Biggest 2013 Gift Basket Trends

Forget fruits and chocolates (well, not literally), because gift baskets are back with a vengeance. The fact is that nearly anything can be the theme of a gift basket, and it all depends on the personality and interests of the recipient. However, there are a few key trends to watch out for in 2013. Use it as inspiration for a truly unique gift basket that will blow all others out of the water.
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While there isn’t a hard and fast rule, in general people like to give and receive gift baskets with food. However, people are also getting healthier, so whole-wheat grains, nuts without the sugary coatings and exotic teas are all making big appearances in gift baskets. If the recipient follows a special diet, such as Atkins, an low-carbohydrate gift basket is to them what Halloween is to kids. Here are a few more ideas to get those gears moving.

Pick a Theme

To steer away from food, theme baskets are popping up everywhere. A new baby, engagements and back to school baskets can be filled with appropriate fodder such as diapers, wedding albums and school supplies. There doesn’t have to be a reason for the gift, but sticking to a theme can help make things easier.

Get creative. If the giver knows the recipient well, this can be a truly fun basket to put together. This also means that baskets don’t have to be expensive. For example, a birthday gift basket for a bibliophile filled with new paperbacks, gorgeous bookmarks and a first edition of a favorite book is touching and affordable.


It’s All About the Packaging

The basket part of gift baskets is great, but there’s a move towards other containers. Really, almost any vessel can be used as the vehicle for a gift basket. Think a new suitcase for the college student heading off to school, a diaper bag for the parents-to-be, or a sturdy moving box for the young adult who’s moving away for their first job. Just keep it small and simple: you can't fit in a wide belt sander for the woodworker in your life, try as you might.

Baskets can be beautiful, but they’re not useful to everyone. If an immediately useful carrier doesn’t make sense for this particular venture, opt for a brightly colored box that can be reused or recycled. Baskets are expensive, and many people collect them or use them to hold towels or extra blankets. However, if a person isn’t positive that it will be used, don’t spend the money here—it’s better spent on the contents.

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Go Gourmet

High-quality edible treats are always a safe bet, as long as the giver is aware of any allergies or dislikes on the part of the recipient. The basket can include local, organic items, hand-crafted desserts or a few bottles from a nearby vineyard. Choose items that people will truly like and preferably only one or two items that are immediately perishable.

Most of all, have fun and don’t be afraid to break the mold. Gift baskets are adored by all, assuming that the presentation and what’s inside is up to par. Fill it with things the recipient adores for a guaranteed knockout gift.

Adrienne Erin is a writer who loves getting and giving gifts.

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