The History of Gift Baskets

Jan 15 2016 Tags: Blog

Brief History of Gift Baskets from the PioneersAlthough we might think of gift baskets as a modern way to give gifts, gift baskets have actually a rather long legacy. Spanning years and cultures, there are several fascinating stories of gift baskets that have been given throughout history.

Likely one of the earliest accounts of a gift coming in a basket is the basket of young plants that the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering.

Although some scholars argue the place of Eostre in Easter history, nevertheless this is the likely source of the idea of what came to be the modern-day Easter gift basket. Another early gift basket story that had sacred connotations is the Old Testament story of Moses' mother placing the infant Moses into a wicker basket. She then hid the basket in the reeds on the river's edge so that the daughter of the Egyptian royal family would find him and eventually take Moses into her custody and protection. Baskets have been used not only for gift basket purposes but also for utilitarian reasons for centuries.

They were used to carry eggs into the house from the chicken coop, or baskets called trugs were needed to harvest vegetables from the kitchen garden and get them into the home to prepare for meals. Baskets were used as a kind of large saddle bag on horses, donkeys and mules to carry supplies, and even people on occasion. Even with the advent of the Industrial Age, basket making is almost impossible to do using machinery, and instead requires the same hand-crafting that has been used throughout time. Some cultures have turned basket making into an art form. Today you will find many Native American groups who craft special baskets that are used to gather wild huckleberries in the late spring and early summer.

Many Native American tribes are famous for their basket-making artistry. Every item that goes into personalized gift baskets can be selected to meet the specific desires of the recipient. As well, the basket can be finished with the favorite colors of your special someone in terms of wrap, ribbon and bows used. Gifts in baskets can also be focused around a particular theme, such as a baby gift basket or holiday gift baskets. You can include gift items particular to any event you wish to celebrate, including anniversaries and weddings. Even corporations bestow these baskets to employees or clients, so that they will be remembered in a positive way.

Wald Imports wholesale gift baskets let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. At Wald Imports we have been designing and importing floral, gift basket and specialty containers for over 30 years. We are dedicated to helping you offering you unique products, excellent customer service, and an extra measure of good old-fashioned kindness.

We are honored to partner with you in the business of offering consumers and companies, beautiful and memorable gift baskets and floral containers. We seek to reflect this by designing each container in a manner that will delight the recipient long after the gift is received.



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