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Product Review: Gift Baskets that don’t Suck

Product Review: Gift Baskets that don’t Suck

Gift Baskets that don’t Suck

Tom’s Foodie Blog gift ideas from Melissa’s Produce – awesome gift baskets

I never received a gift basket that I actually liked. The problem with most gift baskets is that they are filled with..junk. Sorry folks but most people don’t like stale crackers, smoked herring and tea. With that said, I would like to receive gift baskets with stuff that I will actually use. Being a foodie, it would include really cool and novel food items. 

Melissas Vege Gift Basket under 50 sb

One such example are the Gift Baskets from Melissa’s Produce. I am a huge fan of this company’s high quality products and their gift baskets match what I have grown to expect with their fruits and vegetables. If you are a family member of mine, don’t be surprised when you get one of these, I guarantee you will like them. 

Under $50 Gift Baskets

For under $50 you can get some really unique gifts shipped straight to the door of your family member, friend or client.  I would much rather receive this baby pineapple crate, then the peppermint candy medley that I received last year. In my opinion, this basket makes a much better impression. 

Melissas pineappl Gift Basket under 50

The organic purification box is good for all my friends who love “juicing”, salads, or cross-fit. It has lots of organic leafy green and high fiber fruits and vegetables in this crate. Perfect for the gym rat in your life. 

Melissas Vege Gift Basket under 50

Organic Purification Box- Fresh leafy greens and high fiber fruit


Under $100 Gift Baskets

For just above $50 dollars I would recommend the chocolate covered strawberry kit , which includes high quality strawberries and chocolate dipping sauce. This gift is good for anyone with a pulse. 

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 50_100 strawberries

Chocolate and Strawberries, Who doesn’t want to receive this one?

For folks who like to make stuff at home, I recommend the chestnut roasting kit.  I grew up listening the song, so I would like to make this at home. 

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 50_100 chestnut

Chestnut Roasting Kit

For someone who loves tropical fruit, then the exotic and tropical fruit box is a great choice. The box may contain stuff like Asian Pears, Blood Oranges, Feijoas, Kiwis, Kumquats, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Sapotes, Tamarillos, Lychees. This is definitely not your Moma’s gift basket.  

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 50_100 exotic

Exotic and Tropical Fruit Box


$100-200 Gift Baskets

Once you cross the $100 mark, you start seeing alcohol option appearing in the gift baskets. These two gift baskets are under $200 and are perfect for anyone who likes to drink wine with their fruit 😉 These are both great client gifts. 

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 100 up reserve wine

Reserve Wine Basket

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 100 up harvest wine basket

Estate Harvest basket


$200+ Gift Baskets

Once you hit the $200 mark, the baskets start to get a little crazy and loaded with cool stuff. The culinary collections gift basket is pretty rockstar for anyone who likes to cook. There are plenty of high quality cooking ingredients and two cookbooks.

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The Culinary Collections Basket

The culinary connoisseur basket is similar to the culinary collection but with a little more of the premium fruit, either basket is a great pick for foodies.

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 200 up culinary connuisuerh

The culinary connoisseur basket

Something a little more nontraditional is an exotic fruit of the month club. Every month they will receive between 2-4 pounds of seasonal tropical fruit. This is an awesome gift that keeps on giving.

Melissas Vege Gift Basket 200 up exotic fruit of the month

The exotic fruit of the month club

Check your options for gift baskets that don’t suck http://giftbaskets.melissas.com/


About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. These are great ideas for the holidays and also to give good clients!

  2. Now we’re talking! This is what I eat! Fruits and veggies :-)

  3. I’ll take Box C thank you!! The baskets look terrific and make wonderful gifts for yourself as well as others!

  4. I love all these ideas for gift baskets! Espesially the strewberries and the wine ideas! I’d love to recieve either one as a gift!

  5. Can I give you my address to send one of these amazing baskets to me!?…Love them. Great post.

  6. These are amazing. They look fresh and healthy!

  7. You sure did your research here. These are some great gift baskets!!!

  8. What beautiful baskets. I would love to give or receive the berry with chocolate one !

  9. They are all looking good, I’d go for the chestnuts kit.

  10. Wow she has a huge selection. I love the strawberry one.

  11. Each and every one of these baskets are awesome! They would make some great Holiday gifts for sure!

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