Oh, the joy of giving! Throughout the year, we’re given many opportunities to express our creativity and give personally selected gifts to the people we love. I enjoy creating themed gift collections, especially if I can include some of my homemade items. If you’ve read my Food Preservation with Simple Truth blog, you may remember that a basket of homemade jams and jellies was among my mom’s most cherished gifts. Gift baskets are not just reserved for the winter holidays. Be creative. Be resourceful. Be personable. Give thought about the recipient.
Many gift baskets can relate to food. The theme, number of items, size and value are choices you will get to determine. A neighbor may find a soup bowl with a ready-to-make jar of lentil soup a great way to warm up from a blustery day. A “Grill Master” friend will delight with an assortment of Simple Truth spices and fresh Simple Truth herbs. Neatly arrange the items on a nice cutting board or serving platter to enhance the theme. Cover with clear or colored plastic wrap, tie together with a ribbon, and then add a personal note. You’ve just created a masterpiece!
Gift baskets don’t even need to be a traditional basket. Let your creativity roam. Select a container that accents the theme of the items. Some possible non-basket options might be a skillet, baking pan, cookie sheet, cutting board, large soup bowl, serving or mixing bowl, ice bucket, hat box, party top hat, flower pot or planter, cooler or lunch tote, tin pail, reusable shopping bag or even a picnic basket (for large items or a generously filled gift)!
Now to explore some Gourmet Foodie themes:
These ideas are only the beginning. None of them require refrigeration. Just think of the possibilities with a cooler! You could create packages for a scrumptious salad bar, a fruit smoothie spectacular or dairyland delights.
There are really no wrong ways of putting together a gourmet gift basket if you consider who is receiving it. Be creative … be as original as the person for whom you are making it. They’re sure to love it and your thoughtfulness.
Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety. She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management. Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University. After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011. Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life. Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS being able to share those experiences with others. The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle.
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