Where did the basket originate?
Since the beginning of humanity, man has woven herbs, straw, twigs and branches to create baskets. The first uses of the basket were to store dry products and transport food and materials. In biblical times, larger baskets were used to carry people and goods on water. Always a useful and resistant container, it was a tool of man for tens of thousands of years.
The first American gift baskets
When the Mayflower landed on the shores of America, European settlers were greeted with the first gift baskets. Dried fish and meat, corn, beans, and other vegetables were presented to the settlers, by the American Indians, to welcome them upon arrival. In the 1700s and 1800s, people created baskets filled with fruit, food, and candy for Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. Today’s gift baskets are tailored to the individual tastes of recipients for holidays, special occasions, or for giving “just because.” Fruits, food, and candy now share space in gift baskets with “usable” items for baby, bath, kitchen, or play. The baskets or boxes themselves are designed to be used creatively by the recipient once they have enjoyed the contents of the gift basket.
What to consider when buying a gift basket?
Baby gift baskets
These popular gift baskets provide new parents with new baby clothes, towels, blankets, soap and shampoo. The newcomer can expect to receive rattles, books, and other baby items for them to play with.
Always a great gift, these baskets are filled with delicious apples, pears, other seasonal fruits, and nuts. They are perfect for any occasion, and as people seek to provide a healthy gift, these baskets are becoming more popular.
Gourmet gift baskets
The “trusty old men” in gift baskets for years, these gifts have traditionally been filled with gourmet chocolates and nuts. More recently, these baskets are personalized with gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate drinks; Assorted Italian foods for the entire dinner; sauces and toppings for the grill.
Corporate gift baskets
This category of gift basket is becoming more popular with each passing year. Companies send them to their customers to say “thank you” or “happy holidays.” Many companies present them to their employees in recognition of a job well done, for anniversaries, for the arrival of a new baby, or as a holiday gift.
Birthday gift baskets
Here you will have a wide selection to choose from. In children’s gift baskets, you will find a variety that contains candy, toys, books, and gift certificates. For women, you can find spa items, chocolates, sweets, garden items and your favorite drink to relax. For the man, in addition to the traditional sweets and nuts, the sports, cigar, cooking and barbecue gift baskets are designed to satisfy their personal tastes and interests. Gift baskets offer many unique ways to say “Happy Birthday.”
Condolence Gift Baskets
When condolences are due, consider sending a gift basket of condolences to the home of family or friends. Looking to send a full meal? Or snacks and treats? Send them a gift to convey your sympathy and let them know that they are in your thoughts.
Gift baskets for her
You want to spoil her “just because of who she is.” Find a gift that you really like. Aromatherapy, a spa gift, a cup of her favorite coffee or tea, or gourmet chocolates are unique and “just for her.” Reusable items such as candle holders, bath sponges or a cup of coffee make the gift a lasting memory.
Gift slippers for him
What are your man’s interests? A gift basket comes in many varieties. Do you barbecue or do you like to be a gourmet chef? A sports-themed basket for soccer, baseball, golf, or fishing is appropriate. Or do you like to share a gourmet chocolate or meal on a quiet evening? Treat his tastes with a gift especially for him.
Receive good gift baskets
Sometimes flowers or balloons just won’t do. A soup, a game book, sandwiches or a hot cup of tea are a perfect fit. A gift basket sends your best wishes in a unique way. For hospital deliveries, make sure your recipient remains a “guest.”
Luxury spa gift baskets
Pamper that special someone with a spa at home. Bath gels, body lotions, loofahs, creams, and even a gourmet snack or chocolate are a great idea. These gift baskets turn your home into your private spa retreat.
Sports gift baskets
Baseball, soccer, golf, or fishing? What is your interest? Memorabilia, books, a t-shirt or a creel are items that someone special will enjoy. Candy and / or snacks must be included with this gift. A gift with your interest in mind!
Wedding gift baskets
If you are looking for a unique wedding gift, consider the gift basket. A time capsule or photo frame to remember your special day. Commemorative champagne glasses and a gourmet treat will express your wishes. These make great gifts for family and friends alike.
Children’s gift baskets
What do your children like? Probably a sample of gifts is the answer. Books and popcorn. Snacks and treats. Certificates and toys. “Can you make them happy? Yes, you can!” Find things that they enjoy and that you feel good about giving.
Housewarming gift baskets
Consider this gift if your family member or friend is moving into their new home. If you are a real estate agent and want to express your appreciation to your client, think of a gift basket as a unique housewarming gift. A unique meal, gourmet meal, or reusable basket says “Congratulations” to the new home owner.
Christmas gift baskets
Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any other traditional holiday, give a gift that conveys your wishes with the spirit, flavors, and colors of the holiday. Personalize the gift with items that reflect the person’s interests and tastes to ensure their enjoyment and tell them that you really care.