Receiving a gift basket makes you feel special – often, baskets contain sweet treats and indulgences that you wouldn’t ordinarily splurge on. At The Sweet Basket, we help our clients with gift basket ideas, whether to congratulate the arrival of a new family member or in the workplace as a thank you gift for wonderful coworkers. And while we’re experts at sending thank you gift baskets, we’re also experts on what to do after you’ve received one. The graceful art of a written thank-you never goes out of style.

Top Tips and Thank You Card Ideas


person with tattooed hand holding thank you note envelope

If you’re stuck on how to express your gratitude beyond saying “thank you,” try including a line or two on one of these topics:

  • The type of thank you gift basket you received or a few things inside you especially liked
  • If it’s for a holiday or celebration, mention that, like “thank you for remembering my birthday.”
  • If you received the thank you gift at your office, the note also lets the recipient know the basket was given to you

Always be sure to compliment the contents of the basket, and be specific. You don’t have to list everything in the basket, but pick one or two things to say something nice about.

Examples of Thank You Notes For Gift Baskets

You can use these examples below to create your own or mix and match some of the lines for an authentic tone.

  • Thank you for the lovely gift basket! We enjoyed it because [why you liked it]. The [item] was our favorite because it is hard to find this nearby.

Or, perhaps a client sends you a basket to congratulate you on a workplace accomplishment.

  • Thank you for sending goodies to congratulate me on my recent promotion! It was such a pleasant surprise and so thoughtful of you to send the fresh fruit and dark chocolate gift basket to treat myself with. I look forward to seeing you in my new role soon!

If the sender knows you and your hobbies well, indicate how touched you were that they remembered:

  • Thank you for the gardening gift basket. I’m touched that you remember my green thumb! I love how comfortable the new gardening gloves are, and I’m excited to plant the new flower seeds. I’ll bring you some fresh flowers when they bloom as a thank you gift!

Professional Thank You Etiquette For Businesses

Sending and receiving gift baskets as part of maintaining a positive professional relationship is common. Many companies send thank you gift baskets to their loyal customers. It’s important for recipients at a business to send a thank you note. Thank you notes written by one person and signed by the entire team are sufficient.

You may change the verbiage to indicate that the whole department appreciates the special gift and that it was shared throughout all the recipients, like so:

  • Thank you for sending the holiday gourmet gift basket. We loved the assortment of savory snacks and world beer bucket in the basket. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Or, if the basket was sent as a congratulation in the workplace, you may write something like this:

  • Thank you for sending the beautiful basket to congratulate us on receiving the Chamber of Commerce Award. We appreciate your thoughtful gift and red wine and could never have achieved our success without the support of clients like you!

Final Thoughts

gift basket with a just for you message

Gift baskets are a perfect appreciation gift to help celebrate a happy occasion or as thank you gifts. At The Sweet Basket, we offer the perfect gift basket and gift delivery for every occasion, from thank you gifts to a wedding or new baby!

Tired of trying to find the perfect gift for the person who seems to have everything? You can never go wrong with fruit gift baskets! Fresh fruit baskets delivered right to your recipient’s door are a lovely gift for anyone who is celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or could simply use cheering up. You can make gourmet gift baskets that contain fruit any time of year. 

Deliver a fruit gift basket to special neighbors for the holidays or send them to family members who are sure to welcome the arrival of fresh fruit arranged in a charming gift basket. The following tips will help you make fruit gift baskets for family, friends, or even colleagues.

Choosing Gift Baskets and Supplies

Fruit fantasy gift basket

To make a fruit basket gift, your starting point is a decorative gift basket. Fortunately, baskets come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. In fact, the gift basket itself is a lasting part of your gift; your recipient can reuse the basket for all sorts of things–from displaying their own fresh fruit like apples and oranges to stowing packaged candies.

You’ll need to purchase baskets that have enough space for the fresh fruit and other offerings, like tea or chocolate, that you want to include in your special gift. Be sure that the basket is sturdy enough to hold the seasonal fruits and savory treats, especially if you’re mailing your gourmet gift baskets. A deep basket is ideal for filling with all sorts of fruits and other food items. In addition to a fruit basket (and fruit, of course), you will also need a plastic wrap to protect its contents during fruit basket delivery. You can also make a fruit basket using decorative accents like ribbons and bows. Additionally, don’t be afraid to think outside of the basket! You can fill other types of containers like a bucket or chest with fruit, nuts, candies, and savory snacks for family and friends.

Choosing Fruit for Gourmet Fruit Baskets

Fruit and Gourmet

You have lots of fresh fruit options when you make a fruit basket. However, not all fruits are suitable for this type of thoughtful gift. Some fruits like blueberries and raspberries are prone to ‘leaking’ when they become squashed or sit out. These fruits can actually stain the basket they’re placed in. Instead, it’s best to choose firm fruits such as crisp apples, pears, and oranges that can easily withstand the fruit delivery process–whether you mail your gift or transport it yourself.

On the other hand, if you intend to deliver your fruit basket yourself over a short distance, you may include any types of fruits you choose, including grapes, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, and other fruits that strike your fancy. When you make a fruit basket yourself, you can choose any type of fruit and other delicious offerings to fill it.

Make a Lasting Impression with Gourmet Fruit Baskets (And More!)

Farmer’s market gift basket

When making gourmet fruit baskets, you can fill them with a wide assortment of foods in addition to fruit. Consider what types of food pair well together. Chocolate and strawberries, for instance, make a perfect gift for couples. A basket filled with fresh fruit, cheese, and crackers makes for a great gift for any occasion. Create a special gift with ripe fruit and teas or coffees of different flavors. Create a sweet treat gift basket for grandkids that includes fresh fruit like crisp apples and pears as well as candies. When you make your fruit basket, consider adding items such as:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate or fudge
  • Candy
  • Gourmet jam
  • Wine
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Black, green, or herbal teas
  • Dried fruit (i.e. banana chips, apricots)
  • Specialty coffee
  • Spices (i.e. cinnamon sticks or cloves)
  • Cookies
  • Packaged pastries
  • Honey
  • Cured meats
  • Flavor syrups for coffee or ice cream

As you can see, you can fashion a delicious custom fruit basket that includes all sorts of fruits and other ingredients.

Fruit Baskets: Ideas for a Special Occasion

Use the following fruit basket gift ideas that are suitable for various special occasions. Create a perfect gift for family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else on your gift list.

Harvest Fruit Baskets

Fall is a great time to arrange a fruit basket delivery for loved ones. Can’t make a Thanksgiving holiday event or want to present your hosts with a special treat? Make a seasonal fruit basket gift that includes:

  • Crisp red apples
  • Small gourds
  • Asian pears
  • Figs
  • Persimmons
  • Cranberries
  • Nuts
  • Taffy apples
  • Tea flavored with apples, cinnamon, or pumpkin spice

Christmas Fruit Basket

Christmas fruit baskets traditionally feature oranges and fruit cake, but you can customize your holiday fruit basket gift to include other food ingredients such as:

  • Wine
  • Pineapple
  • Clementines
  • Gourmet chocolates
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Nuts (i.e. cashews, walnuts)
  • Jordan almonds
  • Specialty cheese
  • Crackers


Gourmet gift baskets are perfect for birthday celebrations. You can make a fruit basket for this type of occasion that includes:

  • Uncommon apples (pink lady or jazz)
  • Oranges
  • Taffy apples
  • Peaches
  • Mango
  • Cherries
  • Dried fruit

Single-Color Fruit Gift Baskets

Make a design statement by making a color-wonderful gift basket that includes delicious offerings in a certain type of color. Go red and create a lovely basket that features:

  • Red apples
  • Red cherries
  • Raspberry or strawberry jam
  • Pomegranates
  • Red grapes
  • Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon wine
  • Other foods like tea or candies in red packaging

Delicious Gifts from The Sweet Basket

You can create the perfect gift for any occasion when you create or order custom fruit baskets. Visit The Sweet Basket to find gorgeous and delicious Canada gift baskets for everyone on your holiday or birthday gift list. 

The Sweet Basket features a wide array of gift baskets that you can purchase and have delivered to your friends and family in Canada. Cheer up a loved one who is recovering from an illness. Send a friend who has just had a new baby a sweet treat to enjoy. The Sweet Basket also allows customers to create custom gift baskets for delivery. The next time you’re searching high and low for the perfect holiday, anniversary, or birthday gift, consider making or ordering a delicious fruit basket. It’s sure to be loved!

Mother’s Day is coming up, and you know what that means. It’s time to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

What Mom Deserves: Gourmet Gift Baskets For Her

Mom deserves the best, but sometimes it can be hard to choose the perfect gift. You want to get her something she’ll love for Mother’s Day, but a coffee mug, some nail polish, hand lotion or some bubble bath might not cut it for the most important woman in your life.

After all, you owe her everything, and a simple bottle of wine or some chocolate hardly seems like enough, right? Well, at The Sweet Basket, we’ve got a great Mother’s Day gift suggestion for you: How about a Mother’s Day Gift Basket?

After all, why get her one thing when you can get your mother a box full of goodies tailored specifically for her? Mothers love a good gift basket, and to help you figure out just what to put in a gift basket for mom, we’ve got some good suggestions below.

Sweet Desire Gift Box

Our first Mother’s Day gift basket idea involves chocolate and a lot of it. 

The Sweet Desire Gift Basket includes fine Belgian truffles, milk chocolate pastilles, butterscotch candy, wafers, butter cookies as well as some fine teas and tea biscuits. Everyone knows that chocolate and tea are a match made in heaven! The basket also comes with a complimentary gift card so you can write a heartfelt message. 

However, keep in mind, some of these products may contain ingredients that some people are allergic to, including products made from nut trees (such as pecan, almond, walnut and hazelnut), as well as some potential peanut, egg, milk, soy and wheat. 

Just make sure your mom doesn’t have those allergies, and you’re good to go with this great gift idea that any mother would love.

A Taste of Italy

Not everyone can afford to send their mother on an Italian vacation for Mother’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring la vita bella to her. One of our favorite Mother’s Day gift basket ideas is our Taste of Italy basket

This is one of our favorite Mother’s Day gift baskets because of its content, and also because of its utility. The gift basket itself is actually a metal colander, so she can use it in the future when cooking up some pasta! 

Included are some Amaretti Del Chiostro Italian cookies, some high-quality pastas and sauces from Gourmet Village, some Triple chocolate biscotti, mint chocolate squares, wine and cheese biscuits, espresso, olives, and more. 

What could be more Italian than that? Find this Taste of Italy gift basket here.

A Day a the Spa for Ma

So we’ve had so much fun covering the chocolate angle and the Italian-themed Mother’s Day gift. Now it’s time for more than sweet treats or a cute mug. Now it’s time for the Spa Gift Basket.  

This gift basket, with products by Atelier de Provence, includes everything a Mothers Day gift basket should have, including green tea & ginger body lotion and shower gel, organic teas, dark chocolate from Godiva, almond cashew snacks, a wooden massage roller, a bath sponse, and a reusable metal planter for those flowers you brought along with the gift! 

Go ahead, spoil your mother with this luxurious spa experience gift basket and some of her favorite treats – she deserves it! 

Smoked Salmon, Anyone?

What we love most about this gift basket for Mother’s Day is that it has a little something for everyone. We’ve got eight pieces of classic Godiva gold chocolate ballotin, smoked almonds, seasoned pretzels and French vanilla coffee by Laura Secord. 

But more than that, also included are some organic white teas, maple jelly, smoked salmon, french truffles, focaccia Tuscan-style crisps, Danish butter cookies and more, all delivered in a cute and re-usable hand-woven magazine tote! 

Find that Forest Hill basket here.

The Grand Gourmet: Some Cheese & Some Booze

If you want to step it up a notch, you might want to consider getting a Grand Gourmet Gift Basket for your mother. This gift set has it all, including Castello brie and camembert cheese, bruschetta parmesan bites, a Mediterranean grilling rub as well as a wooden cutting board to serve it on. 

And let’s not forget the drinks! Included in this gift basket are a few different types of margarita mex, some sangria mix, and tasty treats to enjoy along with those drinks. There are smokey bacon cheddar peanuts, salted jumbo cashews, traditional cheddar crisps, chocolate espresso beans and much more. 

And of course any gift basket wouldn’t be complete without the sweet. In this gourmet offering there are also some dark chocolate orange biscotti, milk chocolate caramel, cranberry orange glazed cookies, and the best part is that it all comes in a large reusable wicker hamper. 

Explore all the possibilities at The Sweet Basket

The team at Sweet Basket knows how to treat mom right, but if you’re not sure which one to get for the special woman in your life, explore all of our offerings here on our page dedicated to Mother’s Day gift baskets

And for those on the West Coast in Canada, try out one of our Vancouver gift baskets. We’ll deliver it straight to your door! 

Making a homemade Easter basket may seem like an old-fashioned idea, but it can be a lot of fun for both individuals and families. This kind of craft project can be a great way to get your creativity flowing, encourage people to spend time together, and create a beautiful work of art!  

The expert basket creators at The Sweet Basket share their love and passion for their craft with these fun and cool ideas to help you make your own Easter baskets. Worried you won’t be able to find the time? The Sweet Basket offers a wide variety of Easter gift baskets for your convenience!

young girl and older woman crocheting

Ideas for a DIY Easter Basket

Get your craft supplies ready to bring these Easter basket ideas to life! There are all kinds of ways to make a great DIY Easter basket with materials such as:

  • Cardboard & Paper: You can make a basket from recycled materials or print out a design already made for you. If you make a paper Easter basket, be sure to use thick stock paper, so it keeps its form.
  • Crochet: If you already know how to crochet, making a basket to hold Easter candy could be a fun and challenging project. And the basket can be reused afterward for toys and other items around the house!
  • Mason Jars: Upcycle your mason jars and other transparent containers into a basket. With googly eyes, pipe cleaners, markers, and glue, you can decorate it with Easter icons, such as the Easter Bunny himself, chicks, eggs, and spring colours. A jar can be a good way to prevent younger children from grabbing Easter goodies while your back is turned.
  • Felt: Create a clever Easter basket with scissors, felt, and a hot glue gun. The baskets will be a little more sturdy than a cardboard basket, which can be great if you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids.
  • Metal: Are you a gardener? Look around your house or shed to see if you have any planters that you don’t use anymore. You can spruce it up with some paint and Easter decorations to fill it with sweet treats. 
  • Wicker: If you have a plain wicker basket lying around, you can transform it with ribbon, stickers, pom poms, and other decorations that can easily be removed so you can use the basket over and over.

A great example of a basket that could inspire your DIY project is our Easter Fun gift basket. It comes in a reusable pastel-coloured container that can hold a large amount of goodies, including: 

  • Godiva milk chocolate
  • Solid milk chocolate bunnies
  • Easter chocolate pralines
  • Lindt double milk chocolate eggs
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate foil mini eggs

Once you’ve got your lovely basket or multiple baskets ready, it’s time for the fun part: Filling the gift baskets!

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What to Put in Easter Baskets

Kids have their preferences when it comes to sweets, so be sure you know what they like or offer a good variety. Lindt and Laura Secord are popular names in the chocolate industry, so if your kids, friends, or co-workers talk about them a lot, you know what to give them!

Our Lindt Spring Festival basket includes: 

  • Lindt milk chocolate bunny
  • Lindt dark chocolate bunny
  • Lindt eggs
  • Laura Secord Organic Breakfast Blend tea
  • Laura Secord Organic green tea

No Easter basket is complete without little bunnies, chocolate eggs or candy eggs. A stuffed Easter Bunny is also a fan favourite for young or old. Take, for example, our Spring Treats basket. In addition to having a plush bunny rabbit, this cute basket has:

  • Lindt milk chocolate caramel eggs
  • Easter vanilla cookie
  • Milk chocolate solid bunny
  • Milk chocolate caramel solid bunny
  • Marshmallow Peeps

Along with the Easter staples, you can add other items, from jelly beans to cookies to an Easter-themed colouring book to a rosary. An Easter basket doesn’t have to contain only sweet treats. It can have fun activities, such as an Easter Bunny watercolour set or educational DVDs about Christianity.

lindt spring festival gift basket

Order an Adorable Easter Basket Today

Surprise your family at Easter brunch with your own baskets. But if you don’t have time to make your own Easter baskets, we’ve got you covered! When you order one of our baskets, you have the option of adding a complimentary card. 

Whether you need Toronto, Saskatoon, or Vancouver gift baskets, we can ship it to you! We also have Easter gift baskets that can be shipped to US residents

Happy Easter!