The December holidays are a special time to get together with friends and family. They're also a time of hard work, stress, and anxiety for the hosts! Christmas gift baskets are a wonderful way to celebrate the season, by providing gourmet treats, beauty, and convenience. Fruit-filled holiday gift baskets are perfect for a festive party, entertaining family... or simply relaxing and enjoying a little luxury at home after everyone's gone home.

While some gift baskets richly reflect Christmas traditions, others work well for Hanukah, Kwanza, Yule, or even New Year's (and don't forget your apples with honey for Rosh Hashanah!) Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, there are gourmet gift baskets perfect for the occasion.

What's more, a basket brimming with gourmet fruit, wine, chocolates, and nuts makes a perfect business gift. Your clients and colleagues are sure to appreciate your consideration as you make their lives a touch sweeter, richer, and healthier. Giving a holiday gift of the highest quality makes a clear statement about the value you place on your working relationship. But why stop there? A fruit of the month membership is a fail-safe way to guarantee their appreciation all year long!

Gifts of fruits, nuts, and sweets have long been a holiday tradition. Oranges, for instance, have a rich history of being part of Santa's bounty at Christmastime. Once, children celebrated finding a single orange in the toe of their stockings. Today oranges are available everywhere and at every time of year-but the perfect, luscious Christmas orange is still an unbeatable delight.

One of the nice aspects of a well-designed, thoughtfully crafted Christmas gift basket is that, unlike with many presents, nothing goes to waste. All the tantalizing edibles can be consumed--even if sharing is necessary to polish them off! The beautiful box or basket can be used to contain holiday clutter (rather than adding to it), and even the peels of the fruit have their own particular holiday uses.

For instance, the peels of citrus fruits can be used to enhance the fire in your hearth-traditionally lemons and oranges are used for this, but limes, tangerines, and even grapefruit will all work beautifully. You can use your citrus peels as kindling, or toss them in the flames of a fire already in progress. Either way, they will add a lovely, cheerful scent to your holiday atmosphere.

Apple peels also have a special holiday use. You can use an old-fashioned, hand-crank apple peeler to create long, thin strips of apple peel-or, if you're skilful with a peeler, create them by hand. Hang the strips to dry for one week. (The longer the peel dries the more brittle it will become. Moisten with water or oil, if necessary.) Use instead of ribbon for gift wrap, or as garland for decorating. Alternate the green peels from a Granny Smith with the dappled red of a Fuji for a particularly Christmas-y display.

Regardless of what you do with the contents of your Christmas gift basket or who you share them with, you can rest assured that your gift will hit the spot. Share the "fruits" of your labor this holiday season, and watch the joy and cheer abound.

Christmas Gift Basket Ideas - Theme Your Holiday Gifts

Giving Christmas gift baskets are a fantastic way to avoid the hard work of finding a suitable gift for even the most demanding of your friends and relatives. You can buy or make them that have particular themes to fit the lifestyle and hobbies of the intended recipient. One of the really fun things about giving themed gifts is using your imagination as you start to collect the various items needed to fill your surprise basket.

You can make yours as simple or elaborate as you like. If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for your children's teachers or your co-workers that you would like to acknowledge during this time of year, then it is quite simple to put together a basket that looks great but doesn't cost the earth. Your Christmas baskets can be filled with relatively cheap trinkets and thoughtful items such as soaps, homemade jams, chocolates and Christmas decorations that are easily sourced from your local stores or from a specialty stores that sell these items in bulk.

Food Baskets

One of the most popular types of Christmas gift basket ideas today is the food basket. You can fill these with a variety of delectable goodies, from decadent desserts and sweets to entire meals. Why not try an Italian theme, you can fill these with fresh pasta and sauces, bread sticks and don't forget to add a bottle of Italian wine. For the younger recipients, why not go for the snack baskets stuffed with popcorn, nuts, lollies and a mixture of dip mixes and biscuits. You can find ready-made food styled baskets that will literally tantalize any palate, or you can create your own with your personal concoctions and specialties. For example if you enjoy baking and cooking, then this is the perfect way to turn your own favorite recipes into an entire gift ensemble for everyone on your list. Add some special herbal teas, flavored butter and a pair of mugs, and yours is ready to go.

Hobby Baskets

Is your best friend a golf enthusiast or an avid gardener? If so why not put together a Christmas gift basket that is full of tools and supplies to support their pastime or special hobby. Every gardener would just love to receive a basket jam packed full of flower or vegetable seeds together with a new trowel and some gardening gloves. A golfer can always use more golf balls, towels and other useful items. For others why not put in a calendar or some humorous books and magazines. If your intended recipient likes sewing, cooking or rock climbing, you can always find a few bits and pieces to create a unique basket that is tailored to that particular person. Make sure you throw in one or two items that are strictly just for fun as well as those useful tools that a hobbyist always needs.

Really the best part about giving Christmas gift baskets is that they are almost as much fun to create, as they are to receive. If you are looking for a creative way to delight everyone on your 'to receive present list' this year, why not consider preparing unique baskets customized to those special folks. Rest assured that yours are guaranteed to be a total hit and may even start a trend for years to come, so go on get your thinking cap on and start buying for this festive season.

Christmas Gift Baskets Are All the Rage

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular to give people a selection of Christmas gifts in a basket rather than to give a single gift. This is very nice if you are on the receiving end of course, but if you are the one giving out the baskets, then this could be a very expensive option, as the baskets themselves are sometimes far more than the presents they contain.

Corporate gift baskets are much the same of course, but whereas many corporate entities can afford to buy baskets, many individuals cannot. Maybe as a corporate entity you don't want to buy them either, but have the resources in house to make them. If either is the case, then this is perhaps for you.

If you can get children involved, then so much the better! Most kids love making things, and making Christmas baskets are quite a novelty. Alternatively, then can make some of the gifts to go in the basket, so there is a lot of scope for child involvement.

Here are some ideas for the Christmas baskets themselves:-

  • Traditional wicker baskets
  • Vases
  • Ceramic bowls
  • Mixing bowls
  • Painted terra cotta flower pots

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