Create a gorgeous and delicious DIY holiday gift basket for foodies, filled with Wente wine, homemade slow cooker Spiced Apple Butter, and festive kitchen essentials!
The holidays are here! I know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I may be getting a little ahead of myself with this Christmas-themed basket. But Christmas is going to be here with a blink of an eye. I mean, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is here already! Time sure does fly after 30, doesn’t it?
One of my favorite things in this world is gourmet gift baskets. My family loves and has always loved giving people gift baskets.
My husband makes fun of my parents because every time we would go visit them in Hawaii, they’d have a basket for us. When we went to visit during Easter, we each got huge Easter baskets…which is normal. But then we went to visit the next year during the summer, and we also each got a huge, goodie-filled basket. Then we went to visit them when they moved last year and we got—you guessed it—a basket. And with my grandmother, cousin, or mom sending us gift baskets for special occasions, my husband came up with an educated conclusion. “Your family is like obsessed with giving people baskets, right?”
I’m obsessed, too. I love making baskets. When my best friend was pregnant, I gave her a big ole basket filled with ‘what to expect’ books, children books, lip gloss, lotions, chocolate, pregnancy teas, and bath goodies. When my sister and brother-in-law watched my loud-mouthed Corgi for us, I gave them a basket with their favorite wine, whiskey, snacks, and chocolates. There’s a basket for everything, guys!
And one of the best baskets is a holiday one. This DIY holiday gift basket for foodies is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, food, and hosting. I love to bring the host or hostess over a basket as a way to say thank you. The homemade touch is always really appreciated.
I make this Spiced Apple Butter for the basket. This apple butter is filled with warm spices, brown sugar, and vanilla bean. It just tastes and smells like the holidays. It’s perfect on waffles, toast, pancakes, crumpets, you name it.
It also gets made in the slow cooker which makes this super easy. I would make this recipe by the gallons at a hotel I worked at during the holidays. I certainly couldn’t use a slow cooker, even if I wanted to or there was one big enough to fit 50 pounds of apples, so I appreciate how ‘set it and forget it’ this version is.
How can you go wrong with gifting that to someone?!
I partnered with Wente wines again to bring you some holiday cheer. You may remember Wente from our Roasted Grape Crostini with Lemon Ricotta and Thyme (which is also incredible during the holidays).
Wente wines are the perfect hostess or holiday gift. They are award-winning, completely delicious, and fairly priced.
So, how do I create the perfect hostess gift?
DIY Holiday Gift Basket for Foodies Ideas:
Spiced Apple Butter recipe below
Festive kitchen essentials sparkly napkins wrapped with ribbon and cinnamon sticks, holiday pot holders or oven mitts, festive spatulas or cookie cutters
Holiday goodies peppermint cookies, gourmet truffles, chocolate bark, and chocolate-dipped figs
Holiday mug filled with gourmet hot chocolate mix and marshmallows
Other ideas: jams or fruit preserves, holiday spices, vanilla extract, sugar cookie mix, pure maple syrup, caramels, pumpkin bread, coffee and tea, gourmet flavored salts, honey, pancake mix; themed baskets such as a ‘Breakfast Basket’ (with coffee, tea, pancake/waffle mix, syrup, jams) or a ‘Bakers Basket’ (with cookie cutters, sprinkles, cookie mix, spatulas, measuring spoons)
I hope you have happy holidays and get some great inspiration from this DIY holiday gift basket for foodies! Be sure to check out Wente wines for their Holiday Gift Guide.
This Apple Butter is scented with warm spices and sweet vanilla bean. Cooking it in the slow cooker is easy and time-saving.
- 5 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into small slices
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 vanilla bean
- Peel, core, and chop the apples into thin, small slices. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt. Combine all of the ingredients with the apples in the slow cooker and stir well. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and add the seeds along with the whole vanilla pod.
- Cook on high for 5 hours, stirring every hour or so.
- Take out the whole vanilla pod and puree the apples with an immersion blender until completely smooth. Cook another 2 hours, or until thickened to your liking.
- Pour the apple butter into mason jars and let cool before refrigerating. Enjoy!