The Best Baskets for Your Summer Picnic

Not only are they cute, they're functional too!

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July 16, 2021

Nothing screams summer better than a yummy picnic in the great outdoors. Whether you're hosting yours in a park, on the beach or in your very own backyard, you'll need a few things to make it picture-perfect. Wine, cheese, forks, knives, cups, plates, the list literally goes on and on. Though packing and toting all these things to your picnic location might seem daunting, a lot of modern picnic baskets come with extras that take all the stress out of transporting all your essentials. We rounded up nine of the best baskets currently available, and we've got to admit, not only are they super chic, they're also highly functional too. Keep reading to find out more!

There's nothing worse than getting to the park or beach for a picnic and realizing you left something important behind. This deluxe wicker basket from Mark & Graham completely solves that dilemma — equipped with wine glasses, ceramic plates and enough stainless steel forks, knives and spoons for four people, it truly has everything you need to make your picnic the perfect summer soiree. Did we mention, it also comes with a corkscrew and salt and pepper shakers?!

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This woven basket from Anthropologie is sure to add a little elegance to your afternoon picnic. With two seperate compartments perfectly shaped to hold your favorite bottles of wine, it’s a great choice for cheese lovers. We also love the basket's semi see-through design, which makes keeping track of everything you place inside super simple and easy.

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This eco-friendly cloth picnic basket from Business & Pleasure Co. is made from the same canvas that’s used to make beach umbrellas, and can easily double as an extra-large lunch bag during the work week. Not only is it insulated to keep all your goodies adequately cooled, it’s also big enough to hold a bottle of vino or liter of soda or bottled water. Buy a few bags and fill them with all your favorite picnic essentials to create a fun DIY gift for all your friends.

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If you’re looking for a picnic basket that’s a bit more fashion-forward, this stylish tote from Picnic Time will make heads turn. Not only does the basket's deeper shape allow you to fill it with all your picnic must-haves and then some, the basket’s drawstring closure also keeps everything secure as you move around. It’s also available in solid colors, stripes and floral prints.

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Part wheely bag, part picnic basket, this insulated option from Picnic at Ascot is great for people who love to bring a lot of food and drinks to their outdoor gatherings. Like some of the other options on this list, it comes with enough glasses, plates and utensils to serve four people, plus napkins, a corkscrew and a cheese knife. We loved the bag’s built-in beverage holders, which can be removed in case you need additional room for even more snacks.

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This whimsical basket is a must-have for date night or a romantic picnic for two. Fill it with two bottles of your favorite bevvy or remove the interior divider to fit all your favorite bites. It also comes with a small wooden cutting board, plus a corkscrew and cheese knife so don’t forget to pack all your favorite charcuterie board ingredients.

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Modeled after the traditional wicker picnic basket, this rustic option will have you feeling all kinds of nostalgic. We love the light blue fabric lining — it’s easily washable in the event of spills, plus it’ll add a little something extra to all your Instagram posts. The basket’s elongated size also ensures you’ll have more than enough room to carry all your picnic must-haves like soda, water, chips and tupperware containers filled with sandwiches and other foods.

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The best part of this nautical basket is that when you aren’t using it, it’s collapsible! That means you can easily store it when picnic season is over. It’s also waterproof, insulated, lightweight and can hold up to 26 liters to meet whatever your needs might be. You can also use it to go grocery shopping or run all your day-to-day errands year-round.

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This chic, multi-pocketed backpack from Sunflora comes with a detachable, insulated bottle holder and an adorable fleece picnic basket to keep all your picnic accessories effortlessly organized. It also comes with four sets of melamine plates, stainless steel silverware, glasses and a bamboo cutting board, so you won’t need to worry about needing any additional bags to hold your place settings. One other feature we couldn’t get enough of was the detachable pouch found inside — it’s completely waterproof, so you can carry ice without any fear of it melting on a super sunny day.

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