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Sweet Graduation Gift Ideas for Every Grad

May 23, 2013
Congratulations Graduate Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Hooray! After years of hard work and determination, they finally did it! Help your grad savor his shining moment with delightful desserts that hold the promise of an even sweeter future. Here are five graduation gift ideas that every grad will love.

Congratulations Graduate Chocolate Dipped OreosCongratulations Graduate Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Hats off to the grad! To celebrate the big day, these one-of-a-kind cookies arrive in a box shaped like a real graduation cap. Inside, the mortarboard is filled with Oreos—everyone’s favorite classic cookie—hand-dipped in real chocolate and decorated with diplomas and other grad-themed trimmings. It also comes with a personalized message with special kudos straight from you. Sure, your graduate could share the delicious cookies with the rest of the graduating class … but he won’t want to!

Personalized Gigantic Graduation Fortune CookiePersonalized Gigantic Graduation Fortune Cookie

Graduation day is only the beginning of the lifetime of success that waits ahead. Show your alum how proud you are of today’s accomplishments—and give him your best wishes for a bright tomorrow—with this colossal fortune cookie! This treat is as yummy as it is gigantic: It’s hand-dipped in Belgian dark chocolate and then decorated with a graduation cap and their commencement year. The cookie even has a customizable fortune inside and comes in a cute takeout carton. This grad’s future is looking good!

Congrats Grad! Irresistible Oreo Cookie PieCongrats Grad! Irresistible Oreo Cookie Pie

Show the grad how to take a delicious slice out of life with this mouthwatering pie. Each handcrafted pastry is made with a rich, buttery cookie crust, smooth and sweet white crème, and Oreo pieces sprinkled on top. Then, it’s all wrapped up in a metallic gold gift box and a “Class of 2013” ribbon—perfectly sophisticated and festive packaging for the occasion. One pie can serve up to 12, but don’t be surprised if your grad wants it all to himself. After all, graduation is all about seizing great new opportunities!

Congrats Graduate Caramel Apple With CandiesCongrats Graduate Caramel Apple With Candies

After so many years of bringing bright red apples as a gift for the teacher, it’s time to reward the student with a special apple of his own. Weighing in at over 1 pound, this tart, juicy orchard-fresh Granny Smith is dipped in creamy caramel, sprinkled with rainbow candy and drizzled with white confection. We top off the treat with some pretty ribbon and a heartfelt note. There’s no sweeter way to say congratulations for a job well done!

The Popcorn Factory Congratulations SamplerThe Popcorn Factory Congratulations Sampler

Once that cap has been tossed into the air and that diploma is in hand, it’s time to party! This Popcorn Factory sampler holds an entire graduation bash in a box: It has everything your graduate and his fellow alums need to let loose after school’s out for good, including gourmet cheese, white cheddar and caramel popcorn; mini pecan-caramel Pixies; honey-roasted peanuts; popcorn balls; Jelly Belly jellybeans; sour stars; and milk chocolate-covered pretzels. A well-earned treat for a hardworking grad!

Which gift will you give to your grad to sweeten his commencement day?

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New Baby and Baby Shower Games

August 16, 2012
new baby monkey gift

new baby monkey giftWelcome back!

Apparently the number 8 isn’t too lucky for a few of you, so just stick to not walking under any ladders! Of course five of you commenters are in luck and will be receiving a giant fortune cookie! Congratulations to Gary Narberes (August 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm), Karen Koch (August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm), Melissa (August 9,2012 at 4:51 pm), Elaine C. (August 10, 2012 at 10:49 am), and Suzanne (August 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm)! Send your shipping information to me at  and I’ll send out your fortune cookies!

Is it just me or is the end of summer and beginning of fall “baby season”? I know a few people who are due around this time and nearly half of my family has a fall birthday. I realize there is a statistic about however many thousand people are born every minute, but in my small world, I feel like those minutes all gather around the change of the fall season. Feel free to let me know if it’s the same or different for all of you!

I enjoy seeing the new name trends every year and guessing what influenced them (how many Katnisses do you think we’ll get this year?). I would like to see more interesting trends for boy names. They get the short end of the stick, I think. Someone should start the petition for trendier boy names. Below are the top 10 names for girls and boys for the year 2011.

Top 10 Names for Girls 2011

  1. Isabella (who saw that one coming…besides everyone)
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia (my hope is this was inspired by Olivia Newton John)
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Madison (I will never not think of the movie Splash when I see this name)
  8. Abigail
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia

Top 10 Names for Boys 2011

  1. Jacob (once again, color me shocked)
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Alexander (the Great!)
  5. William (could shorten to Liam)
  6. Joshua
  7. Daniel
  8. Jayden (Big Willy style, obviously)
  9. Noah
  10. Anthony

Of course with new babies on the way, comes baby showers and trying to find a gift that’s useful while still being cute (personally all tiny things are cute to me, especially baby gym shoes that will never even touch a single sidewalk and will be grown out of within a month). We have all the most adorable new baby gifts you could imagine here, including my favorite monkey baby gift. However, for those of you currently planning baby showers, let’s talk some fun and unique baby shower games so that no grown woman will ever have to smell a fake diaper with random mashed food in it again.

Baby shower game ideas:

  • Give your guests a list of television families and have guests list the children from the families. Some families to try: Full House, Brady Bunch, Arrested Development, Leave It To Beaver, Little House on the Prairie, Malcolm in the Middle, Partridge Family, Growing Pains, Bewitched, Step by Step, Cosby Show, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Family Ties, Modern Family.
  • Create a baby guide book with ideas from close family and friends. Sometime during the party, ask each guest to write down their name, relationship to new mom and then some helpful hints, baby advice, words of encouragement. This will be very helpful to new parents!
  • Cake Race. Have people race to build a diaper/baby gift cake using provided materials and reward those who finish first and/or have the most appealing diaper cake!

In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) tell me your own ideas for baby shower games, new baby gift ideas, or some interesting and trendy baby names! FIVE lucky and random winners will receive a prize of their own.

Have a great weekend! 

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Olympics 2012!

July 27, 2012
juniors red velvet cheesecake

Hello Gift Basket Fans! 

Our work picnic yesterday was great! A little hot out (especially after a few rounds of sand volleyball), but it was a fun change to be outside. Plus, it gave all of you some extra time to submit your comments! I think a lot of us agreed that food is the way to go in most cases, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little trinket to remind you of what great gift givers you have around you. Speaking of gift giving, I have a few gift baskets to award now. Congratulations to Gita (July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm), Julie H (July 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm), Clara Ray (July 26, 2012 at 11:05 am), Teresa (July 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm), and Olivia (July 27, 2012 at 7:45 am)! You will all be receiving the All Smiles Gift Basket that comes with a $10 gift to use on your next purchase so you can choose which gift basket is right for you! Email your information to me at and I’ll get your gift baskets out to you.

Today (and well let’s be honest, the next two weeks) I am ALL over the Olympics! I’m counting down to the Opening Ceremony tonight, what surprises they’ll pull out, what secret thing David Beckham is doing for the ceremony, if there will be some mention of Harry Potter since the director is creating this whole thing (a girl can dream). Either way, 7:30 I will be tuning in. Also tuning in for Swimming, Track & Field, Gymnastics (how do they DO that?), Volleyball, and probably a few more events that catch my attention. All from the comfort of my couch of course. The Olympics (and watching any kind of sport in general) goes one of two ways for me, either I get really motivated to be active or I just watched, amazed, while eating very delicious non-Olympian food. 

And it’s looking like this year will be falling into the latter category, especially after I found these adorable Olympics cupcake decorations from Williams-Sonoma. Yes, I know, making and eating cupcakes while watching the best athletes in the world from my television. If I make it into a viewing party with other people to help me eat these, would that make it better?

Are you going to have your own Olympics viewing party? Let me suggest one of my favorite desserts to include at your party. Our Junior’s Red Velvet Cheesecake! It’s got red and white, so there’s your patriotic colors. And have I ever mentioned how sinfully delicious this cake is? Very creamy without being too sweet, the red velvet crumble on top and sides, plus the cake portion mixes very well, and there is plenty in one cake to share! I had it for my birthday to be served to my whole family (aunts, uncles, grandparents, the whole 9 yards) and we have all sworn by it’s delectable nature since. 1800Baskets has also been running a special for 20% off, so now you really can’t say no! I promise, your party guests will absolutely love it. juniors red velvet cheesecake

We still have our Stars & Stripes Chocolate Covered Strawberries ready to order. And you can read a full review from me (along with some pictures!) here in a previous post!

You can find the Olympics Event schedule here.

Now tell me: In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs), which Olympic event are you looking forward to and why? FIVE lucky commenters will win a special prize next week!

Have a great weekend and happy Olympics! 

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Stars & Stripes Chocolate Covered Strawberries

June 26, 2012
fourth of july chocolate covered strawberries

fourth of july chocolate covered strawberriesEveryone loves chocolate covered strawberries, especially when they’re so seasonally decorated in the good red, white and blue! fourth of july chocolate covered strawberries

Our Stars & Stripes Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an absolutely decadent treat that will have you feeling more patriotic with every sweet bite. Fresh-picked and ripe strawberries are hand-dipped in and festively decorated to perfection. You’ll receive six strawberries hand-dipped in dark chocolate and decorated with red, white and blue candy stars. As well as six large strawberries hand-dipped in white confection and drizzled with patriotic red, white and blue confectionary designs.

I loved these decadent berries and felt a lot less guilty eating so many of the dark chocolate covered strawberries, convincing myself that since it’s dark chocolate it would be okay! I have no excuse for the white confection strawberries other than they were too delicious to resist and I wish I had about 20 more of them. I currently have a few freezing to enjoy later, they end up tasting like a strawberry chocolate smoothie.

With Fourth of July coming up soon, these chocolate covered strawberries would be perfect for a Fourth of July party dessert or a great party prize. Be sure to send these to any military relatives and families you know to celebrate the season, or just order some as a great treat to snack on with you and your family on your way to see 4th of July fireworks!

Orders come in 6 or 12 chocolate covered strawberries and require overnight delivery. fourth of july chocolate covered strawberries

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Patriotic Caramel Apple with Candy Stars

June 26, 2012
fourth of july party candy apple

fourth of july party candy apple This Patriotic Caramel Apple from is one of my absolute favorite summertime gifts to share with you all! With Fourth of July just around the corner, you need something festive and delicious to display at your patriotic bash. This candy apple gift screams red, white, and blue in a delicious way!

Every order comes with a large and tart Granny Smith apple which is hand dipped in rich, gooey caramel and covered with dark chocolate; if that weren’t enough, it’s sprinkled with red, white and blue star sprinkles and then tied with a festive red bow for finish.

These candy caramel apples would be great to use for a table centerpiece or to give out as a party game prize for your patriotic guests. I could see this as a cute “just because gift” for a friend or coworker.

If you have a sharp knife, you could cut this apple to be more shareable. I was sharing this with family and sliced into more bite size pieces for easier enjoyment of this super rich tasting dessert. I would have put pictures, but I couldn’t keep everyone away from it fast enough!

Whichever way you decide, I know you’ll enjoy this great summer gift!

fourth of july party candy apple

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Fourth of July Party Ideas

June 21, 2012
fourth of july chocolate covered strawberries

fourth of july chocolate covered strawberriesWelcome back readers,

I promise I’ll hold off on the picnic blogs for a while now, I think I got it all out of my system (at least until I try all of your suggestions out). But please let me know if any of you try out your own picnic ideas or the delicious recipes featured last week, and send pictures! We have some winners to announce who can be our first to try out the picnic ideas. Congratulations to Jean C (June 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm), bessie burnsed (June 15, 2012 at 11:05 am), Ashley (June 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm), Kristen eby (June 18, 2012 at 1:11 am), and Jessica Beard (June 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm)! Please email your info to me at and I can send out your prize! 

We’re so close to July, which is crazy to me because I feel like May was just yesterday! July is the month for camping, barbeques, and tons of outdoor summer parties. And we have our biggest summer party coming up: Fourth of July! What could be better than some fun in the sun, celebrating with red, white, and blue? Also a Fourth of July party means one of my favorite things about summer: Fireworks. There is something very right about enjoying something off the grill, a patriotic dessert and colorful fireworks against the night sky. So let’s get planning with some awesome Fourth of July party ideas! fourth of july party caramel apple

Our sister brand Celebrations has a great piece on decoration for a 4th of July brunch here. I think there are so many fun ways to incorporate the festive patriotic colors into your designs, like checkered table cloths with solid colored plates. Or utilize this fun and festive stars and lantern lights at your Fourth of July bash! (Both found at Target). Even better is this party gear kit with fun patriotic hats and décor!

This is going to be a very short post, because sometimes certain bloggers get very busy and also want to get more ideas from their very gracious readers!

In the comments section below (1-2 paragraphs) tell me how you would incorporate the following products (and the previous decor if you want!) in your own Fourth of July party! Five winners will receive the chocolate covered strawberries!

Have a great weekend of planning! 

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Celebrating Summer Fun Picnic Ideas

June 14, 2012
meat and cheese gift basket picnic

Welcome back readers,

Father’s Day weekend is here, and I spent the last few weeks drumming up gifts for Father’s Day, so I hope you have yours picked out by now! If not, you can always check back on our posts for some great ideas here, here, and here. Don’t forget the comments section for some really great ideas for Dad! For now I’ll announce our weekly winners and we’ll move on to one of my favorite topics: picnics! Congratulations to Pamela Hansen (June 8, 2012 at 8:23 am), Stacey Ellis (June 8, 2012 at 10:23 am), Jean C (June 8, 2012 at 10:28 am), Melissa (June 14, 2012 at 10:39 am), and Tiffany (June 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm)! Please send your shipping information to me at and I’ll send out your Crabtree & Evelyn® Nomad Traveler for Men.

meat and cheese gift basket picnicMy love of picnics is no secret, especially on here when we always have so many amazing gourmet gift baskets and food gifts to use for fun summer outings. Summer is in full force right now and I can’t imagine not wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, even if it’s just your local park or backyard and a basket of food. These days of nice weather will only be here for so long, and I’m dedicated to making the most of them. We’ve already talked about essentials to bring on your next picnic and a few fun dishes, but our sister brand has so many delicious recipes for quick and easy finger foods as well as downright decadent desserts that I need to share with all of you!

Picnics should be about easy fun on the go. There’s no need to get super complicated with the meals you prepare or how much stuff you need to bring. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them fun or seasonal. Which is why I’m currently obsessed with’s finger sandwiches collection. 

You better believe that the Mini Grilled Cheese sandwiches will be a key player at all my summertime functions. Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina, Provolone, arugula, and truffle oil! I am in culinary heaven right now. I just bought a new bottle of truffle oil that I’ve been cooking everything in lately, so this is definitely my favorite sandwich of the set. Their Avocado and Tomato Finger Sandwiches are a close runner-up, because I have a lifetime commitment to all things avocado. It’s so simple, fresh, and you’ll never feel any guilt with eating your fair share of these delicate treats!

Check out more of their Tea Time and Finger Sandwich recipes here, and don’t miss out on their Top 10 Picnic Food Ideas here! 

For a cute and creative dessert that I am definitely trying out this weekend, are Celebration’s Blueberry Cupcakes in a Jar. It looks decadent but also incredibly easy to make. I have a feeling I’ll be trying out all of their Cupcake Ideas here.

meat and cheese gift basket picnicGoing back to the simplicity of picnics, you can always find something you love with our collection of gourmet gift baskets. Every gift basket is packed with gourmet foods, sides, and fun treats inside for you to try out. And all items complement each other perfectly. Everything is there waiting for you to pick it up and go! Since it’s summertime, I’m leaning towards some fresh orchard fruit and cheese gift baskets, or flavorful and hearty meat and cheese gift baskets, and of course some very tasty wine gift baskets. Take any of these out for a gourmet getaway one afternoon:

In the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) tell me which of these gifts you would pick for your picnic and things you would pair with them! FIVE  lucky and random winners will receive the Lucca & Sons™ Deluxe Meat & Cheese Box!

Have a safe and happy Father’s Day weekend!

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How to relax on Mother’s Day

May 10, 2012
Mother's Day Mira Luna Wine Gift Basket

Mother's Day Mira Luna Wine Gift BasketWelcome back readers!

I hope you all enjoyed my Mother’s Day quiz last week! My mom would probably be an A. She’s tried to be more of a B, but let’s just say I feel safer being the one in the kitchen most times. There were a lot of great mom stories and memories in the comments section; sounds like you all grew up with some very special women in your lives. And for five of our commenters, they get even luckier with a delicious chocolate gift basket! Congratulations to Mary Cummings (May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm), Janice Sloan (May 5, 2012 at 12:53 am), Janine White (May 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm), Jordan Robbins (May 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm), and Chris Hughart (May 10, 2012 at 4:42 am)! Please send your shipping information to me at and I can send out your Happy Mother’s Day Godiva Gift Basket.

Mother’s Day is this weekend! And if you remember from a couple of weeks ago, I promised my mom I would dedicate some labor time to her and help with gardening and some slight landscaping (yes, I’m already dreading waking up this weekend). Of course we all love our moms, they’re great and they do a lot of nice stuff for us. But no matter how much you like your mom, at some point this weekend you will be stressed out or go a little crazy (except for maybe all of you lucky spa-goers). It’s just the way that most holidays go, I didn’t write the rules!  This is a mom’s world and we’re just living in it.

So for all of you who will be just as exhausted as I will be this Mother’s Day, I found a few really fun drink recipes for you to enjoy (and I guess even share with your mom).

Tea Tini
A great drink for spring! You can use any sweet tea you prefer, but I think a nice fruity or floral tea would make this even better. I’m currently obsessed with Passion flavored Tazo Tea, which you can buy from any Starbucks.


  • 1 3/4 oz vodka
  • 1 oz sweet iced tea
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • lemon wedge for garnish


  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar
  • Garnish with the lemon wedge

White Sangria
This is another great spring drink that will be refreshing and fun to drink. You can combine this with brunch or dinner. This recipe will serve 6 people.


  • 1 1/2 cup mixed colorful bite-size melon pieces
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup crisp white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime for garnish


  • Stir melon and sugar together in a large pitcher
  • Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to draw out the juices.
  • Just before serving, stir wine, brandy, and sparkling water into the pitcher
  • Add ice cubes to glasses. Fill your glasses with the sangria, spooning some of the fruit into each glass. Garnish each drink with a slice of lime.

Mango Iced Tea
Here is our non-alcoholic spring drink that the whole family can enjoy. I love anything mango, so this may be a repeat drink for me for the rest of the warmer months. This recipe is for one glass, but you can just double, triple, etc. the ingredients to serve more!


  • 1 cup brewed organic green tea, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh mango juice
  • 1 tsp honey (organic honey tends to be a lot thinner and more easy to mix)
  • Ice cubes as needed


  • In a large glass, combine the green tea and juice
  • Add the honey and stir well
  • Add ice cubes and serve immediately
Mothers Day gift ideas

Moments of Relaxation Spa Gift Tower & Mom's Wine Picnic Backpack Gift Basket

If you’ve beat me in the category of procrastinating on picking up a Mother’s Day gift, don’t worry! Some of our select Mother’s Day gifts are up to 30% off when you order before 3PM EST tomorrow 5/11/12! My three picks are below:

Mother’s Day Mira Luna Wine Gift Basket: Fits perfectly with our plan to relax this weekend! A beautiful chocolate and wine gift basket, need I say more?

Moments of Relaxation Spa Gift Tower: Bring the spa home with this gift tower. The spa products are a relaxing cucumber melon scent and this gift also provides tea, cookies and spa accessories.

Mom’s Wine Picnic Backpack Gift Basket: You’ve all seen this previously for our picnic blog, but it includes tasty foods and wine so I have to put it back on the list! Plus, we all agreed that picnics are the best, so really this gift is a no-brainer.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with a lot of great memories and some relaxing time with your loved ones. I’ll be getting ready to turn in my delicate writing hands for a pair of green thumbs. After you’re done enjoying the weekend, let me know in the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) how you relax. FIVE lucky and random commenters will win the Mother’s Day Mira Luna Wine Gift Basket!

Happy Mother’s Day! 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide & Quiz

May 3, 2012

Welcome Back!

Still stuck on what to get or do for dear ol’ Mom? Do our fun little quiz to help pick the perfect gift for your special Mom called: GUESS THAT MOM! Answer the questions below to figure out what kind of Mom you have and a special gift we’ve lined up for her. It’s simple and silly (and I was very close to just making this into a quiz about which Spice Girl we all were) but we’re almost at the end of the week, so it’s time for a little fun.

When you’re done taking our little Mother’s Day Gift Quiz, tell me in the comments section (1-2 paragraphs) which answer you got and come up with your own gift idea that would fit!

Q: What is the one object your Mom can’t live without?

A) Her gardening gloves
B) She’s named the oven
C) Her all new organic shower scrub and exfoliator kit
D) An always full chocolate dish in the kitchen

Q: It’s party time! Where is your Mom?

A) Setting up a beautiful floral centerpiece on the table
B) Cooking all the food and playing hostess to the guest
C) Sitting back and enjoying the party, grabbing treats as they come
D) Eagerly awaiting which desserts they bring out

Q: If your Mom had her own TV show, what would it be?

A) Redesigning yard spaces on HGTV
B) Move over, Giada! Mom has a new cooking special on Food Network!
C) Definitely a reality show
D) Think Anthony Bourdain, but with only desserts!

Q: What is Mom’s favorite holiday? (Besides Mother’s Day of course!)

A) Earth Day
B) Thanksgiving
C) Does Summer count as a holiday?
D) Halloween or Valentines Day

Q: What’s Mom’s favorite color?

A) Earthy Green
B) Fiery Red
C) Tranquil Blue
D) Warm Chestnut

Q: It’s Sunday afternoon, where is your Mom?

A) Out in the garden, of course!
Cooking up a gourmet brunch
At her spa appointment
Whipping up a sweet Sunday confection

Did you get…

Garden Tote with ToolsMostly A’s: She’s a nature woman! You can always find her out in her garden tending to the flowers or enjoying the greenery around her. We’re sure she’d love this Gourmet Garden Tote Gift with Tools.




Cucina Rustica BasketMostly B’s: A natural born chef, you really mean it when you say there is nothing like Mom’s home cooking! Get her a great gift that she’ll love to use like this Cucina Rustica Italian Gift Basket.




Apres Ski Spa Basket

Mostly C’s: No one knows how to be more relaxed than Mom. She takes “treat yourself” to a whole new level! We know that she’ll love this pampering Apres Rain Spa Gift Basket.




Spring Godiva Chocolates BasketMostly D’s: It’s no secret: Mom is an absolute chocolate lover! The best way to Mom’s heart this Mother’s Day is with her sweet tooth! (To be fair, all of her is pretty sweet). She’ll definitely love this Spring Elegance Godiva® Chocolates Gift Basket.

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Delightfully Decadent Tea Gift Basket

May 2, 2012

I couldn’t have come up with a more perfect name for this beautiful spring-time gift basket. The Delightfully Decadent Tea Gift Basket makes for the best tea-time gift set for anyone who enjoys the sweet spring season or a relaxing afternoon tea.

This tea gift basket is very striking at first sight, showing a softly woven lavender basket, with a gorgeous faux orchid floral decoration and pastel green ribbon bow holding everything together. It’s very feminine and embodies the spring season. Even better than its appearance are the many delicious and elegant surprises inside this gift basket holds inside. The most striking gift inside the basket is the 3-piece stoneware tea-for-one teapot, lid and cup set! I had no idea when I first saw the gift basket that it was an all-inclusive tea set; I thought it was only a decorated tea pot. This delicately decorated white and orchid tea set comes as a fitted set with the generously sized tea cup acting as base. I really enjoyed how the orchid decoration on the gift basket perfectly matched the detailed orchid decoration on the tea set. Also inside this lovely tea gift basket are Almond French Twists, which are small rolled cookies that go great with both tea and coffee. There is also a very helpful serving of DeBeukelaer® Pirouline® Wafer Rolls; a flaky and buttery outside with creamy chocolate centers. You’ll be happy they included so many wafer rolls if you’re sharing this tasty gift (like a certain nice product reviewer) or be glad there are so many cookies even if you’re keeping this all to yourself!

Inside the gift basket is a very large box of Eurostyle Biscuits, so buttery and delicious, and enough to fill up half of my cookie jar (after I ate about five of them)! Sticking with the theme of a delightful tea party in a gift basket, they’ve included Nikki’s® Teapot-shaped Sugar Cookies. So adorable and extremely delicious, these cookies make a perfect small sweet for your side of tea.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a tea gift basket without some delicious tea and honey! This gift basket includes a box of Twinings® Darjeeling Tea, which boasts a mild and relaxing flavor perfect for afternoon tea-time or a late night cup of tea. The Darjeeling tea is perfectly matched with the small Tiptree® Honey Jar that is also included, with a very sweet and organic taste.

The Delightfully Decadent Tea Gift Basket would be a really great gift for any tea lover or someone who is need of a relaxing afternoon. I could see this as being an excellent house warming present or better yet, an amazing gift for Mom! Add a nice bouquet of flowers, pastries, or extra boxes of tea to this tea gift set and make it an extra special bundle gift for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, or a “Thinking of You” present.