If you are looking for the perfect gift for the foodies in your life, a basket filled with gourmet food items and cooking materials is the perfect solution. A basket full of goodies enables you to combine items in a creative way that will appeal to food lovers with all sorts of tastes. Whether it is the experimental cooking they love or the indulgence of trying delicious new flavors, a basket provides an opportunity to share in your loved one’s passion for food.
The best way to create a food-themed basket is by narrowing the possibilities for items in the basket. Food baskets are a popular present and they can be tailored to suit any taste. You can choose standard items that anyone would enjoy or you can add more personal items like candy with personal messages or bottles of beer brewed for a special occasion. Nowadays it is possible to design custom labels that feature the name or image of your gift recipient.
Instead of just throwing together a basket filled with food, consider choosing a specific food theme that will help you create a basket that makes sense. For instance, if you are giving a loved on a food gift basket for Christmas, you could include holiday treats like fruit cake, candy canes, gingerbread, eggnog, ribbon candy and marzipan. These goodies are the perfect way to celebrate the season and provide satisfaction for a food lover’s sweet tooth.
Food-themed baskets can focus on a specific dining event, like a summer picnic outdoors. A basket filled with picnic foods can be romantic or fun, depending on the recipient. Fill the basket with sandwich items like fresh-baked breads, gourmet condiments like coarse ground mustard and homemade mayonnaise, luncheon meats, salads and fresh fruits. For your significant other, you can add a bottle of wine or sparkling cider. For a friend’s gift basket, choose fresh cider or micro-brewed beers.
Creating a basket with an ethnic food theme is also a great option for those who love sampling cuisines from around the world. An Italian-themed basket can include fresh pastas, jars of gourmet sauce, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, Italian spices and sticks of pepperoni. Food baskets with an Asian flair can be filled with ginger, wasabi paste, noodles, soy sauce and fortune cookies. You could even make an American food themed basket for those whose tastes are not that adventurous. Items like apple pie, gourmet macaroni and cheese, burgers and hot dogs are a great way to celebrate with familiar favorites.
A final option for a food-themed basket is to assemble a collection of comfort foods. You can fill the basket with hot cocoa mix, fluffy biscuits, pasta, bread, chili mix and chocolate. If the basket can be easily disassembled and the recipient will be home, you could even include a few containers of decadent ice cream and sundae toppings. While comfort foods may not be healthy to eat on a regular basis, for a special occasion, they combine to make the perfect gift basket.