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Gourmet Gift Baskets: the Perfect Holiday Present for Foodies

gourmet-gift-baskets-foodieWhen you think of the holidays, several things probably come to mind: spending quality time with family and friends, some of whom you haven’t seen in months or years; cooking feasts and baking seasonal treats; filling your home with festive decorations; savoring hot cocoa and warm fires; giving to charity; and appreciating all that you have to be thankful for. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a time of stress for many people. The tradition of giving gifts at this time of year can require a lot of time, effort, and money that busy adults simply don’t have to spare. But there is an alternative – when you opt to give gourmet gift baskets, you can make your life easier, control spending, and ensure happy recipients, especially for family members and friends who are foodies.

Gourmet gift baskets are the perfect present for anyone in your life who savors their food instead of wolfing it down as a matter of course. Some people eat for practicality, others for pleasure. And for those who embrace the latter, a gift basket filled with seasonal delights is the best way to show that you pay attention to what your loved ones enjoy, without having to brave the maddening crowds in search of that perfect gift. Whether you whip up a wine and chocolate display or a cheese and snack gift basket, you can include all the goodies your family and friends adore, personalizing each one to suit the tastes of the intended recipient.

Best of all, you don’t even have to do the heavy lifting, thanks to dedicated connoisseurs that are happy to assemble the perfect holiday gift basket for you. You can easily find the Christmas gift baskets (or even kosher options) you’re looking for, complete with hallmarks of the season, by shopping online. All you have to do is select the size and components that best match the varied tastes of your recipients. From there, you can have completed baskets delivered directly to the foodies in your life, or if you want to add something extra special (like a favorite treat or a treasured bottle of wine), simply have it shipped to you first.

The foodies that populate your group of nearest and dearest family and friends will be overjoyed to receive a gift they can actually use (instead of something you spent hours agonizing over only to have it returned). So make your life easy and treat your fellow foodies to a gift they’re sure to love. Gourmet gift baskets make for the perfect holiday offering for your favorite foodies.

Why Gift Baskets Are the Perfect Corporate Holiday Gift

It’s not enough that you spend months agonizing over what gifts to get your closest family members and friends for the holidays – when you work in a corporate office, you may also feel obligated to provide a corporate holiday gift for coworkers, supervisors, clients, vendors, and more, exponentially increasing your stress during this season of giving. And when you’re working with a budget and you have little time to spare, the last thing you want to think about is how to please business associates that you probably don’t even know very well. Instead of giving up and just offering Starbucks gift cards to everyone this year, consider that corporate gift baskets could be the perfect compromise when the holidays roll around.

You’ve no doubt given gift baskets before for all kinds of occasions, probably even for the holidays. And as a result, you’ll see the wisdom in offering a virtual smorgasbord of seasonal goodies to the people in your office. For starters, you have practically unlimited options. For example, you can head to a fancy food supplier in your area to create your own gourmet gift baskets for coworkers and clients, or you can hit up an online outlet that offers exceptional baskets for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for Hanukkah or Christmas gift baskets, you’ll find ready-made options online.

Even better, you can tailor baskets to recipients. Are you looking for a corporate holiday gift basket that’s sized to accommodate an entire office or are you more interested in smaller options that are better suited to individualized gift giving? Do you prefer to give a medley of cheese and crackers or would you rather offer chocolates, wine, or even seasonal specialties like cookies and candy canes? There are options available to suit every budget and food preference, and you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting when you order online and have your corporate gift baskets assembled, wrapped, and delivered directly to recipients.

If you simply don’t have the time and inclination to shop for a corporate holiday gift or assemble your own basket, you’ll be pleased to find a wide selection of appropriate gift baskets online. You’ll save time, money, and unneeded stress when you opt to go this route for corporate gifting. And this will free you up to enjoy the spirit of the season, devoting yourself to what’s truly important at this special time of year: your family.

Thanksgiving Recipes for 2014

thanksgiving-recipesIt’s getting to be that time of year when people start thinking about decorations, charitable donations, family feasts, Thanksgiving recipes, and gourmet gift baskets full of goodies for family, friends, and coworkers. That’s right – the winter holidays are nearly upon us. It seems like just yesterday that the kids returned to school, but with the leaves falling and that telltale bite in the air that signals impending snowfall, there’s no denying that the holidays are around the corner. And before you start choosing your Christmas gift baskets, you need to think about how you’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Many view this event as the quintessential family holiday, a time to enjoy the bounty they’ve been blessed with. This includes celebrating the loved ones that are still able to get together each year to give thanks for all that they have. But it’s also traditional to mark this special day in our nation’s history with a feast to commemorate the coming together of different cultures to break bread and observe that we are all virtually the same. After all, we all want love, comfort, and security. And we all enjoy a good meal!

The traditional centerpiece of this meal is, of course, the turkey. And there is no shortage of sides to complement the main dish, from potatoes, stuffing, and salad to the many sauces and dressings that exemplify the signature produce of the season. Nature provides a veritable gift basket of tasty treats in the fall, including squash, pumpkins, and cranberries. And all could be found on your holiday table, provided you have the right recipes to whip them into delicious dishes.

While you might have some family Thanksgiving recipes up your sleeve for seasonal favorites like homemade dinner rolls and apple pie, you could always add a few new ones to the mix, or even update some that you’ve grown tired of. And if you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before, you could definitely use a hand on the recipe front. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to feed your family and friends right, with recipes ranging from starter cocktails and hors d’oeuvres straight through to the last bite of pie.

Before you start planning this year’s holiday gift basket selection, you’ll want to spend some time putting together a feast for the special day that kicks off the season of giving. Let visions of a cheese and snack gift basket dance through your head when the holiday shopping starts in earnest. For now, take a gander at some Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to be a hit with everyone lucky enough to be at your table this year.

“Welcome to the party” Cocktails

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail – Food Network
Kristy’s Cold Weather Cocktail – Gastronomical Sovereignty
Pumpkin Pie Cocktail – My Baking Addiction
Perfect Storm – Martha Stewart
Cranberry Margarita – Confections of a Foodie Bride
Daiquiri – Food and Wine
Pomegranate Sangria – Bobby Flay

Snacks & Appetizers

Brandied Cranberries – Simply Recipes
Sweet Potato Squares with Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise – My Recipes
Baked Fontina with Herbs – Ina Garten
Cristina’s Famous Nuts – Cristina Salas-Porras
Fig & Stilton Squares – Delish
Stuffed Mini Portobellos – The Cozy Apron
Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons – Food and Wine
Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Garlic Oil and Fried Sage – Epicurious

Potatoes

Potato Mash with Leek Confit & Bacon – In Pat’s Kitchen
Crunch Roast Potatoes – A Cup of Jo
Mini-Herbed Pommes Anna – Bon Appetit
Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Bourbon – Bon Appetit
Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes – The Pioneer Woman
Vanilla Sweet Potato Puree – Voltaggio Brothers
Classic Mashed Potatoes – Ina Garten

Stuffing

Rough & Rustic Stuffing – Gastronomical Sovereignty c/o Once Upon A Recipe
Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing – Epicurious
Mom’s Stuffing – Savory Sweet Life
Wild Rice & Creamy Goat Cheese Stuffing – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Vegan Stuffing – Never Homemaker

Vegetables

Autumn Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette – Recipe Girl
Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley – Eats Well with Others
Thanksgiving Green Beans – Racheal Ray
Broccoli Gratin with Swiss & Parmesan – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Kabocha Squash with Curried Wild Rice, Pomegranate Seeds and Kale – Arielle Likes to Cook
Creamy Fried Confetti Corn – My Recipes
Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots – Delish

Protein

Apricot Glazed Turkey with Fresh Herb Gravy – Delish
Perfect Roast Turkey – Art and the Kitchen
Herb Butter Turkey – Tom Colicchio
Turkey Meatballs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce – Eat, Eat, Burp
Leek, Lemon & Feta Quiche – Allison Cay Parker
Baked Ham (with 10 variations) – Michael Smith
Traditional Roasted Turkey – Voltaggio Brothers

Gravy & Sauce

Quick Turkey Gravy – The Kitchn
Perfect Turkey Gravy – Martha Stewart
Cabernet Cranberry Sauce with Figs – Epicurious
Homemade Gravy – Ina Garten
Wild Mushroom Gravy – Oh My Veggies!
Pear, Brandy & Walnut Cranberry Sauce – NotLazy.Rustic.
Cranberry Apricot Relish – Food & Wine

Bread

Pumpkin Parmesan Biscuits – The Food Network
Sweet Dinner Rolls – Brown Eyed Baker
Rosemary Dinner Roll with Brie Cheese – Inspired Taste
Potato Herb Bread – Crumb
World’s Best Dinner Rolls – Our Best Bites
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls – Beyond Kimchee

Dessert

Apple Cranberry Currant Pie – Simply Recipes
Mini-Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake – Urban Baker
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Taste of Home
Cranberry Blueberry Pie – Annie’s Eats
Southern Pecan Pie – Add A Pinch
Chocolate Lava Fondant Pudding – Gastronomical Sovereignty
Best Apple Cake – Food.com
Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Marshmallow Sour Cream Topping – Epicurious
Mini Spiced Pumpkin Cakes – Food and Wine
Pumpkin Bread Budding with Caramel Sauce – Everyday Miracles and Mayhem

Or better yet… Bring one of our baskets to your next corporate event or family dinner party and spread the love!

 

How to Show Your Appreciation This Thanksgiving

The holidays bring out the spirit of giving in all of us. And you’re probably already making plans for the gifts you’ll bestow upon your family members and friends when Christmas, Hanukkah, or your particular winter celebration rolls around. While Thanksgiving isn’t usually tied to a tradition of gifting, there’s no better time of year to put some effort into thanking the special people in your life for all they bring to the table – and we’re not talking about Grandma’s sweet potato pie. So don’t wait to put together custom Christmas gift baskets. Instead, show your appreciation for loved ones with gift baskets made for the holiday devoted to gratitude.

Thanksgiving Gift Basket

There are so many ways to show your appreciation for everything that your loved ones contribute to your life. But the best thing you can do is show that you take an interest in their lives, too. If your friends love to go to the movies, a gift basket featuring popcorn, candy, and passes to a local theater could be just the ticket to express your gratitude for their warm friendship. And if your parents are partial to sweet treats, a holiday gift basket bearing a bevy of cookies and chocolates is the perfect way to let them know how much you treasure their unconditional love.

You can even put together gourmet gift baskets for special coworkers that go out of their way to make your job easier or pick you up when you’re having a particularly hard day. Although you might not know what they like, you can’t really go wrong with a cheese and snack gift basket that will give them something to munch on while they wait for the turkey to roast. Thanksgiving has “giving” right in the name, so why wouldn’t you go out of your way to honor and show your appreciation for the special people in your life?

It never hurts to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them. But actions speak louder than words. And by putting the time and effort into selecting a unique gift basket that you know the recipient will love, you have the opportunity to speak volumes. It’s rare that people get the gratitude they deserve for the efforts they make, both big and small. But by giving gift baskets this Thanksgiving as tokens of your affection and love, you can let the special people surrounding you know just how much you appreciate them and all that they do to make your life better.