This year, give back to your community and to farmers around the world by offering conscious consumers at your congregation meaningful and unique gift options. Combine your creative talents with recycled baskets and offer one-of-a-kind pre-made gift baskets this year. By offering people a few kinds of gift-giving options, you’ll sell more and make things quick and convenient for last-minute shoppers or the less-than-crafty.
Send a call out to your congregation a few weeks in advance of your sale for donations of old baskets collecting dust at home. Collect the baskets, dust them off and give them new life by putting together pre-made baskets full of organic, fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. A basket with a variety of a bag of coffee, a box of tea and a few chocolate bars always makes a delicious, well-rounded and inexpensive gift. Have some fun with creating themed baskets like a “Baker’s Basket” with our Organic Baking Cocoa, Organic Chocolate Chips and Organic Olive Oil, or a “Bold Woman” basket with Organic Lemon Ginger with Black Pepper Dark Chocolate, Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa and Organic French Roast coffee.
Dress it up with some colorful tissue paper, add a ribbon and you’ve made a ready-to-give gift! We suggest offering baskets with a variety of price points so folks can choose the right gift for each person on their list, ranging from something small but thoughtful for your co-worker to an overflowing basket of goodies for your significant other.
For lower price point gifts, you can assemble bite-sized chocolate minis in gift bags using stickers and ribbon or start with our Minis Packaging Kits and add your own special touches. Another great option is to buy some bulk bags of whole bean coffee and let folks fill their own bags. Decorate our plain paper tin-tie bags with markers, colored pencils, stickers and glitter glue, then fill them with beans from some of our most exciting blends and single origin bulk coffee bags. This is a great activity for both kids and adults!
If you’re short on time or not the craftiest, give each person an empty basket that they can fill with items of their choice. Offer complimentary ribbon or a bow to top off the basket or charge a dollar or two to cover your costs.
And don’t be afraid to ask for help from others – this is a great way to get more folks involved and let their creativity shine.
For inspiration, check out a few of the gift baskets we put together!
Submitted by customer Jean Marie Faltus: