Popcorn is great, and gift baskets that are filled to the brim with popcorn and other related snacks and items are even better. However, some things that people add will not be appreciated by the recipients of the basket. So, what are the dos and don’ts of giving popcorn gift baskets to people?
Create baskets that have themes, add seasonings, and candies. It is easy to be creative with baskets and you don’t need to break the bank creating one either. For Valentine’s themed baskets do not add any seasoning like onion or dill as it might give you bad breath on a romantic night.
There are so many creative ways to build a popcorn baskets and this article will give you some great ideas to get your juices flowing.
Do’s of Giving Popcorn Gift Baskets
First of all, do give people themed popcorn gift baskets. People love themes and will definitely think that a themed popcorn gift basket is very fun. This is a gift that is certain to be much appreciated.
Movie Night Themed Gift Basket
When people have a movie night, popcorn is a necessity. So, why not give them a movie night themed popcorn gift basket? When you give them a movie night themed popcorn gift basket you can include:
- Popcorn Packaged or Popcorn Kernels for popping
- Kettle Corn Packaged or the recipe on how to make it
- Chocolate Candies
- Gummy Candies
- Popcorn Holders
- Popcorn Seasonings
Many people enjoy adding candy, especially chocolate candy, into their popcorn, so make sure that you include some candies when you give someone a movie night themed popcorn gift basket. Many people enjoy adding M&M’s, Skittles, Milk Duds, and Swedish Fish to their popcorn, so think about what candies you might like to add to your mix.
You can add a DVD if you know their favorite movie or one you think they will like. You can also add themed hand towels to roll-up in the basket.
Christmas Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
People love Christmas, and they will love getting a Christmas-themed popcorn gift basket. When you give someone a Christmas-themed popcorn gift basket, definitely, include some chocolate-covered popcorn. Dye the white chocolate that you dip the popcorn into either red or green so the popcorn has Christmas colors on it.
You can also tie fun Christmas related tags or cards onto a jar of popcorn or popcorn kernels when you give someone a Christmas-themed popcorn gift basket. On this jar, add a note that says you included the materials needed to make a string of popcorn to put on their Christmas tree. This will be a fun activity for the recipient to do later.
Valentines Day Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
When you give someone a Valentine’s Day themed popcorn gift basket, cover the popcorn in white chocolate that is dyed pink. If you don’t want to dip the popcorn directly into the chocolate, mix some heart-shaped chocolate candies with some popcorn and put it into sealed containers or bags.
When you give someone Valentine’s Day themed popcorn, you can include multiple bags of chocolate-covered popcorn. Include a bag of popcorn that has white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate on it so multiple people who like different types of chocolate can enjoy the chocolate-covered popcorn in the basket.
When you give someone a Valentine’s Day themed popcorn gift basket, include a romantic movie if you can. This will give them an excuse to eat the popcorn while they watch the romantic movie.
Halloween Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
Many people love Halloween and you can definitely give people Halloween-themed popcorn gift baskets. When you give someone a Halloween-themed popcorn gift basket, dye the popcorn orange or dip the popcorn in orange-colored chocolate. Sprinkles. that are colored, black, green, and purple can also be good add-ins!
When you give someone a Halloween-themed popcorn gift basket, you can put the popcorn and other goodies into a trick-or-treating basket that is shaped like a Jack-o-Lantern or one that has bats or ghosts on it. This will make the popcorn gift basket seem very Halloween-themed, plus the user might be able to repurpose it.
Thanksgiving Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
When it is close to Thanksgiving, you can give people Thanksgiving-themed popcorn gift baskets. When you do so, make popcorn balls and form them into a turkey shape. You can use many different ingredients to make the popcorn ball look like a turkey, although I recommend using candy corn and chocolate, as well as marshmallows or caramel to make the popcorn form a ball.
You could use sweet or savory flavorings to complement the popcorn, and maybe try to theme each different type after a different dish! Including a selection of popcorn flavorings in the basket could also be fun, especially if they are displayed in some kind of cornucopia.
Date Night Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
If you do not want to give someone a holiday-themed popcorn gift basket, then you can always give a couple a date night popcorn gift basket.
When you give a couple a date night gift basket, you can add chocolate-covered popcorn, kettle corn, and caramel corn into the basket. Also you can add chocolate bars and un-popped popcorn kernels so they can make a large batch of popcorn for the date night if they choose to.
You can also add romantic movie to the gift basket if you want to, but it that is optional.
Comedy Night Themed Popcorn Gift Basket
Everyone loves comedy, so you could also give people a comedy-themed popcorn gift basket. In this comedy gift basket, include candies that not many people like or that have really weird flavors included, like unusual jelly beans, funny-looking glasses, and popcorn seasonings that taste really odd. There is a dill pickle popcorn seasoning that would be a great flavor to add to the comedy-themed popcorn gift basket.
Do Add Popcorn Seasonings
When you give someone a popcorn gift basket, you can include a variety of popcorn seasonings and put them next to the popcorn so they can add fun flavors that they probably haven’t tried or used for their popcorn before.
Flavors of Popcorn Seasonings:
- Sweet and Salty
- Dill Pickle
- White Cheddar
- Buttery Caramel Corn
- Milk Chocolate Caramel
- Garlic Parmesan
- Sour Cream and Onion
- Cheesy Caramel Corn
- Bacon Cheddar
- Buffalo Wing
- Cheesy Jalapeno
If you include a few different flavors of popcorn seasoning, you can help the people who you give the basket to learn about what flavors they like to add. This will help them expand their popcorn horizons!
Do Add Multiple Popcorn Varieties
When you give people a popcorn gift basket, do add multiple types of popcorn. Many people like caramel corn, kettle corn, and they like to add different flavors to their popcorn. You can add kernels that are yellow, red and blue to give the baskets some color.
Do Add Popcorn Jelly Beans
When you give someone a popcorn gift basket, add a box of popcorn-flavored jelly beans. Yes, popcorn-flavored jelly beans exist, although they are not really talked about because many people think that they are weird. People expect popcorn-flavored items to be crunchy rather than soft, and jelly beans are soft. You can purchase a variety of sizes of buttered popcorn jelly beans so you can get some for yourself as well!
Do Add Popcorn Holders
When you give someone a popcorn gift basket, you can include popcorn holders in the basket. Popcorn holders can be found almost anywhere and you can purchase a variety of sizes. You can purchase disposable or reusable popcorn holders to put into a popcorn gift basket.
Do Add Popcorn-Flavored Soda
If you want to add something fun and interesting to a popcorn gift basket, but have already added various candies and other popcorn-related items, then add popcorn or butter-flavored soda. Yes, butter-flavored soda also exists! Not many people choose to drink it, especially not regularly, but it could be fun as a themed treat.
Don’ts of Giving Popcorn Gift Baskets
Although it is very easy to compile a great popcorn gift basket that will please the people that you give it to, there are some things that you should not add to the basket, especially themed baskets centered around certain holidays.
No Stinky Seasonings
When you give someone a Valentine’s day or a date night popcorn gift basket, do not add foods to it that will make a person’s breath stink really bad, as that kind of defeats the entire purpose of the gift. Do not add dill pickle or onion flavored items.
Avoid the Candy Corn
If you give someone a Halloween-themed popcorn gift basket, do not add candy corn to the popcorn. Many people do not like candy corn, and candy corn does not taste very good when it is covered in butter and popcorn. However, if you really want to put candy corn in the Halloween themed popcorn gift basket, you can put it into a separate bag or container in the popcorn gift basket.
No Need to Add the Needle
If you give someone a Christmas themed popcorn gift basket and you decide to include the supplies that are needed in order to make a string of popcorn to put onto their Christmas tree, do not include the needle. It can possibly fall out of the basket or poke someone when they are grabbing other items that are in the popcorn gift basket and hurt them, which is never fun.
If you want to include the needle for the string of popcorn, put it in a sealed container that will not open by accident. Or, attach the needle to one end of the string and put the needle and string in a sealed container and make it clear that the container has a needle in it and they should open the container carefully.
Add Multiple Flavors of Popcorn
Do not only put one flavor of popcorn in a popcorn gift basket. There are many flavors of popcorn that you can put into a popcorn gift basket, including, but not limited to:
- Kettle Corn
- Caramel Corn
- Chocolate Covered Popcorn
There are many other flavors of popcorn that you can add, but those three are the most popular flavors other than classic buttered popcorn.
Add Multiple Popcorn Kernels
Don’t just put a container of popcorn kernels into a popcorn gift basket. Put a note on the container of popcorn kernels that says something nice or tells them to do something with the kernels. Just putting a container of popcorn kernels in a popcorn gift basket will not make the best gift.
Avoid Loud Candies
When you give someone a popcorn gift basket, don’t put in loud candies that will make a lot of noise while people eat them, like pop rocks. Most people eat popcorn while they are watching a movie or TV show, and they don’t want to be eating loud candies with their popcorn while they are watching something.
Good luck and be creative.