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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Gift Baskets


I had an order for 5 gift baskets last week.
I always enjoy shopping for and putting these together!
This little business of Betsy's Baskets is 26 years old...
I can't believe that! haha.  It isn't a huge business and I
don't market it or advertise at all...just let the business
come to me and I'm happy the small size allows me to
do other things...like etsy! :)

My gift baskets are custom made and I always ask
what they would like in the basket...a theme or whatever.
99% of the time they say they don't care...just something nice.
Well, my favorite thing to do for that is to compile a group of
items that would be generally appreciated by most people.
Coffee, tea, gourmet chocolate, nuts and snacks
are my go-to.  And depending on the gender...
a candle, mug and other things can be added.
I try to choose items that coordinate by color.
That might be my OCD speaking, but I think it makes
for a nicer looking basket when it's all put together.

These turned out to be predominately blue
and full of beautiful things to eat and drink.
Yum.


33 comments:

  1. Very nice. Gift baskets are always a good present aren't they?
    We get some at work each Christmas. We take everything out and stick a raffle ticket on each item. And then we pick a ticket and see what we win. It's great fun but we do appreciate the kindness of those who send us gifts.

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    1. What a great idea...makes it even more fun! Most of the baskets I make are for businesses. I always imagine the edible items being shared in the break room and the other things raffled off.

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  2. Hi Betsy - they always look amazing ... I'd scrumple everything and it'd look 'mussed up' ... wonderful and great because you're acting on your own you can customise the baskets ... brilliant idea .. 26 years - well done .. that's a great life of gift-basketing ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I would do the same if I got one....mess it all up going through it! haha.

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  3. Creating Baskets must be fun. Love your creativity.
    Do you build on one special item for inspiration?

    (Love blue and love to eat!)

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    1. Yes, usually. With these I found a pretty package of coffee and started with that.

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  4. I can see why your customers like them, recommend them and come back for more year in, year out. They are so smart and well appointed and universally appealing as presents for people in a variety of ways. A great marketing concept. Congrats on the 26 years. I think you could develop this into quite a big business if you wanted to . . and had the time . . . :) I am sure you would do very well on a programme here called Dragon's Den . . . :)

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    1. I used to do much more...sent fliers out for holidays, etc. Valentine's Day was big for the men to order. It almost got to be too big with orders for a holiday...there is only so much time to make them all for one day of delivery! And I was too OCD to hire help....haha...I have to have my hands on each one. lol....

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    2. Interesting . . . I did wonder whether you might be reluctant to lose the 'Hands On' feel to the business if you farmed it out . . . You are such a resourceful young lady . . . :)

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  5. I think people must be very happy to get one of your baskets!

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    1. I hope they are....I sure have fun making them!

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  6. You obviously do a great job! Word of mouth is the best kind of flattery!

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    1. Yeah, I just kind of let that carry the orders...this was a new client, so
      maybe that will grow into some repeats!

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  7. I love the look of them! My OCD would do the same. Gift baskets make great presents and are so fun to receive! My birthday is in 2 weeks. ha ha :-)

    Hope you're having a good evening!

    Marla

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    1. OCD is a good thing, don't you think? haha.

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  8. Let your OCD fly
    As it is sure great on the eye
    One color theme works
    Has its perks
    Wow, almost as old as me
    Your Betsy Basket business tree lol

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    1. Almost as old as you.
      It is very, very true.
      Older than all of my sons
      as they weren't around when it begun.
      haha...how's that for grammar?

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    2. lol bad grammar to rhyme
      Works every time

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  9. When I can't think of a suitable present for someones birthday or Christmas, I buy a lot of tinned stuff that I think they would like for their store cupboard, i.e., beans, soup, carrots, peas, custard,all-day-breakfast etc. Pack them all into a cardboard box, wrap it in brown paper and draw a big Red Cross with the words "Survival Kit" on it! Usually goes down well.

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    1. Aren't they fun? I hope they loved them!

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  11. Very pretty. Gift baskets are such fun. I love being able to see what's inside without unwrapping them right away. Something about peeking and poking that I like!

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    1. I think the same thing...fun to poke around in them!

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  12. Really lovely!!! And the OCD works here perfectly, some colours match better together then others, and I like those blue tones :-)

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  13. Gloveless! And, what a great little side business!
    Loved your flowers in the previous post...will be watching for that Butterfly on your Spring hall table!
    Enjoy your day...are you buried again? My kids are.....:o(
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Gloveless..haha...well, we are wearing our gloves today. Super cold and windy!
      I'm thinking that is an auto-correct. lol....
      We aren't buried...just got a dusting!

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  14. I'm sure they will be much appreciated by the recipients. Colour coordinated looks very good I think. Pretty ribbon too.

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    1. I think so, too....the color kind of pulls it all together.

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  15. Wow looks beautiful and delicious

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