What Are Gift Baskets?
by: Larry Flynn
Where Did the Basket Originate?
Since the beginning of mankind, man has woven
grasses, straw, twigs and branches to create baskets.
Early uses for the basket were to store dry goods and to
transport food and materials. In biblical times, larger
baskets were used for transporting people and goods on
the water. Always a useful, sturdy 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,
the European settlers were greeted with the first gift
baskets. Dried fish and meats, corn, beans and other
vegetables were presented to the settlers, by the
American Indians, to welcome their arrival. In the 1700
and 1800’s, individuals created baskets full of fruits,
foods and candies for Christmas, Easter and other
holidays. Today’s gift baskets are crafted to the
individual recipients tastes for holidays, special
occasions or “just because” gift giving. Fruits, foods
and candies now share space in gift baskets with
“useable” items for the baby, the bath, the kitchen or
for play. The baskets or boxes themselves are designed
to be creatively used as well by the recipient once
they’ve enjoyed the contents of the gift basket.
What to consider when buying a gift basket?
Baby Gift Baskets
These popular gift baskets provide the new parents
clothing, towels, blankets, soap and shampoo for the new
baby. The new arrival can expect to receive rattles,
books and other baby items for them to play with.
Always a great gift, these baskets are loaded with
delicious apples, pears, other seasonal fruits and nuts.
They are perfect for any occasion, and as people look to
provide a healthy gift, these baskets are becoming more
Gourmet Gift Baskets
The “old reliable” in gift baskets for years, these
gifts traditionally have been filled with gourmet
chocolates and nuts. More recently, these baskets are
customized with gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate
drinks; Italian foods stocked for entire dinner; sauces
and rubs for the barbeque.
Corporate Gift Baskets
This gift basket category is becoming more popular
with each passing year. Businesses send them to their
clients to say “thank you” or to say “happy holidays”.
Many companies present them to their employees in
recognition of a job well done, for anniversaries, for
the arrival of new baby or for a holiday gift.
Birthday Gift Baskets
Here you will have a wide selection to choose from.
In gift baskets for children, you will find a variety
containing candy, toys, books and gift certificates. For
the women, spa items, chocolates, candies, gardening
items and her favorite beverage to relax with can be
found. For the man, in addition to traditional candy and
nuts, sports, cigar, cooking and barbeque gift baskets
are crafted to meet his personal tastes and interests.
Gift baskets provide numerous and unique ways to say
Condolences Gift Baskets
When heartfelt sympathy is due, consider sending to
the home of family or friends a condolences gift basket.
Are you looking to send a whole 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”.
Look for a gift that she would truly enjoy.
Aromatherapy, a spa gift, a mug 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 coffee mug make the gift a lasting memory.
Gift baskets For Him
What are your man’s interests? A gift basket comes in
many varieties. Does he barbeque or enjoy being a
gourmet chef? A sports themed basket for football,
baseball golf or fishing is appropriate. Or does he like
to share a gourmet chocolate or food on a quiet evening?
Treat his tastes with a gift especially for him.
Get Well Gift Baskets
Sometimes flowers or balloons just won’t do. A soup
meal, a game book, snacks or a mug of hot tea fits the
bill. A gift basket sends your get well wishes in a
unique way. For hospital deliveries, make sure your
recipient is still a “guest”.
Luxurious Spa Gift Baskets
Pamper that someone special 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 their private spa retreat.
Sports Gift Baskets
Baseball, football, golf or fishing? What is their
interest? Memorabilia, books, a tee or a creel are items
that special someone will enjoy. Candy and/or snacks
should be included with this gift. A gift with their
interest in mind!
Wedding Gift Baskets
If you’re looking for a unique wedding gift consider
the gift basket. A time capsule or a picture frame to
remember their special day. Commemorative champagne
glasses and a gourmet treat will express your wishes.
These are great gifts for family and friends alike.
Kids Gift Baskets
What do your kids like? Probably a sampling of gifts
is the answer. Books and popcorn. Snacks and candy.
Certificates and toys. “Can you make them happy? Yes you
can!” Look for stuff they enjoy and that you feel good
Housewarming Gift Baskets
Consider this gift if your relative or friend moves
into their new home. If you are a real estate agent and
you want to express your thanks to your client, think a
gift basket as a unique housewarming gift. A meal,
gourmet food or a unique, reusable basket says
“Congratulations” to the new home owner.
Holiday Gift Baskets
Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s
Day, Father’s Day or any other traditional holiday, give
a gift that sends your wishes with the spirit, flavors
and colors of the holiday. Personalize the gift with
items that reflect the individual’s interests and tastes
to insure their enjoyment and to tell that that you
|About The Author
Larry Flynn owns Ardent Partners Inc. a professional internet marketing
firm in Mesquite, NV. The company’s first website
http://www.1greatgiftbasket.com offers a large
selection of quality and affordable gift baskets for