Lana Winter-Hébert

DIY Gift: 5 Holiday Breakfast Basket Ideas

by , 12/17/13
filed under: DIY

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Breakfast time during the holidays can get a bit harried, especially if people are woken at the crack of dawn by excited, shrieking kidlets eager to tear their gifts open. Rather than relegating your friends and loved ones to a bleary morning full of burnt toast and instant coffee, why not set them up with a basket full of breakfast delights? Folks without kids can appreciate these as well, especially if the baskets are full of little niblets that can be eaten in bed. These baskets are easy to put together, and can be customized for everyone on your list. We’ve got five ideas to get started with ahead.

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The Classic Breakfast Basket

What You’ll Need:

  • A large basket
  • An assortment of breakfast foods that won’t go bad sitting at room temperature for a couple of days
  • Any special accoutrements and utensils that you feel would be appropriate
  • Paper or plastic wrap
  • Ribbon

When it comes to making a food-related gift basket, you can easily tailor each one to suit the recipient. Take into account their food preferences, personality traits, and food restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, etc.) so you can customize their gift to suit them perfectly, and not leave them disappointed because they discovered that they couldn’t enjoy one of the items therein. Below I’ve listed the contents for a general, all-purpose basket that could suit any recipient:

  • One jar of homemade, gluten-free granola (I swap out the butter and honey in this recipe for Earth Balance and agave) with instructions on an attached label
  • One jar of homemade, vegan, gluten-free pancake mix (dry ingredients only!), with accompanying instructions
  • A bamboo or wooden spatula
  • A can or jar of pure maple syrup
  • One fresh blood orange per person, or a little (recyclable!) mesh bag of tangerines
  • Organic, free-trade coffee
  • An assortment of tea bags (ex. Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Orange Pekoe, Holiday Spice)
  • A container of soy or almond milk
  • Coconut or cane sugar
  • A couple of handmade ceramic mugs

These are about as diet-friendly as you can get, and can be adapted to suit recipients of any age. Sticking to vegan and allergen-free contents is usually a good idea, but do feel free to mix and match the contents to create ideal gifts for each recipient. After all, you know the people who’ll be receiving them, so you’ll know their tastes best!

Here are a few more theme basket ideas that may suit some of the special people in your lives:

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Coffee Lover’s Basket

  • Fair-trade coffee
  • Eco-friendly grinder
  • Coconut sugar
  • Almond or soy milk
  • Homemade biscotti
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • A pair of handmade mugs
  • Knit/crocheted or sewn coffee cup cozies

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