What makes a gift basket the perfect gift

Mention the words “gift basket” and most people envision the soft cello-wrapped wicker basket filled with apples and pears, topped with a bow that became popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Although baskets containing mainly fruits are still popular, today there are more themed or personalized baskets. Themed or personalized gift baskets are perfect for every occasion and individual and to suit any taste, lifestyle and budget.

Whether you are looking for a gift to welcome a new baby or send your condolences on the death of a loved one, a gift basket is the perfect choice. A personalized basket is the perfect gift for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, housewarms, 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 big or small as you like and you can choose a basket full of things that you know they will love.

The key to giving the perfect gift is tailoring it to the person who will receive it. Think about the person or people. Consider their relationship to you, your gender, age, and even your lifestyle.

Do you need a gift for a male business partner? A sport-themed basket like golf or soccer, and filled with delicacies like chips and salsa is sure to be a hit. A woman might like a pretty teapot and a variety of gourmet cookies and teas.

Your mother, 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 personalized basket for your grandmother might include a box of pretty note cards and postage stamps.

Kids love gift slippers too. Fill a basket with “art supplies” like crayons and paints for the budding artist, or fill one with things he’ll enjoy playing outside with, like bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Add lemonade mix packs and gift certificates to an ice cream parlor and you’ve given away some great summer fun.

Baskets make great gifts for a group. Send a movie-themed basket to a family. Just fill a basket with boxes of the kinds of candy you’ll find in a movie theater, packets of microwaveable popcorn, and a family-friendly DVD. It’s easy and will be appreciated and enjoyed by the whole family. A gift basket is a perfect gift for an office. The baskets offering a variety of cookies, crackers and cheeses offer something for everyone.

Buying gifts for a holiday, such as Easter or Valentine’s Day, is a bit easier since there are traditional foods or elements associated with the occasion. A chocolate bunny is a staple in an Easter-themed basket and a heart-shaped box of chocolates is almost a must-have as a Valentine’s gift. Gift baskets are also one of the most popular Christmas gifts for family and friends, as well as for business donations.

A personalized basket is perfect for occasions such as the birth of a baby, the recovery or the death of a loved one.

Gift baskets can be personalized to reflect a person’s lifestyle. You can choose a gift filled with delicious heart-healthy organic chocolates or treats. Fine wines and cheese or gluten free, there are gift baskets to suit all lifestyles.

One of the things that make gift baskets a favorite gift is that they easily fit into any budget.

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