The Best Christmas Basket Ideas for Family and Friends

Not to sound the alarm, but since Christmas is always on our radar, we’re diving in with gift basket ideas right now. Sure, it might be early, but with shipping delays and retail unknowns, you don’t want to take any changes when it comes to giving thoughtful gifts to family and friends this Christmas. A gift basket is an exciting gift to receive because the content features variety, details, and special finishing touches (ornaments!). Obviously, we think the best finishing touch in an ornament, and we have a few suggestions. Our best advice: start now. By having a plan, and collecting a bit here and there, when it’s time your gift baskets will be full and festive and ready to give. 

Christmas Basket for Teachers

The dedicated, hard-working teacher in your child’s classroom deserves a great gift. Buying for a teacher is different than buying for your best girl friend, so keep the items in the teacher basket a bit more general. If you know some of the teacher’s favorites, it helps to fill in the gaps. Hopefully teachers take Christmas break to rest and recuperate from the busy and bustling fall. A cozy blanket, a mug, hot cocoa mix and some non-perishable toppings would encourage any teacher to kick back and relax. Maybe the teacher wants to be out and about, and do things she doesn’t usually have time for, so a fun Christmas basket for a teacher could contain a silly Christmas t-shirt, a gift card for a movie and dinner afterwards. The finishing touch tied to the ribbon of the Christmas basket could be our school bus ornament, #1 teacher mug ornament or the teacher’s apple ornament. All three are great choices, and will be a sweet touch on any teacher’s Christmas tree. 


Packing a Christmas Basket For Your Bestie

Sometimes your best friend doesn’t get rewarded like she should, but you can be her special elf to provide her with all she deserves with a self care Christmas basket. If she likes wine, a special bottle, plus a new personalized stemless glass, a luxurious candle, some cozy socks and a fizzing bath bomb would be the makings of a relaxing night in. If she passes on wine, but still needs pampering a dry brush, hair wrap, face mask and feet exfoliators would thrill any weary post-holiday woman. Swap out the the wine for a flavored tea, and you’re good to go. Either of these options tucked into a fun basket with fluffy filling could be topped off with a Rosé wine ornament or cup of tea ornament.

Teens Love Christmas Gift Baskets

Gift baskets make a fun and easy gift for tweens and teens alike. Picking out small items in a favorite color is a fun way to pack a gift. It’s remarkable how easy it is to spot items when you hone in on one color—gum, candy, drinks, sunglasses, cosmetic items like nail polish, fancy shampoo or lip color, face masks and hair accessories pack a festive punch, and delight the receiver. A themed basket can also be a hit for teens with hobbies. A baking basket stuffed-to-the-brim with whisks and measuring spoons, a gourmet baking mix and silicone cupcake forms would be cute as well as supplies for a movie night: popcorn, movie-theater candy, drinks and a blanket. 

Don’t Forget the Neighbors

You might not know them as well as you would a close friend, but close proximity should encourage spreading Christmas cheer. Instead of exchanging a crumbly plate of cookies and fudge, collect fun tidbits to include in a Christmas gift basket for your neighbor. Collecting gift cards from local businesses benefits not only your neighbor, but the best of business in your community. Instead of gift cards see what products are sold by local businesses, you might be surprised by what you find. A cookie-baking kit would make a great neighborly Christmas gift basket. All the dry ingredients could be in a large glass canning jar along with some baking accessories. We recommend wrapping it all up with a chocolate chip cookie ornament as the finishing touch. 

Giving thoughtful gifts brings satisfaction to the giver. These gifts baskets are just the start of countless ideas for everyone on your list. You can’t go wrong! The variety and thoughtfulness will make these Christmas gift baskets the receiver’s favorite gift this holiday season. 


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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

1 comment

I can see I’m going to spend a fortune 🔮 here. Have been looking for site like yours. Lost all my mom’s & mine (30 years worth) in flood. I was & am still sick 😰🤕😷 over the loss. Doesn’t seem that important until #1. A lot older or
#2. They’re Gone. Your ornaments are beautiful 🤩.


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