7 Reasons to Send a Gift Basket to Your Favorite Clients

When you work with clients, there is always one that you enjoy working with the most. For example, they may be the friendliest to interact with, the easiest to make decisions with, the biggest account, or the most loyal to you and your company. Whatever the reason, you are grateful to them, value their business, and want to communicate your appreciation. Large office gift basket Here are seven reasons to send a corporate gift basket to your favorite client that will make him or her feel special.

#1. Anniversary of your first business transaction or renewal of your contract
The anniversary of the beginning of your relationship is a perfect time to recognize your favorite clients with a gourmet gift basket that says “Thank You.” Typically, this anniversary will mark a year, although with some contracts it may be a longer or shorter period. Either way, this date can serve as a cue for you to take this opportunity to tell your best customers how much you value their business.

#2. Expanding their work with you and/or your company
A client has just given you and your company a new project or has expanded your work on an ongoing assignment. That is a tangible vote of confidence! What a perfect time to let him or her know how grateful you are. Send a large corporate gift basket for the firm to enjoy with a card addressed to your client that says, “We appreciate your confidence in us. We look forward to our continued work together.”

#3. Referral to another potential client
Small Office Gift Basket_Roxbury Every business person knows how significant it is when a customer refers new business to you. When they refer a new potential client to you, they are showing their trust and support. No wonder they are your favorite client! There’s no better time to communicate your thankfulness with a delicious gift basket filled with treats is the perfect gift.

#4. A good customer review
Writing a review takes time and thought, so it is not to be taken for granted when a client (especially the ones that have been happy with your work) goes the extra mile. When they do, it is an occasion worthy of a gift basket to show your gratitude. Online reviews can make or break a company, so don’t miss the opportunity to let your client know just how much their positive review means to you and your company.

#5. End of the quarter/end of the season/holidays
Natural transitions that mark time are a good excuse to show your appreciation to your favorite clients. End of the quarter numbers look good largely because of your best customer? Let him or her know. End of the season marks the end of a project? A perfect time to send a business gift basket filled with fruit that represents the best tastes of the season. Winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year are traditional gift giving events. Many companies send all of their clients gifts at this time of year. If your company does, make sure to send something extra special to your favorite client – something that distinguishes him or her from the rest. If your company does not typically send gifts at holiday time, be sure to find a way to justify the expense of a gift to your favorite customer!

#6. Personal occasions
Business Gift Basket_Pippin Chances are that if a client is your favorite, you will know a few personal facts about him or her. Perhaps you know their birthday, that they are an expectant parent, that they have the flu or are a veteran. All of these occasions are great reasons to single out your best customer for a gift basket to say “Happy Birthday!”, “Congratulations!”, “Get Well”, or “Sending my appreciation for your service on this Veteran’s Day.” It is a very personal way to reach out and communicate how special they are to you and your business.

#7. Just because
Finally, it may be a real treat for your favorite client to receive a gift from you “just because.” You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to express your appreciation. A surprise gift basket with a simple note that says “I really enjoy working with you!” is going to make him or her feel special. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

The bottom line is: don’t miss an opportunity to send a gift basket to your favorite corporate client. It is the perfect gift to send and it will make your client feel good (as well as yourself) and is great for business too!

Father’s Day Activity Ideas: How This Dad Likes to Celebrate

As a Dad, I’m a real fan of Father’s Day! While Father’s Day doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention as Mother’s Day, as a parent, I feel just as important on my special day. And I know other Dads do too. There are so many ways to celebrate Father’s Day and lots of blogs give advice on Father’s Day gift ideas. Today, I thought I would make it personal by looking back over the last 26 years I’ve been a father and sharing with you some of my favorite ways to celebrate Father’s Day.

#1. Doing What I Want
Coffee & NewspaperFather’s Day is a holiday, and to me, that means no chores, no errands, no work, no alarm clocks, no time constraints, no rushing, and whenever possible, no subway! I like to sleep in, have a big breakfast and read the paper at my leisure. If the weather is at all decent, I’ll go for an epic bike ride and have a plan to stop off at my daughter’s apartment on the way home. She’ll take me out for a beer and chicharron (fried pork) at my favorite friendly hole-in-the-wall restaurant in her neighborhood. This will inevitably lead to an afternoon nap.

There’s nothing like becoming a parent to bring you closer to your own parents. When my father was alive, we would often arrange to spend the weekend with my parents, thereby making it a double father’s celebration day. This was always a special Father’s Day weekend as my daughter was able to celebrate with both her dad and grandpa. And my daughter could acknowledge her Grandpa too.

#3. Hanging Out with My Daughter
When my daughter was younger, nothing made me happier than spending time with her doing the things we liked to do together: namely to play some type of sport. We would grab a big sports bag and fill it with a basketball, lacrosse sticks, Frisbee, etc. and off we would go to the park. We would roam from basketball court to field and we’d come back home tired, sweaty and dirty. These days, we may meet in the park for a run. We still share a love of being physically active.

#4. Sharing Music
One of the simplest and longest lasting Father’s Day gifts is the gift of music, even if it’s just a playlist of current music that my daughter loves. I look to her to keep me up-to-date with new artists, or old artists that she’s discovered. Sharing music is very personal and brings us closer together. What you’re listening to can tell you a lot about a person. Once in awhile, I get to introduce her to someone she doesn’t know about!

#5. Receiving a Father’s Day Gift 

Custom Father's Day Gift

My daughter surprised me with this amazing custom bike jersey – one of my favorite Father’s Day gifts!

Gifts are always fun to get. I hardly ever buy anything for myself (I hate to shop) so I really appreciate it when someone else buys something for me! In the past, my wife has taken me jean shopping, and although I didn’t like the process, I was really happy to get some jeans that actually fit me well. My daughter has a real talent for researching and finding just the right Father’s Day gifts for me. One year she surprised me with a new bike jersey that she designed herself: it was customized around the theme of our French Bulldogs, Massimo and Lily. I cherish it.

This year, she gave me an early gift of a cordless electric drill! It replaces an ancient drill that required an extension cord and had a chuck key (really old school). My new one is lightweight and even has a light on it. She gave it to me early so that I could use it to help her put up her blinds, mount her TV, and hang shelves in her new apartment. Yeah, she’s smart.

Pistachio Gift Box

Who doesn’t love pistachios? (This dad is a big fan).

This year I would also especially love the Father’s Day gift from Manhattan Fruitier! I created it so, of course, I want it. I designed Pistachio Blitz because I’m such a pistachio lover. The gift features three flavors of pistachios in the shell, pistachio caramel corn and pistachio butter. I’m willing to share, but first someone (hint) needs to send it to me.



#6. Spending Time with My Family
No matter how I may spend Father’s Day, it almost always ends with my wife and daughter and I getting together to share wine and a meal. Speaking of wine, we recently discovered a medium-fruited and lively red wine, Langhe Nebbiolo, made from grapes from the same general area as Barolo and Barbaresco in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy and in Lombardy. Delicious!

In my heart, Father’s Day is about more than gifts. It’s about opening myself up to receiving thanks for being a Dad and making memories with my family.

7 Delicious & Heart Healthy Food Gifts

We should all be concerned about the health of our hearts — and I guess I can say that both figuratively and literally! Both happiness and the state of our coronary arteries are crucial to a long and healthy life. Many of us, myself included, have heart disease that runs in our families. It’s impossible to escape the genetic-predisposition that makes us vulnerable to the build-up of plaque that clogs the arteries feeding our heart and leads to heart attack and stroke.

But there are many things we can do to mitigate our susceptibility. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is an important component to a heart healthy lifestyle and longevity. But exercise alone is not enough. We also need a diet rich in heart healthy foods.

Luckily, heart healthy foods can also be delicious! Look for foods that are low sodium, cholesterol free, and high in omega 3 fatty acids, flavonoids (antioxidants), potassium, fiber and protein. Here are seven delectable heart healthy gift ideas that will be sure to please.

Fresh and Dried Fruit

A gift basket of fresh and dried seasonal fruits is always a nutritious choice and a great heart healthy gift idea. The best fruits for heart health are the ones with high fiber content, Vitamins such as A, C and E, minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and flavonoids.

Some of the best choices are apples, apricots, berries, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi and peaches. Avocados are also especially heart healthy because of the fatty acids.

Nuts

I was so happy when I learned that nuts were one of the best heart healthy foods you can eat! I love nuts and eat a large handful every day either in my morning yogurt or oatmeal, or as a pre-dinner snack with a glass of red wine. Although caloric, nuts are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein.

Any nuts are fine, roasted or raw, except that they should not be salted, if you want to create a heart healthy food gift. I make my own nut mix and will often bring it to friends as a gift. I’ll put them in a glass jar and tie a ribbon around the neck. My favorite nuts are raw cashews, roasted almonds, pistachios, and walnuts and I like to include some raisins for the chewy consistency.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is heart healthy because it contains flavonoids, which can reduce arterial inflammation, as well as protein and fiber. Dark chocolate is also more nutritious than milk or white chocolate because it contains less sugar. Look for chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa and is low sodium or sodium-free. A selection of dark chocolate bars wrapped in tissue and placed into a gift bag makes a lovely heart healthy gift that anyone would be happy to receive.

Oatmeal

I know that oatmeal isn’t the first thing to come to mind when thinking of a gift, but oatmeal is simply one of the best concentrated sources of fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins and one of the most highly recommended foods for heart health. What if you could find a gift constructed around a unique artisanal oatmeal? We have just that!

Heart Healthy Gift BasketOur Heart Healthy Beat #2 gift, shown in the photo, contains fresh and dried fruits, nuts, dark chocolate and oatmeal. This oatmeal is made from organic non-GMO whole grains and oats milled in Chappaqua, NY by Farm to Table. A variety of grains bring a complexity of tastes and diversity of textures to intrigue the palate. This oatmeal is one of my favorite cold weather breakfasts and I also like to eat it as a power boosting snack before a bike ride… with a handful of nuts, of course!

Legumes

Legumes are a class of vegetables in which the dried fruit of the plant is contained within a shell or a pod. Legumes are heart healthy because they are a great source of non-animal protein, are packed with the minerals and vitamins important to heart health, and are high in fiber. But how do you make a heart healthy food gift out of legumes?

Heart Healthy Beat Gift 3Try our fabulous Falafel Chips by Flamous that we include in our largest Heart Healthy gift (Heart Healthy Beat #3, shown right). Made from black beans, chick peas, fava beans and pinto beans, these chips are just as addicting as tortilla or potato chips but without all the salt and fat. You won’t feel like you’re missing out with this healthy alternative. And they’re organic too!

Fish

Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease. These fats are called “essential fats” because our bodies can’t produce them from other sources so we need to ingest them from our foods. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. So we developed a heart healthy gift idea that is centered around tuna belly and trout. Now how can that be appealing?

Heart Healthy Panty - Mediterranean DietWell, we start with delicate and delicious, lightly salted canned trout and tuna from the Cole Company. The Cole Company is known to care about sustainable resources and catches the fish using fishing poles (how old fashioned!). These fish make a fantastic dinner in a salad or on a cracker. I always have some on hand in the kitchen cupboard.

The rest of the gift includes other items perfect for storage in the pantry and all part of a heart healthy Mediterranean diet, such as couscous, olive oil, Herbes de Provence, almonds, and dried apricots.

Red Wine

Probably the very best news is that red wine can be part of a heart healthy diet so it makes the perfect heart healthy gift idea! Consider adding red wine to a food gift such as those in our Heart Healthy Gift collection for the ultimate heart healthy gift.

Heart healthy living and heart healthy gifting doesn’t have to be hard!

7 Perfect Gifts for the Healthy Foodie

If you are reading this, it’s a safe bet that you or someone close to you is a foodie, most likely a healthy foodie, and you’re on the hunt for some healthy gift ideas.

Remember way back when food was mostly consumed for sustenance and to stave off hunger? Me neither. Food is a major hobby now and foodies are its enthusiasts. And what a great time to be one! Still, it can be a little work finding quality foods that are tasty AND healthy at the same time, especially if you are looking for healthy food gift ideas.

From birthdays to holidays, finding gift ideas for healthy eaters can be daunting. At Manhattan Fruitier, we’ve made it our business over the last thirty years to offer healthy gifts to our customers. So, we know a thing or two — or seven — about perfect gifts for the healthy foodie.

#1. Organic Fresh Fruit Baskets
Organic Fresh Fruit Gift BasketIt goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – organic fresh fruit baskets are the gold standard for healthy gift ideas. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with a gorgeous fruit basket filled with pick-of-the-season, ripe organic fruits? Our organic fruit baskets are like edible floral bouquets, bursting with flavor, freshness and fragrance.

There is no other gift in my mind that is so universally appealing and appropriate than an organic fruit basket. What other gift could you send to a business colleague you don’t know very well or to your dearest Mom and delight them both?

#2. Vegan Gifts
Choosing Vegan gifts for healthy eaters is an excellent idea if you want to give a gift of food that promotes good health, is thoughtfully delicious, and is a safe bet if you aren’t sure if your healthy foodie steers clear of all animal and dairy products.

Strictly VeganBe careful though — sometimes foods we think are vegan actually aren’t. Honey isn’t. Most refined sugar isn’t either. Stay away from most packaged shelled peanuts and some soy-based cheeses, sauces and dressings (gelatin and anchovies being the culprits). And unless specified, skip the marshmallows and gummy bears too.

If you want to find vegan gifts for healthy eaters that won’t give you any pause, just applause, consider our Strictly Vegan gifts.  We’ve chosen each item in our vegan baskets for their quality, uncompromising adherence to vegan standards and ingredients that are so delicious you can gift them to any discerning foodie.

#3. Organic Teas
Tea is the new coffee for healthy foodies. A great healthy gift idea is a sampling of organic teas. White, Green, Black — they all have different health benefits and are a sustaining gift that can be enjoyed for weeks or months, depending on how avid a tea drinker your Healthy Foodie is.

At Manhattan Fruitier, we feature two types of tea, an Organic Oolong and an Organic Black Ceylon, both from Bellocq Tea Atelier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Bellocq Organic Oolong Green Tea Organic High Mountain Oolong is a prized tea, appreciated by tea connoisseurs like a superior wine. Each mountain region where it’s grown produces an Oolong tea with its own perfume and flavors, and like wine, a harvest that changes every year. Our Oolong is grown organically in the ancient soil of the Vietnamese mountains and is made from the larger leaves of the lower part of the Camellia bush.

All types of tea, except herbal tea, come from the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis bush. How oxidized the leaves are determines what type of tea — white tea being the least, black tea being the most.

High Mountain Oolong has a short fermentation period that creates a green tea with a verdant, floral aroma and a bold earthy taste with subtle honey notes.

Bellocq_Queens Guard Organic Tea The Queen’s Guard is a decidedly elegant tea for a healthy foodie. This Bellocq Tea blend was inspired by classic, dew-studded English gardens. It’s an ethereal blend of loose full-leaf organic Ceylon tea, organic rose petals and organic lavender. Ceylon tea is from Sri Lanka and is widely known for its high polyphenolic (micro-nutrients that contain important antioxidants) content.

#4. Pantry Items and Spices
Most healthy foodies do a fair amount of cooking at home. With so many once exotic ingredients now readily available at your local Whole Foods Market or specialty-food store, it’s easy to travel the world without leaving your kitchen.

Healthy snacks for every panty

When considering healthy gift ideas, a really good one is healthy food gifts for the home pantry. Maybe an extra-virgin olive oil from a small producer in Italy; or a sampling of unusual cooking ingredients for savory dishes like artisanal soy and fish sauces, or preserved lemons from Tunisia.

A great and sustainable pantry gift for healthy foodies is a sampling of heirloom grains and legumes from visionary American farms like Anson Mills and Rancho Gordo. These growers have rescued organic heirloom varieties from the brink of extinction.

Salts and spices from different regions of the world are always a welcome gift for healthy eaters too.

#5. Juicers and Blenders

Fresh fruit for homemade juicesJuices and smoothies have never been more popular than they are right now. Whether your healthy foodie is starting a cleanse or just needs to switch up a boring breakfast routine, a juicer or a blender is an excellent gift that, yes, keeps on giving for months and years to come. Gifting a blender is a more versatile choice for your healthy foodie since that would also give them an option to make soups and sauces too.

Most of the love lately goes to Vitamix blenders, but I’m partial to the Brevil Boss blender. It has just as much horsepower and velocity for pulverizing raw beets and greens, but is much prettier on your countertop.

#6. Dried Fruit and Nuts

Healthy dried fruit and nut giftsA list of healthy gift ideas wouldn’t be complete without adding great quality dried fruit and nuts to the mix. Dried fruit, especially non-sulfured, natural, and organic dried fruit is a fantastic, universally appealing gift for a healthy foodie.

A sampling of dried fruits as a gift for healthy eaters is like giving a fruit basket they can eat for more than just a few days, as dried fruits and nuts have a very long shelf-life and require no refrigeration.

Even though they are highly caloric, studies have shown eating a handful of nuts can play a role in weight maintenance and longevity. The wooden box of dried fruits and nuts pictured above is a classic beauty.

#7. Healthy Comfort Foods
Sometimes they feel like a health nut, sometimes they don’t. Either way, a gift like our best-selling Pop-Up Party basket satisfies both the yin and yang of a Healthy Foodie’s hunger pangs.

Healthy Pop Up Party

When looking for healthy gift ideas, this one is all upside and packed with traditional party foods that bring an uncommon twist of happy and healthy to an impromptu gathering of friends or a Netflix night, sofa for one, please.

Snacks like a microwave popcorn made from ancient heirloom, non-GMO corn kernels and real butter(!), a huge bag of organic jumbo barrel peanuts in the shell, tortilla chips made from falafel paired with a salsa of fresh tomatillos and serrano chiles. Rounded out with roasted chickpeas and caramel corn in six unique flavors. Did we have you at microwave popcorn?

We hope these 7 healthy gift ideas for the foodies in your life will inspire you to always keep health in mind when a gifting occasion comes along. By inspiring people to stay healthy, you’ll most likely be inspired to stay healthy too!