Gift baskets are fast becoming the most popular way to give a memorable gift on a special occasion. Pre-decorated with pretty ribbons, they come with a choice of contents to suit every taste and budget. Whatever the occasion, there is a gift basket ready to make someone’s day.


Here are a few suggestions to make a special day unforgettable.

Mother’s Day

The traditional role of housewife is now often combined with the role of working mum not leaving much time for the nicer things in life. A luxury gift basket of beauty products and some precious ‘me’ time is a perfect way to spoil a hard-working mum.

Fathers Day

He has enough pairs of socks to last him a lifetime and the bathroom cupboards are bursting with bottles of aftershave. Give him a special treat with a gift basket of specially selected malt whisky miniatures or for the sweet-toothed dad, a basket of delicious liqueur chocolates or whisky fudge.


Traditionally a time for chocolate eggs, a unique variation on the theme is a gift basket nest of chocolate speckled eggs and Lindt gold bunnies. Who needs boring hollow chocolate eggs when there are baskets of bunnies?


Nothing says Christmas like a gift basket filled with candy canes, sugar mice and chocolate coins. Prettier than selection boxes, nicer than a standard box of chocolates, and already wrapped (which is a blessing at this particular time of year). Of course simply anything can be popped into a gift basket to make a stylish gift. Imagination can run riot at this time of year – think jewellery baskets, baskets of spices or herbs, pretty soap baskets – there is so much to choose from.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Celebrate a special birthday with a retro sweet basket, guaranteed to wake up some long-forgotten childhood memories. Child of the Swinging Sixties? A basket filled with past delights like Black Jacks, Sherbet Dibdabs, Caramacs and Candy Necklaces makes a great nostalgic gift. Eighties children who grew up with Cabbage Patch Dolls and Duran Duran will be delighted with a basket of Chupa Chups Lollipops, Apple Pencils and chocolate Rainbow Drops.

Mark those special anniversaries with a little creativity. Fill a gift basket with gold chocolate coins for that special 50th wedding anniversary. Candy was traditionally the gift for 6th wedding anniversaries and many sweets can be picked to symbolise the other years. Gift baskets containing exotic fruits, perhaps from the original honeymoon destination, can also be an unusual gift.

Baby Showers

Gift buying doesn’t come easier with the beautiful baby baskets containing all the little things a newborn needs. With baskets of bootees, sleep suits and vests, or an array of baby care products, this is a gift that every mum to be will appreciate. She will also love a basket of elevenses, with a range of teas, coffees and luxury biscuits, for a pick-me-up when baby has been refusing to sleep!

As the saying goes, a gift basket is not just for Christmas…