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Football

My father raised me to enjoy watching football – no sons.  However, this football season has been such a disappointment for me.  The Bears are not worth the effort of pressing the television ON button, there have been more points scored against the Illini this year than any other Big Ten team.  The only upside for me is that I don’t have to try to watch football and build baskets at the same time.

That said, there are still die-hard Bears fans out there.   Chicago seems to breed die-hard fans. Maybe it has something to do with the weather – we have to be able to take a beating to live here!   In any event we have a great new Tailgater basket – pictured above.  And for the saner football fans, who perhaps are rooting for a winning team, this is available in all team colors.

Smiles!

Lise

PS.  My gorilla blog is now on HuffPost, here.  If you liked it, a like there will help it reach more folks.
PPS.  I was so excited about being on HuffPost that I was bouncing in my seat all day like a 4 year old waiting for birthday cake.

June Newsletter

Well, we missed one.  The May newsletter was a casualty of the season this year.  On a personal note, both of my sons are graduating this year – my eldest from high school, my youngest from 8th grade.  That has created a whirlwind of ceremonies, events and assorted celebrations.  We’ve had a fabulous time, but things do manage to slip.For BasketWorks, May was crazy busy, more so this year than ever before.  Mother’s Day and attending the Sweets and Snacks show keeps me busy most years, but this year we also changed the hosting service for our website (no more downtime, hurray!), added new designs to the site, cleared out excess inventory and had our first survey on our Facebook page.

I hope that your spring has been as much fun as mine has been, and that your summer is full of fun, family and friends.

Lise

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Every week I order product.  Generally, I am simply reordering those products that we use all the time – containers, shred, ribbon, etc.  No big deal, no significant decisions or choices to make.

But often I am selecting something new and trying to guess what my clients will prefer.  Sour Jelly Bellys or the traditional 49 flavor assortment?  Ginger cookies or Lemon snaps?   Snickerdoodle coffee or hazelnut?  Or just a morning blend?

With that in mind, we held a survey on ourFacebook page, where we asked for YOUR input on what our next Bath and Body scent should be as we expand our line.   The winning scent in our survey was Lemon Cream, with 31.9% of the vote.  We are sending a $50 gift certificate to Petra S. as a thank you for participating.  I am planning on asking your opinion monthly and giving one respondent a $50 gift certificate – one more way we’re listening to our customers.

We will be posting our next survey next week and it will run for two weeks – be sure to watch for it!

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An Extra Boost..

Last summer at the Chicago Gift Show, we met the folks from An Extra Boost of… and absolutely fell in love with their oversized mugs.

We took their Extra Boost of Comfort and Extra Boost of XOXO and created four different styles – soup, coffee, chocolate and tea.

Take a look, let us know what you think!

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Clearance Sale

We like to keep all of our inventory fresh (not just the food!) and we realized we have been carrying some of these items for a while.  So we decided to discount them to make space for new items.   We have mugs, glass houses, art kits, dog bowls, holiday ornaments, gel gems – the list goes on.  We have about a dozen items up now, adding more daily!  Check out our Clearance Page here for all our discounted items!
Remember that after we receive your order we will manually combine all clearance items going to a single address and reduce shpping prices to reflect the actual weight of the complete order.
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Several years ago, pre-Katrina, Sandi and I had the opportunity to go to New Orleans in the weeks before Mardi Gras.  We stayed in a lovely Bed and Breakfast, visited a float factory (who knew?), wandered around the French Quarter and took part of much of what New Orleans had to offer.

This year, I have created a Mardi Gras basket, hearkening back to that trip.  It has beignet mix and chicory coffee from Cafe du Monde, Hurricane mix and jambalaya mix.  We pair that with a wide assortment of celebration worthy snacks for a festive off season gift.  This is a great way to send that thank you gift that you may have overlooked during the holiday season.    Mardi Gras is Tuesday March 5th this year, so don’t delay!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

Lise