The bunnies have Easter baskets, Yogi Bear has picnic baskets, which means we're giving the holidays full jurisdiction over gift baskets (and a few boxes). These traditionally wicker-clad packages were the unsung heroes of 2020 as they delivered "I love you's" to separated and quarantined family members across the seas. And, even though the CDC rules are not nearly as strict this year, the best holiday gift baskets are here once again to express your festive gratitude to whoever's in need.
Similar to advent calendars, the best holiday gift baskets come equipped with award-winning wines, luxe chocolates, gourmet snacks, unique decorations, and more spirit-lifting goodies. They also must have credible delivery services that ensure a smooth and festive arrival — speaking of, we suggest you cash early in case of early sell-outs, ingredient shortages, and long-lasting shipping delays. Below, check out all the best holiday gift baskets to send to your loved ones this year. Whether you're roasting chestnuts over an open fire together IRL or sending love over facetime, the yummy and lovely care packages we found are bound to please a crowd and create some worthwhile smiles.
Best Wine Holiday Gift Baskets
For parents desperately online shopping for their grown-up kids, young married couples frantically planning holiday parties, and anyone who just enjoys (or needs) a good glass of Pinot Noir, send them the best gift of all: a wine gift basket. The gift basket retailer to end all gift basket retailers, Harry & David, has great wine and sweet treats holiday package combos as does Gourmetgiftbaskets.com. For a more savory selection, check out Hickory Farm’s assortment of delectable meats and cheeses that pair great with its impressive vino collection.
Best Food Holiday Gift Baskets
Ah yes, snacks, the ultimate crowd-pleasing holiday mailer. If you’re shopping for non-drinkers, families with kids, or just someone who might want a primo snack spread at their party, an array of holiday-themed pretzels, artisanal crackers, and more salty goods will definitely do the trick.
Best Chocolate Holiday Gift Baskets
Sweet tooths rejoice — chocolate gift baskets are one of the easiest and most abundant care packages available on the world wide web during the holiday season. Simply Chocolate, Lindt, and a handful of Etsy shops are coming through this year with hot chocolate dunkers, caramel truffles, and chocolate-covered pretzels to celebrate the last couple of months of 2021.
Best Dessert Holiday Gift Baskets
Dessert gift baskets get even more creative around the holidays. From alphabet donuts to peppermint-chocolate starter packs, there’s a sweet basket out there that’s guaranteed to deliver some cheer.
Best Amazon Holiday Gift Baskets
If we can find 113 hidden gems on Amazon, we can find a few worthwhile holiday gift baskets. We recommend these goodies for last-minute shoppers in desperate need of some Prime two-day shipping magic this year, but these baskets are also worth a top spot on your early holiday shopping list.
Best Holiday Fruit Gift Baskets
Perhaps you're feeling lost in a sea of chocolates, desserts, and savory snacks — if so, a refreshing and colorful fruit basket might be the perfect inbetweener. Hale Groves, Harry & David, and The Fruit Company all carry great options that will cater to all of your favorite citrus savvy pals.
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