Thursday, 18 December 2014

5 Ideas for Christmas Gift Baskets

From specialty to homemade items, a gift basket can be filled with a range of different goodies. Because they can be easily personalized, these baskets can be extremely thoughtful and easy-to-make. Here are some baskets to give away as Christmas gifts this year.

Spa baskets

Everyday life can be stressful, especially during the holidays. People are often running to and fro trying to get everything done. Send your dear ones the gift of relaxation with a spa basket. Fill up a beautiful container with decorative soaps, bath salts, body lotion, fluffy towels, aromatherapy products, and candles. Snuggle in some chocolates or include a certificate to their favorite spa for a manicure or massage.

Tea or Coffee baskets

Afternoon coffee or tea is an occasional delight, and your gift basket will definitely create a soothing interlude. Use a Christmassy napkin to line the container. Add a range of flavored teas and gourmet coffees, a box of cookies, mugs, and assorted chocolates.

Holiday Cookies gift basket
If you want to give away gift baskets that reflect the holiday season, consider a cookies gift basket. There are a couple of ways to create these yummy containers. For instance, if your recipient likes to bake, snuggle in the ingredients they will need to make scrumptious holiday cookies. Include a rolling pin, cookie cutters, frosting, sprinkles, and other such ingredients. Apart from this, place a few recipes inside the gift basket. However, if your recipient is not big on baking, choose a collection of holiday cookies from a local bakery. Snuggle them in a basket along with dessert plates and holiday coffee mugs.

Movie night

Create a basket that your recipient can enjoy during the holidays. Choose a couple of DVDs that you know they will love. You can also choose Christmas movies just to add to the holiday cheer. Along with the DVD’s, add other items in the gift basket, such as popcorn packages, candy, potato chips, and other such snacks to be relished during the movie. If you have the budget to spend more, include a throw blanket that can be used to snuggle up on the couch.

Wine gift basket
Create a traditional basket by choosing a few bottles of red or white wine and a few different kinds of cheeses to complement the wines. Select items that have distinctly different flavors so that your friend can try a comprehensive variety. For instance, select a cabernet sauvignon and compliment it with camembert cheese. You can also go with sweet Riesling and pair it with Monterey jack. Another pair that should go well is a bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne and brie.

You can never go wrong with a holiday gift basket for those who like to celebrate the festivities and gourmet food. To make these baskets more personal, you can also snuggle in products that you know your recipient will love.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Thanksgiving gift ideas for loved ones

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in history and tradition, with images of boats, pilgrims, pumpkins, crops and turkeys, all around. One of the best ways to celebrate this joyous occasion is to give away small tokens of love to the ones who matter most in your life. From gourmet gift baskets to spa products, here are some ideas that you can mix and match to create a perfect gift.

Appetizer baskets 

If you’d like to create a basket that your host can use during a dinner party, then give them a basket filled with appetizers. You can include a variety of cheeses, fruits, crackers, or mixed nuts. Dish towels or pot holders can also be added to fill up the empty spaces. Don’t forget to use fall colors, such as gold, reds, oranges and browns while decorating.

Dinner baskets
Even though your host may have already planned and prepared a Thanksgiving meal, a gift basket containing recipes and ingredients will allow them to peruse other ideas and recipes later on. There are thousands of recipes over the internet, including regional specialties from California to New England and Southern style cooking. An unusual dinner gift basket should help them get into the holiday spirit.

After dinner baskets

A container filled with desserts and beverages can come in very handy after a large dinner. Buy pies, cookies, and brownies to put inside the basket for your recipient to serve after a meal. You can even choose to bake a dessert. Place your cookies or cake in a decorative tray or a tin and snuggle in some assorted teas or coffee bags along.

Fruit baskets 
To make a fruit basket, place colorful fall leaves in the shades of scarlet, orange, and gold inside your container, filling it to the brim with fruits. Tuck in some apples, pears, oranges, limes and lemons. Use mini-pumpkins as fillers to cover up the gaps. These gift baskets do not just offer delicious snacks but are also a very healthy way to tell someone how much you appreciate them.

Personalized baskets

Can there be a better gift than having your favorite goodies tucked inside one big container? After a tiring day, your recipient will probably like to take a break and relax. Give them a more customized gift basket to help them wind down. Snuggle in a bottle of their favorite beverage and some of their personal favorites, such as cookies and candy. You can also add some spa products and scented candles.

Decorating baskets

Another pretty gift is a cornucopia filled with Thanksgiving decorations and treats. You can tuck in napkins, place mats, candlesticks, candy, fruit, and the like. Tie a beautiful bow and snuggle in a CD of holiday music to get your recipients in the mood.

There is no better occasion to say thanks to your loved ones than Thanksgiving. Whether you’re having your friends over for dinner or just want to tell someone how grateful you are for having them in your life, you can display your appreciation with a small gift. Hope the aforementioned ideas help you come up with the right present.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Have Fun with Movie Night Gift Baskets

Whether you are planning a movie night with your partner or friends and family, something to munch on is an absolute must to enjoy your movie marathon. However, it would kill all the fun if your host has to pause your favorite movie just to get into the kitchen and rustle up something every time the hunger pangs strike. A solution to this problem is to opt for movie night gift baskets that pack a range of delicious goodies. Though a bag of microwave popcorn is a common element of most such gift baskets, you can explore other choices too if you want to give the common fare a miss and pick some more enticing items. Even some gift baskets that give a spin to those ubiquitous popcorns are worth a try.

Here are some movie night gift basket ideas that can let you enjoy the movie theatre ambiance with delicious items and loved ones for company:
  • Candies and chocolates: Starting from old school candies like Candy Dots, Necco Wafers, Dubble Bubble, Mike & Ike Cherri Bubb, Cracker Jack, Pixy Sticks and Nik Nips to others such as Rasinettes and peanuts candies, you will be spoiled for choice when you search the stock of reputed online gift stores. If your recipients are chocolate lovers, you can take your pick from Godiva treats, Ghirardelli chocolate squares, etc. You may even choose pure chocolate bars or chocolate-covered treats such as Dolcetto Chocolate Pastry, Chocolate Truffle Almonds, Chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie and Cashew Roca Butter – to name just a few. Gift baskets that pack these goodies are sure to satiate any cocoa and candy craving for sure!
  • Popcorns with a twist: If you are not just satisfied with popcorns alone for your movie night, how about a gift basket that packs more? Starting from popcorn and gourmet popcorn seasoning to some more munchies packed along with a 10” film reel collectible tin would surely be admired by your recipients. Even the goodies packed in a movie theater popcorn box can be a good way to get started with your movie marathon. So, add some jazz to your movie night gathering with such gift baskets.
  • "Theme" movie gift baskets: If the group/host has planned to play some specific movies, you can create personalized "theme" movie gift baskets to up the surprise quotient. For example, packing chocolate goodies for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or rainbow candies before settling down to watch The Wizard of Oz could be worth a try.
  • Wine and beer: Washing down the delicacies with a bottle of beer or wine would be an ideal way to celebrate your movie night with friends and family or that special someone. Therefore, take your pick from a wide range of such gift baskets available at major wholesale gift stores.
  • Healthy gift baskets: In case your recipients include adults or others with dietary restrictions, you can choose from a wide range of dietary gift baskets such as gluten free gift baskets, diabetic gift baskets, sugar-free gift baskets etc.

Couples planning a movie night can also choose gift baskets with a snuggie, cozy slipper socks, scented candles, aroma oils, etc. to set the mood for a romantic night. So, plan ahead, choose your movie night gift baskets, add a personalized note and get ready for a great movie experience!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

5 Tips to Choose Baby Gift Baskets

Choosing gifts for adults is a tough choice but the task becomes tougher when your recipients are babies. Since you won’t know about their habits or preferences in most cases, choosing gifts that are useful and likeable by the little ones can be an uphill task. Though many people opt for toys, new clothes, baby products etc, deciding what to include in your baby gift baskets can often be an overwhelming choice as the market offers numerous options for you to choose from. To make your choice easier and faster, here are five tips that can help you sail through the tough act of choosing baby gift baskets:

  • Gender-specific gifts: If you know the gender of the baby, you can narrow your search down to gifts for the baby girl or boy. While soft toys to cuddle are good for both, you may widen your search to include other toys made of foam, ribbon or wood letters, which can let the little ones have some fun time. Usually, color themes that dominate baby girl gifts are pink and purple, while red and blue are for the boys.
  • Gender-neutral gifts: If the baby’s sex is unknown to you, you can opt for gift baskets in gender neutral colors such as green, yellow, brown and orange. Opting for gifts in pastel and light shades is also a good choice in such cases. Gifts like rubber ducks too can be considered, which can make bath time more enjoyable for the tiny tots, irrespective of their gender.
  • Baby supplies: If you want to give the stuffed animals and soft toys a miss, you can opt for gift baskets that pack a range of baby products. Starting from baby soaps, lotions, powder, baby comb, hair brushes and other bath products for the baby to portable diaper bags, bottles and other feeding products, you can get a wide variety to take your pick from.
  • Baby clothing: Starting from mini bodysuits to snuggle suits,sleepy hats, blankets and pillows,stroller blankets, shoes etc, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to buying baby clothes.Knowing the age and size of the baby will help you select the right clothing that fits well. However, you may opt for one-size baby clothing too in case you are unaware of the baby’s size.
  • Baby and others: It’s not compulsory that yourbaby gift baskets should contain gifts just for the baby. You can also include gifts for the parents, especially if they are new parents. By packing some essential supplies, you can help save the parents a trip to the store in case they forget something essential. In case the baby has an older sibling, including some gifts for him/her can be a good choice as this will not let any resentment breed, as is common with many siblings who feel neglected by all the attention the newest member of the family is getting.

Apart from helpful and useful baby items, you can also opt for a bouquet of flowers, gourmet gift baskets that pack “Welcome Baby” cards, chocolates, cakes and other delectable items. Remember to add a handmade note or message to your gifts or choose personalized packing options to create unique baby gift baskets.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Unique Gift Baskets to Celebrate Patriot Day

In the history of the US, September 11th is a dark day when terrorist attacks claimed 2,977 lives. Ever since President Bush used his authority in 2012 to sign the resolution and proclaim September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day, this day has been celebrated as a day of remembrance. On this day, people across the country send flowers and gifts to honor their countrymen and support the family or friends of those who have lost a near and dear one in the 9/11 attacks. Be it commemorative gifts or bouquets to honor these brave men and women, you can select from a varied repertoire of several online gift shops to show how much you value the work and sacrifice of those who lost their lives on that fateful day of September 11th.

Here are some unique gift basket ideas for Patriot Day, from which you can take your pick:
  • Patriot bouquets: Nothing can pay a better tribute to the brave souls than a gift basket displaying patriotism. These days, many gift shops stock roses and other flowers with their petals dyed in red, white and blue hues, which help you create the perfect tribute to express your love and pride for the country. If you too want to wear your patriotism on your sleeves, you can choose one or more of these patriot bouquets to celebrate Patriot Day this year.
  • Cookies and other delectable items: Be it delicious cookies, munchies or chocolates, you can get a lot of variety to choose from with these gourmet gift baskets that pack ready to eat items, perfect for any patriotic occasion. Starting from bite-size nibblers and munchies to star-shaped cookies, such gift baskets pack a punch that’s sure to sweeten up any occasion.
  • Organic gift baskets: Gifts that pack organic foods and snacks of superior quality, complete with eco-friendly packaging, are in vogue these days. You too can pick some of these gift baskets that pack the power of nature to commemorate the brave souls who left us on 9/11.
  • Healthy gift baskets: Patriot Day celebration shouldn’t be limited to those who can gorge on chocolates and cookies. Even those with dietary and other health restrictions should take part in the events planned to salute the heroes. To make this possible, several wholesale gift shops offer gluten-free/heart-healthy/sugar-free/diabetic gift baskets. Depending on your recipient’s health and dietary restrictions, you can select from these gifts and ensure that everyone is playing his/her part in lifting the spirits of the friends and families of America's heroes.
  • Sports gift baskets: Some regions celebrate Patriot Day with several events like marathons, golf matches etc along with local parades and celebrations. You too can take part in these to experience how people honor their heroes. You may even gift sports gift baskets in this spirit to encourage your recipients’ participation in these activities. While golf gift baskets will help your recipients play a round or two of the game, those that pack running shoes, cookies etc will be perfect for runners who participate in the marathons.
To make all these gifts more special, you can include a personalized, heart-felt message that acts as your signature touch and goes on to show how much you care.

Friday, 12 September 2014

5 Fall Gift Basket Ideas

This autumn, give your gift giving ceremony a twist by sending unique gift baskets complete with a personalized message, which would delight your recipients and show them how much you care. Whether it’s delectable gourmet fall gift baskets filled with the gift of cookies, chocolates, cakes, cheese, organic fruits; fresh and beautiful flowers; or spa gifts, you will have all these and much more to choose from when you browse through the repertoire of reputed online gift shops.

If you are looking for some fall gift basket ideas that are ideal for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, housewarmings and more, here are some to help you take your pick from:

  • Chocolates and cookies: Let the harvest season be full of fall sweetness and fun when you bring a wide variety of gourmet delights to the table of your recipients. Starting from classic chocolate treats to chocolate dips, delicious cookies, pretzels, fall-inspired sprinkles, drizzles and candies, you will have a lot to choose from. Many online gift shops pack these truly self-indulgent treats in unique gift packs, thus giving you the ideal solution to share your fall festivities with your loved ones.
  • Fresh harvest produce: Nothing beats the joy of tasting fresh farm produce and this fall, you can give the packaged foods a miss to vote in favor of organic food. Though the availability and variety of fall produce will depend largely on your region's climate, you can still face a dilemma while making a choice as a lot would be up for grabs. Be it fresh, seasonal fruits or locally made cheese/honey, you can’t go wrong when you pick fresh harvest produce – one of Nature's greatest gifts.
  • Dried fruits and nuts: Whether your recipients like salty or sweet snacks, munching dried fruits and nuts can be the ideal way for them to spend their evenings at home. Apart from dried fruits, nuts, dates, cranberries and raisins, you can also get tasty trail mixes or mix-and-match to produce one of your own signature combinations, which can then be given as gifts. 
  • Flowers: Whether you are looking for a riot of colors or a vibrant bouquet to spread the cheer around, fall flower gift baskets are your ideal bet. Though you can pick your chosen flowers to create a DIY gift basket, buying them from a gift shop would ensure that the in-house expert florists arrange the flowers beautifully to provide outstanding results that wow your recipients.
  • Spa gifts: Taking a break from the daily grind and stepping into a salon to enjoy a therapeutic spa where you can simply lie back and relax is a dream almost everyone nurtures. But often, this remains a distant dream as you just can’t find the time to pamper yourself. If your intended recipients too are in such a situation, you can help them with spa gift baskets that let them enjoy a relaxing spa, right at home. Most of these spa gift baskets pack all the essential spa products such as body lotion, shower gel, moisturizing body butter, bath crystals, bar soap, bath sponge, bath fizzers, nail brush, pumice stone, etc. to let your recipients enjoy a  rejuvenating spa session in the comfort of their homes.

When you buy these gifts from a reputed online store, you will get the chance to customize them with a handwritten note, which makes them one-of-a-kind. Some stores also allow you to choose special packaging to give your fall gifts a signature style that’s simply matchless. So, put on your creative hat to come up with fall gift ideas using the tips above that would bring joy to your family and friends.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Unique Gift Baskets to Celebrate Senior Citizens Day

Old age is the reflection of a beautiful journey called “life”.  It is a time to cherish that past filled with triumphs, tribulations, laughter and pain, all of which have contributed in their own way to create a beautiful present. Old age often brings experience and wisdom, which when shared by the seniors, can become the foundation of knowledge for the future generation. Therefore, old age is something to be proud of. After all, Henri Frederic Amiel rightly quoted, “To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living”.

This Senior Citizen’s Day, let us tell the elderly how much we love and care for them by presenting them with unique gift baskets and just watching the innocent smile on their faces. Colorful gift baskets, both general and customized ones, are available in many online stores. You just have to browse the wide variety to take your pick from them. Here are some ideas that can help you select the right gift basket for your elders to help them celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day in style:

  • Organic Gift Baskets: Being natural and healthy, these gift baskets are unmatched bundles of joy for the seniors. Packed with farm-fresh organic food combined with some healthy pasta, sauces and breadsticks, not to mention a creamy chocolate bar at time, they pack a lot of variety that satiates the taste buds like no other food. No wonder why these unique gift baskets feature high on the list of many shoppers as offer yummy but healthy food options for the seniors.  
  • Wine Gift Baskets: A gift basket with two bottles of wine along with a box of snacks, cheese and dark chocolates is a fantasy come true. So, why don’t you make this day more special by gifting the elders something to raise a toast to? Some of the wine gift baskets may even come with a combination of roasted peanuts, hot sweet mustard and pepper crackers to make the celebration delectable. Bountiful Vineyard, California Splendor and 91 Point Spanish Paella are few of the classic varieties to select from.
  • Health Gift Baskets: The best way to show the elders that you care is to gift them a customized basket of healthy goodies. These baskets contain various types of sugar free and low-calorie brownies, health bars, snacks, teas and other munchies. Heart Healthy, Sugar free and Diabetic baskets are some of those well-being packages, which will assure the elders that it is indeed a healthy Senior Citizen’s Day.
  • Gourmet Gift Baskets: If the seniors of your house are real foodies, then these baskets offer a variety that you will never be able to say no to. Starting from their favorite wines, cookies, pasta and chocolates, to delicious cheese, wafers, candies and much more, you will get an exclusive range of items to fill your basket of love. Some baskets like the Country Gourmet and Classy Italian Dinner are specially designed to meet the preferences of the wisest persons of your family.
  • Spa Gift Baskets: If your parents or grandparents are regular visitors to spas and massage parlors, then the Spa gift baskets are “the baskets” to select this Senior Citizen’s Day. A varied range of shower gels, body lotions, scrubs, soaps, scents et all are the actual essence of these baskets, which are often complemented by bath towels, slippers and relaxation CDs. Beach Relaxation and Harvest Spa Gift baskets are some that a senior will need to enjoy a spa experience right at home.

Whatever you gift the elderly this Senior Citizen’s Day, nothing will match your love, compassion and care. Your relentless support to their stooping shoulders and shaking hands is the true expression of your respect and love. And these beautifully wrapped gift baskets with a lovely personalized note will definitely speak for you a lot more than mere words.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gift Ideas for Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September to mark the American Labor Movement. This day is dedicated to the economic and social accomplishment of workers. Labor Day offers the working people a rare three-day weekend, which is lapped up by many to enjoy picnics, camping and social gatherings with friends and family. In many states, this day also marks, albeit unofficially, the end of summer and the commencement of school. Therefore, children and youngsters too take part in the festivities that are organized when Labor Day weekend rolls around. In case you have been planning to send gifts to loved ones to make their Labor Day celebrations special, here are some ideas that can help:

  • Gourmet Delicacies: Typically, Labor Day parties include some type of outdoor dining. So, packing a lunch basket with chocolates, cookies, fresh fruits, munchies and other gourmet delicacies are sure to be winners. A lot of online gift stores stock a variety of chocolates, fruits and organic gift baskets, from which you can take your pick. In case your recipients have health issues, you may even shop for heart healthy gift baskets, sugar-free/diabetic gift baskets or gluten-free gift baskets.
  • Wine Gift Baskets: No celebration can be complete without a glass of wine or champagne. So, order unique wine gift baskets which pack your intended recipient’s favorite wines and let them raise a toast in style.
  • Spa Gifts: Instead of spending a day-out, if your loved ones would rather have a day of indulgence at a spa, you can send them spa gift vouchers. If they are not interested in stepping out and still want to be pampered, spa gift baskets are your ideal bet. Packed with spa essentials, these baskets are perfect to enjoy a spa session right at home. Designed to soothe frayed nerves, while offering the much-needed touch of stress relief, these spa baskets will help your loved ones pamper themselves in royal style.
  • Tickets to Sporting Events: For sports enthusiasts, nothing can beat the tickets to their favorite outdoor sporting events. You too can gift such tickets to your recipients this Labor Day to bring some unique quotient to your gifts. In case there are no sporting events nearby, there’s no need to fret and fume. You can always choose from the bouquet of sports gift baskets and take your pick depending on what sport your recipient favors.
  • Home Decoration/Renovation Items: Rather than enjoying a rest day, some people may choose to decorate/renovate parts of their home on Labor Day. If your recipient is such a person who takes pride in working hard even on a holiday, you can chip in with gifts that pack home decoration items (such as picture frames, pen stands, vases etc) or toolkits and items for home repair.
  • Outdoor Game Kits: Spending time on camping can be difficult if you don’t have enough options to keep yourself occupied. To save your loved ones from this plight, especially if they have planned a camping trip this Labor Day, you can pick outdoor game kits that are easy to carry and will help the participants have an enjoyable time.

People in the US work long and hard and take pride in their reputation of being workaholic. Labor Day gives them a chance to break free from the strict schedule and enjoy some quality time with friends, family and loved ones to feel rejuvenated. This way, they are ready to come back to work with a renewed fervor. So, find some gifts to help your loved ones enjoy this day and add a personal note to show that you really love and care for them. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

5 Health Food Baskets to Send a Recovering Parent

Do you have a parent who is recovering from surgery or a health problem? It is always nice to send over a gift to let them know you care. At this stage, however, your parents probably have every knick-knack you can think of. So the last thing they will need is another gift to cram into one of the closets. Instead, choose something that will help them in their recovery process.

Here are five health food baskets you can create for your parent:

Fresh Fruit Basket

Is there a better way to buoy someone’s health than fresh fruits? Packed with naturally occurring antioxidants and vitamins, orange contains more than 116% of recommended Vitamin C while pineapple is loaded with important micronutrients such as niacin, manganese, and more. All of these healthful nutrients work with the body to kill illnesses by empowering the immune system. Depending on the season, add in domestic and tropical fruits such as, oranges, apples, pineapple, kiwi, pears, and coconut into your gift basket. Fruits act as natural medicine against the toughest of illnesses.

Dried Fruits Health Gift Basket

A large basket containing a thoughtful range of nourishing dried foods is sure to cheer any parent. There are a variety of products that you can add including, trail mixes, almonds, dried apricots, cashews and pistachios that will offer them the much needed energy.

Organic Gift Basket

Fresh is always the best! Gifting your parents freshly ground organic herbs, spices and salts that they can use while preparing everyday meals is a great way to bring them back to health. Encouraging home-cooked food will also help your parents stay away from packaged products that have excess sugar, artificial ingredients and trans-fats.

There are a variety of fresh herbs and spices you can add to your basket including, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, oregano, parsley, mint, cumin, pepper, and the like.

Nourishing Gift Basket

A container full of healthy snacks that a patient can munch on without feeling guilty or sick is a great idea. Your nourishing basket can contain gourmet hummus, olive oil crackers, mustard sauce, shortbread cookies, green tea, and much more. Apart from this, to make the basket even more appealing, you can also snuggle in accessories such as, tea mugs, cutting board, knives, and the like.

A gluten-free diet is a diet that eliminates a protein composite known as gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. A lot of doctors recommend gluten free foods to their patients for health reasons. So, if your parents have also been advised to stay away from this protein, a large array of delicious gluten-free cookies such as, luscious double chocolate, chocolate chip, ginger cookies, and gluten-free brownies is surely going to make their day. Apart from the sweet goodies, there are a variety of other gluten free food products that you can add, depending on the receiver’s taste.

Buying a perfect gift can be challenging. The job gets even harder when you're buying for a recovering parent. Gift baskets are certainly the way to go in such circumstances. Your parents will not only love the basket but will also be touched by the thought that went into creating it.

Friday, 18 July 2014

5 birthday gift basket ideas for your husband

Picking out a perfect birthday gift for your husband can be extremely challenging. Rather than buying a bland present such as a gift card or a necktie, get him a great gift that will make his special day even more memorable. Here are five gift baskets that will make his birthday one to remember.

Barbeque Gift Basket

If your guy loves to get his grill on, then handing him a barbecue basket is perhaps the best idea. Make an entertaining collection of savory barbeque snacks such as, dip mixes, chips, barbeque sauce and much more. You can also add in his favorite poison to make the container more tempting.

Gourmet Food Basket

A basket full of gourmet cooking favorites such as mixes, sauces, chili kits, cheeses, pasta, burger mix, nuggets and more is sure to be a hit with a connoisseur of fine drinks and food! He is going to remember you each time he prepares something from the container and may even shower you with affection and appreciation for the thought you put into his birthday gift.

Sport Gift Basket

Surprise your sports fan with a basket filled to the brim with delectable treats and snacks such as, mint chocolate cookies, assorted biscotti, mountain mix, hot cocoa, gourmet mocha, and much more. You can also create game specific baskets such as golf baskets, kickoff baskets, basketball gift containers, and the like. Remember, the closer your present is to his favorite sport, the more he will appreciate it.

Apart from the food, you can also include accessories like his favorite team’s t-shirt, game cards, game DVD’s, to make him flip with joy.

Coffee Gift Basket

Does your husband enjoy a good cup of coffee? If yes, then a coffee gift basket makes a perfect gift for him. There are a variety of things you can add to the basket including, coffee mugs, different types of gourmet coffee beans, cappuccino, chocolate rolls as coffee dippers, and the like. It is a great way to let your husband know how much you love him.

Wine Gift Basket

Imagine your guy waking up to a big tote containing his favorite wines from around the world! He will not forget that feeling for a long time. You can also nestle in a treasure trove of gourmet delicacies such as smoked salmon, gourmet stoneground mustard, fancy baked pretzels, dry salami, and several other specialty foods. Apart from this, you can also include a box of his favorite chocolates and fine wine glasses to add to his collection.

Just because your man is not mushy for romance as you are does not mean he will not appreciate a thoughtful and romantic token of love. If you really love your husband, show him how much you care by choosing a birthday gift that is selfless and creative. By giving him a gift basket matching his personality, you can be rest assured that he will love you for it and may even return the favor very soon. However, if you’re having a hard time deciding which basket to gift, get in touch with expert gift-basket makers to assist you in choosing the right basket.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

6 Interesting Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Father is every child’s first hero and he is always special. He has given you a rock solid support in your life since the beginning, stood by you during uncertainty and growth, and done a lot more to make your life happy and comfortable. A special occasion like Father's Day is the right time for you to reciprocate his love with lovely gifts. Choosing Father's Day gifts is a breeze for some lucky souls. For others, it might require weeks to shortlist gifts that would be loved by the man. Whether your dad’s gift is easy to shop for or needs meticulous planning, you just can’t go wrong with these interesting gift ideas:

  • Delicious Treats: For the foodie dad, who loves to munch on freshly baked cookies or savor Sonoma cheese, gourmet treats such as snack mixes and chocolate bars are the ideal solution. Often packed in unique ways, which could be anything from a faux leather magazine holder to a caddie bag, these treats are sure to tickle the taste buds of food connoisseur dads.
  • Coffee Gift Baskets: If your dad just can’t do without his cup of coffee, you can shop for novel coffee gift baskets that include premium coffee grounds. Often accompanied by some delicious cookies and ceramic mugs, these gift baskets packed in gorgeous coffee themed containers are sure to up the spirits of your dad.
  • Wine Gift Baskets: Raising a toast with classic or contemporary wines is a surefire way to celebrate any occasion and Father’s Day is no different. Wine baskets with a celebrity touch can work wonders with your dad. Like the one featuring Francis Ford Coppola’s "Mammarella" line of authentic organic pastasauces (in the honor of his mother, Italia Pennino Coppola) in addition to Francis Coppola Diamond Claret and Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon can be fabulous. Other choices could be Ste. Michelle sparkling wines, Classic Spanish wines like the 91-point Crianza from Vina Eguia,, Cabernet and Merlot from Beaulieu Vineyardsand Cupcake Chardonnay wine, to list a few.
  • Organic Fruits and Vegetables: This is the right choice if you wish to emphasize on the health consciousness of your father. Pick from healthy, organic and seasonal vegetable and fruit gift baskets.Be it baskets packed with farm fresh produce; those having a bouquet of organic vegetables, herbs and olive oil or dried fruits; you will have a lot to choose from.

    You can also search to find heart healthy gift baskets, diabetic gift baskets, gluten-free gift baskets and sugar-free gift baskets. Items packed in such baskets will let your father enjoy the celebrations without upsetting his health and dietary restrictions.
  • Sport Gift Baskets: For dads who can’t get through their days without their staple dose of favorite sports, these gift baskets are the ideal choice. For golf enthusiasts, gift baskets like Caddy Snacks, Fore the 19th Hole! Gift Basket and Golf Pro Gift Basketare sure to be a big hit. Again, any football fan would truly appreciate gift baskets named Kick Off Cookies and Superbowl Gourmet Party Gift Basket. Most reputed online gift stores stock such gift baskets that can make the day special for dads who are huge sport fans.

You can make all these gifts special by adding a hand-made note to your father, where you express your love, respect and gratitude for the man who has sacrificed and contributed towards making you what you are today.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Celebrate June Solstice with Gourmet Gift Baskets

The June Solstice, also popular as the Northern Solstice, typically occurs on the 20th/21stJune according to the Gregorian calendar. It’s the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; whereas it’s the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Since the summer solstice signals the onset of summer, many festivities are planned during this time of the year. If you are also planning family gatherings or just want to visit the local festivals, some delicious gourmet gift baskets can add up to the festivities around.

Here are the most favorite picks for celebrating June Solstice in style:

  • Organic Gift Baskets: The June Solstice heralds new beginnings. As the crops start to ripen, this is the time for taking stock of things, and set goals to get started with a new life by incorporating healthy eating habits and a fitness regime, if you aren’t already doing it. Organic gift baskets are the ideal way to celebrate the summer solstice. They pack fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as organic herbs, which are tasty and also healthy. So, whether you are planning a barbeque with friends or a family gathering, having some organic gift baskets for company can be a great way to ensure good health for all.
  • Choco-licious Gifts: Chocolates+ Delicious =Choco-licious gifts. Almost everyone falls in love with chocolates irrespective of their age group. Delicious and classic chocolates wrapped in artistic packages can be the ideal gifts to celebrate the June Solstice.
  • Delicious Munchies: Be it freshly baked cookies, chocolate chips, raisins, oatmeal or Sonoma cheese, these cookie gift baskets are packed to the brim with delectable munchies that can be the perfect accompaniment for summer solstice celebrations. From kids and teenagers to adults and elders, everyone is sure to munch on these delicious items while partaking in the festive spirit.  
  • Spa Gift Baskets: The summer solstice promises that balmy, warmer days are ahead. So, many consider this to be the perfect time to indulge in some self-love and self-nurturing. You can opt for spa gift baskets for your loved ones to help them spend some quality, relaxing me-time at home with the magnificent products of these baskets – right from the bath essentials to scented candles, bathrobes and slippers. Some of these spa gifts may even come with soothing musical CDs that can recreate a zen-like atmosphere right at home. Your recipients will surely thank you for such gifts that will soothe their frayed nerves.
  • Sports Gift Baskets: Summer is the perfect time to go outdoors and play your favorite sport. Be it golf, football, beach volleyball, rugby or any other sport, you should plan to sweat it out in the sun to celebrate the June Solstice in true blue style. Many online gift stores have a variety of sports gift baskets, sorted on the basis of the type of sport, from which you can take your pick. Some of these may even pack quite a few delicious goodies, to replenish the energy of the players in between their on-field duties.

The June Solstice is an excellent time to strengthen your bonding with your loved ones. It’s also the time to start afresh in life to match your aspirations and goals. So, if you have been thinking of starting a fitness routine, opting for healthy eating habits, or indulging in a sport, do it now. And remember to spread the festive cheer around with novel gourmet gift baskets. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Buying Upscale Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are available aplenty in the market. However, when it comes to choosing upscale gift baskets a very few unique and classy options are available. If you are ready to splurge money blend luxury and elegance in your gifts, go online to find such reputed wholesale gift shops.

  • Chocolate Treats: Rich and classic chocolates, dark chocolates, chocolate dipped cookies, milk chocolate disks, chocolate cherries, chocolate bars and an array of other chocolate delicacies would be the ideal gift for chocolate lovers. Most of these novel gift baskets come in unique packages, which could vary from wooden and wicker baskets to a toile painted container. All of these baskets showcase an unmatched sophistication that you won’t find in items stocked at run-of-the-mill gift shops.  
  • Tasty Treats: Pack an assortment of tasty treats; take your pick from baskets that pack items of different taste and texture. In these baskets, you will find anything from fancy dried fruits, hand rolled European style truffles, cinnamon spiced pecans and almonds, to California colossal pistachios, champagne apricot, cheese shortbread, chocolate/nut biscotti wedges, blueberries, chocolate cherries and a lot more.
  • Wine Baskets: To convey your wishes or sentiments in style, you can choose from a collection of premium wine baskets. Featuring classic and the most exclusive fine wines, these unique gift baskets are sure to amaze your recipients. You can make your gifts all the more special by choosing baskets with unique packaging. For instance, a basket that uses a real wine box as the container for packing the wines and other food items like cheese biscuits, pesto, olive oil, breadsticks, pasta, balsamic vinegar etc could be a good choice. Some of these gift baskets may even pack music CDs matching the place of origin of the wine, thus helping your recipients set the right mood for raising a toast.   
  • Organic Gift Baskets: Apart from being environment-friendly, organic foods also promise good health. However, they may often be expensive, which can put off many prospective buyers, especially those on a limited budget. But when you are in the mood to splurge, these baskets are a good choice as they help your recipients stay fit and enjoy natural products that don’t carry the harmful effects of pesticides. Starting from fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables to dried/roasted nuts and dry fruits, a lot of variety is on offer amongst organic gift baskets.
  • Personalized Gift Baskets: In case you don’t like anything that’s on offer and would rather create your own gift basket, do that. What’s more, you can pack the best of each gift basket to make a gift that’s simply irresistible. Therefore, pick from luxury foods like caviar, foie gras, artisan cheeses, balsamic vinegar, imported olives, mini-toasts, seasonal fruits, Godiva chocolates, crackers, savory treats and more to craft a gift basket that carries your signature touch. Once you have added your choice to the basket, you can choose customized packaging, thus ensuring that your gift creates a lasting impression.

Be it a special day or simple gestures of love, these gifts are luxurious and unique to impress your loved ones!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Order Online Gift Baskets for Mother's Day

In today’s busy world, we often don’t have the time to appreciate the love of our near and dear ones. Though you may not say it, both you and your parents know how much you love them. This Mother's Day, why not surprise your mother and show her your love with unique gifts baskets? After all, the lady has been your friend, philosopher and guide so far, offering you rock-solid support and unconditional love. Mother’s Day is the right occasion to shower her with love and appreciation. You can order online gift baskets and get them delivered right at your mother’s doorstep.

  • Gourmet Gift Baskets: If your mother has a sweet tooth, you can choose from some of the gourmet gift baskets that pack delicious goodies. Gourmet treats such as gourmet chocolates, chocolate dipped delights/berries, cookies and cookie bouquets – suit the occasion perfectly based on your mother’s preferences. Customized gift baskets that pack a punch with chocolate dipped berries such as “Scrumptous Delights” (where cream-filled sandwich cookies are covered with rich milk and white chocolate) or “World of Thanks Treats” (that include chocolate covered pretzels) are also good gift options for Mother's Day.  
  • Fortune Cookies: If you are looking for delicious gourmet gifts with a difference, fortune cookies could be your answer. For peanut butter lovers, “Peanut Butter Dipped And Drizzled” where a big gourmet vanilla fortune cookie is skillfully hand-dipped in creamy and delightful peanut butter confection, and then drizzled artfully with peanut butter ribbon, is a treat for sure. Those looking for variety can opt for “Treasure Chest of Fortune Cookies” where an array of gourmet fortune cookies dipped in caramel, along with classic Belgian chocolates, are ready to be savored.
  • Health Gift Baskets: If your mother is diet conscious or an ardent fruit and nut lover, these baskets that pack organic fruits would be a good choice. These baskets, packing the goodness of freshly harvested seasonal fruits, along with healthy, dried fruits and nuts, will be sure to bring a smile on your mother’s face. Some of these baskets may even pack a bottle or two of classic wine that can be used to raise a toast to your mother.
  • Spa Gift Baskets: Women love to be pampered. This Mother’s Day, you can gift your mother a spa gift basket that packs all the essentials to have a relaxing, invigorating spa right at home. Starting from “Green Tea Bath” and “Cucumber Mint Bath” to “Tuscan Relaxation”, “Beach Relaxation”, or “Martini Bath”, a lot of variety is available in the market for you to choose from.
  • Wine and Beer Baskets: Raising a toast to your mother doesn’t need a special day because your mother is indeed special. But if you haven’t been able to appreciate her in as many words as possible or show her your gratitude, do it this Mother’s Day with novel wine and beer gift baskets. Several reputed wholesale gift shops stock a variety of delicious treats that are paired with beers and delicious wines and can be ordered online.

A furry teddy with a hand-made note for your mother, flowers, themed jewelry gift baskets and decoration artifacts for the home are some other gift ideas that can work well for Mother’s Day. So, do some homework using the World Wide Web and order online gift baskets that come with a personalized message to make this Mother’s Day special for your mother.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Novel Gift Baskets for a Day Out

Seneca, the famous Roman philosopher, once said, “A gift consists not in what is given or done, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” No wonder why it is extremely important to consider to whom you are giving the gift and for what reasons. Buying a gift for someone involves consideration of a number of factors and the giver's intention behind the gift is probably the most important of them all.

If you are looking for gift basket ideas for a day out, food gift baskets would be the ideal option. Starting from gourmet delights, chocolates and cookies, to organic fruits and items meant for people with dietary restrictions (such as gift baskets for diabetics), you will have a lot of variety to choose from. You may even handpick some preferred items of your recipients to create a customized gift basket that would help him/her enjoy the outdoors while munching on some delicious food items.

  • Wine and Beer Gift Baskets – No occasion is ever complete without popping a bottle of tasty wine! Consider picking up a basket that has world famous wines, perfectly combined with gourmet delights like crispy and crunchy crackers, robust cheddar cheese. Be it the Classy Wine and Cheese Gift Basket that packs a pinot grigio and a cabernet sauvignon, along with cheese, focaccia crisps, olives and almonds; or the Bountiful Vineyard Gift Basket that includes three bottles of delicious wines besides sweet onion crackers, deluxe mixed nuts (from Torn Ranch, Sonoma Jacks Parmesan Peppercorn Cheese and LeGrand 6 piece Truffles) you can’t go wrong with these gifts. If you would like to stick to convention, you can also think of beer gift baskets that include the tastiest craft beers as well as the most popular brews of the world.
  • Coffee Gift Baskets –Most people can’t do without their daily dose of coffee. If your recipients too have a penchant for coffee, you can buy coffee gift baskets to help them enjoy their cup even on a day out. Coffee themed gift baskets like Coffee Supreme or Coffee to Go Gift Basket that pack gourmet coffees along with delicious cookies and chocolates are ideal options for coffee enthusiasts.
  • Chocolate Gift Baskets– If your intended recipients are chocolate lovers and serious chocoholics or anything in between, you can take your pick from chocolate gift baskets. The assortment of chocolate-covered treats and chocolate bars can excite the recipient. These delicious items will be the right choice to quell any chocolate craving on a day out.
  • Sport Gift Baskets– No day out can be complete without a round or two of some sports where almost everybody chips in. By picking some sports gift baskets, help your recipients plan interesting sporting activities. From clay shooting and paintballing to golf, football and rugby, you can find many gifts that pack gears and equipment for such sports. Some sports gift baskets also include snacks, crackers and munchies to replenish the energy and satiate the taste buds of the sportsmen, which could be your ideal gift baskets for a day out.

Most gift baskets for a day out are packed with foods and delicious items as gift givers often say – our day out wish to you, less dishes to do. But if you want to give the common gifts like chocolates, cookies and other food items a miss, you can still take your pick from the ones mentioned above. Your objective should be to choose gifts that can help your recipients have an enjoyable day out. Therefore, send gift baskets for a day out that can let your recipients have a little mini party in style. 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Celebrate Easter with Interesting Gift Baskets

Gift giving is an integral and interesting part of Easter. Whether it’s for your extended family or something special for the kids, you can find many novel gift ideas to make this day special for your loved ones. However, picking up an Easter gift for dear ones could be a tough task. But, you have several choices to pick from!

Here are some interesting gift baskets that you can choose for your loved ones this Easter:

  • Easter Egg Basket: This is perhaps the most traditional gift for Easter. You may either buy the Easter eggs or make them on your own. If you take the DIY route, you can make the basket more interesting by giving it variety in terms of patterns, colors and designs. If your recipients are kids, you may consider gifting chocolate flavored Easter eggs, which will surely satiate the taste buds of the little ones.
  • Gourmet Foods Basket: You can buy Easter gift baskets that pack an assortment of delicious goodies. Starting from chocolates, cookies, cup cakes and muffins to fresh fruits and wines, you can take your pick from a wide variety of gourmet food baskets that are available in the market. Add a personal note to make the gift more special!
  • Spa Gift Baskets: Gifting spa baskets can be wonderful to relax the senses of your recipient. Filled with various items to relax and de-stress, starting from essential oils, bath salts and scented candles to bathrobes and slippers, these baskets are sure to bring joy, relaxation and cheer.
  • Home Décor Items: Be it an Easter egg holder that can brighten up your tabletop or Easter Bunny shaped salt and pepper shakers that showcase a cheerful spring time, Easter home décor items are available aplenty. From gifts with classic styles to the ones that are quirky and contemporary, a lot is available in the market to usher in the happy vibes of the season.
  • Homemade Treats: You can give customized gift baskets a complete new meaning by creating magic with your fingers (of course, if you are confident of your cooking skills!). Don the chef’s apron to rustle up delicious pancakes (shaped as Easter eggs or Easter Bunny), mini cookies, brownies etc to celebrate the occasion. In case you have dubious kitchen skills, fret not as you can order delicious treats that many stores offer. These treats (homemade or bought) are sure to be lapped up by your friends and family.    

The season of spring refers to the freshness and newness of everything. This Easter, you too can add your novel touch to these interesting Easter gift baskets to make them personalized, thus ushering in the festival with style. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to signal a renewal for everything with your creative Easter gift baskets.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tips to Choose Gifts for Children

Choosing gifts for children is fun and challenge as well. They are extremely particular about what they want and what they don’t. So, you have to consider your little recipient’s likes and dislikes before you start hunting for the right gifts. Right from chocolates and toys to gourmet gift baskets and sports goodies, you have a wide variety to take your pick from. Focus on some reputed online gift to choose from varied options.

If you are still worried about finding a gift that would bring smile on your little recipient’s lips, here are some useful tips:

  • Know the little one’s preferences: If you have met the child a couple of times, perhaps you already have some idea about what she/he likes. If not, you can always ask their parents about it. This would form a base for your gift search. For a toddler, you can buy common gifts such as toys, clothes, or a couple of essential items like food products, diapers etc. However, it’s better not to overspend on gifts for toddlers as they will quickly outgrow these gifts. Another thing to remember is that even if you can't find or don't know what to get for the child, you can always opt for safe bets like chocolates, cookies etc.
  • Decide on the genre: Most online as well as brick-and-mortar gift stores have separate sections for baby girls and baby boys, apart from having some gender neutral gifts. Decide the type of gifts you want to buy and then search extensively within the relevant categories. A random search would throw so many options overwhelming you. Be it interactive games, board games, books or sports gift baskets, deciding on the type would help you narrow down your search and take your pick easily.
  • Buy gifts that encourage child’s development: While board games (creation of words with alphabet blocks, doing simple math problems with numerical blocks etc) and toys that can be arranged to form shapes or objects (such as Lego) encourage child’s creativity, those like crayons, pens, Play Dough and sketchbooks let them have fun with their imagination. Thus, buying such gifts will be a good idea. You may also opt for gifts that let a child share the same with his/her friends. This paves way for sharing and social interaction which can be fostered by gifts that encourage more than one child to play at a time.
  • Set aside a budget: Before you start looking for gifts, set a budget. Young children are seldom impressed by a gift’s price tag. Rather, they prefer to have something to play with and have fun. Setting aside a budget (based on the child’s tastes and age) will help you in limiting your options for picking the right gift. Happy gift hunting!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with Unique Gifts

Saint Patrick's Day is another occasion that calls for celebrations! It is a religious and cultural holiday celebrated on 17th March every year to commemorate Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland. Throughout the world, the holiday is celebrated with Church Services, great feasts, processions and parades, thus making it perhaps the most celebrated saint’s day in the entire world. Along with these festivities, won’t it be a great idea to choose some unique gift baskets for your loved one this St. Patrick’s Day?

Customize gift baskets for your family and friends to celebrate the occasion in a different way. Though there are many gift stores that offer Irish-themed gifts for the occasion, it is difficult to get the ones that meet your tastes and preferences.

Here are some novel gift basket ideas for Saint Patrick's Day, from which you can take your pick:

  • Gourmet Food: Gourmet foods such as a wide variety of cheese, cookies, candies, dried fruits as well as nut bars are the perfect way to celebrate this special day. When you send these lip smacking treats to friends and family, they make the day all the more special.
  • Wine and Beer baskets: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. If you wish to join the bandwagon, there’s no better way than to send some bottles of Irish wine to your near and dear ones. Many reputed online gift stores offer customized beer buckets in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, for you to choose one. Some of these gift buckets even combine popcorns, salted peanuts and pretzels etc that are perfect complements to your beer. You may even opt for classic wine baskets if you wish to satiate the connoisseur’s taste buds.
  • Chocolates: Select chocolate gift baskets that are full of delightful treats to the brim. Starting from rich dark chocolates to yummy cookies, crunchies, biscuits and more, these baskets will put your recipients in the holiday spirit for sure!
  • Health Baskets: If your intended recipients are very health conscious, nothing more than personalized health gift baskets can make the occasion. With fresh, organic fruits and foods, dry fruits, these baskets are the perfect choice for those who keep a watch on weight and eat healthy even on special occasions. Be it fresh fruits such as crisp apples and oranges or dry fruits like almonds, nuts and cashews etc, you can have them all and more in these health gift baskets. If a little indulgence is allowed, you could even sneak in a couple of chocolates, cheese, focaccia crisps, salami etc to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.

You can find many other gift options if you do some online research. Some stores even let you order online gift baskets that will be delivered right at the doorsteps of your recipients. So, take your pick from a reliable and reputed online store to send luck to your loved ones on this special day. You may even attach personalized messages to these gifts to make your St. Patrick’s Day gifts special, which would be sure to delight your recipients.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Creating a wish list for party gifts

Celebration doesn’t always need a special occasion. You can celebrate almost anything, starting from something as simple as passing an exam, getting well from illness or getting that coveted job, to special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, marriage, housewarming etc. Even handling the adversities that life often throws your way calls for celebration. So, whatever be the reason that you want to celebrate, gifts are sure to be an integral part of it. In case you are throwing a party, you should think about creating a wish list to make it hassle-free for your invitees to bring your coveted gifts. Rather than making your guests guess what they should bring you and often ending up with duplicate gifts, you should make lives easier by creating a wish list where you add your preferred gift baskets that you would love to receive.

With a plethora of unique gift baskets available in the market these days, it often becomes difficult to select what to add and what to give a miss to, while creating your wish list. So, here are some suggestions that can help you in your endeavor:

  • Festive Baskets: Festivals are a much awaited cause to celebrate. Be it the Christmas Eve, New Year, or Thanksgiving Day, these are the ideal occasions to throw a party and share your love with your friends and family. You can choose to add personalized festive gift baskets to your wish list for parties thrown during festivals. These baskets could pack a wide variety of things, starting from baked cookies and vintage chocolates, to flavored wafers, extraordinary wine bottles, and so on, which are sure to add to the festive spirit prevalent in the air.
  • Special Occasion Baskets: When you are throwing a party to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, Thanksgiving Day, passing of an exam, recovering from an illness etc, adding baskets specifically meant for the occasion in question, to your wish list, would be the ideal choice. While fresh flowers, teddy bears, wine and beer baskets etc could fit a scene where the party is for congratulating someone, opting for fresh fruit baskets would be the right choice when it’s to celebrate someone’s recovery from illness/accident.  
  • Dietary Gift Baskets: Health is a major constraint when it comes to choosing gifts for people with fitness issues. Even parties for extremely health conscious people can make creating a wish list difficult as you have to give common options like cookies and chocolates a miss. In such cases, gift baskets packed with healthy foods, including fresh, organic fruits and foods such as crisp apples, oranges, as well as seasonal fruits and veggies can be the ideal choice for your wish list. You may even consider customized gift baskets that pack delicious dry fruits like almonds and cashew nuts, which will uplift the party spirit for sure.
  • Beverage Baskets: Special tea and coffee baskets are ideal gifts for parties to begin with. For your wish list, you may add gift baskets that contain different brews of tea/coffee along with some designer tea cups or a coffee/tea set, all wrapped beautifully in a custom-made gift basket that adds both grace as well as intricacy to the entire gift.  
  • Spa gifts: If you are thinking about the after-effects of a gala party and would need things to relax and rejuvenate your tired body and soul, you should think of adding spa gift baskets to your wish list. Starting from scented personal bath products and soothing candles to aroma shells, bath robes and slippers etc, these baskets pack important ingredients that can ensure you of an invigorating session to beat the blues of the party.

So, take your pick from these ideas to create your wish list for a party. However, don’t go too overboard with your choices as you surely wouldn’t want to hurt the wallets or purses of your invitees. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Customized gifts for your valentine

It’s the season of love and as people are scampering to get their valentines their preferred gifts, you too should plan ahead to get the right gift for your loved one and make this Valentine’s Day special. Though you can get a plethora of gifts in the market these days to showcase your love, they can hardly stand apart from the rest. If you want to give the mundane gifts a miss this Valentine’s Day and instead, opt for some customized gifts that help you show your love, albeit in a different way and with a personalized touch, you just need to find a reliable wholesale gift shop that boasts of a bouquet of personalized gifts.

If you are at a loss about what could be ideal gifts for your valentine, here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Flowers: Though you can never go wrong with classic choices like roses, you can do something different this year to gift your valentine personalized bouquets made of his/her favorite flowers. In case your valentine loves roses, you can opt for the classic red bouquet or mix-and-match with yellow, red and white roses to create a colorful flower gift basket that helps you profess your love this season. A hand-tied bouquet of micro pompoms, large and small carnations, matsumoto asters accented with Eucalyptus, bear grass and ruscus along with a personalized note can also serve as the ideal gift for your valentine.
  • Healthy gift baskets: Most people these days are health-conscious and would prefer to steer clear of sugar laden foods and fried snacks. If you too want to encourage healthy eating, you can consider organic fruit gift baskets or sugar-free gift baskets to take your pick from. You may even get a customized basket made of your valentine’s preferred fruits to satiate his/her taste buds.
  • Wine gift baskets: Raising a toast to your togetherness is the ideal way to celebrate this season of love. You can select from a wide variety of wine and beer baskets that come wrapped in customized gift baskets to impress your loved one. Starting from baskets packing a punch with Spanish food and wine to the ones that include wine country-inspired treats such as Mendocino County’s Parducci Chardonnay, and Washington State’s Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, you can get them all and more at a reputed online gift store.
  • Special interests: If your man is into sports or a hobby like gardening, you may consider gifting sports gift baskets or a basket packing gardening tools to encourage him to pursue his love. For women, ideal gifts with a special touch could be spa gift baskets or jewelry gifts, as they never go out of fashion.     
  • Chocolates and cookies: If you can’t imagine a celebration without having your fill of chocolates and cookies, you can chuck your healthy diet for a day and have a blast gorging on delicious chocolates and cookies with your loved one.

The key idea behind buying personalized gifts is to show how much you care and how special your loved one is. Apart from the gifts mentioned above, you could also consider customized frames and canvas prints where you have got your personal message engraved on a beautiful canvas print, picture frame or photo box. Romantic personalized keepsakes like a keychain with a lovely message, personalized throw pillows, personalized bed and bath collection etc are some other ideas worth giving a thought.

So, plan ahead on this Valentine's Day to get your sweetheart something special that depicts your personalized touch, as it will be a good way to strengthen the bond you two share with each other. 

Friday, 24 January 2014

A Little Creativity for your Loved One

Choosing a gift for your Valentine can be stressful. You also face the dilemma of what to write on the card. You are torn between feelings and wonder if your gift and the message are common, or are they too suggestive. Deciding on the right gift is definitely a problem.

Before you decide on a gift, there are some important things you need to consider: One is you relationship and the other is your budget.

Remember, a Valentine’s gift can make your relationship, or break it! So put some thought in the choice of gift, but do not ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day means affection and love. So whatever you give should convey affection or love, again this would depend on what your relationship is with that special person.

A homemade gift goes a long way in conveying your affection. It will demonstrate warmth and love, and there are all possibilities that your gift will be cherished. But choosing the right thing to make can be tricky. There is always the worry that how your beau will react to the homemade gift. Will there be appreciation of the effort that has gone into it or will it not make much of an impression?

If you are having doubts about your man, do not worry. Actually, men are much more sentimental than they allow us to know. Behind that tough exterior, they are actually no different from women. So unveil your creative side, and show your Valentine how you feel and how special you think he is.

Here are some creative ideas that can make your Valentine’s Day special, and at a low cost too!

If you are well versed in a craft such as knitting, graphics, or sewing, now is the time to use it. Dwell on his interests, think about his likes and dislikes and then weave them into your Project Gift! You can:

  • Embroider his initial on a gym towel if you Valentine is a gym-junkie.
  • Knit a hat of wool if he like hiking and trekking.
  • If your man is a foodie, you could cook a special dinner and serve it in candle light. To add a romantic touch, cut the bacon into the shape of hearts. This will definitely bring a smile to his lips.
  • Keys and glasses always end up being scattered around the house. You could make a creative small stand to that will hold the keys and glasses.
  • If your Valentine is fond of wearing suits, you could personalize his cufflinks with his initials on it.
  • Collect all the pictures you have of him and some of your own. Create an album with the help of graphics. You can join the pictures of yours and his make different photographs depicting the various happy moments. This will also create a romantic feeling on Valentine’s Day.
  • If both of you are fond of beer, you could get membership to a beer club that will keep you informed about the new brews in the market and you will get to taste them at a discount too.   
  • Use your culinary streak and prepare a four course dinner for the two of you. Do not forget to light those romantic candles. You could go in for some of the oil candles with aphrodisiac scents. There is a variety available - pink lotus, dark vanilla, or bourbon.  

These ideas are sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day. But remember, you need to start early. Procrastination will only increase your stress level and reduce your creativity. Waiting until the last minute can send the wrong message and you just do not want that, right?

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Get Set for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Are you dating someone? Is there someone special in your life now? If the answer to these questions is “yes” then, you need to acknowledge Valentine's Day. It is expected of you to give a present to that special person. There is no way you can get away saying that Valentine's Day is just another Hallmark holiday, and nobody really believes in it. No, no, no. Time up for those thoughts! Now you need to show some action.

There is nothing more than showing your loved one that you care. Be it your lady love or the man in your life, you need to show them you love them, you care for them, and will be ready to go that extra mile to make them happy.

What is better than making them feel real special on Valentine’s Day. Oh, don’t shrug this article off saying “there’s a lot of time for that.” You never know, time just flies when you get busy settling down after the Christmas season.

Don’t let busy schedules make you late

There is always a lot to do after Christmas, and we tend to get so busy at work and in no time Valentine’s Day looms over you and you have not thought of anything. Then comes the usual dilemma of what to buy, the hurried shopping trip and succumbing to buying a present that will keep you in doubt till the end.

And if you have bought an MP3 player, you sure expect an “aww this is so nice.” But when he opens and says “oh, I wanted a tab”- that’s it! You go all red and wish you had time for some more thought and the “why didn’t I think about that!” stuff.  All this is because you did not have the time to think, see the signs or just dwell on what your beau would like.

The trick is that you need to start early, and this is the right time for that. Your Valentine is so special; you don’t really want to give them something boring like a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.  This age old idea of a gift is probably a weak effort if you are looking for romance.

What you need is a gift that is a commensurate with your relationship level!

Take time to think about your relationship

If you have been out only a few times, you need to gift something playful or funny.

If you have been together for a while now, it is for sure that your beau will expect something sentimental. And definitely, a handwritten message is a must!

Remember, that most women compare their Valentine’s gifts with their friends. You don’t want your friend to look awkward, do you? So give her something that will give other an opportunity to cluck over.

Your present should not be what you would like, but something that your beau would like. For instance, if you like basketball, and she is a Broadway show fan, please do not get her tickets to a basketball game. This is not the time to rationalize and get to see your favorite game.

Think of the money you can spend on the gift to your Valentine. If your hands are tight, you should go in for something creative that would touch the sentiments of that special person in your life. Everyone likes goodies and a little of their favorite drink as a present. Try one of the gourmet gift baskets that would suit your budget! If this is also not within your budget, set some candles and run a hot bath with some background music for a romantic Valentine evening!