5 Things To Do When Customizing your Gift Basket Order.

Ok, so you want to send your Uncle Joe in good ‘ole Arizona a gift basket for his birthday and you’ve found just the perfect gift basket online. Well, almost perfect. The thing is (you say to yourself) Uncle Joe can’t have nuts!

So you keep looking and, hmmm…there is this other great gift basket that you know he would love the ingredients, but it doesn’t quite fit into your budget.

What do you do? Time’s running out; Uncle Joe’s birthday is tomorrow and you have a meeting in 10 minutes. Do you really want to go running around all over the web looking for just the right gift basket that will fit your price range, content needs AND get there on time?

We’re here to tell you that customizing the perfect gift basket is a lot easier than it may sound.

Here are 5 steps for placing a custom gift basket order:

1. Find a Local Gift Basket Company in the Area for Hand Delivery. Do a Google Local Search for a gift basket company right in the city where your gift will be delivered (ie. “gift baskets in phoenix“). You can even get more specific, like “best custom gift baskets in phoenix” – the more specific your search terms, the more relavent your results will be. From there you can check the company’s Google listing, gift basket photos, online client reviews and website.

2. Call the Local Gift Basket Company Directly and Ask to Speak to the Gift Basket Designer. If the company does not have a “Designer” or is otherwise unable to easily create a custom gift basket arrangment for you, it may be that their gift baskets are premade or drop-shipped.

3. Know Your Budget. It is extremely helpful if the Designer can be aware of your budget when suggesting customization options for your gift basket arrangement. If you say something like “I don’t want to spend too much money”, a good Designer will ask “What does that mean to you.” It’s easier to know where to aim when the target has been clearly marked.

4. Tell the Designer your Customization Specifications. If you are unsure of what type of gift basket your recipient might enjoy, an experienced Designer will ask you questions about his or her likes/dislikes, hobbies and anything you may know about them. The Designer will then offer suggestions for a custom gift basket within your budget.

5. Finalize the Order Details and Payment as Usual. Remember, you will need to know the recipient’s delivery information: including name, (company name), address and phone and any details necessary to ensure a smooth delivery. Also, be prepared to let the Designer know what sentiment you would like hand-written on your gift card. Oh, and make sure you can receive a delivery confirmation, either by phone or email, so you know just when your gift was delivered. Make your payment and you’re done!

So as you can see, placing a custom gift basket order is almost as easy as picking a standard gift basket off of a website. Now when Uncle Joe sees the thought and care that went in to creating a custom birthday gift basket just for him, he’ll know that you think he is one-of-a-kind too!

Fun Facts:
All of our gift baskets are made fresh to order.
51% of our gift basket sales are Custom Designed Gift Baskets.
The majority of our gift basket orders proclaim “Thank You”.

3 Tips on getting the biggest bang for your buck this Valentine’s.

Valentine’s Day can be compared to “The Big Game”…it’s not always the biggest and strongest player that makes the touchdown, it’s the player who’s got the right moves.

Here are three easy tips for keeping your Valentine’s Day celebration on budget and still make a big impression:

1. Have a Game Plan & Avoid the “Audible”
Show up to the big game without a playbook and you’re in big trouble, the whole team suffers. A little bit of planning and you can be yards ahead on game day.

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year – Get more for your money and order early! Many companies offer discounts when you place your order early.

Altho companies do their best to meet demand, popular items can sell out quickly. Don’t get stuck with your “second string” choice.

2. Study the Other Team & Customize Your Offense
Is your “big play” going to end up on the highlight reel or the bloopers?

Know your sweetie’s weaknesses, likes and dislikes.

Personalize, personalize, personalize!

3. Go for the Extra Point
Now that you’ve picked the perfect play, get the most impact for your hard work…it’s all in the timing!

Plan your gift to arrive at your sweetie’s place of work, or other public place, for the most “WOW Factor”.

Planning a few smaller gifts? Have the gifts delivered to his office at different times throughout the work day.

Dinner at a restaurant? How about a small gift, or simple handwritten card, waiting for your reservation.

Planning a big Valentine’s weekend? Send a small gift as a “teaser” to your sweetie’s office so she can show it off to her friends

Staying at a Valley resort for the weekend? Have chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your room.

Now as far as the Endzone Dance. . .You’re on your own for that one!!

Arizona’s best custom gift baskets.
Arizona Native * Arizona Company * Arizona Products

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M.R. Designs & Gifts
Jenifer Anseth

Another Fan Poem

Oct 8, 2009

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A client wrote this poem for us today. We thought it was so cute that we had to pass it along…

Roses are Red & Violets are Blue
A gift basket from M.R. Designs is created just for you!

Who do you know in the Camelback Corridor?
It is there that Jenifer Anseth is looking for more…

More of what, you say?
For introductions to the Admin Assistants are they!

For they order the gifts to send to their clients, KAPOW!
M.R. Designs & Gifts is the WOW Factor Delivered… WOW!

by Maren Ettesvold
Independent Distributor of SendOutCards.com


Thanks Maren!

It happened again today.

In a regular conversation with a regular person on a regular day, I happened to mention a regular something-or-other that I read on Twitter. Then it happened…again…”I HATE TWITTER!”

This used to shock me. I’m a pretty easy-going person that gets along with everyone, so honestly, the first two or three times a person burst out to my face “I hate Twitter!” I was a little taken aback. Not anymore. But to tell you the truth, it’s getting a little annoying.

I blame, among other “what I had for lunch” nonsense generating hype, the telecom commercial where the dad is tweeting to his son who is standing right next to him on the patio, “I’m sitting on the patio.” If this is the only definition of Twitter that some people know, then yes, it’s not that useful…but hate-worthy? (By the way…you know who DOES care if you had a Starbucks coffee this morning on your way to work and they forgot the extra foam? @Starbucks, that’s who…and believe me, they are right on top of their brand.)

“Seriously?” I say. “You hate Twitter? You HATE Twitter?”

I politely ask, “Do you hate Twitter because…
Communication is happening through it?
Small businesses are growing because of it?
Unedited global news is being transmitted through it?
Customer service reps can interact directly with upset (or happy) clients?
Businesses have direct access to their target market?
And SO much more…”

“Do you hate Email, IM, Blogging, RSS feeds, Newsletters, Direct Mail (all of which Twitter does, with a power boost)? While we’re at it, do you hate TV, Newspapers or Radio? How about the telephone. Do you hate the telephone?”


Then I ask “WHY do you hate Twitter?” The response is usually something along the lines of “Um, I think it’s stupid. It’s just a waste of time.” TRANSLATION: “I don’t get it.”

It’s fine if you don’t GET Twitter. Although I don’t think one really needs a Master’s degree in Marketing to understand that if you have something to say, something to sell, something to promote, something to ask or something to give – you should be on Twitter. But is Twitter – that which is fundamentally, and most simply, a communication tool – really worthy of ones hatred; or as I heard said once…the sign of the coming Armageddon? Was there this much hostility towards the telephone receiver? Someone will need to enlighten me on that subject.

I will usually then say something like… “Did you know that the only news out of Iran during the elections was through Twitter because the Iranian government jammed all other outlets?” Or, “Did you know that our first news and photos of the Hudson River airplane crash was through Twitter? And don’t get me started on the Mumbai terror attacks.” Or, “Do you want to widen your readership/client base, drive traffic to your blog/website, network with your target market, find new members for your organization in your area with a single #hashtag, or talk to people who are looking for your product RIGHT NOW?” *breath*

At this point, I’ll usually see some softening of the muscles in the neck and shoulders of the Twitter-Hater, their head will cock slightly to one side, and some of the redness will begin to recede from their face, while an imaginary light bulb starts to flicker above their head.

To bring it closer to home I’ll give concrete examples…like how I’ve been interviewed for a upcoming book because of Twitter. How I put a new gift basket on my website and sold 3 of them in 5 minutes because of one tweet. How my fruit gift basket sales have increased because of a blog and it’s Twitter promotion. How I’ve found local suppliers through Twitter referrals. How I track click-thrus from Twitter to my blog and website – even to specific products. How I’m working to establish myself as the Arizona Gift Basket Expert. How I was able to help over 200 people in two days who asked “When is Father’s Day anyway?” How I got to have a Tweet Up with Shaq. How once, for however brief a moment it was, Ashton Kutcher was actually following me. And really, there is so much more…

By this time, the Twitter-Hater will usually say one of three things…”Hmm, I can kinda understand it now, but it’s not for me.” Which is fine! Or, “That’s pretty cool, I never thought of it like that before.” Which is good!! Or, “My mind is flying in all different directions. I can totally see how this can help my business. Will you help me get started?” Which is great!!!

Now, if you still don’t get it, don’t want to get it and wish you never heard the word “Twitter” before, that’s ok. But please, let’s bring the hostility towards Twitter and those who do benefit from this medium down from the rafters. K?

The Return of a Classic

Aug 28, 2009

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy.” ~ Albert Einstein

History shows us that fruit gifts were frequently used to show appreciation, worthiness, and generosity and were enjoyed by kings and everyday folks alike. Today, when a health-conscious lifestyle is so important for many, the delicious fruit gift basket has, once again, jumped to the forefront of popularity because it is so versatile and can be given at almost any time or any occasion. Get Well fruit baskets are a wonderful choice for those recovering from surgery or an ailment. Consider a gourmet fruit gift basket as the perfect gift on the occasion of a Sympathy or Bereavement…fresh fruit gift baskets are perfect for single or multiple recipients as the fruit can be enjoyed immediately, refrigerated for future use, or easily shared.
“Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.” ~ Victor Hugo
Traditionally a fruit gift basket would include fresh, seasonal, hand-selected fruit with the amount of fruit provided being proportionate to the number of recipients and/or the numbers of days to be enjoyed. Our hand-picked and delicious fruit baskets pair well with gourmet foods, chocolates, crackers & cheese, wine & cheese, or even green or blooming plants to create a unique arrangement perfect for celebrating an Anniversary, Birthday or corporate Thank You. Our gourmet fresh fruit gift baskets are available only for hand-delivery within the Phoenix Metro area in order to ensure the freshest fruit possible; we do not ship fruit.


“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.” ~ Aristotle


Here are some creative custom ideas for fruit gift baskets: Wouldn’t it be fun to send a harvest basket overflowing with various fresh apples and cinnamon sticks for a unique Thanksgiving gift? How about a basket full of fresh fruit AND vegetables! We’ve created many absolutely beautiful “Garden Delite” baskets featuring farmer’s market-fresh carrots, squashes, apples, oranges, tomatoes, herbs, etc. etc. Add a baguette and local-made preserves and…well, you get the picture!


“This donut has purple in the middle, purple is a fruit.” – Homer Simpson


The Fresh Fruit Gift Basket is certainly a thoughtful and much appreciated gift that has truly stood the test of time. Let M.R. Designs & Gifts create a fresh fruit gift basket that is just right for your next gift giving occasion!


“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” Henry David Thoreau