Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Trendy gift baskets to match every occasion

Receiving a gift is a nice experience. You open the gift wrapper with trembling hands and your face lights up seeing the beautiful gift inside! Certain intriguing gifting trends are observed with changing time. Targeting an age group of 25-45, gift baskets are designed with innovative product mixes as well as healthy and trendy items. Attractive and youthful packaging adds further charm. It seems the young generation is moving away from glitz and glamour of huge gift packs with flashy gold or silver wraps. To certain extent, the magic is gone out of 2 or 3 tier cakes. Rather, gift baskets are conceptualized based on the theme “the more the merrier” and “small is beautiful”.

Gourmet gifts have their own appeal, of which sweet items always top the preference chart. Previously gourmet gifts were planned in a bit crude manner, just stuffing the basket with chocolates, cookies and other sweets. Now, lots of thoughts and novel ideas go into designing the gourmet basket. Taking into consideration that customers appreciate a large selection of products, these baskets are prepared with assortment of items of varied sizes. Thus a chocolate basket is most likely to include all sorts of combinations like cookies, wafer rolls,  bars, truffles, Almond Roca, chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn, biscotti, etc.; a sure way to indulge in chocolate delights! The interesting thing noticed is that darker chocolates are more in demand these days.

Theme based gourmet gift is another hot trend being lapped up by buyers. Browse website of any reputed gifting company and you will be intrigued by varied themes on offer. Ideas are inspired by a special day or a particular event, like birthday, marriage anniversary, outstanding performance in exam or a sports event, etc. It can be planned for a specific season, e.g. autumn gift. Theme baskets can be designed based on certain tastes too like Chocolate Delights, Cocoa and Coffee treats, Salty treats with sauces and dips. Customers’ insistence on organic and healthy food products have prompted service providers to come up with interesting additions like roasted garlic salsa, olive oil chips, tortilla chips, herbal tea, etc. in gourmet gift baskets.

Another hot favorite gift idea which surely pleases women of all age groups is spa gift basket. An organic spa package comprising bath salt, soap, shower gel, body butter, scrubs, floral scented body lotions and sachet, is a touching way of saying “Stay beautiful always!”. If you are not really satisfied with themes offered by the gifting company then feel free to come up with own theme and request a customized basket based on that. Smaller baskets are preferred than huge ones, simply because you can buy a variety of baskets, based on different ideas. This proves to be cost effective and a sure way to please your loved ones.

Gift baskets have a greater WOW factor than wrapped gifts. Besides you need not go through the hassle of shopping individual item and then wrap these up in one pack. The gifting company takes care of each aspect and makes sure that the basket is prepared precisely the way you want. Only a gift expert can ensure that your gift basket idea never goes wrong.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Budget gift ideas to impress your loved ones

Gift is a wonderful way of expressing your feelings, a thoughtful way of saying “I think of you and care for you!” Many have this idea that gifts are judged by expensive price tags only. This is not really true. What actually matters is your feelings and the way you convey it.  If you are totally apathetic to the cause then landing up with an expensive present makes no sense. In fact there are occasions which don’t even demand expensive gifts, e.g., you may want to say “get well soon”, “thank you” or “best of luck” to someone close. You need not present him/her with an expensive wrist watch or solitaire diamond. An exclusive gift with a well thought out message is enough to touch the person’s heart.

Prior to buying a gift, it helps if you know the person’s likes and dislikes. However, one thing can be said for sure that the best way to someone’s heart is through his/her stomach. So, if you don’t have clear idea about the person’s favorites, then a gourmet gift is the best bet. Very few can resist the charm of a gift basket containing premium chocolates, butter toffee pretzels, chocolate dipped butter cookies or fresh baked brownies. Many who don’t have sweet tooth will definitely fall for smoked almonds, cheese sticks or crunchy fresh roasted nuts. Again those who are too health conscious and can conjure up the courage to resist these delicacies will surely appreciate a basket containing assorted dry fruits, olive oil chips, tea cookies and green tea. So, what could have been the better option, than tickling taste buds of your loved ones and that too without spending a fortune!

If you are planning budget gift baskets under $40, then try the mix-n-match trick. Replace one or two expensive items with comparatively inexpensive ones. Make sure that you substitute with useful items only, e.g. if it is a birthday gift then team up your birthday cookies with a hand painted coffee mug. An apple gift basket hand dipped in rich Caramel, Chocolate and then colorfully decorated with bright candies is the perfect present to brighten up your sweetheart’s day. To make any gift even more eye-catching, use colorful gift wraps and satin ribbons. You can always be innovative with different gift ideas or else get the services of any reputed gifting company which has proficiency in offering personalized services. Apart from suggesting interesting gift ideas under $40, these companies also do the packaging and then deliver it at your desired address.

Prior to selecting a gifting company, do study its profile. Browse the website to know different gift categories and items included in each group. Enquire about their services, i.e., whether they arrange items as per your request, if they have gift baskets within limited budget, what locations they cover, how long the delivery takes and so on. When it comes to delightful gift ideas, many customers trust companies run by women gift experts; perhaps guided by the conception that only a woman is sensitive enough to appreciate feelings associated with a gift and can convey emotions in an aesthetical manner.