I love making my own gift baskets for Christmas presents, and often do it for wedding and baby shower gifts as well. The great thing about gift baskets is that it's more than one item, so the recipient is going to feel like they're getting "a lot," and there's also a greater chance that they'll really enjoy something within the contents since there's more to choose from! The thing that struck me about the pre-made baskets that Gourmet Gift Baskets does is that they're perfect for family and friends that live far away. They're designed to withstand being shipped from place to place, so you won't have to worry about things looking nice or staying un-spoiled during travel.
Check out the gift basekt they sent me to review:
The basket came wrapped in plastic, so everything stayed in its place without a problem. To my enjoyment, I also found that when I took the plastic off, everything still stayed in place--which is great if you want to give someone a gift basket NOT wrapped in plastic! Things were arranged aesthetically in the basket, though I think it'd be nicer if the company did a little more to the box's inside to make it look nicer (a card or some tissue paper would be a great addition).
The chocolates are both handmade, and I thought tasted great and unique at the same time--there's chocolate covered dried cherries and hand-dipped nuts that are assorted, so you don't know what you're getting until you bite in! My husband, though, is a chocoholic and doesn't actually care for either box of chocolates. His favorite chocolate is Dove, so I'm guessing these chocolates were a little too exotic for him. Try it for yourself and decide! On another food note, I love that the sparking cider is organic. :-)
Also included is a Cupid Teddy Bear, which is deliciously soft to the touch! It's a First & Main product, and I know about that company because I used to buy from them wholesale and then wax-dip the animals and sell them. First & Main produces some really cute and cuddly stuffed animals, all in the mid range of quality and price. So while this Cupid bear isn't the same caliber as a Boyd's Bear, it's still going to hold up for a while.
The only things I would change about the basket would be the extra packaging in the basket (everything sits on TOP of the basket and stuffing so as to look nicer...but then you're left with a lot of stuffing-stuff!), skip the candy hearts (I don't think they're really on the same level as organic cider and hand dipped chocolates--maybe include some gourmet cookies instead?), and lower the price $5.
Would I buy from these guys if I was going to buy a gift basket? Yes! They have so much to choose from, it's convenient, and you really can find something for everyone. So if you're wondering what fabulous thing to buy for your lovebug this Valentine's Day, check out http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/!
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