DIY Holiday Gift Baskets



No matter who you are, you will have someone on your list who is just about impossible to buy for. They already have everything, there is no room in their house for another nick-nack, they have more booze than they can drink in a lifetime. This is where gift baskets come in. They are lovely to look at, fun to open, and are full of a winter’s cornucopia of goodies.




Gift baskets are a booming business; all you have to do is ‘google’ Gift Baskets Toronto and you will have hundreds of choices. There are dozens of retailers in Toronto who specialize in this sort of thing, and ordering one of these babies from a reputable supplier is a great idea if you’re pressed for time.

Why not have a go at making your own gift basket and selecting exactly what you want your loved one to receive? How hard can it be? Well, there’s one way to find out! And what better pace to fill your basket with treats than Toronto’s best grocery store? Armed with nothing more than a shopping basket and a good idea of what our special someone would like, we hit the aisles of Fiesta Farms.




We decided to assemble a Christmas basket with somewhat traditional treats; Glazed Soft German Gingerbread by Weiss FidelisTruJoy Organic Candy Canes, Ricola Honey, Lemon and Echinacea Drops, Prana Organic Mixed Nuts, a Bauducco Mini-Panettone, Walker’s Shortbread, a chocolate Santa and a Toblerone bar. We also threw in a bag of gum shaped like miniature fuzzy green tennis balls from the new Sugarpova line of gummy candies by tennis star Maria Sharapova. Because who doesn’t love tennis ball shaped gum at Christmastime?!

It took us about fifteen minutes to select our treats. Now to make it a gift! Well they don’t call it a giftbasket for nothing, so the next step is to purchase a basket, either from a craft store, floral shop or dollar store. You could also use one you have kicking around the house. Get a roll of  ‘basket wrap’ paper, the translucent crinkly stuff, some tissue paper and a ribbon and you’re off to the races. Now all you have to do is assemble and decorate your basket, which is actually quite fun, and will bring out your inner Martha Stewart.


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