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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Give A Christmas Gift Basket

When its time to celebrate the season, a little creativity can help
with gift giving. Imagine how nice it is to get a Christmas gift basket after a hectic schedule of preparing Christmas dinner or hosting a party.


Christmas baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the season. There is no better gift during the holidays than an assortment of the season’s best. A basket brings together a variety of treats and gifts in a beautiful presentation. Sending a Christmas gift basket during the holiday season is a great way to show you care.  It can be the ideal gift for someone who lives far away.

Many people simply need cheering up during the holidays. A Christmas basket can be just what they need to make them feel special. When you add some signature items and unique decorations, your gift will be even more memorable!

holidaytraditionsWhen I was invited to a recent holiday party, I didn’t know what to take along for the hostess. I decided to make a Christmas basket to do something a little different. I picked out some gourmet food items, a few holiday toys for the kids, and decorated it with Christmas ornaments. She loved it and was overjoyed by the personal attention I gave her gift.

On another occasion, my neighbors were pleasantly surprised when my family and I sent over some holiday gift baskets filled with home made treats. It added a personal touch to the season instead of just buying a box of chocolates. I have realized that making your own Christmas baskets can be especially helpful in sharing the spirit of the holidays. Baking up some treats with the family can become a tradition in itself!


Most Christmas baskets are made up of gourmet chocolates, Christmas tree ornaments, nuts, snacks, and other treats. Finding a few unique or imported items is a great way to dress up a basket. It’s easy to be creative with holiday decor to put together the presentation.

I’ve sent custom gift baskets to the neighborhood retirement homes and senior centers, since the residents there often don’t have family close by. Sending a basket of goodies during the holidays is the perfect way to cheer someone up.  This can be especially valuable to people who are lonely during the holiday season, or those who do not have family members to share it with.


However you choose to give during the holiday season, consider the many options with either a hand made or a custom Christmas gift basket from any one of a number of gift basket companies.

Your gift recipient will be very pleased and grateful.

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving!

Debra’s Gifts

Online Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping for family members and friends you will not be seeing this holiday season can pose a significant frustration for some shoppers. Here’s my solution. Why not bring a little elegance right to the door of those dear to you with online shopping? Online holiday shopping can be a rewarding experience.


Avoid Frustration with Online Holiday Shopping

Heavy traffic, car door dings, over crowded malls and the cold weather elements are just a few of the things you can easily avoid this holiday season. Also, you don’t have to roam the parking lot looking for a parking space, stand in long lines, and find the time to actually set out shopping or deal with grumpy people who don’t want to be shopping either. With online shopping there is no need to find a good parking spot, the traffic is generally friendly and when it comes to checking out, you’re always first in line. And most importantly, you don’t have to wrap the gift and get it to the post office or mailing service by a certain date.

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid all the shopping headaches by shopping online? With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can easily shop for the perfect gift and have it sent directly to the recipient whether they live close by or all the way across the country. So, online shopping is my favorite method of shopping whenever possible.

There are so many online gift stores to choose from other than the big name sites and stores we are all familiar with. You can search the internet for websites that specialize in what you may be looking for. Or search the many gift websites to find that perfect gift. So many websites and so many choices! I’m sure you can find something for everyone on your gift shopping list.

An online specialty gift store provides many truly unique gift ideas. The admiration you have for the recipients of your gifts is far beyond ordinary, which is why you should never settle for less than the best.

As urban sprawl continues, online shopping becomes an even more important time saver. And for those who live in rural areas, online shopping has benefits because of its ability to bring world class and elegance to any address.

When you need a gift or many gifts try online shopping first, and you may find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts

Holiday Shopping for Men

Let’s talk about holiday shopping for men and how to make it easy and fun.

We all know how Holiday shopping can be crazy!  There are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy roads, too much shopping stress and little time with busy schedules.  So what does that do for holiday fun?

Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help with online shopping.  Online shopping is your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. Finding online coupons can make your shopping even more enjoyable, because you are saving money.   And, who doesn’t like to save money? Don’t forget to look for free shipping deals, too.  Many sites offer free shipping during the holiday shopping season. Just be aware of shipping and delivery schedules.  Remember, shopping early in the season will ensure your gift purchases arrive on time.

One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someone in your life. Many men and women alike, struggle over what to buy each other. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the shopping malls, take a fun stroll through the internet. This is such an easy and enjoyable why to shop. So why wouldn’t you want to shop leisurely from the comfort of your home for some great gift ideas?

Internet Shopping for Your Special Man

For your special man, try searching consumer electronics, gadget, sports or men’s gift websites. Following are a few great gift ideas that might be the right fit for your special man or at least give you some ideas to encourage your imagination and find a gift he would like and appreciate:

iPad or iPhone Accessories
Headphones & Earbuds
Stereos, Radios & Speakers
Remote Control Toys
Electric Tools
Grilling & BBQ
Home Bar Accessories
Personal Grooming
Physical Fitness Accessories
Personalized Signs
Sports Memorabilia
Sporting Equipment
Sports Clothing
Computer Accessories
Cameras & Photo Accessories
Home Theater System
Audio Books
CD Gift Sets
Video Gift Sets

So what are some good shopping websites you can browse? Here is a list of my top, personal favorites:

Best Buys
For Men Gifts
Hammacher & Schlemmer
LL Bean
Men’s Best Gifts
Sky Mall

So it’s important to keep three things in mind when shopping this holiday season:

1) Shop Early in the Season
2) Take advantage of internet shopping to find the best deals
3) And, most of all, have some fun and enjoy the holidays with your special someone.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts

Holiday Gifts for Women

Yes, I know, we women are mysterious creatures.  But one thing most of us have in common is we like receiving gifts.  Just remember, there is a caveat when it comes to giving gifts to women. We don’t want blenders, self-help books, or vacuums.  In simple terms, we like gifts that make us feel good.

If you want to make the ladies in your life happy, you need to follow a few simple rules.

No Joint Use Gifts

If you’re in a relationship, never buy “joint use” gifts unless previously agreed upon.  For example, buying your sweetheart a 60″ LED TV when you live together may send the message that the gift is really for you.

No Appliances

Do not, and I repeat, do not buy your significant other an appliance for Christmas. Believe me, if she wants a new blender, she will by one herself.

Buy the Right Size

If you buy a women on your list an article of clothing, which is generally inadvisable, make sure you know her size.  You don’t want to buy something too big or too small.  And if you buy her lingerie, give it to her in private.  You don’t want to explain to her nieces and nephews what a lace negligee is!

Know When to Avoid Lavish Gifts

When buying for colleagues, bosses, and acquaintances, don’t buy too lavish a gift.  Buying an expensive gift can send the wrong message or make the gift recipient uncomfortable because her gift to you was moderate in comparison.

Avoid Embarrassment

Think about how the recipient will interpret your gift choice.  For example, would your sister appreciate the sentiment behind your choice of anti-cellulite cream or a book on how to lose weight?  Or, do you want the girl you’ve gone on two dates with to read more into your relationship by giving her expensive diamond earrings?

In general, try to find out something about the recipient, so that you can purchase a thoughtful gift that she’ll love.

In the event that you’re completely clueless, pick something from this list and you’ll avoid the bad gift blacklist for another year.

Top Gifts Suggestions for Her:

Designer Handbag

You can never go wrong with a designer handbag or wallet.  Most major department stores have a variety of designer bags to choose from.  Rely on the sales staff to help you make the perfect choice.

Theater or Show Tickets

Whether it is for a concert, a play or other type of performance, buy her a pair of tickets.  Make it clear that these tickets are for her and a friend and are for a performance that she has a particular interest in. You wouldn’t want to her to think that these tickets are really for you!


When buying cosmetics, stay away from items like foundation, powder, and blush.  These things are extremely individual and women like to pick the beauty staples out themselves.  Eye shadow, lip gloss and nail polish palettes that include a wide variety of colors make wonderful gifts for women.  There is always a color she will like.

Pretty Makeup Bags

Most women like make up products and pretty makeup bags to keep their make up in.  There is a wide variety of styles to choose from and are easy to find in most drug, fashion boutiques or department stores.

Jewelry Storage

If the lady on your list already has a solid collection of jewelry, get her a stylish way to organize her jewelry.  For the woman on-the-go, give her the gift of tangle-free jewelry.  A jewelry roll lets her travel in style.  These are easy to find on-line.


Many women love receiving jewelry.  Just use good judgment when selecting jewelry items to be sure the cost of the jewelry is appropriate for the woman you are buying for. A watch always makes a great gift.  To some women, a watch is more than a useful item rather it is used for fashion.  And today bangle bracelet watches are quite popular, fashionable and inexpensive.

Music Boxes

Music boxes make a very nice gift for women of all ages from teens to grandmothers.  They are available in a variety of themes, colors, finishes, inlays, sizes and songs.  And music boxes range in price  so you will be able to find something appropriate.

Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts are much appreciated and there are so many selections to choose from.  Picture frames, wall art, mugs, key chains, book marks and jewelry are just a few suggestions.  Visit an online website that specializes in personalized gifts and your choices are almost endless.

Scented Candles

Many women love candles, and it is an appropriate gift for virtually every women on your list.  Yankee Candles offers a wide variety to candles and candle holder gifts to choose from.

Reed Diffusers

The hottest trend in home fragrance is reed diffusers, and the women on your list will appreciate your foresight.  You can find these online or in most department stores.  Pier One Imports always has a nice selection of reed diffusers.

Bath Gift Sets

Show her you know a thing or two about luxury.  Bath & Body Works has a tremendous selection of bath gift sets with many aromas to choose from. The store staff will be happy to help you make the appropriate selection.  Drug and department stores also carry a good selection of bath gift sets.  Include a super soft over-sized towel, too.  It’s such a wonderful feeling emerging from the shower and enveloping yourself in a luxurious, oversized bath towel.  Surprisingly, many women don’t buy these for themselves.  So step up to the plate and dazzle her.


Show her you care about her feelings with a journal or luxury notebook for jotting notes or even shopping lists.  This makes a perfect gift for sisters, nieces, co-workers and acquaintances. Book stores usually have a good variety of journals and luxury journals.

Scarves or Shawls

Whether it is a luxurious cashmere scarf or shawl, they make great gifts and are well received by most women of all ages.  Infinity scarves are especially popular today.  You can easily find these items in department stores, women’s apparel shops and online.  Choose from a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, so she can wrap up in style and luxury any time she chooses.

Comfy Throw

Picture her curled up on the couch with a good book, hot chocolate and a soft blanket on a cold winter night.  If she’s your girlfriend or wife, maybe she’ll even share.

Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate Lovers

Does the woman on your list love tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?  If so, then she’ll love a gift set or gift basket of her favorite hot beverage. You can get a little creative and package a variety of teas in a pretty tea pot some tea cookies.  Or you can find gift baskets online or at a coffee shop store like Starbucks.

Say It with Chocolate

Sure, you can always buy her Godiva, but why not fill her stocking with more exotic chocolates?  The Grand Collection from Chocolate Celeste features heavenly flavors like amaretto, key lime, chili pepper, coconut, Dulce de leche, golden cinnamon, red raspberry, champagne, Chai, milk chocolate parfait, need I say more?


Perfume is a tricky gift.  Unless you know the women really well, I suggest a different gift.  However, if she’s asked for perfume or you know she’s open to trying new things then by all means go for it.

Gifts for Her Pets

If the women on your list has a pooch, chances are the little fur ball is like a child to her.  Giving her a gift for the dog will show how sensitive and thoughtful you are.

Gift Certificate to a Spa

This is one gift certificate that’s far from impersonal.  Go to Google, type in “day spas” along with your city name, and most of the time you can order a gift certificate online.

Gift Certificate to Department Stores

When you’re buying for women you don’t know well, like a second cousin or your 14 year old niece who lives in Idaho, a gift certificate to a large department store is great because she can shop for whatever she wants.  Women and girls like clothes and since they are so hard to buy for someone else, a gift certificate covers your bases.  It also gives her something to look forward to after all of the other presents are opened.

Hope this article gives you some good ideas for shopping for all those women in your life. I also invite you to visit my gift websites listed below, where you can find many of the items I suggested above or just give you some more ideas!

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts