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How to Choose a Gift Basket

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Gift baskets are the prefect gift if you are out of time and ideas and can be suited to any occasion. Since everybody likes a basket full of goodies all you need to do is think about what the recipient likes and go with that basket. It is important to remember that gift baskets are not what they used to be and today gift basket ideas are as versatile as the sky is limitless, so you don't have to stick to the simple ones.

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What you need to pay attention to when choosing:
Make sure the person doesn't have any food allergies. Since many baskets come with nuts or cheese be sure read the labels and pick one that most reminds you of your friend.
You also have to think about food restrictions. Some people may be on a diet or their health requires a special diet and since many gift baskets have chocolate or muffins in them, it's best to choose a fruit gift hamper.
Different themes are a good way to spruce up the basket. People who are wine lovers would love a wine basket, others would enjoy a spa basket and for men a beer basket.
Generic baskets are boring and impersonal but even if you choose a simple one you can look for ways to add something you know the recipient would enjoy. For example, some people would love baskets with trinkets of their obsession like a Doctor Who keychain or little Stormtroopers standing guard.

Different baskets:
Spa baskets are great for people who like to pamper themselves.
Baby shower baskets are great for future parents and are filled with essentials they will use.
Cheese hampers filled with a variety of different cheeses will excite any cheese lover.
A business basket is filled with office supplies like pens, staplers and picture frames.
Car baskets are a good idea for car lovers because they are filled with “spa treatments” for their car.
For your organic friends, choose an organic baskets filled with organic jams, crackers, chips and teas.
House warming gift baskets are filled with essentials like board games, welcome mats, coffee or tea, recipe books, baking supplies or potpourri.
Candle and scents baskets have different sized candles with different scents, candle holders or candle plates and potpourri.
Gardening baskets with gloves, seeds, small tools or books are good for friend with green thumbs.
French gift baskets are filled with wine, cheese, olives, baguettes, and other French themed goodies.
Date night baskets are a good choice for couples. Depending on the date they can have a movie night basket with popcorn and other snacks or a romantic night basket with scented candles, wine and a CD with soothing romantic music.

Everybody loves fun, personal and practical gifts and that's why gift baskets are always a good way to go and the only thing you need to do is choose.
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