Easy Holiday Gift Basket Ideas + Giveaway

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#GiveBakery Easy Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Holiday gift giving season is upon us and so are all those fun holiday parties! If you are like me, you like to bring the party host or hostess a little something to say “thank you”. Figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. Really, you can get a little crafty and make some really beautiful and EASY gift baskets all from items found at your local grocery store and it’s bakery. You can make your baskets big or small, but with just a little creative wrapping, you can turn store-bought into gorgeous homemade in minutes.

First step, scope out your local grocer’s bakery for yummy treats. Chocolate is always a great addition, and tissue paper and candles can go a long way too. And sometimes it is all about the wrapping that can turn the ordinary into fabulous.

Here are a just a few things I came home with recently to make a variety of holiday gift baskets:

#GiveBakery Grocery shop items for Easy Gift Baskets

And here are a few simple tricks to make creative homemade gift ideas:

1. You can make a super simple and festive Holiday Cookie Jar.

Simply use some decorative scrapbook paper, use the circle lid as a template and cut out a circle topper. Fill a large quart sized mason jar (I like the vintage green ones)with cookies, close with lid and decorative paper line, and finish off with a little ribbon or baker’s twine around the rim of the lid.

Easy Holiday Mason Cookie Jar Gift Idea

2.  How about a simple hot cocoa and madeleines gift basket?

Dress up 2-3 madeleines in a plastic gift bag and tie at the top with a little baker’s twine or ribbon. Fill a second gift bag with marshmallows, and add hot cocoa packets into a pretty container.

Hot Cocoa and Madeleines Easy Gift Basket Idea

3. Try a tasty breakfast basket with croissants, jam, fresh berries and chocolate.

Put 3-4 croissants into a fun cupcake box lined with parchment paper. Then add some yummy jam and fresh berries into the mix. For extra yumminess, add chocolate or whipped cream into a pretty basket.

Croissant, Jam & Berries Holiday Gift Basket Idea

4. Dress up your jam bottle in seconds.

Cut a circle from decorative fabric that is at least 4 inches wider in diameter than your jam jar. Use a rubber band to attach on the top and dress up with a little ribbon or baker’s twine.

How to Dress Up Jam for Gift Basket

5. Mix and match and put it all together in a pretty plastic bowl.

Holiday #GiveBakery Homemade Gift Idea

Get creative, and just use a little extra “dressing up” of your bakery items or grocery items and you can put together some fabulous holiday gift baskets this season. You will soon be the hostess gift hero!

These are also perfect homemade gift ideas for teachers, neighbors, coworkers, and family!

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And for more great ideas and inspirations, check out the BakeryBecause Pinterest board. Share your own sweet treat creations on Pinterest with the #givebakery hashtag to share your inspirations with others too!


Disclosure: this post is brought to in part by the Rich Products Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious! #givebakery . All photos, opinions, and ideas are solely my own.

Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  34 comments for “Easy Holiday Gift Basket Ideas + Giveaway

  1. Julie
    December 2, 2014 at 5:46 am

    My boss.

  2. December 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I’d love to give this to my mom. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. December 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Such cute ideas!

  4. Jeri
    December 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Great ideas for gift giving! I would love giving and receiving one of these.

  5. Carla Hundley
    December 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Fun ideas and I’d like to
    give my mother-in-law
    a gift basket for the
    Carla from Utah

  6. Nina
    December 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for posting all of your great ideas! I will surely use these for some special Christmas gifts this year!

  7. Ashley Bree Perez
    December 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I would like to gift it to my mother in law. 🙂

  8. Ashley Bree Perez
    December 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I want to gift this to my mother in law. 🙂

  9. Judi Johnson
    December 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I have a friend currently going through Chemo. She only has one son who is not a big part of her life, she is basically alone. Her husband passed away years ago of cancer. I would wish her a gift basket to cheer her and let her know she is not alone.

  10. Cathy
    December 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Love love love these ideas
    thanks so for sharing
    blessed holidays to you and yours

  11. tammy cordery
    December 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I will give it to my mom. She does so much for us.

  12. Pamela
    December 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I would love to give a basket to an unsuspecting person down on their luck. Just walk up to someone on the street and hand it to them. I think that would be a blessing for both of us!

  13. Elane H
    December 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Great ideas thanks for sharing.

  14. Debbie Menconi
    December 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    What great ideas for such a busy time of year! Anyone would love to get one of these!

    • Debbie Menconi
      December 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I have several friends whose lives would be a little brighter having received a cheery basket like this!! The tough part is deciding which one. So much difficulty right now.

  15. Laura
    December 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    A great idea for neighbors, coworkers, and teachers!

  16. yesenia
    December 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’m trying to register for your $25 gift giveaway, but for some reason I am having problems….. I would like to give it to my sons Teacher… Cause I know dealing with alot of children 5days out of the week is very hard…. She is very sweet and she deserves it…

  17. Liz
    December 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I love these. So simple. I want to make some for my professors.

  18. Jody
    December 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks to you, I was told I am crafty! Love the help you give me to make my life more fun. Thanks for doing what you are doing. With your great tips,I want to give everyone on my list a gift basket!

  19. Jackie QH
    December 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I will be going to a party and this is a wonderful gift!

  20. HS
    December 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I’ll love to give one to my mom.

  21. KaySue
    December 3, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I would give a holiday gift basket to my grandma.

  22. grace
    December 3, 2014 at 4:55 am

    My sweet neighbor .. thanks for the chance.

  23. Paula
    December 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for showing us how to decorate and “pretty-up” store bought goodies!

  24. Paula
    December 3, 2014 at 7:16 am

    It helps to read directions! lol
    I would give a basket to my Physical Therapist for all the help after my surgery!

  25. Jan
    December 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Love these gift suggestions! Thanks for coming up with all the great gift ideas.

  26. Maggie
    December 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Great ideas always! Alot of ideas I actually have utilized and fun to do!

  27. thewellhunt
    December 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    My mother

  28. Eileen D
    December 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    My Auntie Dorothy would be tickled to receive such a sweet gift basket!

  29. Lauren Becker
    December 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I love gift baskets! I would love to give one to my mom or a friend!

  30. Amy Orvin
    December 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I’d love to give it to my mom.

  31. Amy M. C.
    December 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I need to put together a gift basket for my uncle. I’m not sure what the theme will be yet.

  32. Alice Bishoff
    December 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I am putting together a gift basket for the gift exchange at work. I am using Bath & Body, candle, candies, etc. for a relaxation basket.

  33. February 17, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Very creative — I love it. There’s nothing like receiving a gift personally wrapped by the giver. That just means one thing: it’s from the heart.

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