Why the Gift Basket is the New ‘Thank You’ Note

Sending a “Thank You” note is a great thing. No doubt. We wish that more people took the time to put a pen to paper and write a thank you note, even a short one. A hand written thank you note is qualitatively better than an email and hands down better than just verbal thanks.

Even better than a thank you note is a thoughtful Thank You gift that will both surprise and delight the person you want to thank. So if you want to raise the bar and say ‘Thank You’ in the most memorable way possible, consider sending a gift basket with your thank you note.

Personalizing Your Thank You Gift Basket
The best gifts, thank you gifts included, are matched to the recipient’s particular interests and tastes, and also to how well you know them. The more you know about the recipient, the more specific the gift you can send. The goal is to send a gift that will be sure to please. The gift basket thank you note should also be tailored to the relationship you have with that person and to the specific reason for the thank you.

Send What Your Recipient Loves

Chocolate Lovers Basket_Manhattan Fruitier

We love this Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket – the perfect way to say thanks to anyone with a sweet tooth on your list!

When choosing a gift basket, be sure you really dig deep and consider what the recipient truly loves. Chocolate Lover? By all means send a chocolate gift basket like the one featured here as a token of your appreciation. Just look at all those chocolate-based ingredients! Yum!

Your thoughtfulness will really be appreciated when you send a thank you gift basket that matches a person’s dietary restrictions or preferences. If you know someone is kosher, then of course you will want to send a kosher gift basket. If you know someone is vegan, you aren’t going to send a basket with prosciutto and Parmigiano!

Strictly Vegan Gift Basket

Tip: Keep dietary restrictions in mind when sending a thoughtful thank you gift.

Think of a gift that shows your friend or colleague how well you know them. Many people adhere to special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, heart-healthy, low Glycemic, low carb and Mediterranean. And there are gift baskets to suit every persuasion, such as the vegan gift basket below.

Send What You Love
Sometimes you’ve discovered something so fabulous that you want to share it with friends. You know them well enough that you’re fairly certain that they’ll love it too. So, the next time you want to thank your neighbors for bringing in your mail, why not send them a thank you gift basket full of goodies that you love. In your thank you message, you’ll want to describe what you love about the gift and why you think they will find it irresistible too!

Thank You Gifts that Satisfy All Tastes
Sometimes you will want to say thank you to a business colleague who referred a new client to you, for example, but you don’t know about her personal interests or tastes. A fresh fruit or fresh and dried fruit basket will please every palate and make a universally good gift basket to say ‘Thank You’, especially when the contents are of the highest quality and are stylishly arranged. Your gift basket thank you note will also be appropriately formal.

Healthy Pop Up Party Gift Basket

A snack gift basket is a perfect thank you gift for a group – family or office. Try this healthy and tasty Pop Up Party basket.

When sending a thank you gift to a family or an office, you can’t go wrong with a fun basket filled with lots of treats and snacks. Everyone has different tastes and variety is the best approach in this particular situation. Think about finding a gift with products that are easy to share: that can be put in an office lunchroom or in the family room in front of the TV.
Building Your Own Gift Basket
There are endless ways to create your own gift. You can buy a container and shop for the ingredients yourself. Think about going to your local farmer’s market and selecting a fresh, locally baked bread, an artisanal butter, fresh herbs and flowers to arrange in a basket.

Custom Cookbook Gift Basket

Custom gift idea with a cookbook and recipe ingredients.

Or buy a copy of your favorite recipe book and include all the ingredients to make your favorite meal. Perhaps you have a favorite line of beauty care products that you want to share with a friend as a thank you.

Designing your own gift baskets to say ‘Thank You’ involves time on your end, but the care you put into the gift basket will shine through and make your recipient feel even more appreciated.

Build Your Own Gift Basket

Build Your Own Basket (BYOB) with Manhattan Fruitier.

Those gifts can be amazingly successful, but they take time to assemble, and you can have trouble shipping them if your recipient isn’t nearby.

Another option for a custom thank you gift is to shop at an online store that offers customizable gifts. Here’s an example of our build your own basket (BYOB) which allows the shopper to select fresh fruits and sweet and savory additions from a list of options.

Tips for Writing Gift Basket Thank You Notes
Any gift basket, of course, will be accompanied by a thank you note. And just because you are sending a thank you gift, it doesn’t mean you can blow off the note attached to it!

There are some tips to writing good thank you notes. First and foremost, keep the sentiment appropriate to the situation. You’ll want to be more formal with colleagues that you don’t know well, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cold and impersonal. Obviously, you can be goofier or more casual with good friends.

The first key point is to be sincere. If you are sending a thank you gift, and not just a quick email note, then you must be feeling genuinely grateful. Be sure that your appreciation is communicated in your words. Secondly, be careful to address the note appropriately: using first names in the salutation is not always proper. Make sure you feel comfortable with your choice.

The body of the thank you note doesn’t need to be long, but it does need to be as specific as possible. If there is an identifiable deed, act or accomplishment that deserves a ‘Thank You’, make sure you mention it in your gift basket thank you note.

Otherwise, your recipient may wonder whether you really know what they did! Sometimes your thank you gift won’t be attributed to any specific reason so your thank you note can express a more general sentiment such as “Thank you for all you’ve done for me this year!”

Finally, do carefully consider the closing or valediction when writing your gift basket thank you note. “Sincerely”, “With Gratitude”, and “With Thanks” always work in a thank you note, especially with business associates. These are formal, but expressing the sentiment perfectly. With friends you can be as informal as you like. But do be sure to communicate your true appreciation.

The New Thank You Note
A thank you gift basket isn’t necessarily about sending something that someone needs. It’s about sending something a person will enjoy. Whether you make it yourself, customize it, or select it from a collection, we can’t think of a gift better than a basket filled with beautiful, delicious, fresh, and nourishing treats. Your gift basket will say thank you in an unforgettable way and will take your thank you note to new heights.

Lunar New Year Filled with Roosters and Dragons – both Edible and Legendary

Chinese New Year Gift Basket from Manhattan Fruitier

Lunar New Year Gift Basket from Manhattan Fruitier

This Chinese New Year, the year of the Fire Rooster, begins on January 28. During the two-week celebration of the New Year, family and friends gather for feasting and to honor household and heavenly deities. It is one of the grandest, most celebratory annual events throughout the world.

Originating in the ancient Shang Dynasty (17 to 11 BC), this lively holiday was a way to ward off the legendary monster “Nian,” who loved to feast on little children and farm animals. Along with his appetite, Nian had some peculiar hang ups. He detested the color red and abhorred loud noise. So people decorated their houses in brilliant reds and set off fire crackers in the streets to send Nian away for another year.

Even though China adopted the Western calendar and January 1st as an official New Year date, the Lunar New Year is still of the utmost cultural and historical importance. Chinese continue to celebrate the traditions and customs of Lunar New Year, albeit now with a shorter new name – the Spring Festival.

During the Spring Festival, mandarin oranges, tangerines, pomelos and all types of citrus are gifted as tokens of good fortune, happiness and abundance. These fruits are displayed on kitchen tables throughout the two week celebration as a harbinger of a healthy, hopeful and prosperous New Year to come. Another highly-prized celebratory fruit during the Spring Festival is the Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya. Wildly popular for its brilliant fuschia-pink coloring – some believe the color of luck – Dragon Fruit is often placed on altars for the Lunar New Year.

Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya

Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya

Dragon fruit, or pitahaya, is actually a vine-like cactus that originated in the Americas but became almost exclusively popular in East and Southeast Asia over many years. It’s a fruit both moody and mysterious. The pitahaya’s aromatic flowers bloom one night only, on the full moon, and can only grow by nocturnal pollinators that bring this magical fruit to fruition.

The white flesh of the Dragon Fruit is soft like a ripe peach and is easily eaten with a spoon once you cut the fruit in half. It has tiny black seeds that are easy to eat. The flesh is slightly sweet with a touch of lemon flavor. Delicious as well as exotically colored, it will ward off the monster Nian until at least 2018.

New York City Chinatown Parade

New York City Chinatown Parade

This 2017 Lunar New Year Spring Festival begins on January 28th . If you happen to be in New York City, check out the New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, kicking off at Chinatown’s Sara Roosevelt Park.  Usher out the New Year celebrations on February 5th with a bang and clang two weeks later at the dazzling Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown.

Happy Lunar New Year to you all!

How Well Do You Know Peanuts?

Before you eat another peanut, test your knowledge by taking this quick quiz and learn something in the process!

Whether you’re The Nutty Professor or Nut Job, almost everybody loves peanut butter, right? But people tend to be very particular about how they like to eat it

We surveyed our Manhattan Fruitier family to see how much variation we would find when we asked the question:

“How do you like your peanut butter sandwich?”

The first big surprise was that one person hates peanut butter! Another surprise was that quite a few of us liked it the same simple way: on two slices of bread with either grape jelly or strawberry jam, although people were quite specific in their preference for chunky/crunchy versus smooth/creamy.

A few of us gave quite detailed descriptions:

– On whole grain bread, smash a banana on it and cover with crunchy peanut butter and a pinch of salt, then put the whole thing in the toaster oven.

– Butter a single slice of toasted white bread and spread smooth peanut butter and mixed berry jam on top. Must have it with a glass of tomato juice.

– Only eats peanut butter (crunchy) on celery sticks.

– Lots of chunky peanut butter, lots of grape jelly on  untoasted white bread. The peanut butter has to be spread all the way to the very edge of the bread and the peanut butter and jelly has to be on both  slices of  bread.

– Open-faced on multi-grain toasted bread with smooth peanut butter, sliced banana and drizzled with honey.

How do you prefer your peanut butter sandwich?

Pondering and Playing with Pi

You remember Pi with its familiar symbol π, don’t you? Geometry class, right?

We sheepishly admit that we needed a bit of a refresher to recall what pi is and how it is used. Pi equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. It is a constant, but with an infinite number of digits. For basic calculations, most people shorten pi to 3.14. You can use pi to calculate the circumference of a circle: just multiply pi by the diameter (or by 2 times the radius). And the formula for the area of anything circular is pi times the radius squared. Pi and these calculations were formulated thousands of years ago, and unlike some modern technology, they still work. Pretty cool!

Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14th or 3/14 because the date matches the first 3 digits of pi. OK, but what’s all the extra fuss about Pi Day this year? Well, this year for the entire day, the first 5 digits of pi are represented (3.1415 or 3/14/15) AND at 9:26:53am and 9:26:53pm the date and time will represent the first 10 digits of pi! 3.141592653.

This phenomenon happens only once per century. Now that’s why math nerds will be screaming from the tree tops on Saturday (you’ll hear them if you listen closely).

Now let’s experiment by calculating the volume of an orange (pretending it’s perfectly spherical) using pi.

Orange Pi

The formula is:

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Citrus Roll Call – Feb. 2015

Here’s a list of citrus varieties that you might find in one of our fresh fruit gifts in February and March:

 

Blood Orange

Blood Orange

Blood oranges are typically imported from Sicily where they are ideally suited to the climate and are the primary orange grown in Italy. The peak of the season is February, but since blood oranges are also now grown in Texas and California, the growing season has been extended making blood oranges available from December through May. There are three primary types of blood oranges: Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello or Sanguinelli. They get their name from the intense red-streaked color of the fruit and the deep crimson blush of the skin. Interestingly, the Tarocco variety (also known by the alternative moniker “half blood”) has little to none of the characteristic redness can be mistaken for the common orange. However the flavor of the Tarocco has been described as the best of the blood oranges. On any given week, our gifts can feature different types of blood oranges. This week we also have organic blood oranges available.

Clementine

Clementine

The first Clementine was grown in Algeria by Father Clement Rodier. It is a cross between the Mediterranean mandarin and a sour orange. In the US, it is chiefly grown in Florida and California. The growing season is from October through March. Its prize characteristics are that it is easy to peel and has very few or no seeds. The Clementine separates easily in eight to twelve juicy segments. Some people detect the flavor of apricot nectar.

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