Archive for the 'Gift Baskets' Category

Surprise Your Spouse with a ‘Just Because’ Gift

May 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Posted by RubaDub

giftbasketAfter a while, even the strongest marriages can lapse into a dutiful routine. The lively spark that can only be sustained through spontaneity begins to diminish, and husband and wife settle into life as usual. Fortunately there are ways to shake things up and restore some much needed marital bliss. The answer is as simple as giving and receiving a personalized gift basket.

The key is to present the basket at a time when your spouse least expects it. The “just because” gift is especially effective when it’s given as a surprise. Partners expect to receive gifts for Christmas, birthdays and a few other select holidays, but these perfunctory offerings just aren’t as special. Don’t be afraid to live a little and spice things up for the good of your marriage.

Hints For Homesickness

February 22, 2010 at 16:57 PM
Posted by RubaDub

custom-gift-basketsEven the bravest soldiers get homesick. Whether it’s for the city, suburb or farm where they grew up, or for simple American foods unavailable abroad, like chili-dogs, meatloaf and homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Parents and spouses missing their soldiers are constantly thinking about ways to give their loved one a little piece of home.

Here are some good suggestions to let your troop experience a slice of home:

1.) Send him some custom gift baskets with hygiene products and favorite snacks, like M&Ms, pretzels, gummy bears, snack mix and more.
2.) Organize a family writing campaign. Sending cards, letters and email will let your loved one know everyone at home is thinking of them.
3.) Send them news and magazine clippings of events going on in their community.
4.) Don’t miss their calls. Soldiers say the best way to keep their spirits up is by talking to their loved ones. Get a call forwarding service if necessary.

Benefits of Giving Gift Baskets

January 26, 2010 at 14:20 PM
Posted by RubaDub

homemade-gift-basketsGift baskets are great presents for your friends, loved ones and new acquaintances. Designing a gift basket can be as personal or impersonal as you want based on how well you know who the recipient. Buying a basket is also as easy as going on to a website and finding which one suits your gift-giving needs, but many pre-packed options severely mark up their prices.

Instead of getting taxed by a professional company, why not opt for homemade gift baskets? Not only will this option save you money, but you will also be able to pick out more personalized items. With the myriad of options, a gift basket is a perfect gift for the different types of folks you’ll come across in your life.

Soothing the Sick & Weary

January 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM
Posted by RubaDub

sickEvery winter millions of Americans contract the “common cold.” This means suffering through uncomfortable symptoms and missing work. Those who suffer from the common cold are likely to experience three symptoms including nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and a runny nose, as well as resulting throat irritation. Fever is also common among infected infants, but not so much in adults. Once you have caught the common cold, symptoms usually begin within 1-5 days.

The first sign of a cold is a scratchy feeling in the throat, followed by sneezing and nasal discharge. By the third day, the nasal discharge becomes thicker and yellow or green in color. During this period a child may experience congested ear drums. In addition to the symptoms mentioned, the virus may also produce a headache, cough, postnasal drip, burning eyes, muscle aches, or a decreased appetite. Those dealing with a cold should drink large quantities of water and other fluids.

Most of us know how uncomfortable it can be to deal with a cold. For this reason it is always nice to send sufferers a homemade gift basket along with a nice card. Get well gifts are a cheerful reminder that you care about the sick person in your life.

Custom Gift Baskets

December 9, 2009 at 11:23 AM
Posted by RubaDub

giftPresents become more special when they are personally hand-picked by the giver.  They become even more meaningful when the benefactor himself wraps and delivers the package. Custom gift baskets are wonderful to give to family and friends with different interests and pursuits.  They bear a personal message and an intimate touch as the giver decides what to put in the specially-assembled packs. 

You can send one of these to a close friend and her family.  If the recipients are avid readers, for example, pick a book for each family member then arrange the volumes neatly in your basket.  Wrap and decorate with colorful paper or fabric then include a heartfelt message for the occasion.  Send the gift basket on time for the festivities or special event.  Aside from books, custom gift baskets may also contain assorted toys, CDs and DVDs, food items, clothing, and sports gear.  Be creative in your choices and always opt for things that potential recipients can use, enjoy or appreciate.

Holiday Gift Giving

October 28, 2009 at 14:36 PM
Posted by RubaDub

large-basket-2With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to start considering gift giving ideas. While most of us have some insight into the wants and needs of our closest relations, it can be difficult to find something for lesser known acquaintances, such as client or co-workers. Personalized gift baskets are thoughtful presents that are sure to have something that everyone will love.

You can find a variety of broadly themed baskets on the internet that make ideal gifts. If you know little about the person you are buying for, try getting a sampler basket. They have a wide range of general products that are sure to please virtually everyone.

Care Package for a College Student

September 28, 2009 at 13:16 PM
Posted by RubaDub

custom-giftMy daughter went away to college about a month ago, and since then my husband and I have missed her dearly. It’s only natural to experience some form of empty nest syndrome, and the pain is lessened somewhat by regular phone calls. It sounds as if she’s making a successful transition by staying on top of her studies while making plenty of new friends.

Last week it occurred to me that we should send her a care package just to show her that she’s always in our thoughts. Knowing that she loves to take luxurious baths whenever possible, I went online and created a custom gift basket chock full of handmade soaps, bath fizzies and moisturizers. With any luck, she’ll have enough time to enjoy its contents between classes and her other priorities.

Last-Minute Gift Idea

August 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Posted by RubaDub

bubble-bathAfter 10 years of marriage, I guess I know my wife’s passions and interests pretty well. I routinely use this knowledge to come up with unique gift ideas every time a holiday rolls around. For instance, I took her for a romantic weekend in the California wine country for our last anniversary. There’s no way I would have thought to book the trip if I didn’t remember her intense interest in wineries.

For whatever reason, her birthday threw me for a bit of a loop this year. It wasn’t until the last moment that I finally stumbled upon a bath gift basket online. In the past I’ve been annoyed at how much time my wife spends in the tub, luxuriating in the soapy warmth of a bubble bath. But that information came in especially handy when I needed it most. She was thrilled to receive a basket loaded with balms, gels and pleasing fragrances.

A Decadent Gift

July 31, 2009 at 16:13 PM
Posted by RubaDub

spa1A few years ago, my husband surprised me with a wonderful birthday present: a full day at a wonderful, luxurious spa! I was so happy to have a day of relaxation all to myself. I got a facial, full body massage, manicure, pedicure and paraffin wax treatments on my hands and feet. A day at the spa makes a great gift for your favorite lady’s birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day.

If you can’t splurge for a day at the spa, spa gift baskets are great, less expensive alternatives. You can give all the luxury and decadence of a spa visit with premium lip balm, soap, lotion, shower gel, body spray and more. You can even put together a personalized basket by specifying the person’s favorite colors and scents. Every woman needs to take a little time out for herself once in a while. As an added gift, take the kids out for a day and let her have some alone time to get herself home spa treatments with products from her spa gift basket.

The Best Way to Give a Gift Basket

June 11, 2009 at 14:50 PM
Posted by RubaDub

giftboxIf you’re looking to purchase a gift for somebody, it’s very likely that you’ve given some though to a gift basket. Gift baskets, after all, are always a big hit. The only complaint that some people have is that some of the items are personalized and some are not. But this is understandable when someone else throws together a collection of products for a themed gift basket. If you want to give a spa gift basket, for example, there is sure to be one or two items that catch your eye for the recipient, but then everything else is just kind of filler.

That’s why a personalized gift basket is such a better option. This way, every item is sure to be hand picked for the recipient, but you don’t have to worry about putting them all together in an aesthetically pleasing way. Rather, you just select the collection of products based on the person’s preferences, and it will arrive fully packaged and beautifully wrapped.