Mention the words “gift basket” and most people visualize the bland, cello wrapped wicker basket filled with apples and pears, topped with a bow that became popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Although, baskets that contain mainly fruit are still popular, today more baskets are themed or customized. Themed or customized gift baskets are perfect for every occasion and individual and fit any taste, lifestyle and budget.
Whether you are looking for a gift to welcome a new baby or send condolences on the death of a loved one, a gift basket is the perfect choice. A customized basket is the perfect gift for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, house warmings, get wells, or thank you because you can find a gift basket that conveys the exact message you want to send. You can make it as large or small as you like and can choose a basket filled with things you know they will love.
The key to giving the perfect gift is to tailor it to the individual who will be receiving it. Think about the person or people. Consider their relationship to you, their gender, age and even lifestyle.
Need a gift for a male business associate? A basket themed around a sport like golf or football, and filled with treats like chips and salsa is sure to be a hit. A woman may love a pretty tea pot and an assortment of gourmet cookies and teas.
Your mom, sister or daughter might like a SPA basket filled with soaps and lotions as well as a scented candle and some gourmet chocolates and a customized basket to your grandmother might include a box of pretty note cards and postage stamps.
Children love gift baskets too. Fill a basket with “art supplies” like crayons and paints for the budding artist or fill one with things they will enjoy playing with outdoors like bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Add packages of lemonade mix and gift certificates to an ice cream store and you’ve given a gift of serious summer fun.
Baskets make excellent gifts for a group. Send a movie themed basket to a family. Just fill a basket with boxes of the kinds of candies you’d find at a movie theatre, packages of microwave popcorn and a family rated DVD. It’s easy and will be appreciated and enjoyed by the whole family. A gift basket makes a perfect gift for an office. Baskets that offer a variety of cookies, crackers and cheeses offer a little something for everyone.
Buying gifts for a holiday, like Easter or Valentine’s Day is a little easier since there are traditional foods or items associated with the occasion. A chocolate bunny is a staple in an Easter themed basket and a heart-shaped box of chocolates is almost mandatory as a Valentine’s Day gift. Gift baskets are also one of the most popular Christmas gifts for families and friends as well as for business giving.
A customized basket is perfect occasions like the birth of a baby, get well or the death of a loved one.
Gift baskets can be customized to reflect a person’s lifestyle. You can choose a gift filled with decadent chocolates or organic and heart healthy treats. Fine wines and cheese or gluten free, there are gift baskets that fit every lifestyle.
One of the things that make gift baskets a favorite gift is that they easily fit any budget.
Marie is the owner and chief designer at Laurel Mountain Basket Company, the New England gift basket service voted “Best In The Valley” by the Valley Advocate Readers Poll 9 years in a row and chosen among the Rave Reviews! Top 100 for 2007.
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