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!