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Whether you’re battling a cold, dealing with chilly weather, or you’re just craving comfort food, soup is the perfect pick-me-up. A soup gift basket is both thoughtful and tasty, making it the perfect present.
If you’re thinking about sending someone a comforting gift basket, here are five essentials to include in your next soup gift basket creation.
Soup mix or ingredients
There are so many soup flavors to choose from, so you’ll need to decide on this before you begin choosing ingredients for your gift basket. Basic soup ingredients will include a variety of vegetables, chicken broth, and seasoning.
When crafting your gift basket, you can choose to either include a packaged soup mix, or you might also decide to pick out the ingredients yourself. If you’re stumped on what flavor to focus the gift basket around, here are a few suggestions of classic and most-loved soups.
Chicken noodle soup
Let’s start off with a classic! Here are the ingredients to include in your gift basket for a tasty chicken noodle soup just like mom used to make.
- Chicken breast
- Egg noodles
- Parsley leaves
Another timeless option is tomato soup. This soup is creamier than chicken noodle soup, but it is also great comfort food. These are the ingredients needed for your tomato soup gift basket.
- Olive oil
- Garlic clove
- All-purpose flour
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- A can of pureed tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Croutons (optional)
This collection is pictured in a 12 in x 10 in x 3½ in wooden gift basket crate by Carpenter Core.
A more advanced type of soup to cook is minestrone, which is a hearty Italian soup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this soup gift basket.
- Olive oil
- Yellow onion
- Tomato paste
- Seasonal vegetables
- Garlic cloves
- Diced tomatoes
- Vegetable broth
- Your choice of seasonings
When you’re eating a bowl of soup, you can never go wrong with a few crackers on the side. After all, crackers are soup’s most classic companion.
From saltines to other special flavors, there are many different types of crackers that you can include in your soup gift basket, such as:
- Multigrain crackers
- Oyster crackers
- Herb/garden flavored crackers
- Sea salt crackers
- Sesame crackers
- Water crackers
If you prefer to eat your soup with flavored crackers, be sure to choose a flavor that pairs well with the specific soup you have chosen, such as herb and garlic crackers or cheddar crackers.
Normally, people enjoy either a cup or bowl of soup. So, it is only right that you include a set of bowls in your soup gift basket. You can choose to add soup bowls in a set of two or four – the choice is yours.
When it comes to the look of the soup bowls, pick colors or designs that go well with each other. For example, you can choose a set of bowls in complementary colors – like orange and blue – or you can go with a set of pastel-colored bowls. You can also opt for bowls with a cute design on them that your gift recipient is sure to love. The options are endless.
Apart from bowls, you’ll also need utensils to serve or consume soup. We suggest incorporating either a ladle, wooden spoon, or a set of dining spoons in your gift basket to make sure that all your bases are covered.
You can never go wrong with a classic wooden spoon or a metal ladle. You can also choose a small set of dining spoons, in both small and medium sizes. There are many utensil options to choose from, so you will need to use your best judgment and taste to pick out elegant and high-quality utensils for your gift basket.
Towels are the perfect kitchen accessory. Not to mention, they are also a great item to add as a finishing touch to your soup gift basket.
Microfiber towels are super absorbent, making them a great tool for cleaning all types of surfaces in the kitchen. This is exactly what someone might need after spending time in the kitchen making a delicious bowl of soup.
Kitchen towels come in a variety of colors and designs, so put some thought behind choosing a towel that matches the color scheme or theme of your overall gift basket.
You can never go wrong with a soup gift basket that is sure to bring joy and comfort to its recipient. By including the five essentials listed above, we can guarantee that your gift basket will be loved and well-received.
What else would you include to create a spectacular soup gift basket?