Friday, November 23, 2012


Our Yummy friends at GitBracket.com have the scoop of some of this year's greatest Gift Baskets. The perfect way to send a delicious and thoughtful gift in a fun, friendly way. GiftBracket.com allows you to build a tournament bracket of gifts for you and your family and friends to vote for, then whittle down to that one, winning gift. One of our favorite sites and one we suggest you use this holiday season!

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'Tis the season for gifting! What better way to show your loved ones near and far that you care... and that you don't want them to go hungry? Food gifts, of course! Reading about all the delicious recipes that our friends at Yumology uncover each week has us thinking about edible gifts. American culture has come a long way from the obligatory fruit cakes, however. Here at GiftBracket, we have looked high and low, ignoring the rumbling in our stomachs, to find you the best food-based gifts that the web has to offer. Feast your eyes below!


1. Southern Breakfast Holiday Basket
Start their Christmas morning off right with this Southern Breakfast Holiday Gift Basket! The basket includes a belly-bulging assortment of southern breakfast classics, including a Kentucky State Fair blue-ribbon-winning smoked bacon, blueberry patch flapjack mix, Jim Beam's Kentucky Pancake Syrup, white grits, biscuit mix, pecan-flavored coffee, and a variety of preserves. For only $78, this spread will feed the family, no matter how many people show up for breakfast! Check it out at:http://www.southernfood.com/kinbreakbas.html
2. Pear Medley Gift Basket
When it comes to fruit baskets, those guys over at Harry and David take the cake! Or, in this case, the pear basket. One of Harry and David's top holiday sellers is this gorgeous assortment of Bosc and Royal Riviera® pears. Bosc pears are available in virtually all supermarkets... but the Royal Riviera® pears are grown specifically for Harry and David! For only $59.95, this is a real treat for the pear lover in your life. For more details, visit the Harry and David website: http://www.harryanddavid.com/h/26965
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3. Christmas King Cake
If you or someone you love, in the words of Louis Armstrong, "knows what it means to miss New Orleans," then we suggest a Christmas-themed king cake direct from Manny Randazzo, the premier king cake maker in the Big Easy. King cakes are particularly symbolic at Christmas time because the plastic baby nestled within the confines of each king cake represents the baby Jesus! Manny Randazzo king cakes can be shaped like a candy cane, or covered in red and green sprinkles to add to the holiday festivities. The $47.95 price includes the king cake and the shipping charges to your requested destination. To learn more about the symbolism of the Christmas king cake, or to order one (or more!) visit:https://www.randazzokingcake.com/pages/Christmas-Desserts
4. Italian Gift Basket
Give them a taste of the old country with this Italian-style gift basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com! Each gift basket includes all of the ingredients to prepare a three-course Italian dinner, and comes with a keepsake colander. At just $79.95, this gift basket is an affordable alternative to a trip to Rome for a bowl of penne arriabbata! For more information, please go to:http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/Italian-Gift-Basket-With-Keepsake-Colander.asp
5. Organic Treat Basket
The holidays can be a nightmare for healthy eaters, but we've got you covered if you want to get something for that health afficionado in your life. Holiday cheer comes pre-packaged in this organic gift basket! Each basket includes two flavors of popcorn, pistachios, a variety of mints, hot chocolate mix, coffee and more. A wide assortment of add-ons are available in the event you want to add a personal touch to this creative gift basket. For only $134, this gift recipient will have holiday cheer to last for the rest of the season! To order, visit:http://www.itsonlynaturalgifts.com/Deluxe_Holiday_Cheer_holiday_gift_basket_p/gs210.htm
Signature Blue/Silver Tower
6. Signature Blue and Silver Hanukkah Tower
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Signature Blue and Silver tower from KosherGiftBaskets.com! Every product included in the five gorgeous tiers of this gift is guaranteed to be Kosher. Many products are imported directly from Israel, but please visit the website:http://www.koshergiftbaskets.com/usa---corporate-baskets/signature-bluesilver-tower-p-2081.html for detailed Kosher and origin information. This delicious tower of treats is $99.95 and ships within the United States only.
7. California Classic Gift Basket
When it is snowy and blustery where they live, send them some California Dreamin'! This California Classic Gift Basket by iGourmet will have them packing their bags in no time flat. Filled with an assortment of artisan California cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and sweet treats, this gift basket will not disappoint. Pair with their favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon for some extra pizzazz! For $79.99 plus free expedited shipping, this is a gift that will put a smile on anyone's face. Check out the iGourmet website for details: http://tinyurl.com/bhy2g4q
8. Gourmet New England Holiday Gift Basket
Send a turkey with all the trimmings in this Gourmet New England Holiday Gift Basket from Pemberton Farms! Each gift comes artfully packaged in a beautiful picnic basket and contains a smoked boneless turkey breast, a jar of cranberry sauce, smoked bacon, summer sausage, smoked Vermont cheddar, and pure maple syrup. This gift basket typically costs $149.95, but is $10 off for a limited time only! Please visit the Pemberton Farms website to order:http://www.pembertonfarms.com/product/New_England_Holiday_Picnic_Basket/New_England_Baskets
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9. Vegan Cookie and Brownie Assortment
Make sure you don't overlook your vegan friends and family this holiday season! Allison's Gourmet has a delicious (and vegan!) assortment of cookies and brownies that also happen to be organic and wheat-free. For $57, you get 1 dozen cookies and a pan of brownies. Even though these treats are vegan, be sure to remind them that they aren't calorie free... so it's probably best to not eat them all in one sitting. Visit Allison's Gourmet to order: http://www.allisonsgourmet.com/vegan-online-bakery/gourmet-samplers/baker-s-choice-ultimate-sampler.html
10. DIY Basket
Now that you have all of these great gift basket ideas, go out and make your own! Many stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, will artfully arrange and gift wrap and/or package any contents that you purchase in-store. We like their hot chocolate mix, peppermint bark, marshmallows, and... oh, about any other food product that they sell in store. This is a great option if your gift recipient is local!
No matter how far you are from your loved ones at the holidays, food has the ability to span any distance and bring people together! And with someone else being responsible for the packaging and shipping of your gift, you won't have to worry about whether the cream cheese icing on your home-made cupcakes will last in the mail (trust us... it won't be pretty), and it will more than likely arrive on time (unless you order late... so don't procrastinate on this one!) Hopefully you have tons of delicious ideas for food-based gifts for your loved ones this holiday season!
Stay tuned to GiftBracket for continued gift ideas, tips, and tricks to get you ready for all of that holiday shopping in the next month or so! And be sure to visit our website:http://www.giftbracket.com to start a gift bracket for your mom, your brother, your boss... or anyone else who will be getting a group gift during this holiday season!
Until next time, Happy (and Delicious!) Gifting.

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