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Kitchen Gift Basket for Mother’s Day – 10 Tips for Kitchen Themed Basket ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  This easy kitchen gift basket makes the perfect personalized gift for anyone’s mother who loves to cook.

It is filled with fun, whimsical and useful kitchen items that are made even more special by including items that are geared to your mother’s tastes.

This whimsical gift basket is the perfect house warming or bridal shower gift. See my 8 easy tips to making the perfect kitchen basket. This easy kitchen gift basket makes the perfect bridal shower or wedding gift, too.  I love how colorful and fun the contents are and how versatile they are for any special occasion.

Creating a gift basket might seen daunting, but it really is quite easy if you follow just a few easy tips.

You can easily personalize the basket for your mother, to make it really special.

For another fun personalized basket, be sure to check out my project for making a basket using Easter egg hunt clues for a teenage girl.  It’s so much fun and quite a change from a normal Easter egg hunt.

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How to create the perfect kitchen gift basket and get a free printable too.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you make a kitchen gift basket for a friend to make sure you end up with one that is perfect for them.

1. Start with a theme.   

What is the personality of your mother?  Choose items that go along with the type of person that she (or he) is.  For this kitchen gift basket, I wanted a fun theme, so I chose items that are both useful in the kitchen but also whimsical as well.  

I wanted my basket to have a a really whimsical look to it to suit my friend’s personality. supplies for a mother's day kitchen gift basket

2. Pick a container.

Sure, you can use a normal basket for this project, but whimsical is the name of my game today, so I chose a large fruit basket with a hangingbanana holder.

It is the perfect size to hold all my ingredients, and has the added benefit that the banana holder can be used to hang my Kitchen cheat sheet gift card, and give the basket some height. Banana holder basket

3. Pick a color.  

A good gift basket looks best when the colors of the items in it are coordinated. For me, this means finding lots of blue items with some green and white accents.   

My mother loves anything blue and so do I.  It is so calming and makes such a pretty gift basket.

Blue white and green are my color choices for this kitchen gift basket

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4. What to put in a Kitchen Gift Basket

Get creative.  Every kitchen gift basket has whisks and spoons in it, but there are so many other really cute and fun items that you can add. What  other kitchen gift basket items would your mother might like to see in this Mother’s Day Gift?

Supplies for my basket include the following items:Supplies for the kitchen gift basket

  • A container – I chose a large fruit basket with a hanging banana holder.
  • Dish Towels in colors that compliment the supplies. I used one to line and two for additional gift items in the basket.
  • Silicone spatula and spoon – one green polka dot, and one blue
  • 1 silicone whisk in a pretty blue color
  • 1 Microplane Grater
  • 3 packages of herb seeds – basil, cilantro and oregano.  My mother loves to garden and says that all good cooks need to grow fresh herbs!
  • 1 set of honey bee ceramic measuring spoons
  • ! whimsical salt and pepper shaker set
  • A set of silicone muffin cups
  • 2 rolls of blue satin ribbon – 1/4″ and 1/2″
  • Your mom’s favorite cookie bars
  • 5 sheets of blue tissue paper
  • 1 blue oven mitt
  • ! decorative blue coffee mug
  • 1 sheet of glossy photo paper
  • Kitchen Cheat Sheet printable (see below to print out the free printable.)

5. Add some filler.

A nice gift basket is not one dimensional. It should have some height to it to make the items you add to it look balanced.  

I chose crumbled blue tissue paper to add this height for my basket.Add height to the basket with crumpled tissue paper

6. Add a liner.  

Rather than just dumping things into my container, I used a lovely blue and white checked tea towel to line my basket and will look perfect in my mom’s kitchen when the basket it empty.  

It adds the color that I was going for, covers the filling material, and is useful later as one of the gift basket kitchen items.Line the basket with a blue tea towel

7. Get creative with your ingredients.

This blue pot holder is the perfect place to position the silicone kitchen tools and micro-plane grater, plus it adds some extra height at the back of the basket.

My mom has just started using silicone tools, so these will get her collection going nicely.

This blue pot holder holds the kitchen tools

8. Go for balance when filling.  

Add the larger items at the back and balance this out with the smaller items at the front. Move and re-position until the holes are filled in and the basket looks nice and balanced.Whimsical and useful kitchen items fill the basket

9. Add some ribbon and a gift tag.  

The banana holder stem is the perfect place to use the decorative ribbon AND to hold a printable cheat sheet gift card.  

Twisting the ribbon around the banana holder hides it, and I can put my name on the back of the cheat sheet printable and hang it as a gift card.  

Since it is printed out on glossy photo paper, it can also be saved to use later in the kitchen as a book mark for one of my mother’s many cookbooks!   Ribbons cover the banana holder and hold the gift card

10. Be sure to add something tasty to the basket to eat.  

Most mothers also love to eat!  Add in a box or two of their favorite cookie bars or energy bars. She ca eat them with coffee in the mug that is part of the gift basket.

When your mom enjoys her afternoon snack, she’ll be thinking of your special gift, for sure!

Relax with a Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bar and a cup of coffee

If you follow these 10 easy tips, you can make sure that your Mother’s Day kitchen gift basket will be one that your mom will love to receive and use for years to come.

Free Printable for the Mother’s Day Kitchen gift Basket:

This free printable shows many of the common kitchen measurements in an easy to read chart.  You can print it out here.  

I chose a 4 x 6″ size for the gift tag, or you can choose the 8 1/2 x 11″ size if you want to print it to use on the back of a kitchen cabinet door.

I printed mine out on glossy photo paper for a polished look. It makes the perfect gift card!This kitchen cheat sheet gives some common kitchen conversions.

Have you ever made a gift basket for your mother?  What items did you put into the basket?  Please let us know in the comment section below.

Pin this Mother’s Day Kitchen Gift Basket for Later

Would you like a reminder of this kitchen gift basket for your mom for Mother’s Day?  Just pin this image to one of your DIY boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Mother's Day Kitchen Gift Basket

Admin note: This Mother’s day kitchen gift basket first appeared on the blog in February of 2016. I have updated the post to add new photos, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: ! Perfect Kitchen Gift Basket

Mother's Day Kitchen Gift Basket

This kitchen conversion cheat sheet makes the perfect gift tag for your basket

This Mother's Day Kitchen Gift Basket is full of all of things that are most special to your mom. It is color matched and sure to be treasured and used for years to come.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $4o


  • 1 Banana Holder Basket
  • 2 color coordinated Dish Towel
  • 2 Silicone spatula and spoons - blue and green
  • 1 blue silicone whisk in a pretty blue color
  • 1 Microplane Grater
  • 3 packages of herb seeds
  • 1 set of ceramic measuring spoons
  • 1 salt and pepper shaker set
  • Your mom’s Favorite cookie bars, or energy bars
  • 5 sheets of blue tissue paper
  • 1 blue oven mitt
  • decorative blue coffee mug
  • 1 sheet of glossy photo paper
  • Kitchen cheat sheet printable


  • Deskjet printer
  • Hole punch


  1. Crumple up some tissue paper and place it in the banana holder basket.
  2. Cover the paper with one of the dish towel and push the paper to the back so it sits higher and leaves a depression at the front.
  3. Place the silicone oven tools in the oven mitt and place this at the back for height.
  4. Roll the other dish towel and place it at the back of the bowl.
  5. Place the cake mix box or energy bars, along with the seed packages and coffee cup in the middle of the basket.
  6. Position the smaller items at the front of the basket.
  7. Wrap the banana arm of the basket with the wider ribbon. Print out the cheat sheet on glossy photo paper
  8. Punch a hole at the top of the cheat sheet and attach it to the smaller ribbon and tie to the banana holder.
  9. Give your gift of love to your mom!

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Yogita Mandloi

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

What a great tutorial!! So many people would like to give a basket like this, but don’t really know where to start.

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Monday 27th of July 2020

Thank for this post. I’m really happy to say it was an interesting post to read. I learned new information from your post.

Julie S.

Monday 7th of March 2016

What a brilliant gift idea, and I love how you added trinkets of fun and items to add height. Do you then just wrap it in a clear plastic wrap to keep everything together when gifting?


Monday 7th of March 2016

Hi Julie. Glad you liked the project. Yes, that is what I do at the end. It makes for a better display at gift time. Carol

Renee Fuller

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

What a great gift idea! thanks for sharing!


Thursday 3rd of March 2016

my pleasure Renee.


Tuesday 1st of March 2016

What a great tutorial!! So many people would like to give a basket like this, but don't really know where to start. Love the printouts too!

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