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    In These Tough Times

    Alright, so we all know that tough economic times may be upon us. I like to think optimistically about the whole situation. However, I see myself as a frugal shopper regardless of economic ups or downs. I love a bargain, and find myself doing a little victory dance every time I unearth a great deal. This year GiftTree has some amazing gift baskets at a great price for any occasion—whether it is birthday gifts, thank you gifts, or holiday gifts for this upcoming season.

    There are a few gift baskets I would personally recommend. One of my favorites is The Royal Treatment Gift Basket which is an outstanding value at $49.95. It is filled with two bottles of King Fish California wines that are surrounded by a court of our finest foods and delicacies. The Chardonnay is an approachable fruit forward wine with hints of pear, peach, and apple flavors. Buttery pineapple lingers on the palette and is highlighted by subtle notes of toast and vanilla. A hint of lemongrass can be detected on the finish. The Shiraz, is a delicious wine that is medium-bodied with hints of spice, pepper, and blueberry, concentrated layers of plums and black cherries lead up to a smooth finish with balanced tannins. The large spread consists of Almond Roca, Gourmet Caramels, Auberge Brie Cheese Spread, Herb-Encrusted Crackers, Seasoned Pretzels, and more.

    We also have our Vineyard Picnic Gourmet Gift Basket that includes two bottles of wine, a Leaping Horse Chardonnay and Merlot. The Merlot, Lodi, has dynamic flavors of blackberry and plum while the Chardonnay tastes of tropical fruits followed by pear and green apples with no oaky accents. The wines are accompanied by delightful finger foods, including Aaron Bell Roasted Almonds, Macadams’ Snickerdoodle Cookies, Brown & Haley Almond Roca, Wine Companion Crackers, Hathaways Toffee Peanuts, and more. What a Steal at only $44.95!

    There is also our Classic Elegance Wine Gift Basket, which is sure to make an impression, this debonair collection of fine food and wine is a great value at $34.95. The beautiful, brown basket holds classic choices such as Aaron Bell Roasted Almonds, Seattle Chocolate Truffles, Savory Popcorn, Brown & Haley’s Almond Roca, Toffee Peanuts, and Season Pretzels. Washington Hills Merlot Columbia Valley 2005 has been added for enjoyment with the food. The wine is deep ruby in color with bright blackberry and chocolate flavors that lead to a touch of smoke and orange peel on the satisfying finish. Ready for immediate enjoyment or may be cellared over the next five years.

    Finally if you are on really on tight budget and need to impress someone there is the All Occasions Wine Gift Basket. This thrifty gift priced at only $29.95 does not skimp on any of the good stuff. Nestled in a beautiful magazine tray, this basket overflows with a bottle of Summerfield California Cabernet Sauvignon, Aaron Bell Almonds, Sesame Stix, Savory crackers, Hathaways Toffee Peanuts, and Macadams’ Raspberry Tea Cookies. A great looking gift that has an unbeatable price.

    These yummy gifts are not just eye appealing but all there containers can be reused, this along with there penny-wise prices are sure to make even the most frugal of shoppers do a little dance of joy. I know I sure did when I saw them. And anyone who receives these lovely basket will no doubt think you spent a lot to spoil them, but I won’t tell if you won’t tell.


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    One Response to “In These Tough Times”

    1. I don’t know if I ever noticed this basket before but I like it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention… :)

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