The majority of people think of gift baskets as a modern way to give gifts – however, gift baskets actually have a rather long history-spanning years and cultures.
One of the earliest accounts of a gift coming in a basket is the basket of young plants the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering. Although some scholars argue the place of Eostre in Easter history, nevertheless this is the likely source of the idea of what came to be the modern-day Easter gift basket.
During the middle ages, gift baskets gained wide popularity. Kings used to receive gift baskets containing gold, silver and jewels. Baskets filled with food items were transported as a symbol of grand celebrations. Later in nineteenth century, with the rail road system, it became convenient to send baskets even to the distant areas.
Baskets have been used not only for gift purposes, but also for utilitarian reasons for centuries. They were used to carry eggs into the house from the chicken coop, baskets called trugs were used to harvest vegetables from the kitchen garden and get them into the home to prepare for meals. Baskets were used as a kind of large saddle bag on horses, donkeys, and mules to carry supplies, and even people on occasion.
Most baskets, including your next gift basket, even today are made by hand. Even with the advent of the Industrial Age, basket making is almost impossible to do using machinery, and requires the same hand-crafting that has been used throughout time. Some cultures have turned basket making into an art form, including many Native American tribes who are famous for their basket making artistry.
The care taken with making anything by hand lends a level of special attention to detail that makes gift baskets so lovely to give and receive. Every item that goes into personalized gift baskets can be selected to meet the specific desires of the recipient. As well, the basket can be finished with the favorite colors of your special someone in terms of wrap, ribbon, bows, and floral enhancements used.
Gifts in baskets can also be focused around a particular theme, such as a new baby, new home purchase, hobby or favorite sport of the recipient, or holiday gift baskets. You can include gift items particular to any event you wish to celebrate, including anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. Even corporations bestow these baskets to employees and clients, so that they will be remembered in a positive way.