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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hubby's Gift Basket

I don't know when gift baskets became a popular holiday gift but somehow they did likely because they can be a last minute gift idea tailored to the recipient's tastes. I suspect they started as a nice way to present gifts from the kitchen. My husband received a lovely gift basket from one of his clients.

Don't let the word basket throw you. Quite often the actual basket is not a basket in the traditional sense. Just about any container can be used for the basket including but not restricted to decorative metal baskets, decorative boxes, serving bowls, metal bowl, wicker baskets and so much more. The general composition for a gift basket is the container, some type of filler and the goodies and/or accentsall wrapped in clear or coloured cellophane wrap allowing the lovely goodies to peak through.

hubby's holiday gift basketHubby's Gift Basket

Hubby's gift basket (pictured) was chock full of goodies from Orange Crate Food Co. (no online store) and Canadian Herb & Spice Company (online store, US only). Both are Canadian companies specializing in gourmet foods and mixes that are sold in gourmet and specialty type stores. Both companies have the little extras that can give your homemade gift baskets a little extra pizzaz. Tucked in the decorative plastic serving bowl was: 4 herb & spice dip/salad dressing mixes, 3 gourmet hot chocolate mixes, 2 cranberry cider mix, 3 herbal and 1 breakfast teas (5 bags each), gourmet popcorn, peppermints, mulling spice, cinnamon sticks and a chocolate Santa. Each of the curled ribbons on the outside had a chocolate bumble bee in the centre that I'm sure the grandbabies will love!

4 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

from experience, the drink things go bad quickly, use asap

i love to get foodie gifts

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks for the tip. I will pass it on to my husband who will gladly comply :) Foodie gifts are fun to receive aren't they? It's a neat way to discover a few foods that you wouldn't have bought yourself.

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

I love food gifts and what people think I will like:)

Garden Gnome said...

It is interesting to see what people think you will like :)