Posts Tagged ‘gift baskets’

Aug
07
2011

I never went to summer camp. So I’m living vicariously through my 10-year-old niece. Today she embarks on a week of hiking and horseback riding, campfires and canoeing, and s’mores and swimming. Of course, I wouldn’t know anything about the summer heat, mosquito bites, pouring rain, poison ivy, cabin chores and creaky bunk beds. But I imagine she might feel homesick, so she will receive a summer camp care package from her Uncle Gift Giving Guy and Savvy Auntie (tm). I browsed several sites for summer camp gifts and chose Beyond Bookmarks, which offers the “funner size” of the Camp Life care package for Teens and Tweens. This summer camp gift package includes:

  • Chucknuka Uglydoll in purple
  • Hangman travel game by Magnetic Poetry
  • Waterproof playing cards
  • Carabiner (clip-on) pen
  • 16-ounce water bottle
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Clip flashlight (with batteries included)
  • Mosquito repellent wrist band
  • Glow necklace
  • Water squirting frog toy
  • Beach Safe waterproof storage tube on a lanyard
  • Green bandanna (which doubles as wrapping instead of tissue paper)
  • Fill-in-the-blank thank you note

You can customize your care package with add-on items like an autograph pillowcase with black fabric marker, friendship bracelet kits, binoculars, glow sticks and seek-a-word puzzle books. If you want to treat your camper’s cabin mates, add in a small gift for them when you order the care package. Before you order from Beyond Bookmarks, make sure you have the shipping address and the phone number for the summer camp. If the camp only uses a post office box, select U.S. Postage Service for shipping. (UPS cannot ship to a P.O. box.) If camp is a few weeks away, you can schedule delivery for a future date. Don’t forget to add a personal gift tag message. From your shopping cart, click the red  “Add Gift Tag Message” button. Type in the “to” and “from” names. You have a 100-character limit on your gift message.

I can’t wait for the letter from camp from our niece.


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May
25
2011

Oprah Winfrey loves to give. She graciously signed off today after 25 years of daytime television and nearly a decade of her audience-swooning Favorite Things. The blog Jezebel estimates Oprah gave $23,809,050 worth of products since 2002. Not every gift stood the test of time — like Dell’s Pocket DJ MP3 player and J.Lo’s velour sweatsuit — but most have. Let Oprah be your guide for your next gift.

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Games

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Jewelry

Kitchen and Appliances

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Jun
28
2009

I love Trader’s Joes. For the uninitiated, this grocery store chain offers its own private-label products with high quality, low prices and great service. The store is practically a tourist destination. My wife’s uncle and aunt drive almost 100 miles into another state to reach the nearest Trader Joe’s.

If you know another Trader Joe’s fan, assemble a TJ’s gift bag. (See if a store is near you.) Start with the colorful, reusable Trader Joe’s tote bag (ranging from 99 cents to $4). Then fill the bag with your TJ favorites. Or try choosing products based on themes like breakfast time, just snacks, taste of Italy, south of the border, Asian favorites, or chocolate lover.

My Trader Joe’s dream gift bag would overflow with my favorite non-perishable products:

  • Spicy and Tangy Almonds
  • A bottle of Charles Shaw Chardonnay (a.k.a. “Two Buck Chuck”)
  • Pita Bite Crackers
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
  • Truffle Brownie Mix
  • Olive Tapenade Spread
  • Triple Ginger Snaps
  • Baked Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies

As a bonus gift bag item, visit Amazon.com and buy Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati.


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Jun
26
2009

Tomorrow my wife and I are hosting a surprise birthday party with 20 guests attending. Unfortunately, the seating math didn’t add up. Our patio set seats six. Add in a small table with four chairs, and we would have half our guests standing. Fortunately, our next-door neighbors balanced the seating equation, lending two of their patio table sets. To thank them, we are sending a gift basket from igourmet.com.

The Gourmet Thank You Gift Basket features many epicurean goodies:

  • Asiago Pressato Cheese
  • Black Kassel Sliced Salami
  • Mini Toasts for the cheese and salami
  • Beemster Gouda Cheese with Mustard Seeds
  • Grab an “O” Olives
  • Dolmas (Greek stuffed grape leaves)
  • Trouvillais by Biscuiterie de l’Abbaye (French shortbread cookies)
  • A Dancing Deer Brownie

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Jun
24
2009

Yesterday I posted to Twitter about shipping my old iPhone to gadget reseller Gazelle. Within 12 minutes, the folks at Gazelle noticed my tweet message, followed my Twitter feed and sent a nice reply.

That’s a great customer follow-up use of social media. Gazelle’s prompt response made me think about other sites I frequent. How many of my favorite retailers are using Twitter? And when did they start posting tweets? I compiled the table below using Twitter’s “Find People” search and MyTweet16, which lists a Twitter user’s first 16 tweets.

Retailers Using Twitter

Retailer Web Site Twitter Use
Amazon.com
#1 online retailer in the U.S.
@amazon
since Feb. 14, 2009
Barnes & Noble
Bookseller
@BNBuzz
since Apr. 22, 2009
Best Buy
Consumer electronics
@BestBuy
since Jan. 28, 2009
Borders
Bookseller
@BordersMedia
since Feb. 24, 2009
CafePress
Online retailer of custom goods
@cafepress
since Apr. 24, 2008
Cooking.com
Online retailer for cooks and chefs
@CookingCom
since June 19, 2009
Crate & Barrel
Housewares, furniture and decor
@crateandbarrel
since Apr. 25, 2008
Dean & DeLuca
Fine food, wine and kitchenware
@DeanandDeluca
since Mar. 23, 2009
Dormbuys.com
Essentials for college dorms
@dormbuys
since July 28, 2008
Edible Arrangements
Fruit arranged like flowers for delivery
@DoFruit
since Oct. 24, 2008
Etsy
Handmade crafts
@Etsy
since Jan. 14, 2008
Gazelle
Buys used gadgets
@gazelle_com
since Sept. 19, 2008
Godiva Chocolatier
Premium chocolates
@GodivaChoc
since Feb. 6, 2009
JustGive.org
Choose from 1.5 million charities for gifts
@JustGiveOrg
since Jan. 16, 2009
Kiva.org
Microlending for needy entrepreneurs
@Kiva
since July 25, 2008
Kohls
Department store
@Kohls_Official
since Apr. 27, 2009
Lands’ End
Clothing retailer with iron-clad guarantee
@LandsEndChat
since Sept. 27, 2008
Levenger
Gifts for reading and writing
@Levenger
since Jan. 16, 2009
Nordstrom
Upscale department store
@nordstrom
since Sept. 5, 2008
Omaha Steaks
Premium meats and seafood
@OmahaSteaksHelp
since June 17, 2009
OneShare
Sells one share of stock as a framed gift
@oneshare
since Feb. 4, 2009
Overstock.com
Online retailer selling surplus goods
@Overstock
since Nov. 20, 2008
PajamaGram
Pajamas sent in a hat box
@PajamaGram
since May 14, 2009
ProFlowers
Floral delivery
@ProFlowers
since May 5, 2009
Starbucks
Largest coffeehouse chain in the world
@Starbucks
since Aug. 12, 2008
Sur La Table
Gourmet cooking utensils and appliances
@Sur_La_Table
since June 11, 2009
Teleflora
Floral delivery
@Teleflora
since Mar. 6, 2009
The Fruit Company
Fruit basket delivery
@TheFruitCo
since Apr. 29, 2009
ThinkGeek
Online retailer for nerd stuff
@thinkgeek
since Jan. 26, 2008
Ticketmaster
Concert, show and sports tickets
@Ticketmaster
since Apr. 14, 2009
Trader Joe’s
Great groceries and inexpensive wine
@traderjoes
since Aug. 28, 2008
Travelocity
Travel and lodging
@travelocity
since Feb. 10, 2009
ToysRUs
Toy retailer
@ToysRUs
since Nov. 15, 2008
Uncommon Goods
Unusual home accessories and gifts
@uncommon_goods
since Jan. 24, 2009
Urban Outfitters
Clothing and footwear retailer
@UrbanOutfitters
since July 21, 2008
Vera Bradley
Seller of brightly patterned bags
@verabradley
since June 4, 2008
Z Gallerie
Home decor, furniture and dinnerware
@zgallerie
since June 14, 2009
Zappos.com
CEO of the online shoe retailer
@zappos
since Mar. 8, 2008
Zazzle.com
Online retailer for custom merchandise
@zazzle
since Oct. 24, 2008

Of the 40 retailers above, grocery chain Trader Joe’s use of Twitter impressed me the most. Nearly all of Trader Joe’s posts are simply retweets of customer talking about TJ’s food and beverages on Twitter. (Jargon alert: Retweets repeat someone else’s message on Twitter — crediting the author — to help spread the message to others. Often abbreviated as RT, it’s word of mouth, Twitter-style.)

Finally, as I’m writing this post, Gazelle sent me another Twitter reply. This time, Gazelle thanked me for my tweet and offered me a 5% bump in value on my next Gazelle gadget trade-in.


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