Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Win In-Laws and Influence People

When my husband and I were just dating, I went on a family vacation to Turks and Caicos with his parents and siblings. Afterwards I was determined to send the perfect 'thank you' gift to show my appreciation and win over my beau's rents. I thought long and hard about what to send. I asked around, I waffled over different options. Finally I settled on a gift basket: the ultimate "there's something for everyone" catch-all gift. When done right, a gift basket can be the best thank you for any occasion. But that begs the question: how do you pick the perfect gift basket?

Simple - pick a fancy brand. I turned to Dean & Deluca. I love D & D. I could spend hours in the Soho store, despite the tourist throngs and vertigo-causing crowdedness. For the gift basket, I ordered online. It was a few years ago, but I vaguely recall opting for an Italian themed basket, and I think it went over well. I got invited on another family vacay - St. Barts this winter, with my now in-laws :)

I got the Dean & Deluca catalog in the mail recently, and I took a looksie just for fun. I ended up dog-earing about half the pages. Here are some of my favorite things:

I have a serious weakness for black & white cookies. The best b & w cookies can be found at the Millburn Deli in NJ. When these aren't a viable option, I turn to Dean & Deluca. But blue & white? Different, and adorable! How fitting for Hanukah, and I'm sure delicious.

I tried Russ & Daughters chocolate babka this past summer and got hooked. Recently I was so excited to dig into Breads babka that I sliced my finger open. This D & D babka has me salivating.

Movie Night
This gift basket has everything you need for an at home movie night. And staying in with Netflix and candy is basically my current fave Friday night activity. I'd be thrilled to receive a gift like this. Love it!

Sweet & Savory Tote Bag
Sweet (think black & white cookies, candy) and salty (cheeses and meats) - the best of both worlds. Plus, receive a reusable tote.

Sweet Breakfast
I'm a sweets girl. And these sticky buns remind me of Sunday mornings at sleepaway camp, AKA heaven. Bring it on.

Ultimate U.S. Cheese Plate
Personally I'm picky when it comes to cheese. But I can think of many people including my besties that would swoon over this cheesy gift. ;)


[Dean & Deluca, Holiday 2014]

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