Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gifts in a Down Economy

To gift, or not to gift: that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous economics,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles?

Magnet from Ann Taintor, Inc.
$4.95 ("2x2")

The "R" Word

Yesterday the nation was finally given the diagnosis of being in a recession. While it comes as no surprise to most of us, this is not the news we need to hear this time of year. It is possible to maintain the Holiday Spirit by shopping smarter. Show them Consumer Confidence!

We have some great gift ideas that won't break the bank.

Family Friendly Gifts
One way to stretch your holiday budget is to shift from individual to group gifts. Instead of buying each person in a family a gift, why not send a basket they can enjoy together?

One of our more popular family-style gifts is the Movie Time. where you can "Treat someone to an evening of fun and films with this popcorn bucket full of all the movie-watching essentials."

The version on our website includes a $15 Block Buster gift certificate. For a more personalized option, you can bring us a special movie, game or gift certificate that we can add to the basket in lieu of the gift card.

Gifts with Attitude - Sign of the Times

Another "R" word is "Restructuring" or (Workforce) "Reduction".

With the unemployment rate currently at 6.8% and climbing, we all most likely have a friend or co-worker that has recently been downsized.

Whether to soothe your survivor's guilt or comfort a friend, it is a nice idea to show you care. You never know when the tables will be turned and this person will be in a position to help you!

A new trend in gifting is in "Job-Loss Condolence" baskets. While the most popular requests are for either "Comfort Food" or "Pamper" baskets, we came up with a special humorous choice for an attitude boost, the Job Loss Survival Kit.

To gift, or not to gift: that is the question. Let Baskets by Bonnie provide the answer!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'll Drink to That!

Mad Housewife Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes:
An outstanding value in Chardonnay that’s bound to please! Flavors of melon, pear, and Fuji apple abound. Hints of cinnamon, light toasty oak, and a creamy finish make it the perfect choice for dinner, fun events, or a simple moment to yourself.

Baskets by Bonnie Notes:
A fun, light, tasty treat. Great to share with your girlfriends or for an afternoon glass to steady your nerves before the school bus drops the kids back home... a must buy for only $9.99 plus tax. *

Mad Housewife Merlot

Winemaker Notes:

Mad Housewife Merlot marries complex flavors of blackberries and plum with hints of vanilla and spice for a rich and smooth wine. Great with friends, family and an array of dishes.

Baskets by Bonnie Notes:
A fun, light, tasty treat. Great to share with your girlfriends or for an afternoon glass to steady your nerves before the school bus drops the kids back home... a must buy for only $9.99 plus tax. *

Mad Housewife Cabernet

Winemaker Notes:

Desperate for an outstanding value in Cabernet? This is it!
Ripe cherries, mint, and mocha characterize this soft, silky
expression of the grape. Perfect for an everyday wine as well as those Sunday night Canasta duels with girlfriends.

Baskets by Bonnie Notes:
Don't make us repeat ourselves! Buy it $9.99 plus tax*

* We obey all Ohio Wine Laws. Prices are at State Minimum Pricing and subject to change due to market fluctuations. We give 10% case discounts. ( i.e. we sell as cheaply as the next guy; walk-in purchases only)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Food For Thought - The Proposal

Let us send your message

It's not just what you say but HOW you say it.

Add some gourmet treats to your next proposal. Give your prospective client some "Food for Thought" in a basket with some treats to munch on while they consider your offer. We help sales professionals package pitches that get noticed.

Not only are you setting yourself apart from the competition, you are adding a nice, personal touch. This simple step can make a difference in winning over a prospect.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Elvis Rocks!

Just in time for Elvis Week! Jailhouse Rock Merlot from Graceland Cellars.

Description from the label:
''Surrender'' to this young dynamic Merlot. A vibrant red Merlot with aromas of berries and fresh herbs, followed by the varietal characteristics of red currant, green olives, sage and wild berries. Notes of toasty oak and vanilla with soft and supple tannins are typical of Merlot. An easy drinking medium wine that is great on its own or with roasted pork or grilled meats."

This Fourth Edition, 2005 Californian vintage is a real steal for only $11.99 plus tax* ( subject to Ohio Wine Laws )

Elvis Week 2008

Elvis Week runs from Saturday, August 9 through Sunday, August 17 .
We found a few Elvis items in our inventory & are posting here in honor of the King!

The Love Me Tender tin sign is tagged at a mere $8.95, Cookbook,"FIT FOR A KING" is priced at $7.99 and mug is a real deal at only $10.95. Unfortunately we only have one of each item.

We are getting in Jailhouse Rock Merlot in later today & I will post a picture and information.


Monday, July 28, 2008

This Just In.......

This just came in the mail, along with our new wine license! We once again can provide wine in our gourmet baskets!**( in accordance with Ohio revised code section 4301.637 (A) )

Stay tuned for wine reviews and some fantastic new wine baskets.

Yippee!!! *me kicking up my heels as I jump in the air*

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Noteable Messages

"Your body is a temple.... It's ancient and all the treasures have been removed!"

Card message for an Over-The-Hill Birthday.

From Soge Shirt Guy

Related Over The Hill Products to help customize your message:

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We're Just The Bullet, Not The Gun

We've been told that our baskets have sealed many a deal, both business and personal. We hope you use the power of Baskets by Bonnie for Good not Evil.

While we have helped many relationships, we are not miracle workers. When it comes to romance, we are the Arrow and Cupid is the Bow.

Sometimes our little winged-cherub has an off day. Some relationships can not be salvaged. In that case, we have the perfect gift.

The Break-Up Box

This Breakup Basket contains all the essentials a girl needs to heal her broken heart and get back on the market in no time.

Basket includes: the best-selling book ," It's Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken" by Greg Behrendt, (author of He's Just Not That Into You), & his wife, Amirra Ruotolla-Behrendt. Other "attitude " items in this gift are a coffee cup that reads, “She could no longer pretend he wasn’t an idiot”, A voodoo doll with pins, skull and crossbones Sniffs tissues, and ChocAid milk chocolate bandages. We've also included some comfort food such as Haute Cuisine cookies, Hit Cocoa Biscuits, Anthony Thomas chocolate covered pretzels, hot chocolate, cappuccino, and hot tea.

help patch a broken heart for approximately $54

Other Gifts with Attitude

Send this coffee, tea, and cookie snack box with a fun mug and make a friend's day.

This snack box includes 2 tea packets, Gille Double Chocolate Crisps, Bahlsen Hit Cocoa filled biscuits, 2 packets of Walkers Shortbreak cookies, a Singlebrew coffee packet, 2 instant Cappuchinos, Anna's Swedish Cookies, 2 Haute Cusine 3-cookie packets amd 2 packets of Anthony Thomas Chocolate covered pretzels.

We can customize your message with your choice of mug When ordering, please check for style availability. Only $35 plus tax and delivery!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Noteable Messages

"Congratulations on your new bundle of boy!"
Card message for a new baby boy.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Economy

This cartoon was made using a couple sets of Cubes tm and a tiny party favor sized basket.
To see some of the Cube sets we carry, check out the Toy Section of our website

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Noteable Messages

"Urine our thoughts."
Card message from a group of co-workers to a patient with kidney stones.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Broken Messages

I love this sign. It makes you think.
Such a simple, yet profound message.
"Sign Broken, Message Inside"
I smile every time I pass it.
I had to have a photo of it.

As I pulled into the driveway so I could take a quick snapshot,
there was another sign,
that stopped me in my tracks.
This is a church that proclaims
"Everyone Welcome!".
I was confused, am I welcome, or not?

What do you think?

Broken Messages - Will Your Message Leave A Bad Taste?

Sometimes, without realizing it, a message can convey the wrong meaning.

One day I took a phone call from a woman who was ordering for her boss. She inquired if we could do a basket with the following:

Jumbo Toothbrush
Tube of Toothpaste
Breath mints
and assorted sweets

We have a pretty extensive inventory but did not have the first three items. I told the caller that while we don't stock those items, she was welcome to bring them in to be included. I was curious and asked her what was the significance of the breath-fresheners.

Apparently there was a disgruntled customer who kept complaining that a recent experience with their company, left a bad taste in her mouth. The caller's boss wanted to send the client a basket to take away the bad taste!

I asked the lady on the phone if she was sure this was what they wanted to send. What would she think if someone gave her a "gift" like this?
"Do you want to imply that your customer has Bad Breath??? "
We were able to refocus the message to a more proper peace offering and left out the "breath-fresheners". Had we carried out this order without questioning the intent, we most certainly would have been adding fuel to the fire instead of putting it out.

Some days at Baskets by Bonnie, we fight fires!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Let Us Send Your Message

Our name may say Baskets, but our business is a service for sending messages. "Congratulations on your new arrival", "Welcome to your new home", "Wishing you a speedy recovery", "Thank You", "Sorry" are just a few of the many sentiments that we ship daily. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a Basket by Bonnie basket, full of hand-picked goodies, is a symphony for all of your senses.

We specialize in Baskets on Demand where every gift is customized to your specifications. We can include your company logo merchandise which can also be stored in our warehouse for rapid execution of future orders. Make us an extension of your office. Our aim is to save you time and money.

We have a vast inventory of unusual containers and products such as: themed gift boxes, gourmet foods, Ohio made products, baby items, books, magazines, bath products, and toys & games.

Next time you have a message to send, say it with Baskets by Bonnie !

For great gift ideas, visit our website www.basketsbybonnie.com

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