It’s hard to go wrong with giving someone a gift basket for the holidays, especially when it’s filled with goodies they’ll actually enjoy. Skip the grocery store prepackaged variety and instead, head over to these DFW stores for gift baskets that are certain to wow everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
2925 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Katherine Clapner takes the chocolate experience to extremes with her complex and creative confectionery concoctions. Clapner’s deliciously decadent treats run the gamut from buttery toffee with dried porcini mushroom powder and creamy fudge with dehydrated blue cheese to chocolate-infused bourbon potions and olive oils. For $35 and up, you can build your own chocolate fantasy basket or choose from several prepackaged gift sets filled with Dude’s best picks, like a nifty retro lunch box of mini chocolate bars and chubby nuts.
Nicholson-Hardie Garden Center
5725 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
The most celebrated garden shop in the metroplex is not only where you’ll find the best flora and fauna in town, but it’s also the go-to place for indoor decorating and gifts. Here’s where you can find Antica Farmacista home scent holiday gift sets, featuring its holiday fragrance, prosecco and Manhattan diffusers in a stunning pearlescent box. The trio set is a bargain at $58. The shop also creates customized gift packages, ranging from a mirrored vanity tray filled with Antica Farmacista or Lady Primrose soaps, lotions, candles and diffusers to a Texas gardener basket filled with Texas-themed outdoor decor, bluebonnet seeds and a Dean Fearing’s Texas Food Bible.
68 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
For the foodies on your list, you can’t go wrong with a basket of goodies from this fabulous fromage emporium. The shop carries an impressive variety of cheese — as well as everything you can think of to go with it. You can start off with a $50 classic basket stuffed with several cheeses, crackers, fruit confit, honey and cookies. Or for that someone extra special on your list, there’s a decadent basket filled to the brim with a variety of cheese, confits, toppings, salami, crackers, cookies, chocolates and wine for $150.
6201 Technology Drive, Suite 109
Frisco, TX 75033
Show your southern hospitality with a bit of Texas-themed Yuletide cheer. Texas Treats offers around 80 varieties of gift baskets, boxes and sets that start as low as $5.95. Here you’ll find Texas-shaped baskets with chili mix and hot sauces, as well as cowboy hats filled with Texas chocolates, spicy crackers and a horseshoe. And for Texas Longhorn lovers, there’s a University of Texas gift box complete with Longhorn chocolates, mints, trail mix and a Texas longhorn plush animal.
1617 Avenue K
Plano, TX 75074
The Wooden Spoon is a veritable mecca for Scandinavian treasures— ranging from Swedish meatballs, cookies and cloudberry preserves to Royal Copenhagen collectibles, Viking hats and even Scandinavian Barbie dolls. And yes, the shop carries wooden spoons, as well as wooden utensils and wood carvings—all of which can be made into an awesome gift basket for $30 and up. A popular pick for the holiday season is the glogg gift basket complete with a bottle of currant saft, glogg mix, spices, cups and pepperkaker cookies for $45. Or, if you can’t decide what to choose, name your price and store owner Gwen Welk Workman will make a customized gift basket to fit your budget.
Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.