For many years my gift list at Christmas was very long and my budget was very small. After buying gifts for my immediate family, there wasn't much money left for everyone else. Also, even though I enjoyed giving gifts to friends and acquaintances, choosing the right gift sometimes just seemed too overwhelming.
Then I discovered the perfect gift for just about everyone - a gift basket. Everyone appreciates a few specialty food items - whether bought or home made - and putting them into a basket tied with a bow always made it look more special.
In today's economy, many people are in the same position and gift baskets could be the perfect solution.
Chocolate chip cookies
If you have friends who are trying to eat Paleo as well, why not make them some Paleo goodies ? I'm sure a basket of Paleo breads or condiments would be very much appreciated. Here are a few ideas :
Coconut pancake syrup
For other ideas check the RECIPES tab above. Spending an afternoon with your friends or your children cooking and talking can yield you some delicious treats to share.
To make the actual baskets, all you need are some cheap baskets that you can get at any craft store, or any other suitable container. Nice boxes, tins, and glass jars or containers can also work. Then all you need is some wrap and labels to finish. (Check this site for some free labels you can print and use.)
Baskets that contain several items are best wrapped in cellophane and a ribbon, while gift boxes or jars can look very festive with just a nice bow. Rather than hunt around the stores at this time of the year when the crowds are at their heaviest, you can order all of these supplies easily and conveniently from Amazon and save both your time and your nerves. Here are just a few examples of what is available :
But what if you don't have the time to cook? A gift basket can still be a good idea. Why do the work of finding the perfect gift when it can be done for you?
You can find all kinds of specialty baskets and boxes packed with different interests and activities in mind. The are available at various price levels and usually contain all kinds of treats that your recipient is bound to enjoy.
Sports Gift Basket Golfing Around Golf Sports Bag
Tackle Box Mens Gift Basket Fun Fishing Gift Basket Men
NASCAR Lover's Gift Chest: And The Race Is On -Medium
What gardener wouldn't love this tote filled with tools, treats, a knee pad, a gardening apron, and so much more.
The Green Thumb Gardening Gift Tote | Gift Basket for the Gardener
A tea drinker would love this basket of soothing teas and their own personal teapot and cup.
Tea Lover's Tea Gift Basket | Tea Gift for the Tea Drinker!
And there aren't many women who wouldn't love to be spoiled with this luxury basket of bath goodies.
Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Essence of Luxury Spa Bath and Body Set
That gourmet food and wine loving couple will definitely savour all these delicious treats.
Wine Lovers Delight Gift Basket
Your pregnant daughter or niece would really appreciate this basket filled with candles, soothing oil and tea, and relaxing CDs.
Baby Shower Massage Gift Basket: Pregnancy Massage DVD, Baby Massage DVD, Oil, Relaxation Music (2 DVD/1 Oil/1 CD)
And for baby's first Christmas, this basket contains lots of useful items and comes in three different colours as well.
What a Cutie Pie New Baby Gift Basket for Boys or Girls(Blue)
And finally, for the chocolate lover this is the ultimate gift.
Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Ghirardelli Chocolate Lovers
I could go on and on ...... but I'm sure you get the picture.
There is a gift basket for pretty much everyone. (Teenagers are an exception. Money is always best for them.) Follow any of the links above to Amazon, input "gift baskets for ..... " and fill in the appropriate hobby, activity or passion of your recipient, and I'm sure you will find several suggestions - one of which will be right for your budget.
With a bit of luck you could get all of your Christmas gift shopping done with one session at your computer, and be sitting putting up your feet and enjoying a hot cup of your favourite beverage while everyone else is fighting the weather and the crowds.