolate Quick Bread. Cherries and white chocolate pair together deliciously in this quick loaf. 

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread. This Carrot Raisin Banana Bread tastes like carrot cake! 

Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread. A fruit and nut brownie in a quick bread! This one is so good it is featured in two different gift basket lists!

Simple Nut Bread. Exactly as the name stated, but this bread is tender, moist, and delicious!

Whole Grain Banana Date Bread. A rich, moist banana bread sweetened with dates. 




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  1. Love these ideas!
    What a great way to share! Everyone loves homemade goodies!

    I like the chocolate lovers and the romantic gift baskets the best!

    Thanks for sharing.
    You’re welcome to come share your ideas over at the Homestead Blog Hop Wednesday if you’d like!

    Ridge Haven Homestead
    Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Thank you for dropping by, see you soon at Homestead Blog Hop!

  2. Love this post. I learned something today. I was always taught to pull the bayleaves out because they are bitter, I never knew you could actally leave the bay leaves in the dish. Thank you for that. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. Pinned & tweeted. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it, have a great week ahead!

  3. Yummy ideas and I love those old colored canning jars! Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 87 for All Things Christmas. Pinned and/or shared!

  4. You've got some great recipes and ideas here!! Thanks for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous week and Merry Christmas.

  5. We really enjoyed featuring your awesome post at Full Plate Thursday,568! Wishing you a Happy New Year and hope to see you real soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. These are all such wonderful and thoughtful gift ideas. Thanks for sharing on the link party every week. Happy New Year. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Donna, you are so welcome! Thanks for hosting and have a wonder New Year.


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