May 2008
Working behind the scenes adding Father’s Day Gifts
Here at we work from one holiday and important occasion to the next trying to make certain that we have everything in place to serve our customers well and offer them an outstanding selection of gifts. Our main goal is to make it easy for customers to shop on the site. That sounds easy but it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make that happen. I often look at the calendar and think I have plenty of time to prepare for a holiday. Then before I know it I am in a scramble to get everything done in time on both our site and personally. For each holiday we usually feature both new products from our artists and design new gift baskets with themes for the specific holiday, in this case, Fathers Day Gift Baskets. You can learn more about what we have in store for Father’s Day Gift Ideas by checking our Fathers Day Gifts selection.

Our Father’s Day Gift plan is in place so it is time for me to shop for my dad!
Once I finish my work for a holiday on the site I turn my focus to my own shopping needs. So now it is time for me to think about my own Father’s Day plans. Because of the high cost of gas and the cost of an airline tickets I will not be with my dad this year. Being away from my father for Fathers Day is a first for me. I am in the process of remodeling my house and I need to watch my budget more than usual. I am trying to make the best of the situation by sending him an extra nice gift that is perfect for him.

My dad seems OK with the fact that I can not come home this year – but I am the one having a hard time. I was one of the fortunate kids who grew up with a great dad... the Father Knows Best kind. He made me feel special… like I could accomplish anything. He tells me how proud he is of everything I do whether it is receiving a high work honor or refinishing the kitchen cabinets. I really want to make him feel special this Dad’s Day. I considered several gifts before I made my final decision.

Wine Gifts are great for any occasion!First I thought about sending my father our Premier Wine Collection from the Last Minute Gift collection. This top of the line wine gift includes 3 notable bottles of wine & a collection of the finest gourmet foods available such as mixed nuts, cheese, crackers, truffles, smoked seafood, imported delicacies, specialty sauces or dips, wine biscuits, pretzels, cookies, fine teas, coffee, and more.

Personalized Gifts -- give Dad something just for him!
Then I decided that I wanted to send him some thing more personal so I decided on a Personalized Fathers Day Gift and selected the Executive Putter Personalized Golf Set from the Golf Gift Collection. It has a wood case, augmented with brass a handle. It features an engraved brass plate that includes two lines of personalization. And that is just the case! The gift includes a putter that disassembles for easy storage, 2 balls and a wood practice cup. My dad loves to play golf so he will be thrilled with this golf gift.

Order your Father's Day Gifts now for delivery right before Father's Day!
I hope you are lucky and get to see your dad for this Father’s Day but if not, you are sure to find the perfect Father’s Day Gift for your dad here at You can always order early and request delivery right before Father’s day. I hope all of the dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day!
Remember those Graduation Gifts
Honor the hard work and effort of those in your circle of friends and family members who are graduating this month with a graduation gift. You can find lots of affordable graduation ideas here at With the high cost of gas we have heard from some of our customers that they will not be able to attend the graduation ceremonies this year. As a result they really want to make sure to send a great gift to acknowledge the accomplishment of their graduates.

Graduation Gift Ideas for All Ages and Graduates
You may need a graduation gift for every age from a preschooler graduating to kindergarten to a medical student graduating from medical school. Here at we have a perfect gift for any age or graduation type. For example the youngster might enjoy Graduation Balloons and Teddy while a law school graduate is sure to love a Wine Basket. For the high school or college graduate we even have a Graduation Gift Basket. This graduate even has cute hair and cap and gown. The gift includes a tower of boxes dressed up like a graduate with a square-shaped mortarboard and tassel. You have to see it to appreciate the full significance (it is really cute) of this gift loaded with snacks for those hungry graduates. For those of you who want a traditional gift basket our Gourmet Gift Basket lineup is sure to fill the bill.

Lasting Graduation Gifts
If you want to send a more lasting gift consider something from our Personalized Gift Selection such as a Personalized Tool or Personalized Tote. We also have Personalized Beer Mugs in several styles and the old stand by of Personalized Cuff Links. This is just a small sample of the ideas available in our Personalized Gift Store. Hopefully, these suggestions will give you a head start on your graduation gift shopping.

Great Quotes for Graduates
Here are some quotes about graduation that I just had to pass on. Maybe you can use a portion of one in your gift message or even a toast:
  • Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed. ~Erma Bombeck

  • You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. ~Tom Brokaw

  • Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. ~Arie Pencovici

  • Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues. ~Author Unknown

  • Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~Confucius

  • If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author Unknown

  • A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~Henry Ford
Memorial Day is here which brings up the long lazy days of summer and those fun road trips and family vacations. While everyone else is dreaming of the beach, sun and family outings we have been creating gift baskets that make great von voyage gifts, family vacation gifts and family movie night gifts. You can see the complete line up in our Summer Vacation Gift Lineup.
New styles make it difficult to distinguish expecting mothers
OK, I will be the first to admit that my powers of observation maybe lacking but I am finding it more and more difficult to determine when someone is expecting and when they are just over weight. With the new blouse styles emphasizing empire bust lines it is often hard to tell. I eat lunch at brew pub near our offices frequently. The same waitress serves me most of the time. She looks very pregnant but I am afraid to mention anything for fear that she is just very over weight. Subconsciously I find myself looking to see if she rubs her belly or holds her tummy as she walks like expecting mothers do. I am also on the look-out for the pregnant waddle as I call it. Sometimes I think I have spotted the telling behavior of an expectant mother, then other times I am just not sure. Since I starting noticing my waitress it seems that every where I look I see someone else who looks pregnant. I am tempted to suggest that expectant mothers start wearing a necklace with an arrow saying baby or something else equally disgusting but just as functional. As cute as the new tops look on the very thin, I have to say that they certainly create confusion for observers when the wearer is anything but stick thin.

Gift ideas for the new baby and their parents
I am going to risk embarrassing myself and buy my waitress/friend a new baby gift. Maybe I'll ask someone else in the restaurant first just to make certain. Fortunately, at we offer a complete selection of unique baby gifts. I can select from new baby gifts sets such as our Baby Bountiful Gift Basket which includes all of the essentials for a new baby or our New Baby Shower Gift called Bundles of Joy for a Boy or Girl. This new arrival gift includes a wicker bassinet loaded with outstanding gifts for both baby and mom making it a perfect choice for a baby shower.

Remember new dads too
Don't forget those new dads. At we keep the new fathers in the loop with gifts like our New Dad's Gift Basket. While new baby gift baskets make perfect gifts we also offer several personalized baby gifts to provide a lasting gift that marks the importance of the occasion. My favorites are our Personalized Pewter Train Bank and an Alphabet Cube Silver Bank. Remember when you need last minute gifts for any occasion.