Friday, July 18, 2008

No more gift basket doldrums

Just like with good design or great event planning, giving gifts is all in the details. Do you have guests or business associates arriving from out of town? Having a gift waiting for them when they arrive is the added touch you do not want to skip. It will instantly make them feel welcome. Now, there are many great great options for what to give in this situation. However, is a gift basket one of them? No. It is not. Okay, the gift basket if presented well with great items can be very fun to receive, but most of the time.......well, let's just is not. There's no design or memory created. If alcohol is appropriate, why not have a little mini bar waiting for your guests. Print out the recipe (psst....if they are coming in town for your wedding, here is a chance to use your invitation design again) and put together all the ingredients and tools. For example, let's say your guests are arriving in New York. Why not make it relevant and choose the Manhattan. You would need to get all the ingredients, the glasses, and the glass pitcher to stir it in. When they go home, they'll have the glasses and the pitcher to take with them. Doesn't that create a much better memory than an empty wicker basket?

photo credit here

From time to time, I'll show you more ways to stay out of the gift basket doldrums.

P.S. Since it is Friday, the recipe for that mouthwatering drink, can be found here.


Courtney said...

Love this!! And I'm coming to your house for a Manhattan :)

please sir said...

Great idea and I agree - that drink looks delicious! Have a great weekend!

The Lil Bee said...

Completely fabulous!

Through the Looking Glass said...

I never thought about having something waiting for my guests, such as a basket. Charming! Now, what are your fabulous ideas for work-related baskets; say, someone with whom I serve on a board, and we're more than just colleagues, but the basket is a "thank-you" for time served?