other fruits; and topped them off with an adorable
card and a bow,” she says.
Gift baskets aren’t just for the holidays. They
also make great presents for virtually any celebration, such as birthdays, housewarmings, baby showers and weddings.
Case in point: Newly
married Jason Simms appreciated receiving a basket
loaded with cookies, pretzels and other snacks in lieu
of a monetary gift.
“A week after our wedding, we were tired and
looking for easy food, so we
ate a lot of the snacks,” says
Simms, of Old Lyme,
Connecticut. “If you had
asked me previously if baskets were a good gift item, I
would have said no. This
definitely changed my opinion of baskets.” C
Erik J. Martin is a Chicago-area freelance writer.
Robyn Spizman, the Atlanta-based
author of Make It Memorable: An A-Z Guide to
Making Any Event, Gift or Occasion ... Dazzling! (St.
Martins, 2004; not available at Costco) and a Costco
member, recommends do-it-yourself baskets.
“We buy fresh fruits when they’re in season and
make homemade gift baskets that we give to family
and friends,” says Spizman, who also enjoys giving
and receiving Popcornopolis gourmet popcorn gift
baskets, sold by Costco.
“And they don’t have to be baskets. We’ve also
bought coolers, totes and reusable containers from
Costco; loaded them with peaches, blueberries and
Gift baskets can make a
that sends a meaningful
message to colleagues,
clients, co-workers, family
and friends. All of the ones
pictured here are available
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