Episode 109 Bring Back the Fruit Basket and Other Food Gift Ideas

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Many of us like to bake and give food gifts during the holiday season. I have been doing a series of food gifts on KAKE this month.

Some of my favorite food gifts include:

Puppy Chow

Perfect Party Mix

Maple Candied Nuts

Homemade Vanilla

Beer Bread Mix

Hot Chocolate Mix


Hot Chocolate Bombs are all the rage this year and make fun food gifts. People who are eating low carb may like a basket of specialty cheeses. Aldi has an amazing selection of specialty cheeses this time of year. It could be fun to give a charcuterie board kit with cheeses, meats, nuts, and dried fruit. If you wanted to give an extra-special gift, you could gift a handmade cutting board with a charcuterie kit. I have two friends who make beautiful hand made cutting boards. Graver Blocks and The Lazy Carpenter.

You can think outside the box like Kate of Naptime Kitchen. She gives her mother’s special salad dressing as a gift. My mother is more traditional in her gifts of cookies and candy. Every year she makes hundreds of cookies and pound after pound of caramels and fudge. She has found the candy ships better than the cookies so it is her choice for distant friends and family.

This year I am wanting to bring back the fruit basket. Growing up there would be big displays of fruit baskets in the grocery store. Pretty boxes were stacked with bright and shiny red and green apples, perfect oranges, pears, and pineapple. There was often a box of Russel Stover chocolates and a bag of nuts in the shell. It was all wrapped up in cellophane with a bow.  The fruit baskets always looked so pretty and inviting. I haven’t seen fruit baskets in the grocery store for years. Somehow, they have fallen out of fashion. I’m here to bring them back. It is such a lovely and practical gift. It is paleo, vegan, gluten-free which makes it good for almost any special dietary need or allergy.

Are you with me? If you make or give a fruit basket and post it on social media, will you use the hashtag #bringbackthefruitbasket? I think it is time for this simple and practical gift to make a comeback!

Other links from this episode:

Paper Goods Creative Personalized Notepads


Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

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