America’s favorite superfood is perfect for delicious, delightful, personalized gifts Looking for an inspired, affordable holiday gift this season? The key ingredient may already be in your kitchen: Apples, a perfect centerpiece for a custom, create-your-own gift basket.

Apples are affordable, delicious, universally loved and always available – and presenting them in beautiful baskets that you’ve complemented with other personalized gifts makes for a truly creative and healthy holiday gift. Giving apples also shows you care about your friends’ and family’s well-being, and adding extra items shows you took the time to make something just for them.

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Consider these five simple steps for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) apple gift basket:

1. Find an artful basket – either one you already have or a simple, inexpensive basket from a craft store, closest big box retailer, or even your grocery store.

2. Fill with healthy, wholesome apples – red, green and yellow – the more colors the merrier.

3. Personalize with foods or trinkets your giftee will enjoy – nothing fancy, simple stocking stuffers will do.

4. Consider a theme for the basket – Is the recipient a music aficionado? Bird watcher? Golf addict? Match the theme to the person — like our suggestions, below.

5. Accent with ribbons, stuffing and personalized labels – so they know this was created by you just for them. Looking for inspiration for your DIY Apple Gift Basket? Here are four ideas:

> For Kids. Fill a bright basket with colorful apples, crunchy crackers and other fun surprises like books or small toys. Customize a basket for each kid in your life!

> For Fitness Fanatics. Give your workout buddy a head start on his or her New Year’s resolutions with a basket full of post-workout snacks like apples and walnuts, gym accessories and a clean eating cookbook.

> For Sweet Tooths. Have a sweetie who loves sweets? Satisfy his or her cravings with a basket of apples paired with yummy caramel, chocolate sauce and honey (homemade or store-bought).

> For Friends, Family and Co-workers. Whether you’re playing secret Santa or looking for a last- minute gift, prepare a basket for a perfect night in: A beautiful assortment of apples (with a handy slicer), savory cheese, delicious wine and a fun wine stopper as a keepsake.

Have a DIY Apple Gift Basket idea of your own? Share on the USApples Facebook page  today!


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