Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tuesday Treasure ~ Caramoomel

Caramoomel creations are delicious dishes inspired by heritage recipes served at their family’s table for generations. All of their homemade jams, jellies and spreads are gluten free. They are a family operation and their products are all natural and made without preservatives or artificial additives of any kind.

"We love to take recipes served at our own family table for generations and give them a twist, like the Spicy Ginger Apple Butter or the Raspberry Chocolate Caramel Fondue Spread. Another favorite is to create products with flavor layers like the ever-popular Hot Garlic Pepper Wine Jelly."

They have a selection of mouth-watering products for everyone's taste. We are happy to carry a couple of favourites in our baskets. Start enjoying Caramoomel today!

Hot Garlic Pepper Wine Jelly - 125ml/4.25oz

Sweet, sour, garlicky then...HOT! Inspired by fiery Asian cuisine with flavors layered for maximum pleasure. 

White Wine Jelly at a whole new level; with layers of sweet, spice, garlic and a touch of heat. Mouth-watering, natural flavours make this a perfect appetizer with crackers and cream cheese or serve on your dinner table to compliment sausages, pork chops and chicken.

Garlic & Eggplant Spread - 125ml/4.25oz

A luscious blend of creamy eggplant and the piquant bite of Russian garlic.

Garlic and Eggplant Spread practically says it all with this luscious blend of creamy eggplant, pungent Russian garlic and hot chilies. Zesty, but not too hot, spread on sandwiches, wraps or on toasted crostini for a quick appetizer.

Check out their website here for more great products and recipes too.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesdays Treasures ~ SeaChange Seafoods

We include SeaChange Seafoods in most of our baskets because we love their products; their packaging is not only functional but trendy, their product is shelf stable for a long time and most importantly it is very tasty as is, or can be included in a number of great recipes. So whether you are looking for a snack or wanting a meal, their products 'fit the bill"!

SeaChange Seafoods have a delicious selection of Canadiana; crafted on SaltSpring Island, situated on Canada's west coast. The ready to serve packaging makes it a great choice for picnics, camping, an office gathering and so much more.

We would love to carry all their products and have selected our 3 favourites for now.

Maple Glazed Salmon
(100 g) and (227 g)

Maple Glazed Smoked Salmon with Brie and Basil

Ice Wine Glazed Salmon
(100 g)

Ice Wine Glazed Smoked Salmon with Chevre and Red Pepper Jelly

We also carry the crab pate
(100 g)

Baked Crab Dip

For more information on SeaChange Seafoods, more serving suggestions, recipes, ingredients and nutritional facts you can check out their website here.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kudos Come When You Least Expect Them

Over the holidays I was attending a festive gathering and a couple of the people were congratulating Your Perfect Gift for receiving a nomination for a Provincial Business Award.  One of the ladies asked what my business was and when I told her that we create unique gift baskets, and cater to local Realtors.  Her face lit up and she beamed how she had just moved into her condo and had received a wonderful surprise from her Realtor.  Her gift basket had useful items for her new home, a nice bottle of wine of which she toasted her new place with and some great snacks that she was still enjoying.  She even went so far as to say that the basket all her goodies were in was going to make a great storage container for guest towels.  I asked who her Realtor was and was pleased to announce that indeed I had created her basket.

In the gift basket business, the person who ordered the gift basket is gifting to someone else and the receiver rarely if ever contacts the gift basket company to let them know they “loved it”.  I was fortunate to have one of those rare occasions where I met someone who received one of my baskets.

Later in the evening I overheard this lovely lady telling someone else at the gathering that the fabulous basket she had received from her Realtor was made by “that lady there”, as she pointed me out.  I must say that that evening I was on cloud nine.  I love what I do but more importantly I want you to love what I do!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What is a Concierge?

Have you ever experienced full service at a hotel that includes butler services, booking reservations or transportation and generally attending to your needs? Then you have experienced the luxury of concierge services.

The term “concierge” is becoming more familiar and has evolved to a more personalized service in a number of professions.  Today, independent concierge companies have brought this service to a new level, providing a multitude of services and everyone has access to them.  As the average person gets busier it is harder to get everything done that needs doing and that is where a concierge service can be of value. Everyone from the millionaire corporate chairman to the single mom with two jobs is seeking the services of someone to take care of some part of their business efficiently and with a touch of class. A few professionals that offer personal concierge services are:

  • Limo or other Transportation Services
  • Gift Retailers
  • Wedding/Event Planners
  • Senior care
  • Travel Agencies
Imagine that you would like to include a gift certificate to your mom’s favourite spa to go along with some nice bath products. Perhaps for Valentine’s Day you want to send flowers, wine and chocolates, rather than making three stops wouldn't it be nice to just make one phone call? You need to send out seven or seventeen gifts to various clients and you don't have the time or manpower to do all the shopping but it is important for you to shine.

Your Perfect Gift provides a full-service concierge offering, that looks after all the niggling little details for you.  This means we source the products and supplies needed so the gift you give is thoughtful and memorable.  You always have the option to further personalize your gifting with imprinted ribbon, whether it is a personal sentiment or perhaps your business slogan or logo. When we say that we provide a full concierge service we mean that if it is moral, ethical and legal then we will find a way to wrap it!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Not Just a Bow!

I love ribbon, all kinds and all sizes. Maybe that is why bows are so important to me?

When I first started in the gift basket business I had yet to make a bow and so it was something I had to learn. I know you can buy bows already pre-made or purchase “pull bows”; and I know many basket builders that use them, that is fine but to me they always looked like they had been sitting in a drawer too long. I wanted my bows to represent the basket they were adorning.

So off to the library and onto the Internet to find my way around a bow, I bought a video on bow making but try as I might there was nothing out there that spoke to the kinds of bows I wanted to be known for. Then I met Ann from Taylor Made for You, I don’t know if I would go so far as to say funky but certainly eye appealing and her bows are the “icing on the cake”. Her baskets are beautiful but even before you notice the goodies and treats in the basket you see this beautiful bow that you know someone took some care into making.

I want the person receiving one of my gift baskets to notice that the 
bow was made especially for their basket.  Here are a couple I played around with today.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Your Perfect Gift

Your Perfect Gift - click this for video link

We have created a short video to display a few of our basket creations.