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Earth Day

April 19, 2012

Welcome back readers,

I hope you all enjoyed the picnic post, because I seriously loved reading all your own ideas and recipes (I will definitely be remembering that frisbee/plate tip)! I feel very confident that all FIVE lucky and random winners will be putting this picnic gift basket to good use. Congratulations to Melissa (April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm), Sharon R (April 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm), Riyan (April 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm), Shannon Schulte (April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm), and Diana (April 15, 2012 at 9:18 am)! Email your shipping info to me at and I’ll send out your picnic gift basket!

As I’m sure you all have starred on your calendars, Earth Day is this Sunday! It’s truly important for all of us to know and be aware of how we impact our home and figure out ways to be more environmentally friendly. At, we try to be as environmentally conscious as we can be. We love that our gift baskets can always serve another purpose when the products are gone, and most (if not all) of our gift basket content can be recycled! We even try to sell eco-friendly gifts at affordable prices.

Recently I was looking around for a small cleansing gift for a friend, so I figured I would check out our spa gift basket section. I just noticed that we started selling products and gift baskets from Crabtree & Evelyn! All natural materials, very environmentally conscious, and they come in such cute and stylish containers. Obviously, I have to have these (especially the avocado products!).

We also have a ton of Source Vérité gift baskets in our spa gift baskets collection. I wanted something a bit smaller though, and I saw these eco-friendly soaps that I thought could be a cute host/hostess gift or just something I could add to my stock pile for Mother’s Day gifts.

If you want to have fun with this weekend (or even week!) check out our friends at Cheryl’s who have an awesome idea for an Earth Day Party!

Want to get started on how you can do small or large things to help the environment this Earth Day without having to drastically change your life? Small changes help just as much as large changes, and it will be easier to stick with when it doesn’t affect you or cause extra work! We found this cool list of how to help here, so I’ll just highlight the very simple ones:

  • Change your lightbulbs
  • Turn off electronics (especially computers!) at night when you’re not using them
  • Don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  • Recycle glass products
  • Go vegetarian at least once a week
  • Use one less paper napkin when you go out to eat
  • Wash your clothes in cold or warm water
  • Recycle newspapers
  • Plant a tree!
  • Use cruise control while driving to get up to 15% better gas mileage!
  • And many more great ideas here at 50 Ways To Help

So tell me in the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) in what ways you give back the environment or ways that you plan to start! FIVE lucky and random winners will be taking home Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Sampler!

Happy early Earth Day!

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Exclusive Sneak Peeks!

July 14, 2011

Welcome back Baskets Readers,

Hooray! I think everyone deserves a good pat on the back, high five, or congratulations-method of choice. Our “50 Likes Challenge” on Facebook was a HUGE success; also it appears that everyone here really did make a lot of new friends, which is always something to celebrate. As promised, because you were all so great at getting us to our goal, I have 4 random winners to announce. Congratulations to Patty Mitchell (posted at July 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm), Arturo Cabrera (posted at July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm), Kathy S (posted at July 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm), and Ashley (posted at July 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm)! You will each be receiving our Tazo® Take A Break Tea & Teapot Gift Set that was featured in last weeks’ blog post. Please send your full name, address and any questions to and we can get your prize sent to you. As always, thank you so much to all of our readers. We really do appreciate and take into consideration all of your input.

Does everyone have access to a non-descript trench coat, black sunglasses and maybe a fedora? Being loyal Baskets readers, I would like to let you in on a couple of exclusive sneak peeks to some incredible treats we have coming your way. First things first: be on the lookout Tuesday July 19, to enter for a spectacular gourmet give-away on our Facebook page. I can’t say too much about it (top-secret, official business stuff) but the prize is valued at over $500! Share the secret and tell a friend to check out our page as well (don’t worry; we’ll still recognize that you heard it first).

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10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Space

July 7, 2011

Hello again, Baskets Readers!

WOW! We had a HUGE influx of commenters to the blog today. Thank you to everyone who has read and participated, I hope you all stick around. Before we get into this weeks post, we have 2 winners to announce from last weeks’ contest. Congratulations to our two random winners, JD Burnsed (posted July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am) and Patricia Sauber (posted July 2, 2011 at 11:55 pm)! You will both receive the Regal Oak Grandeur Gift Basket. Please send your full name and address to and we can help you claim your prize. To our other readers, stick around at the end for another possible contest!

Friendly Baskets blogger at home w/part of the Starbucks® Break Time gift basket!

Mondays! Ack! Okay, so it’s not actually Monday, but it feels like it right? The week after any holiday weekend always feels like a series of never-ending Mondays. Extended holiday weekends are all fun, beach trips, excessive eating and games, until you wake up to find an army of ants making claims of Manifest Destiny over your kitchen. Which, coincidentally is also the time you curse your apartment for its lack of a dishwasher appliance (yeah, that one is probably just me). Maybe you had a fun party weekend in or out of the house, or maybe you’re Joey Chestnut and on your fifth consecutive hot dog eating championship win (woof!). Either way, I think we can all agree that we need a break from our vacations (also we need to clean and rightfully take back our kitchens).

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Feedback, Party!, Product Designers, Uncategorized Gift Baskets Party!

July 24, 2010
Bountiful Sweets Gift Basket

Bountiful Sweets Gift Basket

Hi All! So what we wanted to do during this party was to discuss gift baskets in general.

In about a paragraph or so, please tell us what you feel is important to you in a gift basket. Our Gift Basket Designers inside our Melrose Park, IL Design Room have creativity flowing through them and the skill and passion to make their visions a reality. From a myriad of artistic and creative backgrounds, our Gift Basket Design Room Team view Gift Basket design as a holistic creative endeavor. However, we feel strongly that this cannot be done in isolation. The emotion and sentiment our gift baskets invoke in our customers must not only be appropriate to the occasions but also be of the right intensity. Meaning we want the gift basket to not only convey exactly what you feel but how strongly you feel. That is our passion, that is our goal. And that is why we ask you for your thoughts. 🙂

Please write about a paragraph or so and we’ll randomly pick 1 person and send the Bountiful Sweets Gift Basket! (pictured above) Bountiful Sweets Gift Basket

Current Party Status:
1) The Surprise 1st Post Winner was “Shannon Schulte”
2) The 2nd and Final Winner was “Lisa Pergande”!
3) What’s the Prize: 1 Bountiful Sweets Gift Basket

If anybody’s searching, here’s an active coupon code: BSKTS15FB (15% off entire order)

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Spa Gift Basket + Mint Meltaways Party!

July 20, 2010
Apres Rain Spa Gift Basket

Apres Rain Spa Gift Basket

The Source Vérité Aprés Rain Spa Basket Gift experience completely revitalizes both body and mind with the exuberance of a cleansing rain. Fresh and energetic, charismatic green top notes are blended with delicate, spicy-sweet bergamot. A dewy breeze hints of white lilac and rose, while intoxicating exotic jasmine with earthy moss notes refines the scent. This lovely premium spa collection includes body mist, body butter, sand scrub and much more. They’ll love it. Our lotions and gels are made exclusively in the U.S.A.

Let us know what you think about this gift basket that our talented Product Designers created inside our Melrose Park, IL Design Room! We’ll randomly pick 1 person who posts a comment below and send this new creation to them along with Fannie May® Mint Meltaways! Yeah we know, a spa basket and delicious Mint Meltaways..good combination. 🙂

Current Party Status:
1) The “Suprise Gift” was awarded to “Jay” for being the first poster.
2) The 2nd prize has been awarded to “Monica Carbajosa”!
3) The 3rd and final prize has been awarded to “John Darrow”!
4) What’s the Prize: 1 Apres Rain Spa Gift Basket & 1 Milt Meltaways

If anybody’s searching, here’s an active coupon code: BSKTS15FB (15% off entire order)

Product Designers

Basia – Senior Product Designer

February 26, 2010

Basia, Gift Basket Product Designer
Outside the walls of, Paparazzi are typically known to follow Hollywood celebrities. Inside, the stars are our extraordinary Product Designers. They provide the creativity, inspiration, and passion that drives our great line of products. They are truly celebrities in our eyes. Today we highlight one of our Senior Product Designers, Basia.