Friday, June 15, 2018

10 Gift Basket Ideas for the Food Lover in Your Life

Courtesy of Katie Meyers
Photography by Alexandra Frumberg, ALX Creatives

Hi Friends,

Present Dad with DIY food baskets loaded with a collection of his favorite items for Father's Day this year.

Click here to download the free printable Father's Day gift tags, and tie onto Dad's gift.

For the Italian Food Lover

For the man in your life who eats and breathes all things Italy, compile a mix of Italian-inspired foods including a fresh baguette from the local bakery, fresh basil, vine-ripe tomatoes, long-stemmed pasta noodles and his favorite blend of wine. Jazz up the presentation by adding in an oversized pasta dish, wooden serving spoons and a jar of olive oil, balsamic vinegar or sauce.

Homemade Pesto Jar

To enhance the Italian basket, surprise Dad with a jar of homemade pesto. To make, coarsely chop 2 cups basil, 2 garlic cloves and 1/4 cup pine nuts in food processor. Add 2/3 cups olive oil and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper after transferring to serving bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese.

For the Gourmet Chef

Show the king of cuisine how much you appreciate his efforts in the kitchen. Present him with a basket full of ingredients he's sure to take advantage of like specialty salts from a gourmet market, flavorful tasty herbs and a meat thermometer. Encourage him to take a night off from cooking by ordering a gift card to a place he'll be traveling to this summer or to his favorite local restaurant.

For the Health Nut

Customize a delicious basket for the health-conscious man in your life. Whether he is gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy free or a champion of overall wellness, keep him on a healthy path with homemade granola bars and fruits, mixed nuts or even wheatgrass for his morning smoothie.

For the Caffeine Lover

If Dad needs a cup of joe to function throughout the day, give him coffee-related items for an extra jolt. Surprise him with a French press, espresso cups, creamer and a mini frother. Don't forget necessities like whole bean or ground coffee, biscotti and mini breakfast cakes to enjoy on Father's Day morning.

Wrapped Biscotti

For a presentation reminiscent of a quaint coffee restaurant or cafe, wrap store-bought biscotti in parchment paper and tie with twine and a tag.

For the Cocktail Lover

Set Dad up with the fixings to create a cocktail to toast to on Father's Day. Liquors such as specialty whiskey or craft beers, garnishes like fresh fruit or maraschino cherries and liqueurs or flavored syrups are the perfect way to celebrate him.

For the Breakfast Lover

Start his day off right with treats presented in baking dishes and mixing bowls that are sure to get plenty of use in the years ahead. Fill them with sweet muffin mix, new coffee mugs, a spatula, freshly-squeezed orange juice filled with raspberries and bagels from the local bakery.

For the Cheese Connoisseur

Gift your turophile (cheese connoisseur) with a slate or marble cheese board and a collection of nibbles such as meats, cheeses and cheese markers, olives, jams or spreads and fresh rosemary sprigs, and present them in an old vintage wooden cheese box he'll love to receive for future cheese consumption.

For the Spice Lover

Fire up Dad's taste buds by giving him a basket full of fire-inspired ingredients such as spices, peppers, jalapeños, hot sauce and spicy mustard that he can add to each meal. Make it extra special by giving him homemade roasted nuts seasoned with cayenne pepper and various spices.

You get the general idea if these are not spot on...

Bon Appétit!

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