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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Healthy Basket

  • Homemade vegan granola
  • Jar of sugar-free fruit preserves
  • Soy or almond milk
  • An assortment of herbal teas
  • Kombucha starter kit
  • Vegan energy bars
  • Vegan protein smoothie powder mix
  • Assorted fruit (apples, oranges, pears, a pineapple, plums, etc.)
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Decadent Basket

  • A bottle of champagne
  • A pair of glass champagne flutes
  • Homemade chocolate truffles
  • Espresso-grade ground coffee
  • Fruit such as figs, blood oranges, grapes, blackberries, pears, or pomegranates
  • Home made focaccia bread
  • Assorted cheeses (vegan or dairy)
  • Spreads and dips
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Chocolate Lover’s Basket

  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Festive mug(s)
  • Chocolate-covered biscotti
  • Chocolate croissants (pain au chocolat)
  • Choco-covered espresso beans
  • Hollow chocolate ornaments (like they’ll last that long)
  • Chocolate-covered cherries
  • The biggest jar of Nutella you can find 
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Kids’ Breakfast Basket

  • A jar of gluten-free, vegan cereal (use different-sized jars to suit different age groups for portion control, so a half-pint jar would be ideal for younger children, while a pint-sized jar would be better for young tweens/teens)
  • Vanilla or chocolate soy/almond milk
  • A fun holiday mug
  • Small toys
  • Fruit spread 
  • Almond or other nut butter
  • Honey tangerines and/or other “fun” fruit
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Adding little accoutrements that would go along with the theme you’re creating is always fun too. If you’re giving a coffee- or chocolate-themed gift, try dipping delicate teaspoons into chocolate ganache and adding those into the basket—not only do they add something special to a hot beverage, but who doesn’t like pretty spoons? Feel free to add in holiday ornaments or keepsakes as well, even if it’s just a card. You can make these baskets as large or small as you like, and pack them with items that you know your loved ones will adore. Most importantly, you get to have a lot of fun as you put them together.

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An avid permaculture gardener, locavore, and novice (but enthusiastic!) canner, Lana Winter-Hébert joins Inhabitat after spending the last decade working as a writer and event guru for non-profit/eco organisations. She has contributed to both print and web-based media for clients across North America and Europe, and is slowly plodding her way through her first novel-writing attempt. Born and raised in Toronto, she has given up city life and moved to the wilds of rural Quebec with her husband, where they collaborate on graphic design projects for their company, Winter-Hébert. Their new, rustic lifestyle is chronicled in her two personal blogs: 33 Leagues from Mount Royal, and The Green Pigeon, where she delves into the ins and outs of homesteading and self sufficiency in the Great White North. When she isn’t writing or delving into artstuffs, Lana can be found reading, wrestling with various knitting projects, or tending her garden.