Need a great gift idea for that chocoholic in your life? How about a DIY gift basket? It’s simple to pull off- even at the last minute- and works for everyone from moms to dads to grads. If you’re really in a time crunch, a quick trip to the grocery store is all it takes to pull together something cute. With a little more time, though, you can really go all out.
DIY Gift Basket Ideas for Chocoholics
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Nothing says “you rock” more than chocolate! Now, you could just toss your recipient’s favorite chocolate bars or a couple different types of gourmet chocolate into a basket and call it a day. In a pinch, it works and I doubt any chocolate fan will complain. But we’re going for the “wow” factor here, right? As a chocolate lover myself, here are a few ideas that go above and beyond the basics.
Blast from the Past Chocolate
If you’re putting together a DIY chocolate gift basket for a grad, throw in a few bars from the year they started school. A birthday basket? The year they were born. Anniversary? You get the idea. Amazon has tons of nostalgic candy– chocolate included- for every decade. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, shops like Old Time Candy can usually help you out.
Give them the best of both worlds with a really amazing chocolate coffee blend. If you’re sending your college grad off to the dorms with a single-cup coffee maker (my favorite is my Touch), go with high-quality K-Cups. Otherwise, grab a bag of rich flavor-infused mocha-flavored coffee. For serious chocolate coffee lovers, toss in a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans! Add a fun chocolate lovers mug to round it all out.
Chocolate skin care products
Chocolate isn’t just for eating! It’s also the star of tons of different skin care products. My favorites include Body Shop’s Chocomania Body Scrub and BRUBAKER Happiness “My Chocolate Dreams” body wash. You can also add a little container of cocoa powder and coconut oil, put it in a bag and staple this recipe for a chocolate face mask to it.
Personal Fondue Pot
I have a big fondue pot that my aunt gave me, but I rarely break it out because it’s just too big for personal use. I end up wasting too much chocolate. A personal fondue pot or mug is just the right size for single dippers. Make sure you toss in some really good chocolate for melting, some marshmallows and other shelf-stable dipping goodies! You can include fruit too if you know they’ll be enjoying it right away.
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Give a chocolate gift that keeps on giving AND let your chocoholic experience flavors from around the world with a subscription to Chococurb. Just choose your subscription and every month they’ll surprise your recipient with new chocolate from exotic locales. I tried out their Chococurb mini, which came with three bars.
My favorite of the three I received was the Rococo Chocolates Spice Island. It was a rich dark chocolate bar with a spicy cinnamon/clove kick. Clove is hit or miss. When it’s not used correctly in chocolate, it can really slam your taste buds in an almost painful way. Rococo is quite masterful. Rather than throwing it at you and singing your tongue with its powerful flavor, they used it in a way that sort of lightly zings the roof of your mouth. Refreshing rather than revolting. I really liked it. I couldn’t quite get on board with the Coconut Curry bar, but the plain Dark Chocolate was smooth and delicious.
Visit Chococurb to check out the subscription options. Minis start at $20 a month. You can include this in a DIY gift basket two ways: either order well ahead and include the first month’s box in the basket or print out a little note letting your recipient know to watch their mailbox.
Other ideas for your chocoholic gift basket include:
- Books about the history of chocolate
- Chocolate cookbooks
- A fun chocolate-themed t-shirt (I’m not big on slogan-y shirts in public, but I wear them around the house)
- Chocolate-themed jewelry (Etsy always has cute stuff)
I know it’s often a lot easier to just go buy a premade gift basket (and really, there’s nothing wrong with that!), but I feel like a DIY gift basket is a bit more personal. Plus, if you do it right and shop sales or use coupons, they’re often cheaper too.
Did I miss anything that you would put in a DIY chocoholic gift basket? Tell me in the comments!