More Reasons to Send a Gift AND Tips on What to Say!

If you think about it for a few seconds, you could probably come up with a handful of occasions appropriate to send a gift. While giving a gift can be a perfunctory gesture, usually a gift is sent to convey a particular feeling that shows you care.

As part of getting to know our customers better, we decided to take a closer look at the reasons why people send Manhattan Fruitier gifts, and give you some guidelines on how to write the perfect gift card message.

In descending order, here are the Top 8 reasons Manhattan Fruitier customers send gifts:
Holidays —  including Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Purim, Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Rosh Hashanah, Halloween and Thanksgiving! Around half of all of our gifts are sent for specific holidays; These are easy! You can’t go wrong by saying “Happy [fill in the holiday]!”


Thank You — for a job well done, for the referral, for helping in some way, and sometimes just for “Being You”. Use Thank You notes to introduce a personal element into your business relationships;


Sympathy a tasteful alternative to flowers, particularly in the case of Jewish condolences.  In the case of condolences, sometimes the simplest card message is the best.


Get Well — whether sent to hospital, rehab or home. For people who are seriously ill and/or not expected to recover, it is obviously inappropriate to say “Get Well Soon”. Something along the lines of “Thinking of You” or “I hope you are having a good day” would be more suitable.


Birthdays — of course! A late gift and birthday wish is much more preferable than none at all


Congratulations — on your new job, graduation, promotion, engagement, marriage, commitment ceremony, marathon, etc. Make sure your message communicates genuine happiness for the person without a hint of jealousy over their good fortune.

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New Baby — and this includes gifts for the baby as well as gifts for the new parent(s). You can write this note card either to the new baby directly or to the new parent(s).


Anniversary —  another way to say “I love you!” The most memorable cards are the most personal. Whenever possible, use your own words to speak to your gift recipient and say what you really mean.

Other Reasons to send a gift…

While not as popular as the above reasons,  here are a few other reasons Manhattan Fruitier customers love to send gifts. Apologies,  welcoming neighbors, hostess gifts, care packages to colleges, etc.  Apology gifts are sent more often than the other “others”. An apology note MUST be sincere. And don’t ever say “I’m sorry, but….”!

So these are the reasons our customers send Manhattan Fruitier gifts.
For more detailed suggestions about what to say for each specific gifting occasion, visit:

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?

Two Fresh Citrus Juice Cocktails to Help Ease the Winter Blues

Here are 2 drink recipes that we at Manhattan Fruitier really love. They’re easy to make and seem to lift our spirits with their sweet citrusy deliciousness.

Blood Orange Cocktail 6


  • Drew's Blood Orange Juice Cocktail Recipe
1 person


Servings: person


  1. Pour all ingredients together in a shaker with ice , shake it and strain.
  2. Strain the contents and pour the final result into a coupe glass,
  3. Add a citrus slice for garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe notes

Instead of using fresh blood orange juice,  why not try it with our Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice  -- organic and imported from Italy?

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Ugli Fruit Juice cockatil

  • Ugli Fruit Juice Cocktail Recipe: Drew's Manhattan
1 person


Servings: person


  1. Pour all ingredients together in a shaker with ice , shake it and strain.
  2. Strain the contents and pour the final result into a coupe glass,
  3. Add a citrus slice for garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

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Behind The Candelabra: An Insider’s Look at Event Design

Candelabra centerpiece

Most people know Manhattan Fruitier for our fruit baskets and artisanal food gifts. It is our passion and our lifeblood and we are blessed to have built wonderful relationships with our customers across the country and around the world with our creative gifts. But there is another service our company provides for our local following that we keep a bit more under the radar, but one that brings us just as much satisfaction as our daily offerings. It is our design work for special events.

For the past 25 years our Creative Director, Drew Pleak and his team have created gorgeous, artful centerpieces for events, galas and intimate gatherings across New York City. Drew has decked out the tables for such diverse clients as the Queen of Thailand to Dr. Oz.  And we’ve taken one special girl from her Bat Mitzvah to her wedding. We create Thanksgiving cornucopias, wedding favors, goodie and swag bags for award ceremonies and elaborate centerpieces. Word of mouth has established a devoted clientele and we are often the go-to source for people who need a resource that leans toward the elegant, natural aesthetic reflected in our product line.

So we thought you might like to see a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes or “behind the candelabra” of Manhattan Fruitier’s centerpiece production. As we were readying a party at a private club in Manhattan a couple weeks ago, we took a few quick snaps to show you some of our process.

The style of the centerpiece dictates whether we build them ahead of time or at the party venue. The verticality of these candelabra centerpieces required  that we do most of the work at the site but Lisa, our floral designer, was able to affix the blueberry branches that drape the candelabra here at our workshop.

preparing a candelabra centerpiece

Off to the party with the centerpieces. Sorry- no photos of the blinding rainstorm- but here is a shot of our prep table with blueberry branches, parrot tulips, hydrangea, hyacinth, delphiniums and mountain laurel to begin the final construction.

worktable for centerpiece

Alas, no ladder at the venue to create the centerpieces on the tables so Lauren does her magic on the floor.

arranging candelabra for party

Once we have strung the grapes and trussed and hidden the wire that holds the fruit and flowers in place, we carefully place the candelabras on the tables and make sure every angle pleases the eye. We also have to make sure that there will be nothing in the flame of the lit candles.

candelabra flower and fruit centerpiece

It’s always a balancing act to make sure we complete our centerpieces with the freshest flowers at peak bloom, our fruits at optimum ripeness and at the same time make sure to vanish before the caterers arrive to set the tables. Of course, this is all before the guests arrive.

Aside from centerpieces and event design, we also design gifts around product launches, particularly for cosmetic and beauty products. When a company launches a new papaya-based shampoo, we’re there to create promotional gifts combining the shampoo and fresh papayas. We’ll give you a look from time to time at what Drew and his team are creating. Stay tuned and please give us a call or email if you would like help with your event design.