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How to Create Gift Baskets with Local Flavor

Monday, November 8th, 2010

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas present for a friend of the family or a relative visiting from out of town, consider creating a gift basket for them filled with local items. No matter where in the country you live, there are things about your local area that make it special. Filling a basket full of items your loved ones can only get when they visit you is a great way to remind them of how much you care. Not to mention if the basket contains something they love, it will encourage them to come back when the holidays roll around next year.

Gift baskets with a local flair can contain regional food and beverage favorites, sports memorabilia and team paraphernalia, bath and body products made with local ingredients, items from locally owned companies and items your recipient would normally only purchase if they were on vacation or visiting for a special occasion. This gives you plenty of options for filling the basket, so in order to not go overboard, you may want to narrow down your basket’s theme even more. Consider only filling it with local food favorites or items kids might like, instead of overflowing the basket with too much stuff.

Where you live plays a major role in how you will assemble your basket. Those living on the East Coast have plenty of options for creating an excellent holiday basket. Most of the areas along the coast are close to great seafood, and while fresh fish may not keep in a basket, you can certainly freeze a few items like crabcakes, conch fritters or New England clam chowder and include it in the basket. Seasonings like Old Bay for seafood are a great option to include with the frozen food items. You can also look for options like Key Lime Pie, Dutch apple dumplings, cheesecake, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler.

Midwesterners have their food favorites too, and a basket that features Midwest favorites might include Danish kringle, summer sausage or bratwurst, cheese curds, fresh cherries and deep dish pizza pie. Beer lovers would love a selection of microbrews from the Midwest in their gift basket or you can choose a bottle of wine from one of the numerous wineries throughout the area. If your loved one moved away from the Midwest and will be spending the majority of the winter in their new location, the hearty comfort foods of their hometown may be just the thing to cheer them up after the holidays.

While you are not going to want to mix food items with most other items, you could incorporate a few non-edible items in your basket. Consider team apparel featuring the logo of a local baseball or football team. Even if your recipient is not a huge fan of the team, it is still nice to wear the colors of a location you have visited. There may be an iconic business in your area that sells logo wear too, so think about what your gift recipient enjoys and determine if something is right for them. This is also a great way to include kids in the present and you can purchase a stuffed animal or other toy representing your local culture.

A final option for creating a holiday gift basket for a visiting loved one, especially if they are dieting or are picky eaters, is to use non-edible items to fill the basket. Many areas have products that are made regionally that may be hard to get elsewhere. Sometimes this is because the ingredients are only available locally. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you can fill a basket with huckleberry lotions and bath soaps, a real treat for those who would normally not have access to this ingredient. Take some time to shop at local boutiques or visit a store mean to celebrate your region for the best Christmas basket ideas with a local flair.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Live Far Away

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Once again, the Christmas season is right around the corner. As usual, it has arrived sooner than you thought it would. Instead of burying your head in the sand until the last minute, start planning now how you will deal with your gift giving obligations. Even though it may feel like just yesterday you were planning your Fourth of July barbecue, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be here before you know it.

Many families find their holidays especially stressful because their loved ones live far away. Perhaps you have children in school who are too busy to make it home for the season. Perhaps family members have moved away and started their own families, making it difficult for them to lug the kids and spouse thousands of miles. While you may not be able to spend time with them on the big day, you can still include them in your celebration. A great way to do this is by sending them a thoughtful, creative gift. I found a good article with tips to avoid the stress of holiday gift giving.

There are still a number of options for long distance presents. A variety of items that are local to you may be a special treat for those living far away. These may be comforts of home, or they may be a taste of things they have never experienced before. Foods with local flavor like spices, candies, and meats make great presents and allow people all over the country to enjoy unfamiliar tastes. Hockey Gift Baskets are often popular with sports fans.

The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. If someone special cannot make the trip to your home for the holiday season, let them know you care with a thoughtful holiday gift. Just because they are not close does not mean you cannot share the spirit of the season with them. They will be surprised and comfort by your thoughtfulness, even if they are far away. Receiving a Christmas Gift Basket is sure to make anyone smile.

Easter Gift Baskets and Springtime Fun

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Spring is one of the best times of year. Even if you love the first snowfall in November, or the fall leaves in mid-October, spring is time of nenewal. Extra sunshine brightens all of our lives and May flowers are just around the corner. Easter is a holiday in spring that affords everone an opportunity to share and celebrate with loved ones and special friends. Easter gift baskets essentially make themselves – the holiday already celebrates collecting chocolate eggs in a basket! For great information on celebrating Easter with family, check out this Easter gift baskets article!

Gift Ideas for Easter

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Easter is one of those special holidays that allows people an opportunity to be creative in their gift giving…as long as there’s chocolate! Chocolate eggs and bunnies must be used!  These are two staple products in any Easter gift basket. Fortunately, Easter is in April so the weather is not a deterrent to sending chocolate across Canada. Other gift basket ideas for Easter would include beautiful plush bunnies, lambs or ducks and pastel colour items that ring of spring.

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

It is just around the corner, and I’m sure hints are being given by a loved one…someone, somewhere is leaving newspaper clippings with ideas, or verbal hints how great a day at the spa might be. But not everyone is near to their dear ones. Some people are out of country or not able to be there in person to share in the celebration. This is the time when Valentine’s Day flowers just won’t do. It’s a time when the gift has to pop. It has to convey just the right message to ensure that the best sentiment is shared. A beautiful Valentine’s Day gift basket must be selected with care.  A loved one’s opinion rides in the balance!

Extreme Gift Ideas for Toronto Delivery

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Often times, there are recipients you just can spare any expense. You have to give them the best of the best. They are an essential component of your business success and giving them something that truly stands out is required. One such gift idea is the Peace on Earth christmas gift basket.  This gift ships in an oversized box.  Shipped in the GTA, this gift will require two strong able bodied men to carry it.  The FedEx driver might make them take it off the truck themselves. Another Toronto holiday gift is the Santa Baby basket. This gift is just as extravagant as the aforementioned one, yet has a discerning look and elegance. It’s important to remember that sometimes you have to go to extremes to please certain people.

Christmas Gifts in Toronto

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This holiday season, the wow factor must be maintained while providing value due to the great economic stress. Although that is always a consideration, it is especially important now. When we ship Christmas gifts in Toronto, we make sure that shipping costs are kept at a minimum. Our close proximity to Toronto allows us to offer best rates to the GTA. Holiday Baskets in Toronto can be considered our specialty. Although we ship to all cities and provinces across Canada, the volume of delivery to Toronto affords us great knowledge of the market and region.

Halloween Office Party – Just the Trick?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

When work life gets dull and boring and that Christmas office party just seems too far away, it might be a good idea to consider an office party celebrating other special events. Fall is the time when the weather turns and it gets colder outside. What better time to spice up your employee’s lives than to have a special Halloween office party! There are great way to set up a party, from encouraging costumes, offering specialty treats and foods and setting up games and activities. Remember, happy workers are productive workers.

The holiday season is upon us…

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

It’s September, and many people are already planning their holiday gift giving. Every year is starts earlier. Businesses are putting out their Halloween gifts sooner and even before October 31st, big retailers like Wal-Mart already have Christmas stuff in their stores. It’s really the retailers who set the season. They try to outdo one another. But regardless of how early it starts, there’s almost that large percentage of gift givers who wait until the last minute. It’s their right of passage.

Halloween Ghosts and Goblins

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I was visiting my aunt the other day when I swear I saw little ghosts and goblins running around the streets.  It’s still July and yet, I’m already seeing the Halloween spookiness that is coming soon.  I’m sure it was my imagination but it felt real. Maybe i’ve been looking too much at gift catalogs for products to include in our holiday halloween gift baskets.  Maybe I need more sleep.  January can’t come soon enough!