If you purchase a monthly ranch box and love our producer’s products, have you ever thought about gifting them to your friends and family in the form of a gift basket? Make holiday shopping this year a breeze, and buy local, handcrafted gifts for your loved ones!
Supporting local businesses feels great, and your friends and family will appreciate the sentiment of a handmade gift found only here in Carson Valley. How cool is that? Read along as we assemble our favorite producer items and teach you how to wrap them into a beautiful gift basket. Perfect for friends, family, and neighbors!
Treats Galore Gift Basket
With so many yummy items in our store, we have to create a basket just for treats! This is perfect for a neighbor, family friend, work associate, or a loved one who loves sweets. Simple and easy, a basket full of goodies will never disappoint.
We recommend adding a few sweet treats from Chocolate Shoppe, like their milk or dark chocolate Sea Salted Caramels, Almond Roka, Ashely’s Bordeaux Box, Peanut Brittle, or Coffee Bark. If your gift is to anyone from out of town, add a Lake Tahoe Shaped Chocolate for a fun, local touch. Then, pick your favorite (or two favorites!) Nevada Kettle Corn Popcorn. We love their Original Sweet and Salty and Chocolate and Caramel Kettle Corn! Sweet or salty, you’ll surely find a flavor they will love.
If they’re coffee drinkers, throw in a bag of Alpen Sierra Coffee. Light, Dark, Medium and Decaf, it’s easy to customize a bag to their liking! If you don’t know what they drink, Alpen Sierra’s Big Blue Tahoe Blend is an easy blend most people are sure to enjoy.
Kitchen Lovers Gift Basket
We all have that one friend (or we are that one friend!) who’s a master in the kitchen. If cookbooks, new oven mitts, and custom spice jars put them over the moon, then this basket is the perfect gift for them. With so many jams, spices, honey, and soup starters, this is also an easy basket to mix and match to their liking! Nothing feels more personal than someone handpicking items they think you’ll love.
For the sweeter jams, we love Misbeehaven Farm’s Peach Cobbler, Apple Pie, Raspberry, and Strawberry jams. If you want a kick, try the Mango Chile, Virginia City Ghost Pepper Jelly, or Reno Reaper jelly. We’re also huge fans of 7 Hawk Ranch’s Blackberry, Raspberry Jalapeno, and Just Crabapple jams! The same goes for honey. Misbeehaven Farm has your classic jar of honey and many other infused flavors.
For spices and herbs, choose a few of Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co.’s variety of spices. Packaged in a small tin and priced at $5.95 each, they’re the perfect gift basket addition. Try the Tahoe Meat Rub, Fajita Seasoning, or Red Chili spices, just to name a few.
Finally, throw in anything from Tillies Nevada! Their gourmet condiments and balsamic vinegar are sure to wow any kitchen lover. We recommend their Garlic and Herb Dipping Oil, Mango Tango Red Balsamic Vinegar, and Garlic Stuffed Olives.
For Her Gift Basket
This gift basket is sure to please any woman in your life – mom, wife, grandmother, or mother-in-law! You can always go right with your classic beauty items. You can even throw in some chocolate or Kettle Corn for a little extra treat. 7 Hawk Ranch also creates beautiful handmade bowls and candles that guarantee an incredible, one-of-a-kind gift.
Mix and match goat milk soaps, lotions, and lip balms! We love the Almond Goat Milk Loaf Bar, Lavendar Solid Beeswax Lotion Bar, and Goat Milk Charcoal Bee Bar and Soap Saver Bag to store it! We also recommend their Beeswax and Calendula Healing/Restoring Salve to revamp dry skin during harsh winter months.
Any one of 7 Hawk’s intricate candles are sure to impress. Look at their Beeswax Taper Candles, Twirled Taper Candles, Pillar Fern Candle, or Small Hive Skep Votive Candle. Their floating flower candles are perfect for throwing into a nice bath or using for a fun water display. Consider one of these beautiful, handcrafted jars if they’re not a candle person. We love their One-of-a-Kind Luminary Bowl.
Local, organic beauty items and beautiful artisan creations are always a hit, and we hope the women in your life will enjoy these great products!
How to Wrap Your Gift Basket
You have your items; now it’s time to wrap! Find a fun woven basket or a simple container from your local store. You can add basket grass to the bottom of your basket for a fun touch. Make it festive to match the holiday season with green or red!
Get some cellophane (clear plastic wrap) and place your basket in the middle. Bring up the sides around the basket to gauge how much you will need. Once it looks good, make the cut. Wrap the cellophane around the basket and scrunch it at the top. Secure with a twist tie or rubber band, then grab your favorite ribbon to create a bow at the top. You can add a tag, some greenery, or leave it as is!
It doesn’t have to be cellophane, either. You can wrap it with wrapping paper, newspaper, any kind you want. You can also leave it unwrapped, add a fun bow or gift tag, and let the basket make the statement!