The Christmas Basket

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I am so into baskets right now. They can hold such joy and they are so fun to open for the recipient. I’m also excited to be partnered with CVS to share all about our Christmas Basket full of love and treats!


I love to make these for those special people in my life that already have everything they need and want, or when I am putting together a gift last minute. This works great for pretty much everyone on my list! 

I buy the biggest basket I can find that is still easy to carry, and then I pack it full of fun snacks. To add some extra festiveness to it, I also include some decorations and a couple ornaments. You can go as fancy as you like! Emmy has also been known to help me put these together and include her own homemade and personalized ornaments!  


For this basket, Emmy and I headed into our neighborhood CVS, and we strolled through the aisles looking for items that would spread holiday cheer! I think we did a great job!

Some of our favorite items are the limited edition coffee single serve cups… peppermint mocha and non-coffee spiced apple cider are two you have to try! The chocolate covered almonds are also such a hit in our home. I bring these everywhere and serve them whenever we have guests!


Once we have the basket all put together, we all load into the car and deliver it in person as a surprise. Sometimes we just leave it on their porch and other times we call ahead so they know we are coming. This is also a great option for Christmas Eve hostess gifts. The host can enjoy it on Christmas or share it with everyone on Christmas Eve. I also love that it is very kid friendly so that the kids can help shop for it and enjoy the wonderful feeling of giving gifts to others!

When we were in CVS, we also discovered that they have a lot of other things that we use during the holidays and especially when we are doing our Christmas baking. These are the things I normally run out of and have to ask Pete to make an emergency trip to the store for. I’m so happy to see that they are available at CVS. That will save us a lot of time!

If you use coconut oil all day long like we do, you will love the Gold Emblem Abound one. 


I’ve already gone through two bottles of the Gold Emblem pure vanilla extract!


You can make your own Christmas basket with a quick stop at CVS like we did, or to grab some snacks on the go when you are traveling this holiday season! Either way, don’t forget to check your receipt for ExtraBucks® Rewards. 

If you are new to the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare program, it helps you save and earn rewards on nearly everything you buy – from household goods to beauty products, to gifts for family and friends. Each time you shop, you just scan your card or enter your phone number and you get:

  • ExtraSavings™: ExtraCare members receive ExtraSavings™ in the form of personalized coupons, weekly circular deals, and automatic discounts when they shop at CVS Pharmacy. ExtraSavings™ include money-saving offers delivered on register receipts, at the in-store ExtraCare Coupon Centers, and delivered via email and the CVS Pharmacy app, as well as sale prices for simply using an ExtraCare card during each visit.
  • ExtraBucks® Rewards: ExtraBucks® Rewards are like “free CVS money” that can be used on most things at CVS Pharmacy.* Unlike other confusing points-based loyalty programs, ExtraBucks® Rewards were designed to make it easy for cardholders to redeem their rewards by spending them on nearly anything they want throughout the store. Shoppers earn 2% back on nearly all purchases made throughout the store. These rewards are just for scanning an ExtraCare card during each shopping trip and are paid out quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. Members also earn ExtraBucks® Rewards by purchasing specially-advertised items that payout at the time of the qualifying purchase.

What do you like to include in gift baskets?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • This is a fantastic gift basket. I always have so much fun shopping for personalized items to put in my gift baskets. Second hand stores are great for finding baskets.

  • This sounds like a fantastic Christmas basket. I’ve made some over the years that I would have loved to have received- a movie night basket with a DVD, popcorn and movie snacks was probably my favorite.

  • What a fabulous gift basket. Anyone who receives a gift basket like that that is full of awesome goodies would surely be delighted.

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