17 Beautifully Unique Gift Baskets for Any Occasion

Break out of your gift-giving rut and get inspired by these creative, curated ideas for every person on your list — from the new homeowner to the hard-to-buy-for husband.

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December 23, 2019

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

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Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

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Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©Ten22 Studio

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by Jill Anderson

Gift With a Twist

When life gives you lemons ... make a gift basket! This pretty present of sweet tea straws, a fresh lemon candle, cheery kitchen towels and more fresh picks is a sure-fire way to squeeze a smile out of even the sourest lemon.

A Cozy Night In

Do you know a tired momma, stressed coworker or hardworking friend who could desperately use a quiet evening curled up with a good book or favorite TV show? Give them the gift of total relaxation — cozy hot cocoa, warm fuzzy socks, healing bath soak, a cozy blanket, Netflix gift card and a strict edict to not leave the couch under any circumstances (except to refill their mug, of course). You could even throw in a free night of babysitting if you're feeling extra generous.

Moscow Mules for Two

Toast to friendship with a gift basket that's equal parts fun, fresh and fizzy. Include all the ingredients for a classic Moscow mule cocktail — ginger beer, vodka, limes, copper mugs and a fresh mint plant — all wrapped up in a stylish metal crate.

Gardener's Toolbox

Give your favorite grower a fresh new set of pretty-yet-practical tools and garden goodies packaged in a rustic, moss-filled toolbox. We're smitten with these copper hand tools, green glass plant mister and oh-so-sweet veggie gardening guide penned by HGTV editorial director, Kelly Smith Trimble.

Caffeine Kit

Have a friend who can't live without their morning (and afternoon) coffee? Pack a basket full of buzz-worthy bounty — a personalized mug, stylish coffee container, french press, sweet treats and a bag of their favorite brew.

MORE IDEAS: 10 Coffee-Themed Gifts for Caffeine Addicts

Housewarming Gift

Think beyond the bottle of wine and give new homeowners items they can use and put on display for years to come. A pretty woven basket can hold fruit or keys, a hand towel and yummy soap are gorgeous additions in the kitchen, a custom matchbook and 'New Home' candle warm things up while a fun, tassel keychain ensures new house keys don't get lost. But our favorite item? A stack of old-fashioned postcards homeowners can use to let friends and family know just where to find them.

Bro Box

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the guy who has everything? Give him a vintage-style toolbox full of stuff he loves or has been dying to try. Whole roasted crickets? Whiskey-flavored coffee? Nailed it.

A Day at the Spa

Take spa day to a whole new, glamorous level with a basket overflowing with beautiful, bespoke bath products. Blush feather slippers, a rose quartz facial roller, pink Himalayan bath salts and a bottle of bubbly guarantee a soak to soothe even the most-stressed friend.

A Crate Full of Happy

Studies have shown that certain colors can lift your mood and increase energy levels — yellow being a top contender. If you know a friend who could use a boost, fill a basket full of bright, cheery things like an encouraging coffee mug, sweet treats, fizzy sips and fresh yellow blooms.

Locals Only

Hit up your local farmer's market and mom-and-pop shops to curate this special hometown-inspired gift, perfect for someone new to the area or a loved one whose roots run deep. Search for locally sourced sweets and snacks and throw in city or state-branded gifts like specialty socks, a magnet, t-shirt and more.

Last-Minute Grocery Store Run

In a pinch? Throw together a gift that looks like it took hours of planning and prep when really, you picked it up at the grocery store on the way to the party. Scan the aisles looking for specialty items (usually on the top shelves), springing for slightly more expensive products like olive oil, fancy wine and fresh bread. Style it all in a store-bought grocery basket with a pretty dish towel and a fresh rosemary plant from the produce section.

MORE IDEAS: 45 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

Fresh From the Oven

Give the gift of quality time with a mixing bowl full of your favorite cookie-making ingredients and an invitation to bake (and sample) them together. Include your favorite cookie dough flavors, cookie cutters, holiday sprinkles, a cookie scoop and baking essentials like a cookie sheet, cooling rack, spatula and oven mitt.

MORE IDEAS: Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to Make You Look Like a Baking Pro

Cheese, Please

When all else fails, choose cheese. Hand-select a delicious blend of artisanal cheeses, fruit spreads, nuts and gourmet crackers presented alongside a stone cheese board and beautiful spreading knives in a vintage-style basket. Don't forget to include a handwritten or printed menu that lets the recipient know exactly what delicacies they'll be enjoying.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Gift Basket of Cheese, Nuts and Crackers

Puppy Love

For the dog parent in your life, pack a cute water dish full of their fur babe's favorite things — treats, toys and a portable food and water bottle for easy outings to the dog park.

Cozy Cocoa

Warm their hands and their hearts with a crate full of hot cocoa and all the fixings — mini marshmallows, stir sticks and decadent mocha syrup.

A Day at the Pool

Surprise your best beach bud with a day of fun in the sun. A vintage-style beverage cooler makes the perfect vessel for cute koozies, fun water bottles, sunglasses, sunscreen and a citronella candle. Feeling generous? Throw in a portable stereo and a pair of tickets to paradise for a gift they won't soon forget.

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Something Old, Something New

This vintage copper bundt pan is proof that practical can be pretty. Too pretty, in fact, to hide away in a box. Filled with spices, tea towels, wooden spoons and other kitchen essentials, this collection will put a smile on any foodie's face.

MORE IDEAS: 15 Vintage Holiday Gift Ideas

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