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Building Beautiful Gift Baskets: More than Meets the Eye!

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At some point in our lives we have all seen one thing or another that made us pause and think, “I could make that myself!” Sometimes, we do make it ourselves and it works out wonderfully. Other times, the results are less exciting than we anticipated, or the cost and time involved are much greater than we thought they would be.

Working in the gift basket business for many years, we have encountered many people who underestimated all that goes into creating an attractive basket. That is, of course, until they undertook the task and had a new appreciation for things! We don’t mean to take away from the fact that many people can and do build gift baskets on their own that are very attractive. We just wanted to highlight what goes into making them all they are so you can see how much love we add to every order!

Here’s a list of ‘ingredients’ we add to every gift basket

Up Front Time. We spend more time than you might imagine shopping at several stores for all the products that go into our baskets. To ensure our candies, cookies and more are as fresh as possible, we don’t keep a large supply on hand. It takes us longer to shop more often, but we think it’s worth it!

Gas. In addition to the time involved in gathering all the gift basket essentials, money spent on gas is also something to consider. You can rarely find everything you’ll need in one location, so pushing that pedal is a must!

There’s more to the basket than the basket. An obvious expense is the basket, pot or container itself. That one goes without saying! But there are an abundance of other supplies necessary to making the basket its attractive best. These include, but are not limited to: Foam, Sticks, Tape, Cello Bags, Decorative Void Fill, and Ribbon Materials to create handmade bows. And, of course, all these elements are not always available in one location, adding to the time and gas costs mentioned above.

The Products Themselves. Candy is more expensive now than we ever remember it being, and while somewhere in our collective minds we still expect a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to be 50 cents, it hasn’t been anywhere near that cheap for quite some time! The same goes for Skittles, M&Ms, and unfortunately, just about everything!

Construction Time. Including all the purchasing and prep time that goes into building a basket, it takes about 3 days from start to finish. On the first day we spray foam into the pot to make a base upon which to build. This is left to set overnight, with a second spray coming the next day to build up the fill further.

Weighting Your Basket. This is where us professionals have a definite edge – practice makes perfect! Constructing an arrangement that is properly weighted is essential to keeping it looking fabulous, and keeping it upright!

So, there you have it. While the finished gift basket might look simple enough to create, it truly is a labor of love, time and money. Even with the daily practice that comes with the job, the arrangement alone takes our design experts at least an hour per basket – and that’s not including the 2 day foam prep! 🙂

Romantic Gift Basket Ideas for Many Occasions!

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When most of us think of romantic gifts, the first things that come to mind include flowers, chocolates, jewelry and weekend getaways. These are all wonderful ideas on their own, but can really make an impact when they are tied together. By their very nature, gift baskets are a tied-together gift, packed with indulgent treats, sweets, eats and more! And whether you’ll be giving them on their own, or incorporating one of the gifts mentioned above, we have some ideas to make the occasion even more memorable and special. Let’s take a look at a few popular choices for events that center around romance…

Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets – Ahh, the holiday of love! Cupid is working overtime on arrow duty, and couples everywhere are enjoying some much-needed quality time together to focus on one another and how important their relationship is in their lives. Just as no two relationships are identical, neither are the Valentine’s Day gift baskets that would be perfect for your lovely lady or gentleman. Our selection includes awesome options for all tastes, whether your cutie loves cookies, candy, champagne or roses!

Bridesmaid Gift Baskets – While your friendship with your bridesmaids isn’t romantic unto itself, it’s likely these special ladies in your life are more familiar with your relationship than anyone else! The bond we share with our closest girlfriends in unlike any other in our lives. Many if not all of your bridesmaids have been with you through thick and thin – an eager ear on the other end of the phone to hear about every aspect of your relationship from the first date to the ring! Honor that priceless friendship with a beautiful bridesmaid gift basket you know she’ll love. Chances are different baskets will appeal to different friends, so it’s a good thing we have such a spectacular selection!

Grand Champagne Gift Basket – Perfect for popping the question! Whether you’re planning to propose at home, or while away together on vacation, our Grand Champagne Gift Basket helps you set the mood while providing all the necessary celebration essentials. If you will be surprising that special someone with a trip, consider gifting this beforehand and tucking the travel tickets or accommodations information inside for them to unveil. You can then suggest you bring the basket along to enjoy while you’re away, and either tuck the ring inside for them to find, or simply keep it close by when you do propose so champagne is at the ready!