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

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.


  • Remember, Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, so plan accordingly.
  • Altho companies do their best to meet demand, the most popular floral and gift basket products 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 special delivery 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? Surprise your sweetie with a small gift as a “teaser” to her 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!

P.S. Looking for a full-service florist? We recommend God’s Garden Treasures, Tempe, AZ.

Got your list? Check.

Checked it twice? Check. Check.

Now head to M.R. Designs & Gifts on Cyber Monday where, for the first time ever, you can get $5 Flat Ground Shipping* on your gifts and gift baskets!

Have out of town friends and family? No problem! You can send them any of our non-perishable gift baskets via Fed Ex Ground (business or residential delivery) for only $5 shipping, each!

Sending gift baskets to your entire client base? No worries! Sign up for an account on our website, upload your address spreadsheet to our shopping cart system, select your baskets, add a card…and pay only $5 for shipping, each, when you select either the Ground to Business or Ground to Residential option.

But hurry! This Cyber Monday special is too good to last and ends at midnight, November 28, 2001.

*Note – Some gifts are for Local Hand Delivery Only and are not eligible for Ground shipping. Our regular Hand Courier, Priority and Overnight shipping options are still available.

Hey, guess what…we’re a small business!

This Saturday, November 26, 2011, plan to make a purchase at a small business in your local area!

If the Black Friday madness has you a little wary, take heart: Small Business Saturday has your back. Inaugurated last year, Small Business Saturday celebrates the “Shop Small” movement to drive business to local merchants across the country. November 26 will mark the second Small Business Saturday.

Here are five reasons to cross Black Friday off your calendar and pencil Small Business Saturday in instead:

Avoid the crowds.
Support local establishments.
Help your community.
One-of-a-kind gifts.
Incredible deals.

Need even more incentive? To help entice customers to small businesses, American Express is offering a $25 limited statement of credit to cardholders who pre-register their AmEx card on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

Click here for our latest e-newsletter which includes a Small Business Saturday offer from M.R. Designs & Gifts. (link expired)

You may have seen them around town at Phoenix Whole Foods stores and local farmer’s markets; but now Scottsdale-based Gina’s Homemade products are making their way into M.R. Designs & Gifts gift baskets for delivery all over the United States!

Chef Gina Buskirk and her husband, Chris, started Gina’s Homemade LLC last year, 2010. The company makes delicious biscotti, the way Gina was taught by her mother, in a variety of flavors. In addition, Gina’s Homemade
makes other authentic Italian foods like artisan cheeses, pasta sauces and fruit preserves.

The biscotti is made fresh to our order, in small batches. M.R. Designs & Gifts is pleased to stock both the 8pc biscotti packs, as well as individual biscotti, in varieties such as Daddy’s Downfall (Chocolate Biscotti with Chocolate Chunks and Dusted with Powdered Sugar), Angell’s Baby (Classic Biscotti with Cranberries and Sliced Almonds), More is More (Chocolate Biscotti with Dark Chocolate Chunks, Dried Cherries & One Half Dipped in Chocolate), and The Yum Yum (Classic Biscotti Made with Cinnamon Sugar, Cinnamon Chips and Dusted with Cinnamon Sugar).

My personal favorite flavor? I can’t decide. I may have to sample another……..

A Gift Basket Appreciation Contest was held this week by Surfing Turtles Gourmet, and M.R. Designs & Gifts was chosen as a winner! Our custom Father’s Day Fisherman Box was selected as Tuesday’s winner during the week-long contest.

You can visit the Surfing Turtles Gourmet Blog to see the contest and the details of our winning submission.

Surfing Turtles Gourmet is a sentiment driven, packaged gift company, specializing in candies and fun gift bag designs.