Christmas basket ideas – 19 brilliant basket ideas and the best places to shop

Whether it's chocolate, cheese or candles, our Christmas basket ideas cater to everyone

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A popular tradition, Christmas baskets make perfect gifts. Filled with delightful treats, from food and drink to small gifts and luxury items, they are an easy win for your friends and family to enjoy over the festive season.

There are a many stores and well known brands that specialize in creating magnificent Christmas baskets, containing everything from sweets to socks – there really are basket options for all.

So, whether you're stuck on what to buy a family member, or simply want to explore what kind of Christmas baskets are out there to choose from, our curated collection will leave you with some wonderful inspiration for your gift ideas this Christmas. And, by the way, we think they make fabulous Christmas decor ideas under the tree, too.

Christmas basket ideas

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Explore our list of our 15 favorite Christmas basket ideas below.

1. Choose a basket that contains the traditional tastes of Christmas

Christmas pudding served on plates on dining table

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Containing all the festive favorites, from crackers to chocolate and chutneys, these classic Christmas basket ideas are bound to be devoured over the holiday season.

5. Pick a theme that the recipient will love

cheese platter on wooden dining table with glass of red wine


Increasingly popular, themed Christmas basket ideas can appeal directly to a recipients character, whether they're big into cheese or coffee!

12. Cater for the entertainers & the partygoers

A small round table with a pyramid of wine glasses and wine being poured from a white and gold bottle.

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These baskets are perfect if you love to spend the festive period entertaining with friends and family - containing all the ingredients you need for a good party!

16. Think outside the box with your basket ideas

Wooden garden bench, wicker basket of potted plants

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Stand out from the crowd with a unique Christmas basket idea, with options that focus on wellness and relaxation to designs that cater to plant lovers!

What is a Christmas basket?

A Christmas basket, also referred to as a Christmas hamper, is a traditional festive gift, often filled with a collection of seasonal food and drink items to enjoy over the holiday period – however today, as we have explored, they can be filled with pretty much anything you want!

A tradition that has been around for hundreds of years, and a gift that can appeal to all ages, a Christmas basket can be as personal or as simple as you like. Whether you make your own with a range of gifts bought from various stores, or shop one of our Christmas basket ideas, there are so many options to choose from.

What do you put in a Christmas basket?

If you are making your own Christmas basket – you can fill it with whatever you please! Sometimes it's best to stick to a theme, whether that's as simple as food and drink, or as specific as a certain selection of teas or cheeses, the decision is entirely up to you and what you think the recipient will like.

If you want to create a more traditional, seasonal Christmas basket containing food and drinks items, some good things to include are:

  • Chocolate
  • Sweets
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Wine
  • Cocktail or mocktail ingredients
  • Cookies
  • Crisps
  • Chutneys & preserves
  • Tea 
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate