Every Christmas season, the struggle begins: What do you get your inlaws?
After seeing DVDs go unopened and sweaters sit in their box, my go-to gift for the "other" parents is a gift basket.
And gift baskets work for other hard-to-please people on your list, too.
Filled with foods, spa goodies for mom, wine and chocolates for your boss or even school supplies for your child's teacher, gift baskets are a great way to make a grand gesture with little fuss. They look beautiful, they always get used, and best of all: You control the contents, and the price.
Here's a look at some local options for putting together that perfect gift basket:
1. Westborn Market
Michigan-made products, winter goodies packed in a "sleigh" basket, everything Italian—Westborn has gift baskets for everyone on your list already sorted out. Order right from their website at www.westbornmarket.com, or head in to Dearborn's store on Michigan Avenue and Oakwood to take a closer look at the options (and pick up a bottle of wine to go with it!). Prices start at $20.
2. Merchant's Fine Wine
Not sure what you want in your basket? The staff at Merchant's will help you sort it out by contents, price, and even the way the items will fit into a basket of your choice. Delivery is available to a limited area, and for last-minute shopping, pre-made gift baskets are available for purchase—wrapped and ready to go.
3. Galaxy Jawaher
Find a wide array speciality items imported from Lebanon, including Middle Eastern candies and sweets, coffee and fresh nuts that can be arranged to fit your needs. Pre-made gift baskets and boxes are also available for get in-get out shopping.
4. K&M Flowers
This flower shop isn't just a place for plants. The owners will put together a gift basket to go with that bouquet full of pastries, or fruits and snacks. Prices run from $25-$200.
5. Do It Yourself
If you're looking for something a little more personal, or want to include items from various stores in your gift basket, try making it yourself. Find a basket to fit any need at the Michael's at Fairlane Green in Allen Park, and try filling it with...
- Comics and action figures from Green Brain Comics for your nephew
- School supplies for your child's teacher
- Candy for the sweet tooth in your family
- Popcorn, movies and a gift card to give mom and dad a much-needed date night
Who do you buy gift baskets for, and what do you put in them? Tell us in the comments!