Food is always a good idea for a new mom, someone who just had surgery, or perhaps a family that is grieving a loved one. Why not dress it up beautifully to make a lovely present in itself!
Meal calendars are great, but sometimes they fill up quickly or don’t work with your schedule. In those cases, a food gift basket is a great idea. Fill it with things that people can use to make a quick salad or sandwich. Better yet, you can drop it off anytime (just pack some bagged ice in the basket if the temperature warrants it).
Honestly, when I was on bed rest, I appreciated it so much when people brought pints of different salads. Lighter foods were a nice alternative to the usual suspects of King Ranch Chicken Casserole or Mexican Lasagna. Plus, you can make sandwiches and salads for days!
In this basket, I packed some cranberry chicken salad and jalapeño pimento cheese from Festive Kitchen, one of my favorite places for “to go” food in Dallas. I also stopped by Trader Joe’s and got some bread, flowers, hummus, and fruit.
Here are some other things to put in a food basket or bag:
- Any kind of salads – pasta, fruit, egg salad, etc.
- Sparking water (A little something fun to drink for pregnant and nursing moms!)
- Bread or crackers
- A bag of washed lettuce is always good
- Flowers are a thoughtful touch. (I got mine from Trader Joe’s for under $5 and took the plastic off for better presentation!)
- Always include a card or note
- Filling helps position everything nicely
This is not something I do every time I bring food to a friend, but it is certainly easy enough to do often, especially when you buy several baskets at once. I bought this medium-sized Ashland basket at Michaels.
What would you add to this food gift basket? Or do you have a go-to dish you bring to friends?
Sources: Basket: Michaels ($14.90 but 50% off) // Peach Ribbon: Michaels // Food: Festive Kitchen, Trader Joe’s