The Best Gifts are Homemade; Here are 5 Baskets You’ll Love

Homemade Gifts are the Best Gifts

Or at least that’s what they say. Years ago, I was part of a group who got together starting in August every year to begin making our homemade Christmas presents. We made photo albums, wreaths, decorated candles, and smocked baby dresses to name a few of our projects. (I know I am dating myself!)

Judging by the response of those who received the gifts, I think it is true that homemade gifts are the best. And what a joy it was to give them! Question. Do the gifts have to be made completely from scratch? I would say no. There’s nothing new under the sun. Adding our own special touch to something purchased or designing a coffee mug for that special co-worker are just a few of the ways we can offer something homemade as a gift. CoziNest is here to help with that.

Gift Baskets Designed by You, Assembled by Us

Carol and I have searched the landscape, both vintage and new, and are now gathering the most unique gifts you can buy! We offer our local clients personal delivery and for those not so local, we are happy to ship. Here are five gift examples you can send to a friend or family member.

gift basket

 

Mix It Up Gift Basket

The above gift includes a mixing bowl, no-bake plain ol’ cheesecake mix, a relaxing tea blend for brewing and a wooden spoon. It sells for only $23. We can add mugs, tea cup and saucer or most any other suggestion. We have a complete line of easy food mixes. These make a perfect gift, a great addition to your weekly menu or an easy take along to a party. Here are a few of our new mixes:

  • No Bake Plain ol’ Cheesecake
  • No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
  • No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Fruit Cobbler
  • No Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
  • Mini Pecan Pie Muffin Mix
  • Dill-illicious Spinach Dip
  • Zesty Crab Dip
  • Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip
  • Guacamole Dip Spices
  • Louisiana Gumbo
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Cajun Jambalaya
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Chili Seasoning
  • Cranberry Pasta Salad
  • Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 

An angel for a gift

I believe in angels

Start your gift basket with a piece of original art by Carol Zeien. Send this to someone extra special. This beautiful angel is painted on what we like to call “Sallywood”. Wood scrapped and left behind by Hurricane Sally. Good things can come out of destruction! Just like those incredible first responders who work tirelessly on our behalf; what better way to say thank you?

your cup of tea

Could this little set be your cup of tea?

Good morning to you! What a sweet way to have your breakfast tea! This Grosvenor 3-pc Tea Set includes our popular Relax tea leaves, perfect for a friend who loves pretty and dainty things. A little vintage mixed with a soothing tea blend you’re sure to love. This little bargain is only $28. All of our teas are blended here in the south, straight from the Appalachian Mountains.

homemade pumpkin painting

Pumpkins Anyone?

Start a bride’s gift with pretty Fall pillows and an afghan. Add a painting by Carol and a pair of tea mugs for that first cozy evening after the honeymoon. We can put it all together for you and deliver it locally! Shipping is available.

mug of tea

Need a little solace?

Sip our Solace Tea and feel your body relax. It might not completely take all your troubles away, but this homemade blend will help you breathe. The Coventry Mug and .50 oz blend of Solace Tea Leaves sells for only $12.

So, what do you think? Are homemade gifts the best gifts?

Be sure to enter our contest!

Head over to Instagram and upload a picture of someone opening a gift. Caption it with your idea for a unique gift basket with hashtag #ohmygiftbasket. Basket valued at $100. Winner announced on September 23. Rules are listed here.

Hey! What She Said! And 1 Fun Instagram Contest

How many times have you been in a situation where you think of the perfect response to something someone said to you? Only it’s a week later! Me? Almost every time I’m in a group setting! It’s like “The Comeback” episode on Seinfeld, I always think of what I should have said later! Or like the title of this post, someone else has the perfect comeback and I just clumsily say, “Hey, yea! What she said!”

Well, I have the perfect solution to that problem now. Send the person a gift with the perfect comeback written on the card! Who doesn’t love a gift? They may have completely forgotten what you’re talking about, but with a well-thought out purchase, you can remind them! In a nice way, of course! And you don’t have to purchase it from the “Jerk Store”!

Hey, What she said!

CoziNest is launching a brand new gift basket business. And, as you all know, word of mouth is the very best advertising. So, I’m asking you to pass on the good news. You can start it out with, “Hey, What She Said!” And then, when you have everyone’s attention, you share the good news of the “Comeback Basket!” You just send us the story of what happened and we’ll help you put together the perfect gift! And, we’ll throw in the “comeback sauce” with a zingy little phrase.

This is just a small sampling of what we will have to offer. We will also have “Hostess with the Mostest” baskets, “Secret Santa”, “Call Your Mother” and perhaps something for the “Recovering Pessimist”. Who knows what all we will come up with. Or perhaps what you will come up with.

Contest on Instagram

she said, oh my gift basket

Hop over to Instagram to join a contest to win a gift basket of your own, valued at over $100. But, before you go, be sure to subscribe by email so we have another way to contact you if you win! You can always unsubscribe later if needed.

Here are the rules:

Contest Terms and Conditions or What She Said!

  • Contact Kim Burdette @ kim@44.209.47.120 with any contest questions
  • Contest begins on September 12 at 12:01 am and runs through September 19 at 11.59 pm, 2021
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter
  • Enter the contest by sharing a new or old photo of someone opening a present with the hashtag #ohmygiftbasket Caption the photo with your idea for a unique gift basket theme. Example: the comeback basket, (read above example from Seinfeld) with any explanation you deem necessary.
  • Entries are judged by a combination of creativity, comments and likes, so be sure to spread the word about your submission.
  • On September 23, 2021 at 9 am, the winner will be contacted on Instagram, by reposting their picture using their Instagram account name.
  • The winner will have 3 days to respond in order to claim their free gift basket. If after 9 am on September 26, 2021 winner hasn’t claimed their gift, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The gift basket will include new and vintage products along with food mixes and items chosen to coordinate with the winners’ theme. The retail value is approximately $100.
  • The gift basket will be delivered within a 50 mile radius of shop in Fairhope. If outside that radius, it will be shipped and tracking number shared via email with winner.
  • This contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram or any other social media used throughout the contest.

Have fun! See you soon with a zingy little comeback basket! Our gift to you for helping us promote our new gift basket service.

Day 11: Starting Over with a New Christmas Plan

31 Days of Starting OverA friend on Facebook wrote a few weeks ago that it is only 13 1/2 weeks til Christmas.  I commented, “Stop it!!!”  I love Christmas, but I don’t enjoy the frantic, scurry, hurry, panic of trying to get it all done. As soon as I read her post I felt the acid rising in my stomach.  So, I thought, what can I do now to prepare?  The following is the list I came up with to get ahead of the game so I can truly enjoy the season.

Ours is a traditional tree, filled with homemade gifts and souvenir ornaments from all of our trips.
Ours is a traditional tree, filled with homemade gifts and souvenir ornaments from all of our trips.
  1. Make a list of all people you are purchasing for this year.  You can do this on paper of course, but a great app I use now is Evernote.  That way I have my list with me all the time.
  2. Prepare your Christmas budget.  Always allow for more people than are on your list.  You may make a new friend!
  3. Decide on service gifts and buy multiples.  For instance, if you purchase for your hairdresser, nail tech, doorman, dog groomer, caregivers, house/pet/baby sitters, purchase several gift cards at one time, like iTunes, Starbucks, or a restaurant.
  4. Purchase multiple hostess gifts to have on hand for parties.  You can gift wrap them now in a solid color paper in case you don’t use them.  You will then have a “gift shelf” in a closet for those last minute birthday/anniversary/graduation gifts.  In order to remember what is in each gift, place a sticker on the bottom with a number or letter written on it.  Keep a list of your gifts with your chosen coding system on the shelf.  You can remove the sticker before adding your ribbon.
  5. Address your Christmas Cards if you purchased them after Christmas last year.
  6. Decide on a few appetizer menus you’ll keep on hand for taking to get- togethers and buy any staples you can keep on hand now.
  7. If, like our family, you have special candy-making days, put that on the calendar and share with family so no other activities get in the way of that family time.  Every year, we make chocolate and peanut butter fudge and divinity.
  8. Plan any special gatherings in your home now and send out a “save-the-date,” early to friends and family.
  9. Plan your menu for your special gathering.
  10. Stock your pantry, liquor cabinet and wine frig – if your parties include adult beverages.

A few ideas for hostess gifts:

  • Candle with snuffer or wick trimmer.
  • Anything in blue and white.  Blue and white vases, cup and saucer with specialty tea bags, boxes, etc.  A little blue and white goes with every decor.
  • Candy dish with candies.
  • Guest towel with pretty soaps.
  • Specialty olive oil and vinegars.
  • Antique watering can with small plant. (Purchase plant day before party.)
  • Book with bookends (I have a book that I love giving as gifts – One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp) Keep your eyes open for bookends throughout the year for great deals.  There are some now on One Kings Lane.

It is now only 10 1/2 weeks until Christmas.  I may wear mouse ears on vacation, but there will be no scurrying by this shopper this year!