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!

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!

10 Best Gifts for Yoga Lovers

When the next gift occasion arises, take advantage of yoga’s ever-increasing popularity for a fresh take on traditional gift giving. In addition to the millions of yoga devotees already practicing in the U.S., another eighty million people (34% of the population!)  will give yoga their first try this year. So, why not consider a yoga-themed gift?

Chances are high that one of your friends, family members, or co-workers are enjoying the benefits of the mat. Maybe you know someone with a committed daily practice, or have a friend that’s musing with an intention to start.

Of course, finding the perfect gift for yoga lovers can be challenging, but you already have a leg up – or a down-dog split – knowing their interest. So, you’re on the right track but still stumped on what you should get the yoga lover in your life?  You’ve got this. Take a deep, controlled breath and get inspired by our choices for the top ten best gifts for yoga lovers.

#1. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Room Diffusers
Essential oils are a simple, wonderful gift to enhance a yoga or meditation practice by helping yogis connect with an intention. Often essential oils can help capture the spirit of certain qualities. For instance, Lemon is associated with mental clarity and attention. Peppermint, a joyful exuberance and energy. Lavender, relaxation and peaceful communication. They can also make a room smell pretty!

Two or three different essential oils with an ultrasonic room diffuser are great gifts for yoga lovers. Just a few drops of an essential oil combined with water in it’s base can instantly create a soothing or stimulating atmosphere. Yogi’s choice.

I’m particularly fond of the exceptionally high-quality DoTerra brand of pure, cold-pressed essential oils, and for a tasteful, modern ultrasonic diffuser that would unobtrusively work with a decor, Muji’s is the best.

#2. Water Bottle
Gifting a water bottle for a yoga lover is a no-brainer, but it can be a struggle to find one that’s kind to the earth, has style for days, and is light enough for the gym bag. We picked this one for our line of yoga gifts because it satisfies all three of those requirements. Designed by LAB[O] in Montreal, CA, our water bottle is actually made of glass, but don’t worry, it’s protected by a zippered silicone sleeve. BPA and phthalates-free to boot. How refreshing!

Yoga Water Bottle

#3. Yoga Travel Mat
Gifting a yoga mat to a yoga lover can be tricky. With different types of mats suited for different yoga practices, where do you start?  A thicker mat is a great choice for a yogi who enjoys a more restorative practice. Look for a mat that will have a stickier grip for those who enjoy a higher energy vinyasa or bikram class to help them avoid slipping and sliding out of their poses.

So, you know they love yoga, but what if you aren’t sure which kind? Trust that most yogis already have a mat they like. What they probably don’t have and where you can help them the most is by giving them a Yoga Travel Mat.

Oftentimes, a vacation can wreak havoc with even the most dedicated yoga practitioner. Even standard-size mats can be awkward, heavy and prohibitive to carry. A travel mat can easily fold or roll into a carry-on bag or backpack to bring their practice with them wherever they go. My personal favorite is the Manduka eko superlite.

One of the most valuable lessons yoga students first learn is the importance of “just showing up”. It’s a lot easier when the mat can come with you!

#4. Headband
Stylish and sweaty doesn’t have to be an oxymoron if you work it right. A great, affordable gift for a yoga lover is a headband that can absorb the side effects of a vigorous yoga workout, while keeping their hair suitable for any before or after class errands. Ponytails and barrettes are great, but a headband can keep distractions like pesky flyaway hairs and perspiration out of their eyes so they can focus on the important stuff, like breath and alignment.

Choose a wide headband that can serve a dual purpose. A headband like this can be easily pulled down over the eyes for a blissed-out savasana.

#5. Organic Fruits and Snacks
The revered yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, who is credited with bringing the ancient practice of yoga to the West said “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”

Making the right food choices plays an incredibly important role in any yoga student’s well-rounded practice. Nourishing the body with wholesome foods lays a foundation for nourishing the mind.

Organic Bounty

Help the yogi take their practice from the mat to the dining table with healthy snacks to nourish the body.

We believe one of the best gifts for yoga lovers is one that extends their practice from the mat to the dining table. Our Organic Bounty gift basket does just that. Filled with certified-organic fruits, both fresh and dried, and organic nuts, cheese, crackers and jam, it’s a universally appealing gift for yoga lovers of any age or gender, beginners or advanced.



 
#6. Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner Sprays
How lovely to craft a yoga gift yourself and have it be a gift they actually need! Every yoga lover can benefit from a yoga mat cleaner and making one is not as hard as you’d think! Here is a super-simple 3-ingredient recipe (distilled water, witch hazel, and essential oils) you can make in minutes that will keep yoga lover’s mats fresh and clean for many vinyasa classes to come. Rather than one big bottle, this recipe makes a trio of 2 oz. spray bottles, each with a different scent, for easy, everyday travels back and forth to yoga class.
Simple Steps and Ingredients for a Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray:

– Fill each 2oz. spray bottle (found at any beauty supply store or Amazon) three-quarters of the way full with Distilled Water.

– Shake three drops of either tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint essential oil (all known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties) into each spray bottle.

– Fill the bottles the rest of the way up to the top with witch hazel, close tight and give them a gentle shake. Give them a quick spray. Do they have enough scent? Go ahead and add another drop until it’s to your liking.

– Last step, the fun part. Find some adhesive labels and get creative with a signature design and brand for each bottle.

#7. Yoga Bolster
Every yoga enthusiast has a mat at home for their practice, but most yogis only take advantage of a bolster when they are at a yoga studio. One of our top gifts for yoga lovers is a bolster for home use.  A bolster is an important tool or prop used in a wide range of restorative yoga poses that can have the added bonus of being used as a meditation cushion.

Meditation and yoga are so closely intertwined that people who practice one are really also practicing the other in one form or another. Both practices explore the mind/body connection and having the proper tools within reach makes achieving a daily dedication to one’s practice so much more attainable. When choosing the perfect bolster as a gift for yoga lovers, choose a rectangular bolster with exceptional firmness and support with an upholstery-grade fabric covering. This bolster is my favorite.

#8. Yoga Blocks
In addition to bolsters, another yoga prop most people only access at their local studio is yoga blocks. These are an integral part of any yoga practice, no matter what experience level. Lightweight cork or recycled-foam yoga blocks are a great gift for yoga lovers who appreciate the tools that get them closer to good alignment, balance and stretch!

Yogis and non-yogis alike would all benefit from a Supported Fish Pose for a few minutes a day. This pose, supported by yoga blocks, expands the chest and throat, which is a great counteraction to the inevitable afternoon slump.

#9. Yoga Gift Baskets
Our absolute favorite gift for yoga lovers has to be our collection of Yoga Baskets. A woven bamboo basket combines organic fresh apples, organic maple glazed mixed nuts, and organic banana and mango slices, and, of course, essential yoga accessories. In addition to a thick, cotton strap for reaching those deeper stretches, and a silky eye pillow for a restful savasana, we’ve added our unique and so very chic water bottle designed by LAB[O] in Montreal, CA to the healthy mix. So good!

Yoga Gift Basket

#10. Gift Certificate to their favorite Yoga Studio or Retreat
When you are thinking about a gift for a yoga lover, perhaps the most appreciated gift you can give them is a gift certificate to a local yoga studio of their choice.

While a lot of practicing yogis are already enrolled in a monthly membership to a yoga studio or gym that has yoga classes, most yoga studios have special workshops or events that are not included in a rolling membership and are outside of this monthly payment. That’s where a gift certificate can really come in handy.

I have a monthly membership to a yoga studio in Brooklyn that covers unlimited classes, but my mother just treated me to a gift certificate at the same studio which I used for a four-part tai chi workshop. Thanks Mom!

Whatever gifts you end up choosing for the yoga lover in your life, know that picking a gift that is closely connected to a practice that brings health and happiness to their life will make you feel great too!

The Best Gift Ideas for Organic Lovers

Thankfully, as the demand for organic products has increased, so have the number of options for organic gift ideas! Not only have new companies sprung up that sell only organic, many well-established companies have devoted space to a line of organic products.

It’s easier than ever to find great gifts for organic lovers. Whether you are looking for the best organic food gifts, or other gift ideas, you will be able to find a wide selection to choose from. The important factor is to match the preferences of your gift recipient. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for organic lovers!

Organic Fruit
An organic fruit basket is, not surprisingly, one of our top gifts for organic food lovers. It looks beautiful and tastes good! And your gift recipient will appreciate the extra care you took to send an organic fruit basket. Organic fruit is more expensive than conventionally grown fruit, but when it’s better for the environment, healthier to eat, and tastes better too, it’s worth it!

Organic Chocolate
Organic food lovers don’t have to say “no” to chocolates! There is a myriad of organic chocolate makers in the market now. Just look at the chocolate displays in your local natural food store and you will be overwhelmed by all of the choices.

Organic Chocolate Bar

This luscious organic chocolate bar is 72% cacao and a very healthy choice!

A lovely organic food gift idea is to collect an assortment of organic chocolate bars: milk chocolate; dark chocolate with a range of percentages of cacao (i.e. 35% to 85% which, by the way, tells you the relative amount of cacao to sugar – the higher the cacao content, the healthier it is to eat); chocolates that are single source; chocolates that have unusual ingredients added such as lavender, chili pepper, ginger, and nuts and berries for example.

It’s fun to try new chocolates, because you never know when you might just find the next best thing! We love the organic chocolate bars made by Caco Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The cool designs on the wrappers make the bars look particularly gifty.

Organic Coffee & Tea
For the coffee and tea lover, think about giving a gift of organic coffees or teas.

Bellocq Organic Tea

Bellocq’s packaging is reminiscent of that used by an old-time apothecary.

Similar to the situation with organic chocolates, there are so many choices nowadays. There are companies that sell only organic coffee and tea, and others that sell both conventionally grown and organically grown products. At specialty tea ateliers you can find exotic blends of organic teas and botanicals from around the world like this organic High Mountain Oolong Green Tea from Bellocq.

Espresso bars aren’t just serving coffee anymore, they are blending and brewing the coffee beans they carefully source with the precision of science and the magic of art. If your local espresso bar doesn’t offer an organic option, there are plenty of companies you can find online that are happy to ship. A lovely organic gift idea for coffee aficionados.

Organic Cheeses
There are several mass market organic cheese brands that are readily recognizable in your supermarket cheese case, but finding certified organic cheeses made by small farmsteads are harder to come by. Small batch cheese-makers pride themselves on producing the tastiest cheeses while adhering to the strict criteria required to be labeled organic.

Organic Cheese Basket

This organic cheese basket is the complete organic food lovers gift with one of our favorites, Tarentaise.

It is an expensive, time-consuming process that takes at least three years and is difficult to maintain, and many small farms simply don’t have the resources to get through the process.

One of our favorite organic cheeses is the grassy, nutty-flavored Tarentaise from Thistle Hill Farm in Vermont. We pair it with organic fruit and other assorted organic treats for a totally organic experience!

Organic Wines
While not as ubiquitous as organic fruits, or organic coffee and teas, organic and biodynamic wines are becoming easier to find and this makes a thoughtful organic food gift for the oenophile who wants to drink pesticide-free. Have you noticed that more and more restaurants are adding a few organic selections to their wine lists?

That’s because more and more people are requesting it. Organic wine produced in the United States does not contain added sulfites typically used in the winemaking process, and taste may be sacrificed as a result. Some wines labeled as organic and produced outside of the United States do contain sulfites. They may taste better, but the additives may not meet the definition of “organic”.

Think about pairing a farmstead organic cheese gift with an organic wine for the best organic food gift imaginable!

Organic Make-Up, Skin, & Hair Products
Not all of our best gift ideas for organic lovers are food-related. If you are giving a gift to someone who likes living organic, consider organic products for skin, hair, and make-up. Just stroll down the Beauty, Bath, & Body aisle of your neighborhood health food store or natural apothecary and you will see that there are so many products that we use every day that can now be found in organic versions.

Think soaps, shampoos and conditioners, facial cleansers, massage oils, bath gels and bubbles, moisturizers, lipsticks and mascaras just to name a few. Organic lovers usually like putting organic food into their bodies and organic products onto their bodies!

Organic Clothing
Certified organic cotton is made from cotton plants that grow with no pesticides, herbicides or non-natural fertilizers for at least three years and use no chemical dyes or fabric “finishings” that may negatively affect the environment or irritate your skin.

Organic cotton bathrobes and tee shirts are easy to fit a variety of body types and are always welcomed gifts. An especially thoughtful gift for organic lovers who are new parents are baby clothes and soft toys made from organic cotton. You aren’t limited to cotton in your organic clothing gift choices. You can also find clothing in organic silk, knits, wool and cashmere.

Organic Sheets, Towels, & Decorative Pillows
If your gift recipient loves organic food and organic fabric, then they will love receiving a set of organic fabric sheets and/or towels – even accent cushions for the bed or sofa. Consider environmentally friendly organic bamboo or luxurious organic silk. Organic fabrics cost more, but your gift will show that you acknowledge their preferences. Make sure the labels say Certified Organic.

Sustainably Sourced Wood Products
It’s quite heartening to see that there are companies making beautifully hand-crafted wooden products for the home using reclaimed wood or wood from trees grown and harvested in sustainable forests. Wooden cutting boards, bowls, serving spoons, salad sets, and even photo frames (if anyone actually prints out photographs anymore — I think I’m one of the last hold-outs!) are great gifts for anyone who loves organic products.

Products come with tags that fully detail the source of the wood used. Organic lovers will definitely appreciate that.

There is an organic movement going on! To learn more about the organic certification process and other topics interesting to the organic lover, check out www.organic.org.