One of our most loved and classic gift baskets has recently received a makeover!

Our Gala Gourmet Gift Basket is just as “gala” as ever, and is made even more appealing with the addition of this classic stained wicker hamper, sure to accent any decor. This gift basket commands quite a grand presence (the container itself is 16″x14″x8″ with the lid closed); certainly is one to make a statement and leave a big impression. The feedback on the updated design has been fantastic. Definitely the “WOW Factor” here!

All of the old favorite gourmet items are there, from fruit to fudge, from cookies to chocolates…something for everyone. And looking for the local Arizona products? How about high desert pistachios, Cerreta’s fudge, Heart A Specialty Foods snack mixes and nuts, Revolution tea and Urban Oven crackers, to name a few.

Let us know what you think of the updated design.

Our Gala Gourmet Gift Basket (as well as our other gift baskets containing fruit and/or other perishable items) are for local Phoenix Metro hand-delivery only.

$20 for $40 worth of gifts and gift baskets at M.R. Designs & Gifts? Only in your dreams? Well, not today!

Today’s Enamor.com Deal of the Day (link expired) is a total of 50% off your purchases of unique gifts and gift baskets with us…You pay only $20 for $40 worth of gifts! Now normally, because of the extreme value of the offers, an Enamor deal is “tipped” at a certain volume sold; but we are allowing the offer to run with a zero minmum!

Some of the FAQs about this offer are answered here:

Q: Can I buy more than one of today’s Enamor deals?
A: YES, buy as many as you like! Treat yourself, then buy more as gifts.

Q: Can I use more than one Enamor voucher per order with you?
A: YES, you may use multiple vouchers to pay for your products or services (including custom design services and freight). Vouchers do not include sales tax, so you will need to provide a credit card for that, in addition to any balance of your purchase above the total of your Enamor vouchers.

Q: If I purchase two vouchers, for a total value of $80, but then my gift basket order comes to only $75 total, do I get $5 back?
A: The total value of the voucher(s) redeemed must be used within the purchase. No cash back can be given. An option for you in this instance is to simply customize, or upgrade, the value of your gift basket that additional $5 at the time of purchase. This can easily be accommodated at the time you place your order.

Q: Does the Enamor voucher expire?
A: YES, 03-31-11, 6 months from today’s date. Just think of all the holidays and special occasions that fall within those upcoming 6 months!!

Q: Will you ever extend the Enamor voucher beyond the published expiration date?
A:
YES, we want everyone who buys Enamor vouchers today to have the opportunity to use their voucher and experience M.R. Designs & Gifts. Please use the voucher prior to the expiration date; however, we will do our best to accommodate the vouchers even if redeemed after the expiration date.

Q: I tried calling you today at 602-266-5572 and I go straight to voice mail. Can I speak with someone live, today?
A:
Due to the high call volume the day of, and a few days after, the Enamor voucher, will will experience higher call volumes. We will do our best to answer all questions by phone and return all voice mail messages within a few hours. On average we will call you back within an hour or less. Please leave a brief VM and include the best number and time to return your call. If you prefer you can always send an email to admin @ MRDesignsandGifts . com and we can respond to you there as well.

Q: I’m having trouble purchasing the Enamor voucher. Can you help me?
A: If you’re having trouble with completing the purchase on the Enamor.com site, call (877) 771-7266 between 8 AM and 5 PM MST.

Still have Questions? Here’s a link to the Enamor FAQs page as well. With these Enamor vouchers you you can select from any of our products on http://www.MRDesignsandGifts.com, use your vouchers for custom gift baskets, custom design services and freight. Tax is not included. You are also free to purchase multiples for yourself & as gifts and you can use multiples during a single purchase! So, purchase several vouchers and save even more, when you pay with multiple vouchers; or keep them to use over multiple orders. The offer is good for both new & current clients.

Enamor.com is a local Phoenix-based company that seeks out amazing deals on cool boutiques, restaurants, spas and salons in our city, plus fun events and activities you’ll look forward to with excitement — and you’ll want to share with your family and friends. Enamor donates 3% of the net amount of your purchases to charity.

Click here (link expired) to set up your Enamor account, and off you go!

Grandparents Day is September 12, 2010. In addition to the many Grandparents Day Gift Baskets offered by M.R. Designs & Gifts in order to make your gift giving a breeze, we’re offering a chance for YOU to WIN this Grandparents Day!!

Once again, we’ve teamed up with At Home Personal Care to honor the role grandparents play in keeping our families, and society, strong. At Home Personal Care has been helping seniors to remain in the comfort of their homes for over 10 years. Their goal is to offer families and clients relief from the worry and stress of caring for an aging family member.

In recognition of special grandparents everywhere, At Home Personal Care wants you to participate in their “Showin’ Our Grandparents Love” Contest sponsored by M.R Designs & Gifts!
Simply submit your BEST photo of your grandparent(s) to their Facebook Page and get people to vote on your picture! Pictures may include grandchildren and other family members if you wish. Pictures may be recent or a blast from the past!

So, how do you enter?

1. Visit the AT HOME PERSONAL CARE Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.
2. Upload your favorite Grandparent photo to their Page along with your creative caption. (You know on their Page in the box where it says “Write something…”, just type in your caption. Then below that, click on the Attach: photo icon, upload your photo, and Share!)

3. Invite your friends to visit their Page and get as many “likes” on your photo by September 10th, 2010 midnight. (Hint: Want to see the entries thus far? On the AHPC Page, click “Just Others” to show posts/photos uploaded by fans.)

It’s easy! You can do it! The “Showin’ our Grandparents Love” first place Winner with the most “likes” will receive an Apple iPod Touch 8GB from At Home Personal Care AND a Game Night custom gift basket from M.R Designs & Gifts! WOW!!

The Game Night gift basket contains:
* Themed Large Chip Bowl
* Themed Large Serving Tray
* 4, “Suit” Shaped Snack Mix Trays
* Set of “Suit” Themed Coasters
* Casino-Themed Cocktail Napkins
* Traditional Cheddar Cheese Straws
* Steakhouse Flavored Roasted Almonds
* Casino-Themed Cups
* Strawberry Lemonade Mix
* Golden Nuggets Buttery Pretzels
* Green Dealer Visor
* Box of Casino Chips
* Deck of Cards
* Set of Tally Cards
* Set of Casino Dice

Enter right now. The sooner you enter, the more votes you can accumulate on your photo. Someone’s going to win…why not you?

Official rules: Contest open from August 8, 2010 through midnight September 10th, 2010. Only one entry per individual fan. You must be 14 years of age or older. Employees of At Home Personal Care and M.R. Designs & Gifts not eligible to enter. At Home Personal Care reserves the right to review, approve, and remove any photos necessary. In the event of a tie between photos, At Home Personal Care reserves the right to determine final winner. Prize will be subject to availability from supplier. Final winner is determined by most “likes” of photo. Final winner will be notified through message or may contact At Home Personal Care by sending name and telephone number to info@athomeprc.com. All questions about this contest can be directed to info@athomeprc.com.

The movies are gray
The TV is black
The horses are running
Please bring me some food

- Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated

August 18, 2010 is “Bad Poety Day.” According to Wellcat Holidays & Herbs , the creators of this day, the intention of “Bad Poetry Day” is to gather a group of old high school friends, “compose some really rotten verse, and send it to your old high school teacher.”

That sounds like a lot of fun. But, if you’re like me and so far out of high school that you’ve lost track of your high school English teacher because he/she isn’t on Facebook yet, then how about you dust off those awful -ly constructed (but clean!) poems you’ve been collecting in your notebooks and share them with us in the comment section below? Or, in the comment section under this post on our Facebook Page. (We are a family friendly site and no offensive submissions will be approved for publishing.)

Hey, maybe you’re a poet but weren’t aware of that fact, of it, being a poet…oh, nevermind.

August 4, 2010 is U.S. Coast Guard Day which honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. This day is primarily an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present. But it’s also a day when Americans salute those who serve in this important military organization.

“Semper Paratus” (always prepared) is the motto of the United States Coast Guard, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to enforce U.S. tariff laws. The name “Coast Guard” was first used in 1915.

More United States Coast Guard history: