Over the years, some of our most popular standard gift basket arrangements have started out as a client’s custom request for something new, or a “Can you make something like …?” request. We’re always up for a challenge. So too, it’s happened again with our new “Baby Bloomers” gift basket arrangements for newborns!

Each Baby Bloomers gift basket is handmade to order and features an arrangement of silk & faux floral stems (like roses, daisies and hydrangeas) inside a baby-themed keepsake box with lid. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Hidden amongst the beautiful floral arrangement are quality baby items, rolled and disguised as blossoms…including a plush and silky blankie, infant pants, shirt and coordinating bib.

This photo shows our Standard version for Baby Girl:

Clients who select the larger, Premium arrangement will have additional baby clothes included like a onesie, booties, hat and more.

The recipient of the Baby Bloomers gift basket can choose to remove the baby items for use, then just slightly adjust the floral stems and they’ll have a beautiful arrangement they can keep for years.

The Baby Bloomers gift baskets come in a variety of colors/themes including Pink/Girl, Blue/Boy, or Yellow & Green. Clients may also call our studio to customize their arrangement for a particular color or theme.

Baby Bloomers are available now for order online, or by calling 602.266.5572. They ship nationwide. Makes a great baby shower gift or centerpiece too!

Some product may vary depending upon availability.

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. So it is no surprise that At Home Personal Care hears many wonderful stories from their patients and families about the loved one they are caring for. Now it’s YOUR turn to share those stories!

Who doesn’t have a favorite story to tell about growing up with mom or grandma? In celebration of Mother’s Day, At Home Personal Care would like to hear YOUR story for a chance to WIN!

Just start by going to the At Home Personal Care special Mother’s Day Contest webpage here and tell them, in 300 words or less, your favorite story about Mom or Grandma – something special, heroic, or just plain sweet, that your mother or grandmother did for you when you were growing up.

The contestant who submits the winning story receives a Mother’s Day Gift Basket from M.R. Designs & Gifts, valued at over $120!

The Mother’s Day Gift Basket Includes:

•Stained Bahama-style trunk with handles
•A selection of handmade gourmet pampering products from Emelmahae Soap Company of Phoenix including:
•Lavender Body Oil with Coconut, Jojoba and Macadamia Nut Oils
•Whole Herb & Clay Exfoliating Bamboo Mask with Green Clay, Bamboo and Green Tea
•Lavender Coconut Salt Scrub with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
•Lavender Cream Handmade Cold Process Soap
•Lavender Chamomile Shea-Karite Butter with Macadamia Nut Oil
•A Light and Silky Fashion Scarf
•Strawberry Lemon Drink Mix
•Mint Blonde Cookies
•Strawberry Shortcake Thumbprint Cookies
•Loofa Sponge
•Revolution Earl Grey Lavender Teas
•Handmade Gourmet Jayne’s Toffee
•Chocolate Mint Chip Cookie 2pk
•“365 Thoughts About Mom” Book

Three stories, chosen by the At Home Personal Care Team, will be published on their website. The stories will be judged on the basis of their overall appeal, uniqueness and quality of writing. The top three stories will then be voted on by the general public to determine the “Best Mother’s Day Story!”

Entries must be received through their website by April 20th, 2010. The three Finalists will be notified by At Home Personal Care, posted on their website, and voted on by the general public until May 3rd. The Winning Story will be announced May 4th! (Only legitimate story submissions will be considered. Winning stories will be selected by the AHPC management team. All decisions are final. Stories must be submitted by individuals 21 and older. Entries may be submitted by daughters OR sons and will be given equal consideration. Employees of M.R. Designs & Gifts, or employees and relatives of At Home Personal Care are not eligible. The three finalists may be asked to submit a picture to accompany their story. Finalists will be contacted by phone and email. Winner contacted by phone and email. The author of the winning story may determine where the prize is shipped and recipient.

Enter today!

And now, the much anticipated trailer for the next episode of…Agent WOW!

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The Mission: The 9-year-old Birthday Boy loves Pirates and we’ve gotta send some “Auntie Luvin” all the way from Scotland to Prescott, AZ in a hurry.

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The Gift Basket: Agent WOW assembles a custom gift basket including a wood and metal trunk filled with pirate figures and toys, a ship-in-a-bottle kit, Pirates of the Carribean game and treasure map, and finishes it all with a bandana, strings of faux beads and gold coins…packs it carefully for shipping and schedules it to arrive the next day.

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Case Closed: “Jenifer was amazing. I phoned her the day before my nephew’s birthday asking for a pirate basket, and she came up with all the great things to go in it and organised for it to arrive the next day, on his birthday. He loved it, and I get to be the cool auntie from across the world!!” – Karen Reyburn, Scotland

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Thanks Karen – you ARE a cool Auntie!!

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(007-From Russia With Love, 1963)

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The Mission: A doctor has recently aquired a new friend-who-is-a-boy, and this boy’s birthday is in five days. The Doctor calls Agent WOW and places an order for a custom gift basket. Over the next few days, the Doctor continues to learn a little bit more about her new friend and emails Agent WOW with little tidbits she picks up along the way…he loves oatmeal raisin cookies; likes chocolate; no peanuts, he’s alergic; favorite color is purple, etc.

The Gift Basket: On the Big Day, Agent WOW assembles a gourmet, Bahama-style trunk full of sparkling cider, 2 chocolate dipped strawberries, gourmet Rohs of Scottsdale chocolate sauce, a variety of fruits for dipping like apple, pear, orange and banana, a large bag of gourmet ChocoZona oatmeal raisin cookies, Jayne’s Gourmet Toffee, a variety of milk and dark Godiva chocolate items, and four fresh purple Gerbera daisies.

Case Closed: “You did it! You WOWd him! Him and the entire office.” – Dr. Tracy Wooten.

We WOWd him, Doctor. We.

(Dr. No, 1962)

Having a great LOCAL gift basket company with which you can build a relationship and trust to handle your special gift basket deliveries is very important. Your gift basket company is actually a part of your marketing team…every gift they send on your behalf is a reflection of your personal brand or corporate image, just like your website, business card or brochure. What are your gift baskets saying about your company?

But if you don’t already have a relationship with a Gift Basket Designer, how do you find the best local gift basket companies in your area? Here are a few suggestions:

+ Do a Google Local Search for a gift basket company right in your city (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.

+ Search your LinkedIn contacts for a gift basket company or gift basket Designer in your network. From your LinkedIn Home page, just type “gift baskets” in the People search box, view the results and filter by location as desired. Voila! You may only be one connection away from a gift basket company in your city. You can see who in your network is connected to the gift basket designer, review the company’s qualifications, and see who has used and recommends their services. Then ask for an introduction or call up the Designer directly.

+ Check with your local customer review sites such as Yelp, Kudzu or Merchant Circle. These sites allow you to search local companies, sometimes down to zip code. Check out the gift basket websites, blogs and client reviews.

These are just three suggestions out of many ways to find a great local gift basket company, and tools that we use to build our network of great gift basket companies around the U.S. and world. Did you notice that all of them included word-of-mouth marketing, and specifically client testimonials, to help you make your decision?

Some other options for finding your local gift basket “champion” are: asking your Networking group (like BNI); ask your Facebook friends or see which gift basket company they have become a Fan of; ask your Tweeps who they recommend; and etc.

If you are looking to establish a relationship with a gift basket company in Phoenix, give us a call! If you don’t live in the Valley of the Sun, we would be glad to help direct you to a quality gift basket shop in your area.