Holiday Gift Baskets Ideas for Every Relationship

While you may known your friends and family members well enough to get them a gift that perfectly speaks to them, there are others in your life who are slightly harder to shop for. Surprise those outside your extended circle with the no-fail gift of a gift basket! Here are some holiday gift basket ideas for those in your life who deserve a special sentiment for the season.

Boss & Coworkers

Chances are, you see your colleagues more than some of your friends and family members! Thank them for all of the support throughout the year with a coffee gift basket to help keep them fueled throughout the day. Does your business friend enjoy tea rather than coffee? Send a tea gift basket instead!

In-laws

Toast to your significant other’s family with a festive wine gift basket! It’ll give you an excuse to stop by If you’re not sure if they prefer red or white wine, be safe and give a gift that includes both.

Neighbor

They grab your mail when you’re away and feed your dog when emergencies arise; spread some holiday cheer to your literally “closest” pals by surprising them with a Meat and Cheese basketon their doorstep. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you over to indulge in the bounty!

Child’s Teachers & Caretakers

There’s no denying that taking care of children can be… stressful. Thank those who help protect and educate your most important gift – your children – with a gift that’ll help them melt their stresses away with a luxurious spa gift basket.

Service Employees

Thank your local post office worker, garbage disposal associate or the helping hands that keep your building afloat (superintendents, doormen) with a juicy gift that’s sure to sweeten their season! These holiday fruit gift baskets are sure to satisfy even the “pickiest” recipient!

Long-Distance Friends

Far in distance but near at heart! Your friends and acquaintances may be more than a short drive away, but let them know they’re still at the top of your mind with an overabundance of festive sweet treat with one of the decadent dessert baskets from Cheryl’s.

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The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Guide

The holiday season is finally upon us! Do you know what that means? Holiday parties, family reunions, and of course – gifting! Our friends at Celebrations.com put together The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Guide featuring festive foods, fun party ideas, creative decor inspiration, and a holiday gift guide to satisfy every type of recipient!

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What is your favorite way to entertain the holiday season? Do you fill your weekends with swinging holiday soirees? Or keep it casual with at-home holiday movie nights? Share how you celebrate in the comments below!

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Turn a Gift Basket Into a Stylish Cheese Spread

Turn a cheese basket into a stylish spread for your holiday party with a few simple steps!

The party ideas pros at Celebrations.com share this extra cheesy party platter that’ll impress guests and add a sophisticated element to your party food spread. Dress it up with crackers, dip, gourmet meats, and more. By labeling the different cheeses, you not only turn the appetizer bar into a culinary experience, but make it easy for guests to establish which cheeses are their favorite as well as which ones they will be avoiding next time. Get the how to for this amazing DIY Chic Cheese platter.

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What Would a Pilgrim Put in a Gift Basket?

While 1800baskets has only been around since 2001, people have been gifting an assortment of gifts packaged into one unique gift holder for hundreds of years. With the Thanksgiving season in full swing, that really got us thinking – how would the ancestors of Thanksgiving fill their gift baskets?

Taking inspiration from common pilgrim foods, activities, and celebrations, we put together some of the items we think you would find in a Pilgrim’s gift basket!

Fresh fruit. Plums, grapes, and apples are traditional.
Seasonal vegetables. Squash, corn, carrots, and more!
Berries. Cherries, blueberries, and of course – cranberries.
Tea. The pilgrims may have left England, but there are some traditions they couldn’t leave behind.
Books. Reading material for the daytime or candle-lit evenings.
Cooking utensils. You can always use an extra mortar & pestle.
Sewing tools. An extra spool of thread is a must.
Stationery. For writing to their families back home or loved ones in the next village.
Beer. Popular in England, the pilgrims did not have the means to produce this age-old sip.
Cheese. A common food for “break fast.”
Puzzles. An inexpensive and educational way to pass the time.
Spices. Keeps food (primarily meat) fresher for longer.
Candles. Illuminate a world without electricity.
Words of Inspiration. Long work days and cold seasons with famine could use a touch of inspiration.
Seeds. For planting or snacking on!
Nuts. An easy-to-store snack full of protein and healthy fats!
Fishing gear. Reel in the good times.
Gardening gear. Gardening gloves are always in style (back in those days).
Winter accessories. Gloves and mittens and scarves, oh my!
Extra Wow Factor: Fresh Meat. They’ll really know you care.

Did we miss something? Share what YOU think a pilgrim would put in a gift basket in the comments section below! Together, we can come up with a wow-worthy assortment to impress even the most traditional settlers!

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Skinny Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

It’s no secret that one of the flavors most synonymous with fall is caramel apple. From actual caramel apples to recipes incorporating this fall favorite, this sweet and tangy blend is a must for fall entertaining!

Luckily, the entertaining and lifestyle geniuses at Celebrations.com turned this irresistible flavor into a diet-friendly dip that can be enjoyed by all! Get the recipe for their Skinny Caramel Apple Dip, and let us know what you’ll be dipping in to this must-try treat!

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Brew Up Something Delicious: 10 Tasty Tea Add-Ins

Throughout history, tea has been significant in culture, medicine, art, and even economy. One legend dates the discovery of tea all the way back to 2737 BC! With so many types and blends to choose from, it’s no surprise that tea continues to be a caffeinated favorite.

While there are various types of tea, there are also many different ways to enjoy tea. Here are 10 delicious add-ins to try with your next cup!

Lemons. Add a citrus touch to your tea by dropping a lemon slice in your cup. Keep the peel for a bitter touch, or peel the slice before adding. Alternatively, you can also squeeze the juice directly into your cup.

Oranges. Similar to the lemon flavor but with a sweeter, zestier flavor, you can add a small orange slice to your tea.

Molasses. Fans of this sweet substance know that there are few flavors quite as distinct as molasses. Sweeten your tea with just a few drops and be prepared for a whole new flavor experience.

Milk. Did you know that many parts of the world are accustomed to serving milk with their tea? Doing so turns a light cup into a creamy and rich sip, so try it out after dinner as a dessert treat!

Honey. Add a naturally sweet touch to your tea with raw, unfiltered honey. This is a great alternative to sugar as it has many health benefits.

Cinnamon. Put an autumn spin on your sip with a dash of cinnamon! Alternatively, you can garnish with a cinnamon stick and let sit for a minute or two to help soak up the flavor.

Fresh mint. Add a fragrant and flavorful touch with fresh mint. Wash and tear up the mint leaves and steep for about 5 minutes. This is not only delicious, but calming too.

Ginger. In the mood for some zest? You’ll love the addition of fresh ginger to your tea. Make sure to let it steep for 5-10 minutes.

Rock candy. Stir your tea with a rock candy stick for a fun twist! The rock candy will dissolve into your tea as you mix, making for one sweet tea drinking experience.

Clove. Grind whole cloves and infuse with hot water. Then, add your tea bag and enjoy!

Know someone who really loves tea? Surprise them with a festive tea gift basket and include some of these tasty tea suggestions in the message for them to try!

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Delicious Gift Ideas for Special Diets

Sometimes the most difficult part of shopping for the perfect gift is making sure to satisfy any special diets our recipients may follow. From gluten-free to simply healthy eating, there are so many dietary restrictions and lifestyle choices to keep in mind. Luckily, 1800baskets.com has made it easy with their new Special Diets Collection!

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Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas to satisfy the dietary restrictions of even the pickiest recipient.

Gluten-Free Gifts

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From cakes to cookies to chocolates, there’s no shortage of flavor-packed goodies for the gluten-free guy or gal in your life. If you’re looking for something really extraordinary, surprise them with these Gourmet Assorted Macaroons, which come individually packaged and include 2 fun flavors: original coconut and chocolate chip.

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-gluten-free-cheese-basketCheese Baskets

There’s nothing cheesy about these gift ideas! For a recipient with a sophisticated palette, surprise them with an elegant basket filled with artisan cheeses fresh from California Wine Country! The Premium Handcrafted Cheese Hamper pictured here features Point Reyes Original Blue, Bellwether Farms Carmody, Cypress Grove Chevre Purple Haze Cheese, and Sierra Nevada Classic Aged Goat Cheddar cheeses.

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-fruit-basket-2Fruit Baskets

Fruit baskets are guaranteed to sweeten your special someone’s day. Make it extra special by sending an assortment of the season’s freshest picks. The Premier Orchard Fruit Gift Basket featured is presented in a hand-woven wicker basket and overflowing with fruits including Buerre Bosc, Red Sensation and Imperial Comice Pears, Fuji and Granny Smith Apples, Navel Oranges, Kiwi, and more.

Nut-Free Gifts

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Even if your recipient can’t eat nuts, they’ll go nuts over one of our decadent No Nut Nation Dessert trays! Choose from brownies, cookies, cakes, and more, this nut-free gift idea is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth.

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-fruit-basketFruit Baskets

Of course, sending a fruit basket is always a sweet + safe choice. Be sure the fruit tray or basket you choose does not include nuts, a no-fail choice is our Orchard Indulgence Fruit Gift Basket ; 24 pieces of fresh fruit goodness including three different varieties of pears, an assortment of apples, ripe oranges, a pineapple, and more.

Sugar-Free Gifts

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Who need sugar when you’ve got chocolate?! Sugar-Free Chocolates from Fannie May are sure to sweeten any recipient’s day – choose from their famous Pixies, Mint Meltaways, or spring for a general flavor-packed chocolate assortment to really make their day.

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Sugar-free is not synonymous with flavor-free! Our sugar-free dessert gifts are proof of that. Choose from cookies, brownies, or irresistibly creamy Junior’s Cheesecake (pictured).

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-dipped-strawberriesDipped Strawberries

Juicy, fruity, and oh-so-decadent, there’s few who can resist the pairing of a freshly picked strawberry with chocolate. Our Sugar-Free Chocolate Strawberries are dipped in 100% Real Milk & Dark Chocolate and are sure to wow.

Diet-Friendly Gifts

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-fruit-bouquetFruit Bouquets

When in doubt, send a fruit bouquet! This no-fail gift idea is festive, fun, and full of fruity goodness. As for the parts dipped in chocolate, your special recipient can choose to indulge or share with someone special.

gift-ideas-for-special-diets-nutsNut Assortments

Even the healthiest of eaters need a snack every once-in-a-while! Luckily, nuts are a great option – they’re full of heart-healthy nutrients, can help lower cholesterol, AND are full of fiber. Surprise your recipient with a tray full of this healthy snack!

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Snack Your Way to Success with Healthy Dorm Room Snacks

Walk into any dorm room and you’re bound to find a mountain of snacks for those dorm-room gatherings and late night study sessions. Rather than snacking on empty calories and foods that are filled with flavor but lack in health benefits, stock up on healthy snacks instead!

Here are some delicious yet healthy options for college snacks that will not only keep you fueled, but will leave you feeling good too!

healthy-dorm-room-snacks-fruitStay Fueled with Fresh Fruit

It’s not surprising that fruit makes one of the best any-time snacks to keep the energy going. Filled with natural sugars, vitamins, and antioxidants, fruit make a great start to the day as well as a great midnight snack for those late-nights. While buying fresh fruit is ideal, it is also a good idea to freeze and store them for emergency purposes (like when the 2 A.M hunger hits).


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Keep it Cool & Crunchy with Nuts

Did you know that nuts are filled with heart-healthy benefits AND can help lower cholesterol?! This easy-to-store snack is great to keep on hand and mix with other treats for a well-balanced snack.


healthy-dorm-room-snacks-popcornMake Snack Time Poppin’ with Slim, Single Serve Popcorn

If you find yourself craving something with a little more crunch, then you’ll love the sea salt slim popcorn from The Popcorn Factory. At only 80 calories per single serving bag, this on-the-go ready snack is sure to satisfy.


healthy-dorm-room-snacks-dark-chocolateDark Chocolate

Did you know that dark chocolate is packed packed with nutrients and vitamins that are great for your heart and body?! Pair that with the natural caffeine found in dark chocolate, and you’ve got a sweet snack you can indulge in without feeling guilty about!

healthy-dorm-room-snacks-dried-fruitsSnack Your Way to Success with Dried Fruit

Eat with nuts in trail mix or nibble on their own, dried fruits are one of the best snacks to keep stored in your desk as well as at the bottom of your bag; just a few small bites will give you a much-needed boost of energy.

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A+ Worthy Back to School Gift Baskets for Students

Back to school can be a bummer, so make their first day and move-in experiences sweeter with a useful and fun back to school gift!

Once the gift’s content has been used up, they can then reuse the accompanying baskets for storage and organization, sending them on the fast-track to that Dean’s List!

 back-to-school-gift-ideas-coffee-gift-basketFuel their Late Nights with a Coffee & Tea Basket

From early classes to late night study sessions, your scholar may need some help getting through the day. First, find out their caffeinated sip of choice and then choose the perfect Coffee and Tea Gift Basket to satisfy their unique tastes and needs.

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Sweeten Their Days with Nature’s Candy

Between vending machines and food trucks, there is no shortage of on-the-go foods and snacks to keep them going. However, it’s because of this easy availability that your scholars may forget to grab the most important snack of the day: fruit! Keep that “apple a day” at the top of their mind by surprising them with a lavishly fresh and festive Fruit Basket filled with the season’s freshest picks.

back-to-school-gift-ideas-spa-gift-basketSend them some R&R with a Spa Basket

Your hard working student could sure use a break! Surprise them with a relaxation-ready Spa Gift Basket for a well deserved staycation after a stressful first week or assignment. Include a crafty message like “wash away those school stresses” or “scrub away that stress.”

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Feed Their Mind with Brain Food

Delicious, all-natural, and all around good-for-you, the snack assortment featured in the Brain Food Market Box will keep them focused while fueling their study sessions. Although this gift is more of a box than a basket, they are sure to appreciate this extra burst of fuel for their mind!

back-to-school-gift-ideas-dessert-basketIncrease their Popularity with Snacks Sized for Sharing

Cookies, and brownies, and cakes, oh my! Make them the most popular kid in the class or dorm room with a generous Dessert Gift Basket, sized for sharing with your scholar’s new friends and classmates.

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Make Today Special: Unique Just Because Gifts under $20

From co-workers to friends to family members, life’s moments are filled with people who help shape and influence our moods. They help brighten up a dark day, make a stressful decision a little easier to make, or just put a smile on our faces simply because they care. Show appreciation for those every day sentiments by surprising the special people in your life with a gift, “Just Because!”

These gifts are all under $20 so you can surprise your special friends and still have enough for an exciting night out!

Just Because Gifts: $5-$10

just-because-gifts-cookie-cardsCookie Cards – $5
Browse through the large variety of $5 cookie cards featuring Cheryl’s famous buttercream cookies and surprise your special friend with one that fits their unique personality!


just-because-gifts-canister-celebration-cornCelebration Corn Canister – $5
Add some color in popcorn form to their special day with this canister of kettle corn from The Popcorn Factory! Customize the canister with a message or favorite memory for a sweet gift they can then reuse.

just-because-gifts-celebrating-friendsCelebrating Friends – $5
A collection of quotes, memories, sentiments, and facts, this inspiring book is sure to inspire a touch of warmth and happiness to those who read it.


just-because-gifts-inspiration-cards30 Days of Inspiration – $10
A note of gratitude a day keeps the smiles from going away.. or at least we think so! Add this smile-inducing “30 Days of Inspiration” collection of timeless notes to their study or office desk for a sweet reminder!

Just Because Gifts: $11-$19.99

just-because-gifts-happy-socksHappy Socks – $12.99
Add some smile to their step with these fun and colorful Happy Socks! Stylish, cool, and irresistibly comfortable, this is the perfect “just because” gift for any recipient!

just-because-gifts-message-in-a-bottleMessage in a Bottle “Just Because” – $19.99
Let your well wishes wash ashore with this creative Message in a Bottle gift idea! Fill with your own jokes, memories, or just a sweet message “just because” and we’ll make sure your message finds its way to the rightful owner.


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All Smiles Sweets & Treats Gift Basket – $19.99
Your recipient is sure to be all smiles when they are surprised with this vibrant and cheerful sweets and smile-filled gift basket! From cookies to candies, this happy assortment is sure to sweeten anyone’s day.

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