Fruit hampers are a popular idea for gifts ever since quite a long time ago. Thanks to the beneficial effect of fruits on our overall well-being, this gift has been widely appreciated by everyone who receives it. Not merely healthy, but fruits are also delicious and fresh, loved by people of all ages. They can also add a beautiful touch to our holiday table, become an easy source of healthy snacks, or be used as a gift for your loved ones.
Despite being widely loved, the prices of fruit hampers also come in many ranges of cost, from the affordable to expensive ones. You can order them online too, but if you’re looking to do some creative jobs by making one by yourself, it’s very easy to do so!
To start making your DIY fruit hampers, make sure to prepare the things you’ll be needing first, then you can begin arranging the fruits. Plus, ensure you have selected the suitable fruits to put into the hampers too!
What you will be needing:
- A fruit basket. Any fruit hampers or baskets need a container to put the fruits. You can select a traditional kind of wicker basket, or anything sturdy, large, and attractive can also be your containers. Gift bags, bowls, boxes, pots, anything can be your container. Just make sure it’s not fragile and easily broken. Pay attention to the basket’s shape and the kinds of fruits you want to put into it.
- The bottom cushion. You can use filler like shredded papers, plastic basket grass, or raffia strips for the cushion. If you are using a shallow container, you don’t have to put too much cushion, but if you are using a deep basket, fill the bottom of the container with thick filler so the fruits would be visible and look much more beautiful when packed.
- Fruits. What’s a fruit hampers without any fruits? You can choose the fruits according to the recipient’s favorite fruits. Don’t forget to wash and dry the fruits so they will be ready to eat right from the basket! If you wish, you can also use a special fruit wash available in most grocery stores. If you wonder what kind of fruits you’ll want to put into the basket, you can read our selection of fruits below!
- Additions (optional). You can add several other snacks into the basket if you wish. Candies, nuts, packages of coffee or tea, crackers, a bottle of wine, you can choose for yourself!
What kinds of fruit can you put into the basket?
If your recipient doesn’t have any preference for any fruits or if you didn’t know which fruits they will like, you can select it by yourself. We have compiled eight kinds of fruits you can put into the basket below, along with why you should choose these fruits.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”! It’s exactly like they say; apple is one of the most popular fruits full of nutrition. Apples will do you no wrong when you put them into your hampers. Apple is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibers like pectin, cellulose, and hemicellulose. These fibers help manage your blood sugar levels, support the health of your heart, and promote good digestion. What’s more, it is a good source of vitamin C that will boost your immune. By consuming apples regularly, they will help you lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, overweight, and neurological disorders.
If you want to put apples into your hampers, they are sturdy fruits that can be put into the bottom part of fruits, so they wouldn’t be damaged when stacked up with other fruits.
Banana is a common choice to put into fruit baskets. They are more fragile than apples, so make sure to put them on top of sturdier fruits. Banana can be a perfect and thoughtful choice to put into your hampers as it contains lots of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and magnesium that will promote our overall health. It also includes lots of prebiotics that can help the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
You can put oranges on the bottom part of the container but make sure the fruits on top of them are not the heavier ones than them, or else it’ll go bad. Oranges are well-known for their high vitamin C in a single fruit, providing about 91% of our daily needs. They also contain a high amount of potassium, folate, vitamin B1, and fiber. Eating oranges will help lower our blood sugar, blood pressure and lower levels of inflammation.
4. Dragon fruits
These sturdy fruits can be put at the bottom of the basket, but you can also put them on the top of the other fruits because their unique shapes can help make your basket more exotic and unique. Aside from their catchy appearance, dragon fruits are rich in many nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium, vitamins C and E.
Mango is dubbed the “king of fruits” and will do OK to put into your hampers. It will add an exotic touch to your gift. Moreover, mango is also an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, contains lots of potassium, fibers, and vitamins A, C, B6, E, and K.
Along with mango, kiwi can also be a choice of exotic fruit to put into the basket. Make sure to put this fruit on top of other fruits because kiwi can be easily damaged. Kiwi is great for health, as it contains a high amount of vitamin C, E, beta carotene, and potassium.
Grapes can be the main visual for your fruit baskets as they are usually placed on top of all fruits, as they can get easily crushed and damaged. They are famous as the fruits often eaten by kings and sultans from ancient times. They are convenient to eat, healthy, and high in potassium and vitamin K to support our heart’s health.
This fruit is not a usual choice of fruits to put into a fruit basket, but pomegranates can be a perfect companion to put along with other fruits in your hampers. They are well-known for their high antioxidant content to help boost our immune.