Handmade Holiday Gift Baskets (Part II)

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Last week I shared with you the start of the holiday gift baskets I am putting together this year. Today I have a few more ideas to share with you and once I have them all bundled up, I’ll give you a glimpse at how they came together! A few of you also asked about what I was putting in the baskets, so I’ll share with you a full list of what goodies they hold, too. (Update: See the finished basket and a list of what’s inside on The Sweetest Occasion’s Facebook page!) In the meantime, let’s talk about some more pretty packaging, shall we?

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

These little mini kraft boxes from Garnish (at just $0.75 each) were perfect for holding truffles! (Or whatever other small little treats you might like to package up.) I found this cute candy-striped paper that I cut to size and slid into each box, then sealed with a piece of washi tape. I kept the overall boxes simple, just closing them with another little strip of washi tape. I think they’re so cute! (And truffles are my favorite, so these are a win with me.)

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Remember last week when I threatened to make those Nutella pie pops? Well, sure enough I did. Only I skipped the lollipop sticks and dubbed them mini Nutella pies. Then I wrapped them in parchment paper and tucked them into these darling little kraft gable boxes, which you can also score from Garnish for just $1.15 each. Little shipping tags and a band of metallic gold ribbon and the boxes are almost as cute as the treats inside are delicious. Almost.

Mini Nutella pies from The Sweetest Occasion

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Next up, I made some homemade biscotti. Super delicious almond biscotti with maple glaze, a recipe I snagged from Rachel over at Elephantine. It’s insanely delicious and it looks really sweet tucked inside a mason jar. To label it, I simply cut rounds of red kraft paper to the size of the lid and used a Sharpie marker.

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

I am also tucking a little jar of dark cocoa almonds into each basket. I picked them up in bulk from Wegmans, but you should be able to find them at most any grocery store. (And certainly at places like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.) I dumped them all in little mason jars, and then covered the lids with kraft paper held in place with green rubber bands. Such a sweet and easy way of dressing up almonds!

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

I am also including a jar of lemon sugar body scrub in each basket. I made them smaller this time around and just decked out the jars in a bit of the same candy-striped paper, twine and shipping tags. (Which is kind of my MO, if you haven’t figured it out by now.) So who’s feeling like making gift baskets now? Pop over to Facebook to see the finished baskets!

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Handmade holiday gift basket ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

And don’t forget, for more fabulous holiday ideas, be sure to pop over and visit Garnish! They have the best packaging and supplies for gifts, favors and parties and their holiday lookbook is loaded with fabulous holiday inspiration.

{Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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yum yum the nutella pies look SO GOOD! Bring some to ALT, please pretty please? :D

oh my – so cute! love the brown kraft + embellishment! we did that yesterday :)

Oh my, those nutella pies look amazing. And I love red & white striped tape!

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