There’s a gift basket for nearly every occasion or taste. Birthdays, anniversaries, and grads… wine lovers, foodies, and sports fanatics. Michelle Di Tomaso of Bella Gift Baskets has custom designed gift baskets for nearly every type of occasion or personality type. Once she even created a gift basket for a newly published author that incorporated the book’s cover in the bow of the present!
So what does she think are the four top occasions when a gift basket really does say it all?
1. The ‘So Sorry’ Basket. Di Tomaso recalls a customer who had invited a dozen friends golfing to Palm Springs. “It happened to be over Easter Weekend, so you know what he did? He sent gift baskets with beautiful flowers and gourmet products to the wives of the other golfers and a note that said ‘Sorry for taking your husbands away. Hope this makes up for it.’ It was perfect… and he was forgiven”
2. The Housewarming Basket. When a development company wanted to give unique housewarming gift baskets to owners in a new condo that featured a well-appointed communal BBQ, Di Tomaso came up with a gift basket that played on that theme. Using a double-handle aluminum folding green shopping basket, she included Fraser Valley Gourmet’s Almond Butter Crunch, Rick’s Rub Tuscan Seasoning, Chef Ann Kirsebom’s Whistler Gourmet BBQ Sauce, Efferve Sparkling Lemonade, two mason jar drinking mugs, a red and white checked picnic table cloth, BBQ tongs, BBQ hamburger flipper, skewers, BBQ brush, BBQ oven mitt and a corporate logo in the bow!
3. Executive Assistants Appreciation Day Baskets. The EA is the person who usually buys gifts on their boss’s behalf. But who buys for the EA on behalf of their boss? “I have seen executives become completely lost when their EA quits,” says Di Tomaso, “and the number-one reason EA’s leave is because they feel unappreciated. I have a few clients who order personalized baskets from me for their EA's birthday, Administrative Assistant Day and Christmas. The card is always personally signed by their boss and the basket is made specifically for the EA. It never fails to let them know that they’re important.”
4. Baby BasketsOur baby baskets are personalized
not just for baby, but for the family. We all have heard of the sibling who wasn’t exactly elated at the arrival of their little brother or sister. We solve that by including a gift for them as well. It has gone over so well. And if Dad has a favourite sports team, we have it covered from baby bottles to personalized baby jerseys. Mom is never forgotten as we add a little something beautiful just for her, such as her favourite flowers, hand cream, or her favourite treat. We personalize right down to the bow with the little one’s name.