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Anyone who has ever received an unexpected gift basket brimming with treats or other goodies knows just how appreciated they are. Serious foodies will salivate over gourmet meats and cheeses and boxes bursting with fresh fruit and sweets. Caffeine fiends will perk right up when they open a basket filled with gourmet beans and accessories. And all those chocoholics out there? Good luck getting them to share a bounty of truffles, bars and other delights.
To help make your holiday shopping easier this year, we’ve rounded up our favorite gift baskets, boxes and sets aimed to please everyone on your list.
Spa gift baskets
Lizush Spa Gift Set ($62.10, originally $69; etsy.com)
An Etsy bestseller with nearly 70,000 sales, this highly rated box is filled with a lavender soap, scrub and body oil alongside a shower steamer mist, lip balm, clay mask, scented candle, soap-saver sponge and cosmetic bag, plus a personal note printed on a pretty card. In a word: lovely.
#BFFLove Bath Gift Set ($16.14, originally $18.99; amazon.com)
Seeking the perfect present for your BFF? This fun five-piece gift box should do the trick. Complete with cherry-blossom-scented moisturizing hand soap and hand cream, bath salts, massage oil and a scented candle, it gets high ratings for its fragrance, quality and affordable price. It also makes a great teacher, client or co-worker gift.
Body & Earth Lilies Gift Basket ($29.99; amazon.com)
Give the gift of relaxation with this highly rated 10-piece set that includes lily-scented bubble bath, shower gel, body scrub, potpourri, body lotion, body mist, bath salts and soap, plus a flower pouf and a reusable wicker basket. Say aaaahhhhh.
Coffee gift baskets
Harry & David Coffee Gift Basket (starting at $39.99; harryanddavid.com)
Make your caffeinated friends or coworkers jump for joy with this gift basket that includes two bags of Moose Munch ground coffee, plus six lemon citrus shortbread cookies, chocolate chip button cookies and a stroopwafel tin. Housed in a handsome wood crate, there’s no doubt it will be put to good use.
Gourmet Gift Baskets Coffee Christmas Gift ($39.99; gourmetgiftbaskets.com)
Just the pick-me-up for early mornings, late mornings, lunch, afternoon, after dinner… Who are we kidding? It’s always time for coffee, and this gift set packed with caffeine and snacks will be appreciated by anyone who keeps a mug close at hand any time of day. In a green holiday container, you’ll find two packets of measured gourmet coffee, kettle corn, a tea sampler, cheese and cinnamon pecan straws and peanut crunch.
SplitOakCoffee Gift Box ($39.99; etsy.com)
This Etsy bestseller gets hundreds of 5-star reviews and we can see why. Filled with eight bags of assorted beans (Guatemalan, Sumatra, espresso and Colombian among them), it also comes with a French press coffee maker, making it an excellent gift for java junkies.
Gourmet gift baskets
Harry & David Holiday Sweet and Savory Lantern Gift (starting at $79.99; harryanddavid.com)
The holidays will be extra merry and bright with this gift of gourmet goodies packed in a lantern that doubles as a lovely centerpiece when used with a flameless candle later. Inside you’ll find Moose Munch popcorn, yogurt-covered pretzels, raspberry tree-cutout shortbread cookies, Jordan almonds, chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate mini mints, chocolate truffles, pepper and onion relish, cheese and crackers.
Bonnie and Pop Gourmet Dried Fruit Gift Basket ($36.99; amazon.com)
A no. 1 bestseller on Amazon, this unique gift comes in a way-cool wooden gift tray that can be unfolded to serve as a fruit bowl as well. With dried fruits including mango, apricots, yellow peaches, pears, apples, dates, kiwi, plums and prunes, it may be just the thing for the person on your list who has everything.
Wine Country Gift Baskets Bon Appetit Gourmet Gift Basket ($54.95; amazon.com)
Feed family and friends all holiday season long with this large wicker gift basket that comes stacked with smoked gouda cheese spread, crackers, soft nougat fruit and nut bites, olives, cookies, a brownie, snack mix and more.
Food, fruit and meat & cheese gift baskets
Harry & David Christmas Pear Decorating Kit ($39.99; harryanddavid.com)
Kids (and grownups) will be delighted by this fun gift basket filled not only with six of Harry & David’s signature Juicy Royal Riviera pears, but also food-safe stickers to decorate them with festive flair. Almost too cute to eat. We said almost.
Gourmet Gift Baskets Winter Wonderland Cookies and Popcorn Gift Tower ($39.99; gourmetgiftbaskets.com)
Your lucky giftee will unwrap not one, not two, but three pretty blue snowflake-printed boxes filled with all sorts of goodies. If caramel popcorn, maple fudge, chocolate and vanilla wafer cookies and salted caramel almond chocolate pearl cookies sound yummy, this one will be right up your alley.
Hickory Farms Great Taste Gift Basket ($69.99; hickoryfarms.com)
Imagine the delight on the faces of your coworkers, friends or family members when they find this beautiful gift basket on their doorsteps. A pretty gold-patterned box contains signature Hickory Farms meats and cheeses, including summer sausage and smoked cheddar, Mission jack and smoked gouda blends, along with sweet hot and Belgian ale mustards and golden toasted and olive oil and rosemary crackers. And not to omit dessert, it also includes dark chocolate sea salt caramels and chocolate-covered pretzels. Better order one for yourself, too.
Gourmet Gift Baskets Happy Holidays Meat and Cheese Gift Tower ($74.99; gourmetgiftbaskets.com)
Perfect for holiday visitors and nights spent snacking near the fire, this tiered tower includes crackers, cheese, sausage, cookies, caramels, fudge, pistachios and cinnamon pecan straws. Just add a bottle of wine and consider this the ultimate hostess gift.
Chocolate gift baskets
Godiva Make It Merry Chocolate Gift Basket ($79.95; godiva.com)
Seriously make someone’s day with this Godiva gift basket featuring six scrumptious chocolates in a keepsake hat box tied up neatly with a festive red ribbon. In it, you’ll find a nine-piece limited-edition chocolate box, eight-piece Santa box filled with truffles, six-piece cherry cordials box, four-piece assorted chocolates box and one small chocolate bar. Talk about being on the nice list.
Harry and David Chest of Chocolates (starting at $69.99; harryanddavid.com)
A whole chest of chocolates? Sweet! This popular gift includes all sorts of chocolate goodies — dark chocolate-covered Moose Munch, cake, malt balls, mini mints, bars, pretzels and truffles contained in a wood and pleather (we’ll call it a treasure) chest.
Scarlett Acres Hot Chocolate Gift Set (starting at $83; etsy.com)
Cozy right up to this sweet gift set that comes with a 9-ounce Mason jar filled with hot chocolate mix, a holiday-themed 11-ounce ceramic or 12-ounce insulated mug, mini marshmallows, chocolate candy, lip balm, gingerbread soap and a personalized card.