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WE GET IT: IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS, BUT THAT APPLE AND PEAR GIFT BASKET THING IS MORE OF A BURDEN THAN A BLESSING. WE ENLISTED OUR ‘NOURISH’ CURATOR BARRETT PRENDERGAST OF VALLEYBRINK ROAD TO TEACH US WHAT A LUXURY WRAP-UP LOOKS LIKE…AND HOW TO DIY!
Gift baskets can be made beautiful and unique by adding a few personal touches. If a wicker basket doesn’t seem right, we love woven bowls (if you’re hand delivering) or wooden boxes and crates. If you’ve ever bought crates of clementines during the summer, you’ll know that with a small clean, they’re fit to store small objects.
When it comes to filling the box, it can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. A small bouquet of seasonal flowers, an air plant or a succulent is a great start and will instantly add color and beauty. From there, we add based on the occasion. Is it a Fall birthday? We love a pair of rolled up cashmere socks. A hostess gift? A non-overpowering candle or a gourmet bar of chocolate is always appreciated. Some other small gifts we love to include are bath soaks, boxes of tea, journals and splits of champagne (if a celebration is in order!).
But how to pull it all together and make the gift extra rich and special? Barrett recommends an unexpected touch that will definitely add some life to the situation:
“Fresh produce is a beautiful way to take your gifting up a notch. Try adding persimmons, tangerines, crab apples, or pomegranates to your gift wrapping repertoire this year. Whether you are making a gift basket or wrapping a box in your favorite paper, trying incorporating a piece or two to as the finishing touch. You can often find persimmons and baby pomegranates on branches at your local farmers market. This often makes it easier to tie them on top of a gift.”
HAPPY GIFTING TO ALL!
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