Thanksgiving Gift Basket Ideas

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Thanksgiving Gift Basket Ideas
Create a gift basket to express gratitude to your Thanksgiving dinner hosts. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Homemade Thanksgiving gift baskets make the perfect present for the holiday season. You can create a gift basket to show your appreciation for your Thanksgiving dinner hostess. Gift baskets for Thanksgiving should be simple and decorated with fall colours, such as reds, golds, browns and oranges. Gather ideas, then mix and match to create the perfect gift basket.

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Appetizer Basket

If you want to create a gift basket that your host or hostess can utilise while dinner finishes cooking, give a basket full of appetizers. It can include different types of cheeses, crackers, fruit or mixed nuts. Pot holders or dish towels can added for colour and to fill space, while also proving valuable gifts. To give it a special holiday touch, add some spice-scented potpourri.

After Dinner Basket

After cooking a large dinner, your hostess and host should be happy to receive a gift basket filled with beverages and desserts. Purchase cookies, pie or brownies to put in the basket as an after dinner treat. If you prefer, you can bake a dessert instead. Place your cake or cookies in a decorative tin or jar and arrange it with assorted individually wrapped teas or a bag of coffee.


For a more creative idea, make a centrepiece gift basket for your hosts. A cornucopia centrepiece can be created out of a wicker horn basket. Fill the inside of the basket with apples, small pumpkins, pears, squash, plums and tangerines. Nuts and wrapped candies can be used to fill in open spaces. Place the centrepiece on a platter or dish, so your hosts can easily move it when necessary. Give the platter to your hostess as part of the gift.

Personalised Basket

After a busy day of cooking and guests, your hostess will probably need a break and want to relax. To show your appreciation, give her a more personalised gift basket to help her wind down. Add a bottle of her favourite wine and some of her other personal favourites, such as candy or other snacks. You may also want to add some scented candles and spa products.

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