5 Must Have Items for an Ice Cream Gift Basket – Crowning Details


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During warm summer days, nothing is more fun as a family, than an ice cream sundae bar! One of my favorite memories as a child was my dad hand-cranking ice cream that we topped and enjoyed after family dinners. I love how easy ice cream sundae bars are to put together, and the smiles that are created when each family member piles their favorite toppings onto ole fashioned vanilla bean ice cream (or insert your favorite ice cream flavor). And since there are never too many smiles in the world, our family decided to share one of our favorite summer memories with loved ones. To spread a little cheer, and to encourage families to create their own lasting memories, we decided as a family to create some simple ice cream gift baskets to drop off to our neighbors.

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Keep scrolling for our 5 must-have items to include in these ice cream gift baskets, including an ice cream themed Vanilla eGift Card for the recipient to purchase their favorite ice creams for the occasion.

5 Must-Have Ice Cream Gift Basket Items

  1. Ice Cream Bowls and/or Cones

Are you team bowl or cone when it comes to ice cream? Personally, I am a big fan of the colorful cups, but I know that my kids love a great ice cream cone. One of the fundamental items for any great ice cream gift basket is a collection of colorful paper cups. We fell in love with these simple, colorful ice cream cups for our neighborhood baskets. If you want to go the extra mile for your ice cream gift items, add an assortment of ice cream cones.

ice cream bowls for a gift basket

2. Ice Cream Scoop

I believe that you can never have enough kitchen utensils! Add a quality, colorful ice cream scoop to your gift for a little added fun. They are available in a variety of styles and price points at most major retailers and specialty kitchen stores.

3. Toppings

A variety of toppings is essential for an amazing ice cream sundae bar. Include not only several topping flavor options (i.e. hot fudge, chocolate, caramel, strawberry), but sprinkles, candy and even chopped nuts. The sky is literally the limit for what you could include, so be creative and add an assortment. To elevate your topping options, consider re-packaging them into clear plastic tubes like shown, versus standard retail packaging.

ice cream sundae toppings

4. Serving Utensils & Napkins

I love a great ice cream parlor spoon. There is just something super fun about a wooden or colorful plastic spoon. Include a handful of fun spoons just for the occasion in your ice cream gift basket. And, toss in some themed ice cream napkins for the mess that is sure to ensure when enjoying the DIY sundaes.

ice cream gift basket

5. Vanilla eGift Card

While everything mentioned above is simple to include into a gift basket, frozen ice cream can be a bit tricky! Make it easy on your gift recipient and include a Vanilla eGift Card in any denomination so that they can purchase a variety of ice cream flavors for the occasion. Vanilla Gift Cards are accepted nationwide anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted, and can be purchased in physical form or as an eGift Card. Simply choose the gift amount, the type of card (physical or eGift Card), add your personalized message (for eGift Cards), then complete your transaction.

ice cream theme gift

To purchase your own Vanilla eGift Card, visit www.vanillagift.com.

Once you have gathered all of your gift basket items, arrange them into a colorful, yet functional basket or container. I was able to fund these great outdoor serving containers that doubled as a great way to deliver our ice cream surprises. Have fun with this idea and deliver some happy summertime memories to those around you this year!!

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