While we might think of gift baskets as a modern way of giving gifts, gift baskets actually have a rather long legacy. Across years and cultures, there are several fascinating stories of gift baskets that have been given throughout history.
Probably one of the earliest accounts of a gift arriving in a basket is the basket of young plants that the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering. Although some scholars support Eostre’s place in the Easter story, nevertheless this is the likely source of the idea of what has become the modern Easter gift basket.
Another story of the first gift baskets that had sacred connotations is the Old Testament story of the mother of Moses placing the infant Moses in a wicker basket. She then hid the basket in the reeds on the edge of the river so that the daughter of the Egyptian royal family would find it and eventually take Moses into her custody and protection.
Baskets have been used not only for gift basket purposes but also for utilitarian reasons for centuries. They were used to bring eggs home from the hen house, or they served baskets called trugs to collect vegetables from the garden and bring them into the house to prepare meals. Baskets were used as a kind of large saddle bag on horses, donkeys, and mules to carry supplies and occasionally even people.
Most baskets, including your next gift basket, are handcrafted today too. Even with the advent of the industrial age, making baskets is almost impossible to do using machinery, and instead requires the same manual processing that has been used over time. Some cultures have turned basket making into an art form. Today, you will find many Native American groups making special baskets that are used to harvest wild blueberries between late spring and early summer. Many Native American tribes are famous for their art of making baskets.
The care taken in making anything by hand gives a level of particular attention to detail that makes gift baskets so beautiful to give and receive. Each item that goes in custom gift baskets can be selected to suit the recipient’s specific wishes. Plus, the basket can be finished with your special someone’s favorite colors in terms of wrapping, ribbon and bows used.
The gifts in the baskets can also be centered around a particular theme, such as a baby gift basket or holiday gift baskets. You can include specific gift items for any event you want to celebrate, including anniversaries and weddings. Companies also give these baskets to employees or customers, so that they are remembered in a positive way.
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