08 January 2019

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All About Gift Baskets


All About Gift Baskets

When you’re giving a holiday present, you can never go wrong with a gift basket. After all, everyone eats and drinks! Meal gift baskets containing mixes, ingredients and cooking utensils are a particularly thoughtful remembrance for friends and family members who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. They also have the advantage that their contents won’t spoil if they’re not used after a few weeks.

Where Did the Idea of Gift Baskets Come From?

In Greek and Roman myths, the cornucopia was envisioned as a goat’s horn that was filled with the bounties of the harvest season. The cornucopia had magical properties for as soon as it was emptied, it was instantly filled again. In many ways, the cornucopia can be thought of as the first gift basket.

The Teutonic goddess Eostre—from whose name the word “Easter” is derived—was always pictured with a basket in hand. Eostre was the goddess of fertility, and she carried fruits and flowers in her basket, which she would give away to all who crossed her path. To this day, the holiday that’s named for her is celebrated with baskets filled with fruit- and flower-colored candies.

What Are Common Gift Basket Items?

These days, you can put anything into a gift basket from Bloody Mary mixes to gluten-free snacks. Your gift basket does not have to contain food items either, although most of them do. Here are some items that are commonly found in gift baskets:

• Fruits: Hardy fruits like apples, pears and oranges with a relatively long shelf life are the big favorites here, although increasingly, merchants are working with exotic fruits such as papayas, kiwis and passion fruit.

• Canned foods: Jams and marmalades are big favorites as are nuts, and tins of coffee and tea.

• Candy: Hard candies such as toffee, nut brittles and fruit drops are very popular in gift baskets. Chocolate can be a bit problematic because it melts so easily in transit.

• Alcohol: Practically every type of alcoholic beverage you can imagine from tequila to champagne can be found in a gift basket.





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24 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

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We hope that this is the best, most blessed Christmas ever for you and your families!





17 December 2018

Guest Post: Gift Baskets For Pet Lovers

 

Gift Baskets For Pet Lovers


Whether you are shopping for a pet owner or professional, you can never go wrong with a pet gift basket. The gift baskets allow you to show your recipient how much you care about them or appreciate their hard work. If you are shopping for pet gift baskets, here are several ideas that fit any occasion.

Pet Lover Care Package

The Pet Lover Care Package is a great idea for every pet owner and their beloved pet. It comes with a pack of chocolate chip cookies for your recipient. The gift also includes two gourmet biscuits for their dog, and their cat is sure to enjoy a fun mouse toy. Everything comes arranged inside an adorable pet themed box.

Great Pawsome Friends Gift

The Great Pawsome Friends Gift comes in three sizes to ensure it is big enough for everyone on the veterinarian, pet shelter or pet rescue staff. It includes cookies, butter toffee pretzels, tea and coffee. The gift basket also includes items for dogs and cats, from the cheddar cheese dog biscuits to the crinkle ball cat toy. Your recipients can find the items inside three paw print containers.

Dog Daze Dog Gift Basket

If you are looking for a gift basket designed just for pets, start with the Dog Daze Dog Gift Basket. The basket includes a gourmet dog biscuit and puppy cake mix. It also comes with peanut butter, beef liver, salmon and pineapple and pork dog treats. All the items are neatly arranged inside a yellow and white polka dot container.

Cat Fish Cat Gift Basket

Surprise your recipient with the Cat Fish Cat Gift Basket for their kitty. It comes with cheese cat treats, tuna cat treats and Fancy Feast Appetizers to keep them happy. The Zoom Stuffers Fat Cat Catnip Toy is sure to keep their kitty busy for hours. Everything comes arranged inside a green and white container with a matching green bow.

You can find amazing pet gift baskets for pet owners, professionals and their four-legged friends on Bisket Baskets.









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11 December 2018

Guest Post: Placing a Monetary Value on the Life of Your Animals



Placing a Monetary Value on the Life of Your Animals

If you are like most farmers and ranchers, you would say that the lives of your farm and ranch animals are priceless and that no value could be placed on them. In reality, a price can be placed on them, which is why you can buy farm and ranch insurance that will compensate you if one or several of them are lost to circumstances you could not control.

With that in mind, you need to think of a roundabout dollar figure before you shop for cattle, sheep, and horse insurance. The insurer can then create a policy that will be as close to that dollar amount for which you think your animals are worth if they are taken from you.


Creating a Realistic Policy

You may think your trusty ranch horses are worth a million dollars apiece because of how much sentimental value you place on them. However, it is unlikely you could get a policy written for this much unless the horses are show horses or used for stud services in the horse racing industry.

Instead, it is more likely you can have them insured for several thousands of dollars apiece, which in reality will be enough to compensate you for the loss of an animal you use for ranching or farming purposes. While you appreciate the animal as a companion, you also know the price for which you insure it can reasonably be enough to buy you another horse to replace it.

With that, you can shop for policies that will be reasonably created and priced on the website. The agent with the company can determine a legitimate value of the animals you want to insure. You can then pay the first month’s premium and get the policy issued the same day if you prefer.

The policy can be useful in all types of circumstances including fires, tornadoes, floods, and theft. You never know when disaster will strike your property or your farm or ranch animals, which is why you may want this protection in place as soon as possible.







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07 December 2018

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