The 14 Best Gift Baskets of 2021

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Best Gift Baskets

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Williams Sonoma

"A fan-favorite that has something for everyone on your list."

Best Classic: Gourmet Gift Baskets

"A comprehensive place to purchase food, booze, and more."

Best for Foodies: Mouth

"They have a pickle of the month club, a birthday box, and more."

Best Packaging: Gift Tree

"Find classic food baskets as well as non-food options like a spa basket."

Best for Hostess: Stonewall Kitchen

"Gift the host with a delicious breakfast basket."

Best Fruit Basket: The Fruit Company

"Choose from different fruit baskets featuring both uncommon and traditional seasonal fruit."

Best Ice Cream: Jeni's

"This retailer delivers ice cream right to the recipient's door."

Best for Local Favorites: Goldlbelly

"Send local food favorites (pizza, bagels, and more) across the country."

Best Baked Goods: Milk Bar

"Ship pies, cakes, and cake truffles from this famed bakery."

Best Custom: Knack

"Create a custom basket with premium packaging and gift options."

Gift baskets don’t have to feel like thoughtless presents someone else put together. Because many of the brands on the market have such unique options, gift baskets feel personal and like they were curated for the special person in your life. Whether they love the typical fruit and cheese to more obscure finds, there’s truly something for everyone.

Here are the best gift baskets for your loved ones.

Best Overall: Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Gift Basket
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Whether you want to send a more traditional meat-and-cheese gift basket or are looking for something with a unique theme, Williams Sonoma has what you're looking for. Themed gifts include a ravioli making basket, a basket full of picks for Instant Pot lovers, and even beverage-based baskets for gin and kombucha drinkers.

There's also a great selection for every price range, so even if you don't have a big budget for your gift, you can still get something really special shipped right to their door.

What Editors Say

"I was gifted the ham and cheese and chocolate croissants this holiday season and they were a wonderful surprise. My family ate them on New Year's Day morning and they tasted so fresh and delicious. I highly recommend these as a restaurant-quality present for anyone on your list." — Dwyer Frame, VP

Best Classic: Gourmet Gift Baskets

Bountiful Harvest - Fruit Gift Basket
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Want to stick to a classic food basket? Gourmet Gift Baskets has all the popcorn, fruit, and sweet treats you can imagine to send to anyone on your list. It's a smart place to shop if you need to buy multiple gifts because you can get everything from a breakfast themed gift basket to a beer gift basket all in one place.

Best for Foodies: Mouth

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Want to get the recipient something unexpected? Turn to Mouth, an innovative company with a wide array of regional and handmade snacks as well as unusual treats that your special someone will be obsessed with.

For a one-off gift try the Birthday In A Box or The Great Guest. If you want to get someone a monthly gift they have plenty of fun options like the Pickles Every Month club or Indie States of America, which is a box that centers on a different region each month.

What Editors Say

"If you're gifting to someone who loves snacks, cocktails, or other treats, you can really find the best choice based on the recipient's personality here. Picking the right basket was almost as fun as getting one myself—I ended up gifting friends two cocktail kits based on their favorite spirits, so I knew the baskets would be put to good use." — Kate Geraghty, Editorial Director

Best Packaging: Gift Tree

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If you want to wow them, pick out a basket from Gift Tree. Here, you'll find wine, fruit, flowers, and snack baskets that can suit an array of recipients all in sleek packaging. They also have an assortment of non-food gifts if you think the recipient would enjoy a fresh flower arrangement, embossed journal, or an engraved wine tool.

Best for Hostess: Stonewall Kitchen

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Proper hostess etiquette dictates giving a gift after spending a weekend at someone's house. Why not show your praise with a plentiful breakfast from Stonewall Kitchen? This classic New England store makes some of the best pancake mixes, jams, and syrups out there.

The Farmers Market basket has everything they need for a hearty feast—farmhouse pancake and waffle mix, a delicious assortment of jams, balsamic fig dressing, roasted garlic peanut sauce, spicy corn relish, and so much more. Stonewall Kitchen also has grilling, bloody mary, and salsa themed gifts.

Best for Local Favorites: Goldlbelly

Courtesy of Goldbelly

Have a homesick college student or a friend who is a foodie? Goldbelly can deliver local favorites across the country to satisfy any type of customer.

From the famous banana pudding from New York's Magnolia Bakery to deep dish pizza from Gino's East in Chicago, you can pretty much send it all. Keep in mind that perusing all of the options will leave you hungry.

What Editors Say

"I've gifted bagels, hot dogs, and lobster rolls to many family and friends this year and they all have had all rave reviews. I've personally ordered Pat's cheesesteaks and it is as close to real Philly deal as you can get." — Dwyer Frame, VP

Best Baked Goods: Milk Bar

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You don't have to live by Christina Tosi's Milk Bar to delight in one of her outrageous treats—you can just ship them across the country! Known for their "birthday cake" flavored treats as well as their highly addictive Milk Bar Pie, these sweet treats and baking mixes are sure to brighten anyone's day. All of the sweets arrive in a cute gift box, too.

Best Fruit Basket: The Fruit Company Simply

Simply Fruit Basket
 Courtesy of The Fruit Company

If you're interested in sending a basket of fruit, The Fruit Company is your best bet. You can get an array of different fruit baskets featuring both uncommon and traditional seasonal fruit. The HarvestClub is one of our favorite monthly gift options because it features a beautiful selection of fruits that are in season to send to your loved ones. From the HarvestClub Americana monthly fruit club that's stocked with all the classics (think apple and pear) to more intriguing buys like the HarvestClub Exotica monthly fruit club which boasts kiwi and pomegranate, there's an option for every palate.

Best Ice Cream: Jeni's

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Warm their hearts with a cold pint of ice cream. This online retailer delivers ice cream right to the recipient's door and has dozens of fun flavors to choose from, like brambleberry crisp and salty caramel pie, plus some dairy-free options.

Send them a few pints or gift them the Pint Club 3 Month Subscription, which delivers four pints of delicious ice cream to their doorstep each month. No matter which option you choose, this is a sweet treat they're sure to remember.

What Editors Say

"Jenni's is my go-to gift for anyone that I need to mail a gift to. The high-end ice cream is an unexpected treat for the recipient that will last for months in the fridge, if they can stop themselves! The Brambleberry Crisp is a must order!" — Dwyer Frame, VP

Best Custom: Knack


Courtesy of Knack

Looking to create a special basket? Knack can do just that and wrap it all in a gorgeous package for a thoughtful gift. For a custom basket, you can filter based on the recipient (college student, for him, for her), occasion, or interest and then expert ideas for the basket will appear. If you're short on time you can also pick one of their best sellers, which are all cleverly packaged and themed.

Harry & David

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No matter who you’re shopping for, you can’t go wrong with a gift basket from Harry & David. This company has a plethora of food-centric gifts for every occasion including sympathy gifts, birthday surprises, and get-well presents.

While all of the Harry & David picks are great, the World-Inspired Appetizer Assortment is a clear winner. The basket comes with bake and serve apps like mushroom tarts, three-cheese arancini, and savory spanakopita. It doesn't get any easier, or more delicious, than this.

Olive & Cocoa

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If you want to wow a special someone, Olive & Cocoa curates beautifully arranged gift crates that can include gourmet snacks, fashion items (elegant scarves, leather bags, and more), and even flowers. They also have seasonal options that cater to different holidays such as Halloween and Easter. Each gift crate comes wrapped in stylish packaging free of charge.

Jasper Hill Farm

 Courtesy of Jasper Hill Farm

Who wouldn't want a nice gift basket of cheese? Jasper Hill Farm, a well-known dairy farm in Vermont, can create the perfect basket of cheese for the ultimate cheese lover in your life.

The Vermonter Basket contains everything you need for a delicious cheese spread. It contains three types of Vermont cheese—a Welsh-style cheddar called Landaff, their award-winning soft-ripened Harbison, and an Alpine-inspired variety called Alpha Tolman. Plus, you also get a bag of hearty crackers and maple-roasted nuts.

Spoonful of Comfort

spoonful of comfort basket
 Courtesy of Spoonful of Comfort

If you have a loved one that's extra stressed this season, send them a cozy care package filled with soup, rolls, cookies, and more—or pick from one of Spoonful of Comfort's other gift baskets that aren't soup-based at all. This service offers an array of gift baskets that can either take away the stress of having to make dinner for the night or create a fun, dessert-based memory (there's a cute caramel apple care package that's perfect for a late fall date night).

If you really just want the basics, you can also send one of the brand's straightforward soup packages, which include the soup of your choice, rolls, the cookie of your choice, and a cute ladle to dish it all up.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer who has written for The Spruce since 2017. With a background in interior design, she’s an expert on all things home and has ample experience shopping for gifts and popular products.

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