28Dec

Healthy New Years Resolutions You Can Keep in 2013

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New Year’s resolutions are a bit like puppies: They’re a fun idea but extremely difficult to maintain.
Every January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually follow through on those resolutions. The majority of people stick to their goals for the first week, and there on out, the percentages become smaller and smaller as the weeks progress.
It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve swept up the New Years confetti, but it’s not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

1.) Eat Right & Exercise

Losing weight seems to be the number one objective for most Americans and it also is seemly the hardest goal to achieve. Realistically though, losing weight has no secret overnight-success-concoction. It’s all about eating right, exercising, determination, and self control. The vision of yourself with a perfect swimsuit-ready body is motivating, but is it enough? Probably not, but research shows that rewarding yourself along the way with small gifts is enough. In fact, people are 47% more likely to get the results they’re looking for by doing so. Start the year off right by rewarding yourself with a healthy treat like the Springtime Fruit and Cheese package from giftbasketsplus.com.

2.) Reduce Your Stress

A little Stress here and there won’t necessarily hurt but overtime stressors like work and money can develop serious health complications. Reduce your stress this year by giving yourself some of the things you feel you deserve. Indulge without overspending by giving yourself vacation-like experiences at home. For example, pamper yourself with a spa gift basket or bring the essence of Napa Valley to your home with a gourmet wine and cheese gift basket.

3.) Get More Fresh Air

All too often we get sucked into our TV’s, iPad’s, computer’s,  cell phones, pretty much anything with a screen. Spending more time outside is healthy for your mind and body. Find a new hobby or revisit an old one. Jump start your outdoors experience with some new gear! Grab a golf gift basket and get back into the swing of things, order a fishing gift basket and get hooked again, gear up for springtime with a gardening gift basket; anything to get yourself outside!

4.) Stay Connected

This year make it a point to stay connected with friends and family. Feel like old friends or family have fallen by the wayside? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In a technology-fixated era, it’s never been easier to stay in touch—or rejuvenate your relationship—with friends and family, so fire up Facebook and follow up with in-person visits, a surprise gift, or a party to bring everyone together.

Whatever you choose to make as your resolution this year, giftbasketsplus.com is here to help you achieve your goals and make 2013 your best year yet. Have a goal in mind that we haven’t covered? Feel free to let us know in a comment below what your plans are!

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27Oct

The Chocolate World We Live In

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Aside from a major world ending prediction, the “Aztecs” are known for one other significant giving.
The advent of chocolate is earliest recorded in 1100 B.C. during the Aztec times. Chocolate as the
word is coined from a Spanish term is the most staple and steady entity provided by nature’s bounty.
From initial uses of in the form of a fermented drink, chocolate has captured to fancy of the world and
become a cornerstone sweet which is used by billions around the world on a daily basis.

The use of chocolate in form of gifts is not rare and will never go out of trend. Corporate Gift Baskets
have been and will continue to be one of the highest sellers in the inventory of the gift basket
companies around the globe. Widespread love for this sweetmeat has ensured its popularity in all
forms of gifts and a never ending variety of chocolate based candies and bars have ensured mass
consumption.

The Chocolate Gift Baskets therefore are the simplest and most efficient way of gifting. A wide range
of arrangements and assortments assures surprise for everyone. Chocolates are used in a wide variety
of dessert savories and therefore, it supplies a nearly unlimited supply of options for the customer to
choose from.

A survey of the various Chocolate Gift Baskets which are available shows that the use of truffles,
biscotti’s, nuggets, wafer rolls and cookies is predominant. Apart from standard chocolate bars, all
the above variations of chocolate are used to add to the glamour quotient of the hamper. Packages
themselves are available in n array of designs and shapes.

As chocolate is a sweetmeat that can be used to commemorate any occasion and event, the use of
different varieties of packaging and assortments is the only way a customer can differentiate. Some
variations such as chocolate dipped strawberries and caramel apples are also seen but they are very few
in number. The Chocolate Gift Baskets also hold a vast variety of different kinds of flavored chocolate.
These may include strawberry chocolate, chocolate orange, banana chocolate and even coconut
chocolate.

The chocolate assortments can also be accompanied by high quality edible wares such as foreign
cheese, expensive wine and even fruit. A simple arrangement of fruit and chocolate makes for a very
formidable gift as it provides wholesome satisfaction for everyone.

Any person facing a dilemma as to what to gift someone on an occasion would do well to remember
that Chocolate Gift Baskets provide the best solution in every case and are very easy to find. Prices can
range from anywhere between $30 to $160, making these Chocolate Gift Baskets extremely easy on the
pocket and very easy to impress with.

Some discretion is required on the part of the customers in case of online buying. The gift basket must
be received very soon in order to save the chocolates from melting. If such an event occurs, then all the
assortments inside will have to be replaced by items of greater or higher quality than the original ones.
A simple and effective method is to pay a little more for next-day shipping.

02Oct

The Cookie Lovers Wish Is Granted

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Among the few universal temptations that plague the human condition everyday, the temptation of
cookies ranks among the first few. That’s why most of our Halloween gift baskets will have dozens of them! Any person would be hard pressed to find someone who does not
like cookies. Since they are available in a range of shapes, flavors and sizes, it can be said that cookies
stretch themselves to fit the entire spectrum of the human mindset and its choices.

This said, the idea of a Cookie Gift Baskets/Bouquet, is one that rocks the mind with a devilishly large
number of ideas. All those watching their waistline embark on a torturous journey of self control if they
are to control themselves in front of such a wondrous hamper. A Cookie Gift Basket/Bouquet is the
ultimate mixture of delicious cookies that can be eaten by any person at any time.

Since cookies are generally loved by all people, the Cookie Gift Baskets/Bouquet is an ideal gift for
absolutely every event or occasion. Loved by people of all age groups, cookie hampers provide the
perfect gift and are very easy to choose from. They also go very well inside of our coffee gift baskets!

Among the vast variety available, the differences are with respect to the type of cookies that are used in
the basket and the types of basket itself. Baskets maybe of a unique variety to commemorate a special
occasion, they may be stacks of boxes with different cookies in each and they may also be in some
ornate form which implies the celebration of a formal occasion.

The cookies themselves range from chocolate chip, to brownie bites, to even candy filled cookies. The
prices of these Cookie Gift Baskets/Bouquets may range from $20 to $160, depending on the size of the
basket and the number of cookies in the basket. Large amounts of cookies can be placed in one basket
and these baskets, without and elaborate decorations and additions, are the perfect gifts for one and all.

The number of cookies in each Cookie Gift Baskets/Bouquet may range from 12 to more than a
hundred. Most of these gift baskets use small cookies which fit very well into the package and make the
whole hamper look wholesome and delicious.

The effect of one of these packages at a birthday party or housewarming need not be explained as
everyone will have had experienced this at one time or another. Cookies make clean and ideal gifts for
absolutely any age group and any occasion. A large interest is always shown in the Cookie Gift Baskets/
Bouquet as they guarantee the warm smile of a receiver.

Mini muffins, small brownies and cupcakes may also be used in these packages, but the cardinal
element remains a vast majority of delicious cookies. Also, the use of popcorn clusters of the toffee
variety has been seen. These additions all make the package an excellent gift for anyone who loves
cookies.

The majority of the cookie gift baskets do not need excessive design and elaboration. The cookies
themselves hold the attention of all those involved. Also, these cookies are not as perishable and
thereby do not need the constant attention or hurried shipping involved in a series of other corporate gift baskets.

14Aug

Obsessed With Chocolate?? We Are Too – Watch This!!

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And here comes the text!

Are you a chocolate lover?
Want to gift your loved ones with the most delightful chocolates?
Then your search ends here…

GIFT BASKETS PLUS is delivering happiness in a box since 1998.
Some of the products in the basket will include
• Ghirardelli Galore
• Chocolate Splendor
• Ghirardelli Party
• Caramel Hugs of Chocolate and much more to indulge the chocolate lovers.

All chocolate gift baskets contains a mixture and wide variety of chocolates and sweets for your pleasure.
That first bite when the sweets hit your taste buds will have your mouth jumping with joy.
Everyone has a sweet tooth and would appreciate receiving a lovely basket of gourmet chocolates.

We guarantee lowest price, super fast shipping and most importantly 100% satisfaction.
Call us immediately @ 1.800.520.6657 or visit us @ www.GiftBasketsPlus.com.

30Nov

Celebrate The Holidays With Christmas Gift Baskets

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It’s that time of the year again! And we’d like to wish Happy Holidays to all of our customers, blog readers, suppliers, and everyone else we come in contact with on a regular basis! We’ve spent the last several months putting together lots of unique ideas. Our designers came together and listed every possible hint of creativity they could come up with on a huge white board. Next, the different options were narrowed down to come up with our final 2010 holiday gift baskets collection.

We didn’t want to come out with the same products year after year & decided to innovate big time for 2010. Who wants to see the same style, design, and contents for round two? Not too many people would raise their hand. The holidays are supposed to be exciting, fun, & the gifts are supposed to be unpredictable. Heck, they only come around once a year so it’s best to make the most out of them and go all out every single year!

So this year we put together about 25-35 variations of Christmas gift baskets. These contain a wide variety of gourmet foods, quick munchies & snacks, fine beverages, and a handful of other items. They are divided up into four main categories by color theme. We have the traditional colors such as red & green for Christmas. Other blends include soft white, light yellow, and baby blue. When combined with some serious design skills, the outcome is a true beauty!

Here’s how to get quick access & some more details:

- Official launch date is December 1st, 2010

- 15 Featured products will be listed on our home page

- The remaining products will be listed under “Christmas Gift Baskets”

- All email list subscribers & long time customers will receive a special early access email

- And as always all baskets are marked down 20%, come with a complimentary greeting card, super fast shipping, lowest price guarantee, & 100% satisfaction guaranteed on every purchase!

We hope to serve you, your clients, your friends, & your family members in the coming weeks. Everyone at GiftBasketsPlus.com wishes you a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, & a Happy New Year to come! :)

PS: Here’s a beautiful song by Nat King Cole, perfect for the occasion… (and one of my personal xmas favs!)

20Oct

Five Things I Learned From Playing Poker

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Many years ago at a family reunion a cousin of mine brought out a deck of cards, chips, some coffee tea gift baskets, and $20. I wasn’t sure what to think of it because I’ve never played cards much at all. Although when I was very young friends of mine used to play the game “UNO” a lot. Uno is spanish for the number one. Uno is a really fun card game with unique printed cards, similar to Mau. It was created by Merle Robbins back in 1971 and I started playing it in the early 1990’s. Just around the time themed gift baskets were emerging to become the popular choice.

So back to the reunion. I was slightly embarrassed to admit I didn’t have a clue how to play poker and more then that those cheap holiday gift baskets that I had purchased should cover the $20 and then some! Anyways I quickly came out and told the person who had organized the game that I didn’t have a clue how to play. He was a pro and was able to explain the fundamentals within fifteen minutes or so including the top hands to play, probability & chances, etc

It turns out my twenty dollar investment turned into fifty five dollars by the end of the night. Wow, I was hooked! If I worked here a couple of years ago I would’ve sent one of our appreciation gift baskets to say thank you to Laura for teaching me how everything works. Since you can’t legally gamble in Atlanta (where I currently reside), I stick to free online poker. I turned the original $1,000 you start off with at PokerStars.net & turned it into $14,582 within my first 90 days!

Here are 5 cool things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Don’t overplay your position, nothing is 100% guaranteed
  • Have patience because sooner or later you get a decent hand
  • Taking failure personally is a recipe for disaster, be positive
  • Learn how to read your opponent, otherwise you’ll be taken
  • Treat it as a game to keep your emotions in check & line

15Sep

Tony Hseih & Seth Godin Hanging Out In Times Square

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A friend of mine sent me this and thought I should share it with our audience here. Tony came out with a new book called “Delivering Happiness” – he’s the CEO of Zappos and recently sold it to Amazon for nearly a billion dollars in stock. Having read the book this guy is an amazing entrepreneur with serious drive. But it’s not about the money.

He didn’t squeeze money out of the company and they struggled like crazy. In fact he didn’t even want to sell it but his partners at Sequoia Capital had conflicting interest and wanted an exit. Very understandable. But the bottom line is this is a movement and it’s a revolution of what really matters in life.

So another famous author Seth Godin stopped by to hang out with Tony today in Times Square. One thing that really stuck with me was this quote, “Happiness’ Best Friend Is Kindness” – I’ve been pondering on that all day. They walked the streets of New York and talked about impacting the world.

In a way I genuinely believe we’re delivering happiness this year for mother’s and father’s on holiday’s such as sending out mother’s day gift baskets and father’s day gift baskets. For every employee that works at our company, they get free birthday gift baskets on their special day. A few more things like this are being done in-house as well to just create a bit of happiness and joy!

04Sep

Just Another Typical Morning At Starbucks

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I couldn’t sleep much last night for some reason. Although I had been up for well over 20+ hours the day before (yes, I’m serious) I happen to only get in luckily eight hours of solid sleep. So jumped out of bed and decided to go grab something to drink. As I was hanging out at Starbucks this morning drinking a caramel machiatto, browsing the free AT&T wi-fi, and reading the Atlanta Journal Constitution the place was getting packed.

Now keep in mind it’s early Saturday morning and most people around here make a living by working long hours Monday-Friday so chances are they want to relax on the weekends. I begin to think what is it about Starbucks that makes people come back over and over again to pay for high priced drinks when there are a dozen alternatives. Not to mention the economy being in a recession and all that jazz. Any takers?

I think it’s the experience. You see, they don’t just serve you coffee like a local QuikTrip would. It’s become a fun experience, the cool thing to do, a place to relax and recharge your batteries. When I walked in today I had a perky girl behind the counter greet me in such a pleasant way I felt right at home. “Welcome to Starbucks! Isn’t it could outside today? What can I get for you today?” Wow – don’t get that kind of warm welcome at too many places these days.

After ordering my drink I realized they had free internet so I went back to my car and grabbed my laptop. When I walked back in she asked me if I would like extra caramel or any special kind of milk in my drink without me even requesting it. Nice work! I sit down at a comfortable sofa and there’s the morning paper next to me, ready to go. Here I am browsing the internet without paying a dime for it, sipping on a delicious drink, reading the morning paper, and getting treated like a queen.

This reminds me of our own processes and how we like to make ordering from us an experience as well. Don’t want to ruin the surprise if you haven’t used us yet, but when you send  Valentine’s Gift Baskets we put in a free flower without telling you so it looks really romantic. For both Father’s Day Gift Baskets and Mother’s Day Gift Baskets we put in a free card along the lines of, “Your The Best Mother/Father Anyone Could Ask For” – stuff like that just creates a wow feeling and that’s one of many secrets to why our customers love us and are very loyal!

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