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, their options range from European cheese and charcuterie "hampers" to chocolate confections galore.

Best Classic: Gourmet Gift Baskets

This raved-about destination offers a comprehensive selection of different baskets for virtually any occasion, including weddings, anniversaries, and more.

Best for Foodies: Mouth

Surprise your favorite foodie with a curated gift box or subscription from this quirky site, which sources all of its goods from small-batch makers across the U.S.

Best Packaging: GiftTree

You can't go wrong with these classic food baskets, many of which come with high-quality picnic baskets and serving boards that are gifts in and of themselves.

Best for Hostess: Stonewall Kitchen

Gift the host a delicious breakfast basket from this specialty food company, which has been around for more than 30 years.

Best Fruit Basket: The Fruit Company

Choose from different fruit baskets featuring both uncommon and traditional seasonal fruit, including sweet cherries and French d'Anjou pears.

Best Ice Cream: Jeni's

If they haven't already tried everyone's new favorite ice cream, now's the time—delivered straight to their door.

Best for Local Favorites: Goldbelly

Shop local with this comprehensive site, which lets you shop by region, diet, and food type (they also offer meal kits and live cooking classes!).

Best Baked Goods: Milk Bar

Ship pies, cakes, and cake truffles from this famed NYC bakery, known for turning familiar desserts "upside down and on their heads."

Best Custom: Knack

Create a custom basket with premium packaging, messaging, and gift options—or just choose from a selection of pre-arranged options.

Best Specialty: Harry & David

You can’t go wrong with this classic gift company, which offers options ranging from snack boxes to a tower of chocolates.

Best Variety: Olive & Cocoa

With bows and a sophisticated presentation, chic gift baskets feel like they were curated from a specialty boutique.

Best Cheese: Jasper Hill Farm

Send a gourmet assortment of cheeses from this well-known dairy farm in Vermont.

Best Care Packages: Spoonful of Comfort

Choose from care packages including teas, soups, and baked goods to send comfort to a loved one.

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, today's gift baskets feel personal and like they were curated especially for that special person in your life. Whether they love the typical fruit and cheese baskets to more obscure finds, there’s truly something for everyone.

When you're shopping for gift baskets, be sure to consider assortment, pricing, delivery, and what the intended recipient will appreciate. Many gift basket websites have options for specific diets (like gluten-free and vegan foods), and most places will ship all over the U.S.

Ready to get started? Here, the best gift baskets for everyone on your list.

Best Overall: Williams Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Gift Basket
Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
What We Like
  • Baskets for every palette

  • Includes DIY cooking and meal kits

  • Over a dozen different brands of foods

What We Don't Like
  • Very few options under $25-$30

Whether you want to send a more traditional meat-and-cheese gift basket or are looking for something with a unique theme (hello, DIY sushi kit), 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 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. You can also filter by delivery, with options for Next Day delivery and even In-Store pickup. Perishable items arrive within one to two weeks, and some perishable items incur an additional charge to guarantee perfect arrival.

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, Commerce

Best Classic: Gourmet Gift Baskets

Bountiful Harvest - Fruit Gift Basket
Courtesy of Gourmet Gift Baskets
https://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/Fruit-Basket-Bountiful-Harvest-Gift-Basket.asp
What We Like
  • One-stop shop for buying multiple gifts

  • Lots of themed baskets for different occasions

  • Delivery time is guaranteed

What We Don't Like
  • No options under $35

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.

As far as delivery goes, Gourmet Gift Baskets stands out for actually guaranteeing delivery times (most places give a window), except during the holiday season. The simplest baskets cost around $30, while the most expensive gifts cost well over $200. No matter your budget, you're sure to find something.

Expert Buying Tip

“I love gift baskets for multiple reasons,” says Clay Carpenter, co-owner of icravecars.com, a men’s gifting site. “Gifts within gifts are always fun. Everyone loves the Christmas stocking or extra surprises, and that's what gift baskets offer.”

Best for Foodies: Mouth

thankyou-treats
Courtesy of Mouth 
What We Like
  • Unexpected and quirky gift baskets

  • Food subscription boxes available

  • Can be shipped to all 50 states

What We Don't Like
  • Some options tend to sell out quickly

  • No gift options under $30

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. The simplest gifts start at around $40, with most options costing between $60-$100.

For a one-off gift try the Birthday In A Box or The Great Guest. If you want to get someone a monthly gift you 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. Shipping depends on location, with most states able to be shipped to in 1-3 days.

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: GiftTree

gift-tree
Courtesy of Gift Tree
What We Like
  • Ideal for wine or champagne lovers

  • Includes many non-food gift baskets

  • Free standing shipping

What We Don't Like
  • Not your best bet if you’re looking for something that’s particularly unique

  • Expensive

If you want to wow them, pick out a basket from GiftTree. 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.

If you're working with a budget, beware that prices start at $60 and go up to $400. Delivery dates are not guaranteed, but standard shipping is always free—a huge perk that many other places do not offer.

Best for Hostesses: Stonewall Kitchen

farmers-market-basket
Courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen
What We Like
  • Lots of gourmet hor d'oeuvre and breakfast options

  • Free standard shipping over $50

What We Don't Like
  • Mostly spreads, syrups, and boxed mixes (as opposed to ready-to-eat foods)

Proper hostess etiquette dictates giving a gift after spending a weekend at someone's house. Why not show your praise with a bountiful breakfast from Stonewall Kitchen? This classic New England store makes some of the best pancake mixes, jams, and syrups out there—and prices start at just $10 and cap off at $115.

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. Most orders arrive within 7-10 business days, but delivery date is not guaranteed.

Expert Buying Tip

“It is always great when you can give something very personal to a loved one to make them feel cared for by providing things that are relevant to them and to your relationship,” says Marisa Lytle, Gift-Giving Expert and VP of Consumer Engagement for DEMDACO. “A set of a few well thought out items makes for a treasure hunt of connections you have with that person.”

Best for Local Favorites: Goldbelly

magnolia-pudding
Courtesy of Goldbelly
What We Like
  • Unique options from local businesses

  • Food subscription boxes are available

  • Can search by diet

What We Don't Like
  • Shipping guidelines are not guaranteed

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.

Prices range depending on vendor and item, with the most affordable gifts starting around $30 and capping off around $250. Delivery time is not guaranteed, but many products offer free shipping.

What Editors Say

"I've gifted bagels, hot dogs, and lobster rolls to many family and friends this year and they all have had 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, Commerce

Best Baked Goods: Milk Bar

milk-bar-cake
Courtesy of Milk Bar 
What We Like
  • Arrives in cute pink gift boxes

  • Gluten-free offerings

What We Don't Like
  • Not a ton of variety; only features a few select baked goods

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.

Take note that Milk Bar is fairly expensive—prices start at $20 for an assorted cookie tin, while cakes start at $50. There is a flat rate shipping fee of $15, and although you can't pick a delivery time, you can specify the date you'd like your treat to be delivered.

Best Fruit Basket: The Fruit Company

Simply Fruit Basket
 Courtesy of The Fruit Company
What We Like
  • Subscriptions available

  • Select baskets qualify for free shipping

What We Don't Like
  • May be too simple for foodies who like to try new things

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.

The cheapest option is $49, while the most expensive basket is $299. The only way to guarantee delivery date is by choosing overnight shipping or 2-day shipping, and the shipping cost is dependent on product and delivery location. Take note, though, that there's a whole section for baskets that offer free shipping.

Best Ice Cream: Jeni's

jenis-ice-cream
Courtesy of Jeni's 
What We Like
  • Offers unique, unexpected ice cream flavors

  • Insulated box with dry ice guarantees ice cream will stay frozen “well into the evening of the delivery date”

  • Dairy-free options available

What We Don't Like
  • No options beyond ice cream

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.

Order minimum is 4 pints at $12 each, or you can order a specific collection starting at $58 for 5 pints. Shipping cost is dependent on zip code, and all orders will arrive 1-2 days after being shipped.

What Editors Say

"Jeni'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, Commerce

Best Custom: Knack

under-tuscon-sun-basket

Courtesy of Knack

What We Like
What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for someone looking for pre-assembled options or ideas

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.

Prices start at $30, with the most expensive options costing between $150-$200. Gifts ordered with standard shipping will arrive in 2-7 business days, and shipping fees are determined by the type of product and delivery location.

Best Specialty: Harry & David

harry-and-david
Courtesy of Harry & David
What We Like
  • Choose from different containers: baskets, boxes, crates, and totes

  • Sale boxes offer more bang for your buck

  • Last-minute gift page shows options with overnight and 2-day shipping

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive shipping

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. The cheapest baskets cost $30, while the most expensive cost over $200. You can also filter by Two-Day Shipping and International. Shipping costs depend on the order price, but you should expect to spend between $13-$24 for standard shipping.

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.

Best Variety: Olive & Cocoa

TASTES FOR EVERYONE
Courtesy of olive and cocoa 
What We Like
  • Baskets can also include fashion items and flowers

  • Seasonal options make for easier gifting

  • Select gifts include free shipping

What We Don't Like
  • Very few options under $50

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

This is definitely a more expensive option, as gift boxes start at $50 and can go up to $300. Expect to spend between $14-$31 for standard shipping—although, on the plus side, most orders will ship day-of or the following day.

Best Cheese: Jasper Hill Farm

THE VERMONTER
 Courtesy of Jasper Hill Farm
What We Like
What We Don't Like
  • Exclusive to cheese lovers

  • Expensive

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.

There isn't a huge variety, and curated gift sets are expensive—the most affordable option is $84, while the most expensive is $195. All orders under $99 have a flat rate shipping fee of $30 ($15 if you live in the surrounding states) and most orders will arrive in 1-2 business days (take note that there is no Saturday delivery).

Best Care Package: Spoonful of Comfort

spoonful of comfort basket
 Courtesy of Spoonful of Comfort
What We Like
  • Thoughtfully-designed care packages

  • Offerings with gluten-free and vegan ingredients

  • Can include non-food self-care items (blanket, fuzzy socks, warm/cool pack)

What We Don't Like
  • Not a lot of options for celebratory occasions

If you have a loved one who'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).

Prices start at $25, although the majority of baskets cost $80. In most cases, orders placed before 7:00 PM during the week will ship the same day, and take about 3 days to arrive.

Final Verdict

If you're looking for a quality gift basket, you can't go wrong with one of Williams Sonoma's options (view at Williams Sonoma). The site sells all types of gourmet food and beverage-themed baskets at good prices, including DIY kits for more adventurous gifts. If you want a more traditional gift basket, we recommend Gourmet Gift Baskets (view at Gourmet Gift Baskets), which sells tons of themed baskets for specific occasions.

What to Look for in a Gift Basket

Assortment

They say that variety is the spice of life, and having an assortment of food items that the recipient can sample (and share, if they’re feeling generous) is all part of the fun. Lytle says that “a full, well-rounded care package should have at least 3-5 items in it.” Still, it should cater to their tastes. “Lean into their favorite things—a special gift basket for a pet lover, an herb garden set for the person with a green thumb, unique cooking accessories for the home chef, or great bar accessories for the wine enthusiast!”

“By giving multiple small gifts, you're increasing the likelihood of giving them at least a couple items that they'll really like (especially if you're giving to someone who is difficult to shop for),” Carpenter points out. “Typically, gift baskets are a bit indulgent, which is always a nice surprise—it's always nice to give people things that they wouldn't necessarily ‘splurge’ on themselves.”

Pricing

Gift baskets are an excellent gifting choice because there’s an option for every budget, ranging from $20 to $200. However, you’ll want to be sure you factor in shipping costs, which can be free, or tack on an extra $7 to $15 or more (and if you need overnight or 2-day shipping, the price can easily double). 

Carpenter adds that when choosing a box, it’s important to consider its value. “I've seen a lot of gift baskets with a significant mark up just because of the nice arrangement/presentation of the items,” he explains. “One example is the price of candy ‘bouquet’ gift baskets. I would definitely be cautious of the visual appeal of those vs. what you're actually getting.”

Delivery

In addition to determining shipping costs, it’s important to read up on the company’s delivery statement: Do they deliver in the area/country the recipient is located? How do cold items arrive, and how long can they safely stay in the box? Does someone need to be home to receive or sign for the package? When sending a gift box around a major holiday, you’ll want to check for delivery times too—lots of sites have time tables and “order by” dates to give you a pretty accurate estimate. In general, the earlier you place your order, the more likely it’ll arrive on time. 

 “I would also pay attention to how the gift basket will be shipped,” Carpenter adds. “A lot of times the pretty picture that is shown on the website is very different from what will arrive (they'll just put everything into a box and not arrange it). Fortunately, the company usually states this, but it's in the fine print or near the end of the product listing.”

Intended Recipient

Because there are so many options available, you really can’t go wrong with sending a tasty gift basket to just about anyone. Edible gifts are especially fitting for people who are difficult to shop for because everybody loves treats (or salty snacks, or alcoholic beverages) of some kind. Plus, it’s not a present that’ll clutter up the house (or worse, end up in the “giveaway” bin), and anything they don’t like in the basket can be shared with friends or family.

 Additionally, consider their lifestyle or whether they’re experiencing a life event: Does a big move warrant a bottle of celebratory champagne? Would they like to curl up with some comforting baked goods when the weather outside is frightful? Are they especially busy with a new baby and in need of some stress-free meals? Could they use some host/hostess hors d'oeuvres to entertain guests? Sending a basket that’s not only delicious but is thoughtful and useful, will make the recipient appreciate it that much more. 

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. To make this list, Camryn considered packaging and food type as well as editor insight.

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