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Gift Basket Ideas

Gift Basket Ideas
Gift Basket Ideas

Anyone can go to the grocery store and swat a shelf of crackers and cheese into a basket, but an impersonal gift is practically a recipe for dissatisfaction. The perfect gift idea is often elusive, the right message hard to find. Enter the gift basket. Built for every taste and occasion, the right gift basket idea can serve up an array of tailored treats as all or part of the best gift you've ever given.


But a gift basket is not a gimme - Do they like wine or gourmet coffee? Fruit or chocolates? Have they earned the spa treatment? There are as many gift basket ideas as there are places to send them. You're guaranteed to find the perfect gift here, but there's so much variety it can be overwhelming. Here's a guide that'll inspire you with the perfect gift basket ideas for any occasion.

Anniversary Gift Basket Ideas

Anniversary Gift Basket Ideas

Anniversaries are hard enough to remember, so congrats on committing the date to memory - that's half the battle! But now you have to find just the right gift. Worry not - we've got a few gift basket ideas to help select the perfect basket for the upcoming annual love-fest.

Wedding Gift Basket Ideas

Wedding Gift Basket Ideas

Do you want to take the risk of getting the newlyweds their fourth toaster or do you want to give them something you know they'll use and enjoy? Here's a list of beautiful and fun wedding gift basket ideas that'll really make your present stand out at the upcoming nuptials.

New Baby Gift Basket Ideas

New Baby Gift Basket Ideas

There are few occasions worth celebrating more than the birth of a new baby. Toys, clothes, books, diapers, binkies... there are a lot of things that new parents need and if they haven't overlooked anything, they could at least use a break. Here are a few gift basket ideas that'll make life a little easier for the new parents and show how much you care.

Wine Gift Basket Ideas

Wine Gift Basket Ideas

Wine gift baskets are an obvious choice for a sophisticated present, but not everyone's a trained sommelier. To help you decide between red or white for a wedding and what kind of gourmet food best complements the wine you've chosen, we've assembled this simple collection of wine gift basket ideas.

The Right Quote, The Right Note
For Gift Basket Giving


How to express your true feelings with someone else's words

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say... Or Not

There you are, feeling proud of yourself for being such a savvy shopper and gift-giver. You've analyzed your recipient's likes and dislikes, weighed the importance of the occasion, and considered the extent of your relationship. With all that information in hand, you've chosen the perfect gift basket that will send the right message- but then you get to Checkout and you're prompted to actually write the right message.

You may not be able to express in words the sentiment you're trying to convey with your gift basket. Your Father's Day golf basket is meant to say, "Dad, even though you missed my wedding because the PGA Championship was on, I still love you enough to acknowledge your obsession." But you can't put that on a card, and "Happy Father's Day!" doesn't quite cut it.

When you're at a loss for words to personalize your gift basket, use a quote from a noted author, pithy politician, astute actor, or cunning comedian. Thumb through a book collection or do a quick search online for quotes and you're bound to find a poetic way to express your feelings- or at least to express what you want the recipient to think are your feelings.

Sweet or Snarky? It's Up To You
For example, get in a jab at your delinquent father with this quote from English philosopher Bertrand Russell:

  • "The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf."

Or go the sappy route with this classic, anonymous quote:

  • "Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."

Awww, how nice. Of course, used sarcastically that last one could also be interpreted as a jab- see how much fun it is to send a message with a gift basket?

Another Example
Say you need to find a gift basket for your nephew's high school graduation. What would you have liked? As a good student, you would have loved a nice box of chocolate-covered strawberries? decadent, sophisticated, yet still fun, just like you. The card should have said something motivational and poignant, like this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

  • "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

But your nephew barely graduated because he was too busy partying. What he'd really like is a beer gift basket, but his parents wouldn't approve. Instead, get him a snack/candy gift basket and add an ironic quote, like this gem from Winston Churchill:

  • "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."


With the right gift basket and the right quote, you can finally express how you really feel about the recipient without their even realizing it.


Just be creative!
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