Creating Gift Baskets for Co-Workers (Part III)

Help your coworkers protect their coffee and get them a coffee cup holder.

Best Coffee Cup Holder

This is a good gift for the coworker that always is spilling their coffee or other beverage at their desk. It’s a very considerable gift that will help lessen the number of spills and keep the employee happier and more productive all day.

Ninja Stars Push Pins

The ideal gift for the office ninja. He or she can ornament their office space with these ninja star push pins. They perform the job of a regular push pin, but they have the appearance that a ninja has been there with a star wedged right into the wall.

Playable Art Cube

This art cube not only looks fabulous on their desk, but it allows them to shift and shape the pieces around when they’re looking for a way to keep their hands busy. Colorful and bright, it looks like a piece of art when in a cube form and in any other form.

Complaint Department Mug

If they’re the sort of coworker that doesn’t handle complaints too well, you can give them this complaint department grenade coffee mug. It really sends the message to unsuspecting complainers and has a really unique look when it comes to coffee mugs.

Desktop Dogs

These desktop dogs are cute and every one of them as their own purpose. One has a magnetic nose that holds paper clips easily at hand. Another one keeps a pack of sticky notes as if he’s got the morning paper. They’re perfect for dog-loving coworkers.

Mini Buddha Board

These boards let the user write messages on them that fade away, only to be written again. They are crazy fun and you just can’t help writing on them once you see how they operate. They can be huge stress reducers too, helping you find that inner calm.

Creating Gift Baskets for Co-Workers (Part II)


Modular Magnetic Pen

This magnetic pen will deliver hours of downtime and works too so it isn’t just a toy. It’s a helpful item that makes it appear as if they’re being productive. The pen is totally made out of magnets, so there are numerous ways to reshape it and move it.

Cubicle Guest Book

If they’re never at their cubicle when you come by for a visit, offer them this guest book so you can begin signing in to let them know that you were there when they were out. It includes prompts for all the info that they’ll need when they return.

Keep in touch with your work bestie even if your phone is out of signal.


Walkie Talkies

What’s your 20? When mobile phones won’t get reception, you go old school. These walkie talkies allow you to stay in touch within a very big radius. It will be like the time you use to play with your BFF as a kid. 10-4. Over and out

Perpetual Calendars

These calendars look fabulous and serve a purpose at the same time. They are really a conversation starter in the office. They can have them on their desk or mount them on the wall. You just move the magnet to point to the correct month and day.

Super Magnetic Putty

Here’s a truly cool desk topper, it’s putty that can be played with. Also, it’s magnetic, so it’s ideal for sticking paper clips to. It’s good for cleaning up messes like when you drop a load of paper clips or staples.

Office Jargon Stamp

Help them keep up with all the office jargon that should be written down with this office jargon stamp. It includes sayings like I’m in the Loop and What is it this time? These are phrases that you usually hear being said around the office.


Creating Gift Baskets for Co-Workers (Part I)

Your co-worker will enjoy these gift basket ideas.

You can’t choose your coworkers, but sometimes you get fortunate and there are some you really want to be friends with. These gifts for coworkers will let you display your fondness and create an even more cordial working relationship.


These cards will aid your coworker is telling you how they’re feeling. They’re great to use and can really be helpful when the information is relevant. You should use your own judgment to see if these would be a good fit for the right person in your office.

Desk Accessory Holder

This desk accessory holds plenty of stuff and displays someone that’s doing great work at multitasking. He’s got a pen in his mouth, roll of tape in his hands, more pens behind him, and paper clips all over the desk. An irreverent piece to ensure it’s office appropriate.

Countdown to Retirement Clock

This is a great gift the longer they have to go to retirement. It can be a great reminder that the two of you have plenty more time to hang out together. Also, it can be a kind gift if their retirement is just around the corner and they’re getting eager about it.

Executive Decision Maker

Here’s a great gift that demonstrates the type of decision making that takes place at the top levels of the organization. Spin it and see where it goes. There are decisions like Maybe, Pass the Buck, and Sit on It. That’s pretty much what appears to go on with the big wigs.

Desktop Golf

If they’d rather be on the green instead of the office, you have to get them this desktop golf game. When the boss isn’t looking, they can practice their putting and at least be able to submerge themselves in some type of golf game.


Hiking Gift Basket Ideas

Get your hiker a gift card. 

If you have your life together enough, to plan way ahead enough, to put together your own hiking gift basket, you are doing great. People have been going back and forth over time between putting plenty of time, thought and effort into making the ideal gift basket. Other times, you just want to get a gift card or e-gift card and call it a day. When it comes to gifting folks who love to hike, a gift card can be your last option. 

While hiking gift baskets might take a little extra time and thought to put together, it is well worth it to go the extra mile and gift something you realize your hiking friend will truly appreciate and use for years. 

Hiking Gift Basket Ideas

A complete hammock setup. A hammock, rainfly, bug net, straps and carabiners needed to put it up. This is the perfect gift for anyone who’s wanting to do hammock camping.

A cook set should have a cooking pot, camping stove, spoon, scrubbing pads, soap, and fuel. This is perfect for folks who enjoy day hiking but are new to backpacking. They are beginning to collect their gear or wanting to replace the heavy, old gear they have sitting around. If you want to put in some extra love, put in a few backpacking meals or their favorite trail snacks. Remember, you can’t fly with fuel canisters, so keep that for a local hiker.

The hiker’s poop kit has toilet paper, hand sanitizer, deuce of spades, all in a Ziploc bag. This might seem like a stupid hiking gift, but everyone has pooped. Folks even carry a poop kit on day hikes because you just never know. You can also include a book about pooping in the woods if they’re not already a pro. 


Making a Gift Basket for a Photographer (Part II)

Your photographer would love a gift certificate to turn their photos into other creations like posters and blankets. 

Decide on some backup tools such as a throw-away point and shoot camera (digital and/or regular). They can be taken anywhere and tossed once used. Try a digital key chain so the person can carry some of their prized shots wherever they go. A backup camera cover is always a good gift as well as lens covers.

Give them a gift certificate to an internet photo site where they can alter their most prized photos into paintings, posters, or other great things such as mousepads, T-shirts, or coffee mugs. Include a gift card to a local photo shop where they can purchase the supplies they want.

Put everything inside the basket, bag or tote and wrap it with clear cellophane paper. Put a ribbon around the top, put on a bow and a card and you have the ideal photographer’s gift basket.

Avoid pricey gifts that may make the receiver uneasy. Don’t buy any equipment without knowing the photographer’s brand and type of camera.

Photo Editor License

Photolemur is an Automatic Editor, which applies distinct changes to images with just one click. It’s good for folks who frequently have lots of photos and don’t want to spend hours editing.

SD Card Pouch

HDE Waterproof Memory Card Travel Case is a clip-on pouch that guarantees you won’t ever lose your SD card again. Also, this pocket-size carrying case is the ideal travel companion for your camera.

Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

This amazing printer prints right from your tablet or mobile phone using Bluetooth or NFC technology. Photos are smudge-proof, full-color, and have a sticky paper that peels back. The perfect gift.

Go Pro HERO7 Camera

For both the extreme sports enthusiast and photographer, the Go Pro HERO 7 camera shoots in its 4K video and has one-button simplicity, voice control, touch display, and waterproof design.
There is a less expensive version: Go Pro 4.


Making a Gift Basket for a Photographer (Part I)

Photographers capture beauty and smiles. You can capture theirs by giving them a gift basket full of photography goodies.

Pick a basket for the photography items. Or, better yet, use a tote or camera bag that the photographer can use to carry some of their items. Buy one or more photography books that talk about everything from the basics to advanced photography.

Put in a couple of photography magazines. Select various types so that the person can decide which ones she may want to subscribe to in the future. If the person has a magazine preference, then buy them a 12-month subscription to that magazine. Put a card in the basket that shows the subscription.

Consider one or two first-class items. One of them has to definitely be a tripod. There are plenty of funky new tripod designs out there, priced as low as $10. This is a gift the photographer will use for many years to come. Another may be a timing cord. 

These don’t habitually come with a camera. Yet, most photographers would enjoy having one for time-lapse photography. Put in one or two camera lenses. Consider a flash, if the photographer doesn’t have one now.

Include some fun things such as colored gels. Photographers enjoy experimenting. Using colored gels gives them hours of photographic fun. Go for a flash diffuser. That little thing almost always comes in handy. Most photographers don’t really think to buy one for themselves. Lastly, if you aren’t using a camera bag as the gift holder, then add a small one into the basket.

Give some of the necessities like a couple of memory cards for digital photographers or a couple of rolls of film for those who like the tried and true. Photographers can never have an adequate amount of film or memory cards. Put in a couple of cans of lens cleaner or compressed air for cleaning the camera and accessories.

Gift Basket Ideas for Cancer Patients (Part II) 314 words

Cancer can take it’s toll on faith.

Keep the Faith Gift Basket

A cancer diagnosis can test one’s faith. This gift basket is not for everyone. However, if your loved one is spiritual, offer them a basket with the poems, scripture, amazing photos, and an online subscription to sermons. You can offer to pray with them as a lovely gesture.

During your Treatment Gift Basket

Include items to assist your loved one through their treatment. A journal and pen will be helpful to record how they are feeling, side effects, improvements, track progress, a spot to vent and be frustrated. Put in an inspirational book like Tari Prinster’s Yoga For Cancer, The New York Time’s Picture Your Life After Cancer, or Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. Another nice gesture is a gift card to a local store for daily essentials like unscented lotion and tissues.

Treatment Travel Gift Basket

Many patients have to go far for treatment at particular cancer medical centers. This means numerous flights, hotels, or long drives as well as time in waiting rooms. Fill up a gift basket with traveling necessities such as toothpaste, mini unscented soaps, toothbrush, a portable charger, good books, and magazines.

Good for… Jar

Your loved one may be most grateful for something that isn’t even a physical item. Fill a decorative jar with “good for” notes that offer to take care of the lawn, cook dinner, do the laundry, walk the dog, watch the kids, shovel the snow and more.

Gift Card Bucket

Join forces on this basket with a couple of friends as it may get a little expensive. Fill a basket with different gift cards to aid with the expenses that cancer can sustain. Grocery store cards, gas cards, pharmacy cards, movie theater cards, handwritten “card” offering to cover the cost of a monthly bill, gift cards to their preferred store, etc.


Gift Basket Ideas for Cancer Patients (Part I)


Someone you love has cancer. You would like to give them a gift basket. But did you know that some typical gift basket items are a huge no-no for cancer patients, while some things you may not have considered would be greatly appreciated?

Gift baskets can make fantastic presents. Each one is distinct, offering creativity and variety. You can customize the gift to the specific person you’re giving the basket to. All the more reason to create your basket by hand instead of purchasing one already made.

Having Cancer

Many of the pre-made baskets found in stores contain food or spa items such as scented candles and lotions. For cancer patients, radiation and chemo can change their sense of smell. This means their favorite candle or perfume might become insufferable and cause nausea.

Likewise, treatment can alter taste buds or even produce mouth sores, meaning your loved one who used to love sea salt cashews may not want to even look at them. Some patients have dietary restrictions so gifting them something they can’t enjoy is torture. Use this article as your guide for making the perfect gift basket for your loved one who is in treatment.

Give your loved one a spa gift basket to put a smile on their face.

Spa Day Gift Basket

Pamper your friend with a basket full of unscented lotions since cancer patients can have a sensitive sense of smell. Other great items are lip balms, slippers, a plush bathrobe a back scratcher or massager. Put in a CD of soothing music and noises or make a playlist.

Entertainment and Enjoyment Gift Basket

Cancer treatment can take a toll on patients mentally, physically, and emotionally. Offer distraction and entertainment with a basket filled with enjoyable items including books (like audiobooks), board games, mad libs or cards to play with loved ones, tickets to the movies, a local museum, or sports games. 


California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part III)


Olive and Poppy Lucite Barrel Earrings

These sweet little studs are created from reclaimed oak barrels used to age Napa Valley vintages. A lucite stripe flawlessly complements the wine-stained wood.

Lejon Carson Belt

This handcrafted belt will last a lifetime without putting holes in your pockets. Based in Riverside County, Lejon specializes in leather goods including items created from vintage bison hide.

Made in San Diego, your recipient is sure to love Vira Sun Lotus sunglasses.

Vira Sun Lotus Sunglasses

A totally unexpected gift for the yogi you love. These glasses, crafted in San Diego, have Beachwood arms specifically designed to stay put during her practice. Available for men as well.

Google Home Hub

The true Silicon Valley success story, software giant Google jumps into the hardware sector. This smart assistant has a home screen so you can say things such as, “Hey Google, what are the best bars in California?”

LSTN The Troubadour Headphones

Centered in Los Angeles, LSTN makes wonderful audio products that benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. These wireless beauties are created from real wood and vegan leather.

Waterfield Fused Suede Phone Case

For that person who thinks their iPhone is an extension of their hand (deserving of a lavish glove). This case is made in San Francisco from butter-soft, silky suede.

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

After apprenticing with some of the top watchmakers around the globe, Cameron Weiss went on a mission to bring back American watchmaking to the West Coast. The family-owned business creates signature timepieces out of their studio in Torrance.

Orient & Flume Paperweight

So much more than just a paperweight, any gift from Orient & Flume is a piece of life-lasting and amazing art. Designs from this Chico, California studio can be seen in museums as prominent as the Met and Smithsonian, but are available for buying by consumers as well. 


California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part II)

Give your recipient a bit of Cali with these gift basket ideas.

Cowgirl Creamery Coastal Celebration

For the foodie who has it all, you can’t go wrong with this gift basket from Cowgirl Creamery. Enjoy skillfully crafted dairy from farms along the Northern Coast.

Indy Plush Great White Shark

Help save this species endangered on our Pacific Coast. Created in Los Angeles, all animals from Indy Plush are stuffed with 100% recycled water bottles. 15% of your Great White purchase goes to safeguarding these beautiful beasts.

Mel Rice Ceramica Indigo Wine Cup

Inspired by the Pacific’s wild waters and hand made from porcelain in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, you can’t have a lovelier way to enjoy a glass of wine. Combined with a subscription to the Sonoma Wine Shop Club or the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club to make sure their cup never goes dry.

Temecula Olive Oil Company Sampler Pack

Taste three flavors of sunshine in a bottle with the best seller’s pack from the experts at Temecula Olive Oil Company. Discover your favorite flavor: Olivum (real goodness with a nutty finish), Citrus Reserve (mixed with blood oranges), or Roasted Garlic Reserve.

Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka

Distillers at Hangar 1 in Oakland insist that one can taste the delicate scent of a San Francisco morning in this small-batch, smooth spirit. That’s because mesh nets around the bay catch fog water which is then combined with vodka created from California grapes.

Santa Maria Mini Grill

Santa Maria-style barbecue gets its signature flavor from meat rubbed with spices, grilled over an open flame. This mini grill comes with spices, leather cooking gloves, meat turner, and special sauce.

Dôen Zuri Dress

Coveted by fashion editors across the nation, Dôen is a collective of female designers based in Los Angeles motivated by “nostalgia for the California of past decades.” This long-sleeved, timeless dress is ideal for winter.