The Best Holiday Gift Baskets

Getting a gift basket can either be “Wow, this looks amazing! Can’t wait to dig in!” or “I must be on someones crap list with this bunch of nastiness.” When a gift basket becomes a necessary gift, make sure to give the right one – don’t include ANY processed cheese or greasy salami. Here are the cream of the crop, including one particular company close to my heart…

I grew up the Ashland/Medford area of Southern Oregon which is the home of Harry and David. It’s got that small town feel and everyone has some type of connection with the company. I remember what a treat is was to go to the factory and get some goodies with my mom. I also remember running through the orchards playing with my friends and sneaking a pear to snack on. This company is part of my childhood and it makes me feel proud to recommend their gifts basket and food towers. If I had to choose 3 favorite items from Harry and David they would be (mom, are you reading?) Moose Munch, Pears, and Chocolate Fruit (blueberries!). Ok, moving on to the slide show now.

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  • Dean & Deluca Taste of Italy 1 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Taste of Italy
    Perfect for bringing a family together for a meal with Parmigiano-Reggiano, onion mini flatbread, canned artichokes, olives and more.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • Dean & Deluca Sweet and Savory 2 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Sweet and Savory
    Both sweet and savory treats all wrapped up in the oh-so-cool Dean & Deluca Tote.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • Dean & Deluca Fresh From the Country 3 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Fresh From the Country
    For the rustic loving foodie this tote come filled with handmade Creminelli Casalingo Salami, Prairie Breeze cheese from Iowa's Milton Creamery, Tait Farm Foods Fig & Olive Relish, Antonio Mattei Sweet Toast, and more.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • Dean & Deluca Ultimate Deli Gift 4 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Ultimate Deli Gift
    It better be Ultimate with that price tag! It must be with over 13 lbs of the curing masters salami with Berkel's hollow-ground, chromium-plated carbon steel compact slicer with built-in dual-action sharpener included!
    Get a perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • Dean & Deluca Snacks on the Run 5 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Snacks on the Run
    Look at all the little tins of treats you get. I could definitely see myself carrying one of these a day in my bag, secretly so the kids won't see it.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • Dean & Deluca Help is on the Way 6 of 20
    Dean & Deluca Help is on the Way
    I hope it's on the way to my house, I could use some of these treats with the hubs away on a NINE day business trip.
    Get the perfect gift basket from Dean & Deluca
  • IGourmet Connoisseur of the Month 7 of 20
    IGourmet Connoisseur of the Month
    Each month is a new flavor from around the world. What a great way to teach your kids about different cuisines from around the globe. Oooo and get a globe while you're at it!
    Get the perfect gift of the month from I Gourmet
  • IGourmet Dutch Cheese Board 8 of 20
    IGourmet Dutch Cheese Board
    Just because I love the beemster extra aged farmer gouda. It's a very special cheese that everyone from a super snooty foodie to the average cheese whiz lover will enjoy.
    Get the perfect gift of the cheese from I Gourmet
  • IGourmet Caramel Apple Cheesecake 9 of 20
    IGourmet Caramel Apple Cheesecake
    I could never make something this special looking, I mean those petals of apple slices, beautiful.
    Get a perfect gift from I Gourmet
  • Harry & David Christmas Cheer Gift Basket 10 of 20
    Harry & David Christmas Cheer Gift Basket
    I would definitely be cheering if I got a basket of these goodies. (I spy Moose Munch, pears, and chocolate cherries!)
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Harry & David Winter Basket of Pears 11 of 20
    Harry & David Winter Basket of Pears
    This basket of pears is just elegant and tasteful (pun intended).
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Harry & David Holiday Tower of Treats 12 of 20
    Harry & David Holiday Tower of Treats
    Mix it up and go with a tower, it's so fun to open each box for a new surprise.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Harry & David Founders Favorite 13 of 20
    Harry & David Founders Favorite
    I trust the founders so this basket must be perfect.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Harry & David Super Moose Munch Gift Tin. 14 of 20
    Harry & David Super Moose Munch Gift Tin.
    Here's one tin of pocorn I woudn't mind receiving or giving. That buttery flavor with the sweet caramel and chocolate too. My first stop in Oregon on Monday will be the Harry and David store for some moose munch.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Harry & David Grand Northwest Gift Bakset 15 of 20
    Harry & David Grand Northwest Gift Bakset
    This is the basket I should send myself. It's got a little bit of everything form home pears, apples, pepper and onion relish, mixed nuts and extra sharp cheese moose munch bing chocolate cherries. Oh my.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Harry & David
  • Zabars NYC Essential 16 of 20
    Zabars NYC Essential
    It's got everything you need to feel like a real New Yorker on a lazy Saturday morning. This would go perfect with a subscription to the Times.
    Get a perfect NewYorker gift basket from Zabars
  • Zabars Don’t Be Homesick 17 of 20
    Zabars Don't Be Homesick
    I think I need to send this one to my New Yorker-living-in-Los Angeles husband. He is constantly telling me how much he misses NYC and this "don't be homesick!" gift basket form Zabar's may cure him for a day or two.
    Get a perfect New Yorker gift basket from Zabars
  • Stonewall Kitchen Top Ten Favorite 18 of 20
    Stonewall Kitchen Top Ten Favorite
    Get the top ten favorite items all together on one great package.
    Get the perfect gift basket from Stonewall Kitchen
  • Stonewall Kitchen Taste of New England 19 of 20
    Stonewall Kitchen Taste of New England
    Take a vacation to New England with this basket of morning treats.
    Get a perfect gift basket from Stonewall Kitchen
  • Miss Grace Lemon Cake 20 of 20
    Miss Grace Lemon Cake
    I know what you are thinking. A lemon cake? That's what I thought too when I received one, that I made it onto someone's crap list. When I took a bite of the lemon cake I reevaluated the friendship and she immediately shot to the top of my list.
    Get a perfect lemon cake from Cheryl's

 

Don’t forget to check out Babble’s Holiday Food Gift Guide!

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