As we approach the end of 2020, you might be scratching your head for gift ideas this festive season. Whether it’s a treat for your team, a hamper for mum or food gifts for the family, food gift boxes are a brilliant option. But what goes into creating the ultimate basket? \nTo get those creative juices flowing, we’ve got some tips to help you build your own box, and some great pre-made alternatives if you’re short on time. \nWhat are food gift boxes?\nFood gift boxes are delicious – they give you the flexibility to customise your gift based on the preferences of who you’re buying for, and also take away a lot of the stress that goes along with finding the perfect gift. Surprising your nearest and dearest with an assortment of tasty treats (especially items they might not have heard of before) is a great way to show you care, delight their taste buds and expand their culinary horizons.\nTips to create your own gift box\nPicasso had the blank canvas – you’ve got iPantry! If you’re building your own food gift boxes, it’s an opportunity to get creative and tailor your gift specifically to its recipient. So it’s time to have a little fun. Ready?\nTheme your gift box\nSetting a theme for your food gifts is one way to help narrow down the options. To spark some ideas, here are a few themes we love:\n\n\nSweet treats: For the person who has a sweet tooth, you could build a gift basket with cookies, chocolates and other sweet options.\n\n\nSavoury snacks: Like the sweet treat theme above, you might like to arrange a selection of savory items, like cheeses and nuts.\n\n\nChoose a colour: For a more visual gift box, focus on a colour palette and choose gifts that fit the bill.\n\n\nVegan or Gluten Free: If you’re gifting someone who has a food intolerance, it’s a great theme to roll with to celebrate their food choice!\n\n\nDecide on a budget\nAfter you’ve set a theme, it’s time to decide how much you want to spend. The sky’s the limit here but setting a budget can invite you to get a little more creative with your choices. \nAdd a personal touch\nFeeling extra creative? Add a note to your food gift box with a few kind words. It will undoubtedly make someone’s day. \nWhat do you put in your food gift box?\nNow it’s time to get creative and pick your goodies! You can use your theme to help dictate what food items you decide to include, but if you need a little #inspo, here are some of our favourites.\nCheese and crackers\nGourmet food gift boxes often include a selection of artisanal cheeses, like Brie or Camembert, and delicious crackers to eat it on. Perfect for picnics or a cheeky afternoon snack.\nChocolate and confectionery \nIf your theme is all about sweet treats, then adding in some chocolate or lollies is a must. There are so many options these days that your biggest challenge might be narrowing it down. \nNuts and dried fruit\nPerfect for grazing, nuts and dried fruit – think trail mix, dry roasted almonds and currants – are a great match for any cheeses you might have already selected. \nA world of food gift options at iPantry\nOur food marketplace has a variety of food gifts to explore if you’ve got your heart set on building your own gift box. But if you’re short on time, we’ve created a few pre-made gift options for you. \nGift boxes\nOur food gift boxes are ready to roll from some of your favourite Australian brands. For the sweets lover there’s the iPantry Dessert Box which contains a variety of scrumptious items in a beautifully designed gift box. Or for something more diverse, there’s the Brunetti Hamper 3, featuring a selection of goodies from one of Melbourne’s most beloved cafes. \nGift cards\nHaving trouble deciding? No sweat – if you’re wondering where to buy a good food gift card, you’ve come to the right place. You can buy one online and we’ll send it via email to its recipient. They come in a number of different denominations from $25 to $200, so suitable to a range of different budgets.\nCorporate gifting \nIf you’re looking for a unique corporate gift to say thank you to your staff, we can arrange gifts for 10 to 10,000 staff. You can choose from a pre-made box or customise the contents and add a personal thank you note. Simply contact us and our friendly team can work with you to find the perfect option. \nExplore food gift ideas on iPantry\nWe’re Melbourne’s newest online food marketplace with your favorite food brands and next day delivery. Check out our range of everyday groceries, discover new brands or surprise your friends and family with a food gift box for their next celebration.