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A Personal Touch Turns Unique Gift Baskets into the Perfect Gift

Aug 13, 2008
One of my husband's co-workers married recently. For months leading up to the wedding day, I was completely clueless about what an appropriate gift would be. I wanted something unique that they would truly enjoy; a traditional toaster just wouldn't cut it. I wanted our gift to really demonstrate how thrilled we were for them.

In my quest, I visited a dozen stores and picked through a ton of toasters, bed sheets, and towels. Nothing seemed to say "unique" or "surprise." They all said "ordinary." I gave up and decided to try and find something online. I found some interesting suggestions, a gift basket of chocolates, or a bottle of wine. This grew into an idea of making my own gift, a wine gift basket!

It seemed like the perfect idea. Everyone loves a good bottle of wine, and it sets the right mood for a night of romance! I used a picnic basket and purchased two wine glasses and two bottles of wine. I added a corkscrew and charms for the glasses, when it suddenly occurred to me, "What is wine without cheese?" Into the basket went specialty cheeses and crackers.

It was surprisingly simple to assemble this elegant gift. My husband was very impressed when he saw the basket. He thought I must have spent a small fortune on something so extravagant. He was delighted when I told him this was my own creation. He was ready to finance a gift-basket business of my own! I was very proud of the gift I'd made for our happy couple, and shocked at how simple it was to do.

After the wedding, we became quite close friends with the couple. They told us they had taken my basket along on their honeymoon, and that they hoped to take the picnic basket to the park with their children. It was a nice feeling to know that they appreciated this gift and that they would long enjoy it's use.

I'm planning on making more of these gifts for my friends and family. I don't want to share the news of my new creative enthusiasm, because I want them to see it first hand when I give them a gift basket. Gift baskets are very versatile gifts and quite appropriate for people of any age or life-style. My husband wants me to make him one for our next anniversary, so I'll have to be extremely creative to think of just the right surprise to add!
About the Author
My passion for creating baskets of food, of all kinds, isn't going away anytime soon. I love all kinds of baskets, especially baskets of chocolate. I plan to keep creating them for years to come.
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