Tips for Creating a Personalized Gift Basket

By: Co+op

Your co-op is a great source for local, unique and flavorful products that delight, inspire and nourish body and soul. Create a special holiday gift basket for friends, family and co-workers by choosing a selection of items that they will enjoy.

Customization is key

The key to creating a thoughtful gift that will truly be appreciated is understanding your recipient. Is she the person you turn to for health and exercise tips? Does he always have the low-down on the latest food trends? Are they regulars at the farmers market and love local farm tours?

Make a list, check it twice

Once you have settled on a theme, brainstorm a list of complementary items, determine your budget and begin exploring the options at the co-op.

Presenting your present

Baskets are nice, but a reusable lunchbox or tote bag, mason jars, metal, wooden or ceramic bowls, even backpacks or messenger bags are practical (and reusable!) options. Or wrap your items furoshiki- style, with a pretty scarf, table linens, or a co-op t-shirt.

Gift basket ideas

  • The Foodie - Chutney, chili or curry paste, spice blends, wooden spoons and a cookbook
  • The Party Host - Fine cheeses, spiced nuts, dates and figs, fine crackers
  • The Locavore - Seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and preserves, salsas, honey, cheeses
  • The Office Mate - Fine coffee and teas, tea infusers, biscotti, fine chocolate, utensils
  • The Health Nut - Energy bars, protein shake mix, Emergen-C, yoga mat
  • The College Student - Energy bars, trail mix, snacks, socks, Emergen-C and a co-op gift card
  • The Spa Enthusiast - Hair and skin care, essential oils, bath salts, aromatherapy candles