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Gourmet and Themed Gifting Solutions for Family and Friends

Aug 4, 2008
Whether you are shopping for a gift for that little-known co-worker or for your best buddy, a themed gift basket can be the perfect choice. A themed gift basket is one that you create yourself, as opposed to a "gourmet" one you order from a company. Not only is this often a more affordable option, but it provides the opportunity to tailor the gift to any occasion or person. It transforms a potentially generic gift into one that is special and personalized.

Ever have a loved one or co-worker that's sick or injured, maybe stuck in bed, or (heaven forbid!) in the hospital? How about a Get Well gift basket? Try some puzzle books or their favorite entertainment CDs or DVDs. Or how about a great novel so that they can escape from their aches and pains? Tuck in some magazines on their favorite activities so they're ready to get back in the swing of things when they're better. If your "patient" is female, maybe some nice hand lotions and manicure supplies so they can take care of their nails while they otherwise might not be feeling very pretty!

A fantastic substitute to boring thank you cards is a thank you gift basket. Let someone know you truly appreciate their gift with this kind of thank you. A basket like this also provides a great opportunity to cater it to the individual receiving it. As an extra special touch, think about the individual's favorite things in order to create a gift basket they will love. For example, if the recipient loves sports, include some themed treats such as cookies or chocolates in the shape of their favorite sport. If you do not know of any special theme to include then simply add a variety of items to ensure the individual likes at least something you have included.

Unfortunately, sometimes life can throw us a curve ball. When a loved one is suffering a loss, show them you care with a Sympathy gift basket. Anything that will help make their life easier during a difficult time is appreciated. This might include a gift certificate for housekeeping, pet sitting or lawn care. Some fresh flowers or candles always make a beautiful gift. If they have lost a loved one, some nice photos of the person they're missing, placed in high quality frames could become very special and treasured items.

In happier times, you might want to get someone a Happy Birthday gift basket! Keep in mind that the "basket" doesn't have to be a basket at all! If they're outdoorsy and like to hike or camp, how about a "gift backpack" filled with energy bars and camping supplies? Give your favorite movie lover a popcorn bowl stocked with DVDs and movie tickets. The scrapbooker in your life would be thrilled with a plastic storage box filled with colorful papers, stickers and ribbon. If the birthday boy or girl has a hobby, their gift basket will be a breeze to fill. Just make sure you get a big enough container to hold all your great gift ideas!

Housewarming gift baskets provide an excellent opportunity to incorporate a variety of different items. You should try to include something that will help the family feel more welcome in their new home. Some examples of this are centering your basket around richly-scented candles, a bottle of wine, or some small picture frames to give their home a personal touch. You might even include something personalized for the new family such as coasters, a blanket, or a wall hanging.

As you can see, creating your own themed gift baskets can be a wonderful alternative both to the traditional wrapped gift and to the "gourmet" gift baskets available for purchase. You can create anything from a simple, small token of appreciation basket to an elaborate birthday extravaganza basket. By creating your own basket, you can determine how much you spend while gift that is truly meaningful to the recipient. Remember, it's not the cost of the gift, but the thought. The more thought you put into creating a personalized basket, the more meaningful the gift will be.
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When a friend or family member needs cheering up, a gourmet gift basket is a great way to express your care in their recovery. For traditional options, themed get well baskets are always a welcome alternative.
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