A Creative Gift Idea – Coffee Gift Baskets
Nobody wants to give the same gifts year after year. If you are looking for a unique gift idea, then look no further than a gourmet coffee gift basket.
If you’re like me, you aren’t exactly thrilled by the prospect of trying to find the perfect gift for your family and close friends. It isn’t so much the social necessity of exchanging presents during the holidays, it’s the struggle to find something personal and useful for the recipient.
I like to find gifts that are useful and enjoyable for the person receiving the present. It would be great if we could afford to give our loved ones a Mercedes or BMW, but that isn’t realistic for most of us. So, I like to look at what my loved ones use on a daily basis, then think of a way to make it into a gift that is fun.
If there is one thing that nearly all of my friends and relatives use on a daily basis it’s COFFEE! Many people use coffee purely for its utilitarian value of being a stimulant. They stumble to their kitchen each morning and slurp down a couple cups before they open their eyes. Well, I like to think of my morning cup as ritual that connects me with the earth and farmers from far away places. I only drink organic Fair Trade, gourmet quality coffee.
So, what could be a better gift for a coffee drinker than a gift basket filled with gourmet coffee and coffee goodies? There are a plethora of coffee gift baskets online, in stores, you name it. But, I wouldn’t purchase a stale, shrink wrap encased gift basket from a big box store. No, I would go straight to the source for the freshest coffee possible, that’s right, the COFFEE ROASTER!
If you don’t have a gourmet coffee roaster in your neighborhood then you can certainly find one online. There are many roasters online that also make delicious coffee gift baskets for the holidays. You can find baskets that contain everything from chocolate covered espresso beans to French press coffee makers! Personally, I like to go with a roaster that only roasts certified organic Fair Trade coffees, but that is a personal choice.
A few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for the perfect coffee gift are freshness, price, quality and shipping time. I would steer clear of any company that doesn’t fresh roast the coffee. Even the finest gourmet coffees taste horrible once they’ve gone stale! Price is always an issue, but remember many times you do get what you pay for. So, if you can’t afford a deluxe 0.00 gift basket, find one that is smaller, yet still high quality, for a price you can afford. Quality is of the utmost importance. Look at the pictures of the baskets, and make sure you know the quality of the coffees involved. Gourmet coffees should be 100% Arabica. If the roaster doesn’t list the species of coffee you can always inquire. Steer clear of Robusta. Finally, we have shipping time. Some coffee companies will let you purchase a basket far in advance of the holiday and let you choose the ship date. If you are getting down to crunch time make sure there is a guaranteed delivery date. A late gift is better than no gift, but having that cup of gourmet coffee on Christmas morning is better!
If you would like the source for fresh roasted organic Fair Trade coffee and chocolate gift baskets click on coffee gift baskets for a full selection of gourmet coffee gifts. Another great gift idea is aCoffee of the Month Club membership!