Homemade Gift Baskets – Food and Drinks

Awesome list of Gift Basket ideas! Perfect for family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Can use this for Christmas or birthdays!

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It’s December. Parties and dinners to attend. Presents or hostess gifts might be required. Every year I find myself brainstorming ideas for my church staff party and for family.

I’ve assembled some ideas that I’ve seen, received, or made. Make them simple (and super affordable) or add the optional ideas to jazz them up a bit. You could even combine a few baskets into one – Popcorn/Movie Basket and the Hot Chocolate one go together pretty well.

1. Hot Chocolate Basket

  • Hot Chocolate: Purchase hot chocolate or make your own mix and package it in a small mason jar. You could also do hot chocolate balls or hot chocolate spoons
  • Toppings: (place this in small jars from Hobby Lobby or little food bags)
    Marshmallows (If you feel up to it you can even make them! These look yummy or check out this recipe for peppermint marshmallows. This recipe is made with honey)
    Mini Chocolate Chips
    Carton of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • A mug or two (completely optional)
  • Packaging:
    Find a basket or tin (Hobby Lobby has a great selection of both you can buy on sale) or even a gift bag and arrange all the goodies!
    You can also put everything inside of the mug as packaging if you’re going to give it to a single person. Tie cellophane around it with a bow or ribbon to complete the packaging.

2. Tea Basket

I love tea but it’s not often that I splurge on a fun new flavor.

  • Tea Bags Some brands to consider:
    Yogi has some amazing flavors (Egyptian Licorice is fabulous, but it’s not recommended when nursing or pregnant)
    Traditional Medicinals  (choose this or one of the next two if you want the cleanest tea)
    Celestial Seasons is an option available at your local store.
  • Small Jar of Honey (Optional) Buy a small glass jar and put honey in it or buy a honey sampler already packaged.
  • Packaging A basket or you may put a bow on a single box or tape several boxes together and tie it with ribbon.


  • Loose Leaf Tea
  • Stainless Tea Mesh Tea Ball
  • Small Jar of Honey (Optional) Buy a small glass jar and put honey in it or buy a honey sampler already packaged.
  • Packaging Leave it in it’s original packaging and tie the tea ball on with a bow or move the tea into a canister or glass jar and arranged in a small basket.

3. Ice Cream Sundae Kit

  • Toppings: (Put the sauces in mason jars and place the other topping in small jars from Hobby Lobby or little food bags)
    Chopped nuts
    Hot Fudge Sauce
    (This recipe is super easy with sweetened condensed milk or try this one to make it from scratch)
    Caramel Sauce (Here are a couple of recipes)
    Chopped candy bars, cookies, sprinkles or whatever else you feel
    Carton of Heavy Whipping Cream (Optional)
  • Ice Cream Scoop (optional)
  • Ice Cream Bowls or Cones (optional)
  • Packaging:
    Find a basket or tin (Hobby Lobby has a both selection of both you can buy on sale) or even just a gift bag works great and arrange all the goodies!

4. Cheese & Crackers Basket

  • Assorted Cheeses (personal favorites are Havarti and Smoked Gouda)
  • Crackers (a box or two)
  • Summer Sausage (optional)
  • Specialty Jellies (optional)
  • Small cutting board and knife (optional)
  • Packaging:
    If you are using the cutting board you could place everything on top of it, wrap it in cellophane, and tie a bow around it. Otherwise the basket or gift bag route is a simple way to go.

5. Nuts and Dried Fruits (Healthy Snacks) Basket

This would be another one that I would love! These are all things I enjoy snacking on but don’t always have the budget to purchase.

  • Snack Ideas:
    Other dried fruits or nuts
  • If you want something else to add, Lara Bars or dark chocolate are fun
  • Packaging: Leave in original package, put in small food bags, tins from Hobby Lobby, or mason jars. Place in a gift bag or basket.

6. Candy/DIY Snacks Basket

  • Purchase:
    Bag or bar of better quality chocolate (Ghiradelli, Lindt, a fair trade brand etc) or an assortment of them.
  • Packaging: Put a bow on it or place in a small basket


7. Movie Basket

  • Movie (optional) If you know a movie they’d love you can buy it, get a Redbox digital gift card ($10 minimum), include a couple dollars to cover a Redbox rental or skip completely and focus on the snacks.
  • Popcorn Supplies
    Popcorn Kernels – 1/2-1 cup of kernels in a bag, jar, or tin
    Coconut Oil – (Makes movie theater like popcorn. Order online or you can find it at Wal-Mart now) A couple of Tablespoons per 1/2 cup of popcorn in a small container
    Butter 1 stick is more than enough for 1 -1 1/2 cups of popcorn
    Sea Salt Optional, as most people will have salt they can use.
    Directions: Put oil and 3 kernels of popcorn in the bottom of a large pan with a lid and place over medium – medium high heat. When all three kernels pop add /2 cup or corn and put lid back on. Shake frequently until corn is popped. (May have to quickly empty out some of the popped corn to allow the rest to finish popping) Dump into a bowl and top with melted butter and salt to taste.
  • Popcorn Seasoning (optional)
  • Candy
    Add a few of their favorite movie candy bars or make these homemade Crunch or Heath Bars
  • Packaging: Place all of the supplies into a large bowl (it will become the popcorn bowl!). You could find plastic or paper popcorn containers to add as well. Wrap a festive ribbon around the bowl and you are set.

8. Fruit

  • Fruit Whatever you like and what’s in season: apples, oranges, cuties (my daughter would love to see a basket of these), grapefruit, pomegranate, bananas, pineapple, kiwi etc. The options are endless.
  • Packaging Arrange them all in a basket and add a bow.

What homemade gift baskets have you given or received?

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Awesome ideas for gift baskets! Perfect for families, adult siblings, coworkers, hostess gifts etc!.

26 thoughts on “Homemade Gift Baskets – Food and Drinks

  1. Nicole

    I love giftbaskets…I wish I received more of them! LOL
    I am thinking of doing a few of these for Christmas!

    Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      I know! Me too. One of my sisters just gave me one with ice cream toppings and cheese and crackers though, so I can’t complain too much. 🙂 I’m making some myself. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Jillian

    I love this idea! I really enjoy making baskets like this, but now I have a couple more to try! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Hopping over from A Mama’s Story!

  3. Mel Caldicott

    There are great ideas here! Pre-bought baskets and hampers can be so expensive – these DIY ones are a great way of saving money and adding a personal touch.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  4. Deonna Wade

    It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see all of your holiday ideas this month! Love the movie basket idea. I would love to get that myself 🙂

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and for the Merriest Blog Hop! Such a fun idea. I know, I’d love several of these baskets. I’m a sucker for cheese so that one sounds super good too. 🙂

  5. Amber Neal

    Thank you for linking up with us this week for MMM link up party! I appreciate you coming every week! I LOVE these ideas!! I have some people who I need to get something for and these have given me some great ideas!! I hope you have a great week this week. Ill be sharing this on the FB page this week becasue I know others are looking for great ideas too!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks for hosting. It’s always fun to check out all of the links. Gift baskets are fun and so customizable! My sister did one with ice cream toppings and cheese and crackers. Yummy! You have a great week as well.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks! I’m using some of them for presents too. Love that they are all practical and consumable – no presents that will just take up space and not get used. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks and you are welcome! Love gift baskets. I’m making several too for family and staff parties. Love the idea of getting your girls involved. I think even my almost 3 year old would love to help assemble and feel a part.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks! Gift baskets are sooo much fun, and you are right they are so easy to mix and match ideas to come up with the perfect gift! My sister did one with yummy earth suckers for the kids, cheese, crackers, and ice cream toppings. Nothing like salty and sweet. 🙂

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