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6 Things to Love About Fall

Even though it was a thousand degrees with two thousand percent humidity last weekend, fall is within reach. Sure, it’s still technically summer, but school is in full swing, stores are stocked with Halloween stuff, and the shelves at Trader Joe’s feature pumpkin everything. 

Full disclosure: fall is my favorite season, so I’m biased. But it’s also America’s favorite season, which makes it worthy of a blog post. Below, we present six things to love about fall. 

1. Fresh Air

On a crisp fall day, there’s nothing like breathing in that fresh fall air. To boot, there are many fun outdoor activities to take advantage of, like apple and pumpkin picking, farmers’ markets, and trail hiking. 

Speaking of farmers’ markets, we are surrounded by some great ones, including Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, and Ravinia

2. Football 

Okay, so the Bears got off to an inauspicious start. It’s just one game, and if history is any indication…hmmm, I’ll stop there. The point is that it’s football season! You can count on watching college and NFL games at least Thursday through Monday. The NFL even added an extra game this year, which gives you one more chance to dominate your fantasy football league.

3. A New Year

In Judaism, the High Holidays occur in fall, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. No matter how observant you are, it offers a time to reflect on the past year and to plan for the new one. 

Fall also brings the start of a new school year, which represents a coming-of-age and right of passage for students in all stages of their learning and development. 

4. Food


You had me at caramel apples, hot cider, pumpkin pie, sage butter ravioli, and candy corns. 

The culinary traditions of fall are second to none, according to me. In addition to the above treats, WebMD has a nice list of healthy counterparts, including apples not dipped in caramel, acorn squash (also not dipped in caramel), brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. 

Food is sort of our world over here at BasketWorks, and we’d be remiss to omit a mention (🚨SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT🚨) of our line of fall baskets.

5. Halloween 

According to The Top Tens, Halloween ranks as the second best holiday in the U.S. with Christmas in the one spot. The Harris Poll has it at number three behind Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s pretty good company. 

What’s there not to love about Halloween? You’ve got trick or treating, jack o’lanterns, horror films, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and pilfering from your kids’ candy bags while they’re sleeping. 

The best part of Halloween is that everyone can get in on the costume action. In fact, last year 25% of adults said they planned to dress up, though we don’t have data on how many kids were embarrassed by their parents’ costumes of choice. 

6. Thanksgiving

Perhaps the biggest reason to give thanks this year is having more freedom to gather with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The past 18 months have been challenging beyond belief, but we’ve persevered, and we can celebrate holidays with the peace-of-mind of having a little more safety. 

Oh, and we’ll have access to sweet potatoes and marshmallows. 

You can make the case for all seasons, but fall seems to possess that X factor of unique transitions, cuisines, sports, and holidays. Enjoy in good health!

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Basketworks is a woman owned gift basket company, located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. We can customize your gift with imprinted ribbon or even include items with your corporate logo and colors.

Our staff attends half a dozen or more gift and gourmet shows each year to search out new products and to taste and select every item we use in our gift baskets and gift packages. We proudly offer gluten free, kosher, heart healthy, and other special diet foods, all tasted for quality by our own staff.

We've won multiple national industry awards including 1st place for Executive Design. We were named to Gift Basket Review's Top 50 Gift Basket Companies. We won a 2nd place grant in the First Annual Idea Cafe "Mom Grant." We've been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on WBBM Radio, in "The Gift Basket Design Book", Rave Reviews Magazine & GBA Digest.

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BasketWorks was great to work with. I was from out of town and ordered a large number of baskets for a corporate event. They were willing to customize the products in the baskets and they looked just as good in real as they did in the website pictures. They were delivered on time and were extremely accommodating. Would definitely work with the again.
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