BasketWorks Is All Over Social Media. Don’t Miss Out!

To clarify: we are not over social media in the sense that it’s beneath us, and nor we are done with it. 

Au contraire. BasketWorks is very active on social media, because we have a lot of cool products and creations to show and tell. Our emails containing our blog posts and newsletters are but one way of reaching you. 

Today’s blog post provides your guide to where you can find us on social media and the type of content we’re putting out there. 

Facebook or Meta. Whatever

Remember Facebook? The kids may not be active there, but 1) youth is wasted on the young and 2) Facebook remains the largest social media networking platform to the tune of 3 billion users, which, if you made a country out of them, would be the most populated country in the world. 

When you check out our Facebook page, you’ll mostly find videos of new inventory that I reveal. Some refer to these as “unboxing”, but at the end of the day, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at the latest and greatest products to be featured in our gift baskets. 

Instagram

You’ll find our videos on Instagram, as well, plus lots of pictures of our finished baskets and testimonials. 

The testimonials aren’t there to inflate my head–I’m not going to lie; they do feel good–but rather to demonstrate our credibility, quality of service, customer satisfaction, and value proposition so that you can feel confident that you’re doing business with the right folks. 

Threads

There’s a Russian nesting doll theme happening: Facebook owns Instagram, and Threads is the offspring of Instagram. 

Threads has Twitter vibes with a sprinkle of Instagram aesthetics. With a 500-character post cap, it lets you jazz up your feed with photos and videos. 

But compared to our posts on Facebook and Instagram, I pull back the curtain and share more candid messaging on Threads. I find that there are more similarities than differences with my business and “personal” branding. I like to get real, and I’m glad that people can relate. 

Also, Mark Zuckerberg has waited a long time to land a punch on Twitter, and so far this is his best shot. 

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We’re attempting fall here in Chicagoland, given the warm temperatures and all. 

But it’s still fall, and if you want to make someone’s season extra special, surprise them with our 

Flavors of Fall Gift Basket, bursting with an abundance of flavors, like mulling spices, Anna’s ginger cookies, Nibbles chocolate chunks, RayZyns wine raisins, smoked cashews, and more! 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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5 Remedies for the Pesky Cold & Flu Season

We’re two days away from the official start of autumn, which signals the changing of foliage colors, the start of hoodie season, another Chicago Bears disappointing start, and the cold and flu season. 

We’re not doctors over here, but we are parents, and we have years of experience tending to our household when they are under the weather. Before you resign yourself to a season full of sniffles and coughs, arm yourself with these five natural remedies to fend off those pesky viruses.

1. Echinacea: Nature’s Immune Booster

Originating from Native American traditional medicine, Echinacea has been used for centuries as a remedy for various ailments. 

When it comes to colds and flu, this plant may be your immune system’s best friend. Research suggests that Echinacea can boost immune function, helping to ward off those nasty viruses. 

While it’s available in various forms like teas and supplements, always consult with a healthcare provider before adding any new herbal remedy to your routine.

2. Honey and Lemon: The Dynamic Duo

Sonny and Cher. Abbot and Costello. Thelma and Louise. They got nothin’ on honey and lemon. 

Your grandmother might have sworn by this, and guess what? She was on to something. Honey is not only sweet, but it also contains natural antibacterial properties, which can soothe a sore throat and suppress coughs. Lemon, packed with vitamin C, aids the immune system and balances the body’s pH levels. It’s also an antibacterial.

Warm up some water, squeeze in fresh lemon juice, add a dollop of honey, and voila, your throat may start to feel better, and better is always good. 

3. Ginger: The Root of Relief

There’s a reason why ginger has been used in traditional medicine across various cultures for eons. 

This fiery root is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. A steaming cup of ginger tea can not only alleviate symptoms like sore throat and congestion but also combat nausea, which sometimes accompanies the flu. 

Grate fresh ginger into boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, strain, and enjoy. For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. 

4. Feel the Steam

We’ve all been there—a head so congested it could pass for Thanksgiving stuffing. 

Breathing in some steam is a time-tested method to relieve this. Fill a bowl with hot water, drape a towel over your head, and inhale deeply. The steam helps moisten the nasal passages, allowing mucus to flow more freely. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil for added benefits and to feel like you’ve brought the spa into your living room.

5. Stay Hydrated: Water to the Rescue

Water does more than just sit in a glass, creating condensation. 

Staying hydrated is crucial when battling the cold or flu. Fluids help flush out toxins from your system, keep mucus (eww) thin, and soothe a scratchy throat. Water is excellent, but herbal teas and broths are also beneficial. Just remember to avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can be dehydrating.

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Speaking of remedies, a little care package goes a long way. 

We present our Get Well Wishes Gift Basket, a recuperating-themed gift box filled with cozy socks, playing cards, a crossword puzzle book, snack mix, Claey’s hard candy, and tea. 

It’s just what the BasketWorks “doctors” ordered. 

Feel better!

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today! Please subscribe to our blog post and follow us on  Facebook and LinkedIn.

Halloween Globetrotting: Ghosts with Different Postal Codes

Ah, Halloween! The only time of the year when it’s not just acceptable but encouraged to eat candy for breakfast and pretend you’re someone (or something) else. 

While many of us associate Halloween with pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and perhaps a spooky movie marathon, it turns out that our ghostly friends and candy corn traditions aren’t universal. 

It’s time to pull out your global atlas (or, you know, just Google Maps) and let’s embark on a bewitching journey to see how the world gets its spook on.

Dia de los Muertos – Mexico

Mexico, ever the overachiever in the holiday department, doesn’t just celebrate Halloween for a day but turns it into a three-day fiesta known as Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. 

Far from a somber occasion, this festival is a vibrant affair. Think of it as a family reunion, only that some of the family members are, well, deceased. With sugar skulls, marigolds, and beautifully adorned altars, Mexicans honor their departed loved ones, remembering that death, just like life, is something to be celebrated.

Pangangaluluwa – Philippines

In the Philippines, the night before All Saints’ Day sees youngsters singing and dancing in a manner that’s vaguely reminiscent of caroling. 

But instead of jingle bells and Santa hats, we’re talking about ghostly tunes. Oh, and if you don’t reward these spooky serenaders with goodies? Prepare for some minor, harmless pranks. It’s all in good spirit (pun totally intended).

The Hungry Ghost Festival – China

Let’s hop over to China, where the Hungry Ghost Festival takes center stage. 

During the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it’s believed that restless spirits roam the Earth. To appease these wanderers, folks offer food, money, and even concerts. That’s right; in the afterlife, spirits apparently still have a penchant for good music. 

Dzień Zaduszny – Poland

Say it with me…actually, I can’t pronounce it. 

Still, Poland’s Dzień Zaduszny, or All Souls’ Day, is a tad more reflective. Candles and flowers adorn graves, illuminating cemeteries in a mesmerizing dance of flickering lights. This is a moment to honor the departed, and a candlelit Polish cemetery is said to be eerily breathtaking, without the need for any Hollywood special effects.

La Fête d’Halloween – France

Par le vous Halloween? 

Oh là là, do they know how to add a touch of chic in France! With costume parties and eerie soirées in the catacombs of Paris (because a haunted underground party is always a good idea), the French add their signature panache to the spooky season.

Samhain – Ireland & Scotland

Back to where it all began! 

Samhain, originating from ancient Celtic traditions, marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. With bonfires, traditional foods, and probably a leprechaun or two hidden somewhere, the Irish and Scots delve into an ancient celebration that’s the granddaddy of the Halloween we know.

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Did you really think we’d conclude without shamelessly plugging one of our can’t-miss gift baskets? 

Unwrap a spellbinding array of delights with our Trick or Treat Halloween basket! From the aromatic mulling spices to the rich Vosges Marshies, and the classic Hershey’s kisses, this basket is bursting with treats that’ll make goblins and ghosts alike gleeful. 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today! Please subscribe to our blog post and follow us on  Facebook and LinkedIn.

5 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Today, we’re exploring the often-underrated gem of the natural world–the unassuming sunflower seed.

You know those little nibbles you enjoy at baseball games or casually toss onto your salads? They’re more than just tasty tidbits; they’re packed with health benefits that can keep you feeling vibrant and well. 

Curious? Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The Great Cholesterol Conquest

Let’s dive straight into the heart of the matter—cardiac health. 

Sunflower seeds, despite their modest size, are quite the overachievers in the nutrition world. They’re loaded with phytosterols—a term you might not drop at dinner parties, but perhaps you should. These are plant compounds adept at keeping cholesterol in check. 

Consider them the sophisticated secret agents of the seed domain. So, the next time you savor them, picture a discreet elite force safeguarding your arteries. Quite the imagery, isn’t it?

2. Magnesium Mania

Ever felt as if your energy levels might land you a lead role in “The Walking Dead”? Here’s a thought: magnesium.

It’s not just a fancy element on the periodic table—sunflower seeds are teeming with it. Magnesium, it turns out, is quite the unsung hero in bodily operations, not least of which is energy production. 

The line between feeling utterly drained and having a sprightly step could well be drawn with sunflower seeds. Who knew?

3. Vitamin E All Day

Sunflower seeds are a rich source of Vitamin E, an essential nutrient for maintaining healthy skin and eyes. 

This antioxidant property helps combat free radicals in the body, supporting overall health, and you know how we feel about antioxidants. Regularly including sunflower seeds in your diet can contribute significantly to your daily Vitamin E intake. Their nutritional profile makes them not only a tasty snack but also a beneficial one for overall well-being.

4. Mood Boosters

Feeling a tad glum? Grab a handful of these tiny mood-enhancers. 

Rich in selenium, sunflower seeds are nature’s way of giving us a gentle lift. It’s almost like they have a hidden agenda to make us happier. The only real risk: you might find yourself becoming an unexpected fan of these little wonders.

5. Snack for Healthy Skin

The magic compound squalene, found in abundance in sunflower seeds, not only acts as a potent antioxidant but also offers a natural way to give your skin that sought-after glow. Its unique molecular structure allows it to effectively combat skin-damaging free radicals, playing a key role in maintaining skin health and elasticity. 

I should caution you to only eat the seeds, not the whole flower. But if you do, you must report back to me and share what the experience was like. 

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About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today! Please subscribe to our blog post and follow us on  Facebook and LinkedIn.

How to Write a Thank You Card: A Guide for the Gratefully Baffled

Writing a thank you card is a delicate art, much like making a soufflé without a meltdown. 

But fear not! In the world of gratitude, where emotions run high and the price of stamps runs even higher, I’m here to guide you through the labyrinth of thank you card writing. Grab your favorite pen, find a card that doesn’t feature cartoon animals (unless that’s your style, of course), and let’s dive in.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Card

First things first: you must choose the perfect card. 

Anything less than perfect, and it’s all over. Actually it’s not. Just needed a little dramatic effect. 

Now, this isn’t akin to choosing a life partner, but let’s not trivialize the matter. The right card speaks volumes about your appreciation level. 

Go for gold embossed letters if you’re feeling fancy or a simple, elegant design if minimalism is your game. Remember, glitter is like cilantro: some people love it, others feel like it’s attacking their senses.

Step 2: Addressing the Elephant (or the Recipient)

This is where you write the person’s name. Not your name, your dog’s name, or the name of your favorite celebrity. 

Start with “Dear [Person’s name],” if you’re traditional, or “Hey [Nickname],” if you’re feeling adventurous. But let’s keep “Yo” or “Sup” for texting, shall we?

Step 3: Thanking with Style

Now comes the fun part. Here, you’ll attempt to put your gratitude into words without sounding like a Shakespearean actor auditioning for a soap opera. 

Begin with “Thank you for…” and then describe the gift, favor, or reason. If you’re struggling, just be honest: “Thank you for the sweater. I appreciate the time you took to choose something in my favorite color: invisible.”

Step 4: The Personal Touch

You’ve nailed the thank you part, and now for a dash of personality. 

This is where you can be creative, thoughtful, or mildly humorous. For example:

“I can’t wait to wear the sweater at family gatherings, where it will surely outshine Aunt Gertrude’s infamous casserole.”

Step 5: The Grand Conclusion

Here’s where you wrap it up.

A simple “Thanks again,” followed by “Sincerely,” “With love,” or “Yours appreciatively” will do. If you feel like leaving a cliffhanger, that’s up to you, but this isn’t a season finale, it’s a thank you card.

Step 6: The Signature

Sign your name. 

If you’re worried your signature looks like the work of a toddler holding a crayon, you’re not alone. Just remember, it’s the thought that counts.

Step 7: Address, Stamp, Send!

Finally, address the envelope, put a stamp in the right corner (not the left, we’re not anarchists here), and drop it in the mailbox. 

Take a deep breath; you’ve just sent a piece of tangible appreciation through the mail. Celebrate with a dance, a cookie, or both.

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Don’t forget the thank you card. 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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How to Build a Heartwarming College Care Package

It’s that season again! 

No, not the annual synchronized squirrel migration, but that special time when our beloved offspring, otherwise known as “college students”, flock to their academic nests, leaving a void in our homes. 

To fill this void (and keep our sanity), we resort to an age-old tradition that involves more love than a Valentine’s Day card and less judgment than Aunt Martha’s fruitcake: the college care package.

Now, you might be wondering, “How do I create a heartwarming college care package that won’t end up being used as a doorstop or traded for an off-brand energy drink?” 

Fear not, dear parents; would we ever steer you in the wrong direction?

1. First-Class Food

Since time immemorial, college students have been known to sustain on a diet of Ramen and hope. 

So, let’s give their microwave a break and their taste buds a treat. Homemade brownies, trail mix, granola bars, or any non-perishable goodies are a fabulous start. But remember, a little surprise wouldn’t hurt. Throw in that spicy beef jerky or those hot Cheetos they love.

2. Mental Munchies

Trust me, even the biggest bookworm craves some literary relief after the twentieth chapter of “Advanced Theoretical Quantum Mechanics.”

Slip in a comic book, a gripping thriller, or even that guilty-pleasure gossip magazine. Not a fan of print? An audiobook or a streaming service gift card can be an oasis in the desert of textbooks.

3. The Practical Parcel

It’s not all about indulgence. I mean, it should always be, but that’s for another blog post. 

From a pocket-sized first aid kit to an all-purpose Swiss knife, practical items are always appreciated (although not as much as the brownies). Laundry pods, hand sanitizers, and extra-long phone charging cables make it into the Hall of Fame of this category. 

For an extra laugh, include a hilariously out-of-place item like a ‘how to survive a zombie apocalypse’ guidebook. They’ll appreciate your consideration for all potential crises. Or they may just roll their eyes. Either way, you’ll get a reaction. 

4. Personal Touches

These items are the proverbial cherry on top. 

Think pictures of the family pet in ridiculous costumes, a heartfelt letter, or even an embarrassing childhood toy. It reminds them of home and, more importantly, it gives them something to show off (or blackmail material, depending on how you see it).

So, take these tips, add a pinch of creativity, a splash of humor, and loads of love. Voila! You’ve just prepared the perfect recipe for a heartwarming college care package. And remember, if all else fails, you can always resort to including cash. You know, for those “educational expenses”… or more hot Cheetos.

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Jeez, if only there were a gift basket to shamelessly plug here to match the theme…

Oh yeah! How about our Collegiate Corner Gift Basket? This winner is stocked with: Cookie Dough Dibble Bites; ready-to-drink liquid brew coffee, Tate’s Tiney cookies; peanut butter bites, Jelly Belly’s; Garrett’s popcorn, and more. 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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The Origin of Beer: What You Need to Know

Welcome, ye thirsty seekers of knowledge! 

You’re not just here for the suds; you want to know where your beloved brewski came from. Pull up a bar stool as we embark on a hop-fueled journey back in time to uncover the frothy origins of the world’s favorite adult beverage.

The Dawn of Inebriation

Let’s turn back the clocks to around 7,000 BC, when our ancestors in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iran) discovered that damp grains could ferment into a delightful, mood-altering concoction. 

Instead of calling a mold specialist, they called their friends for a party. 

This early beverage was not exactly the crisp pilsner or rich stout we know today, but our resourceful ancestors seemed to think it was the bee’s knees.

Hieroglyphics and Hangovers

As civilization (and hangovers) spread, so did beer. 

The ancient Egyptians took up the brewing baton with gusto, leaving copious evidence of their penchant for a pint. Their hieroglyphics weren’t just random squiggles—these were instructions for a homebrewing kit! 

They even had a goddess of beer, Ninkasi, who surely saw more prayers than the god of doing your chores.

The Romans: Grape Enthusiasts

Then the Romans, the killjoys, tried to replace beer with wine, declaring it the civilized choice. 

Tacitus, a Roman historian, even said that beer was a brew of “barley or wheat, a brew which has only a very far removed similarity to wine.” 

Tacitus clearly never attended a college kegger.

The Middle Ages: Monks to the Rescue

During the Middle Ages, monks in monasteries perfected the art of brewing. 

It wasn’t all chanting and scripture; these holy men knew their way around a malt. In fact, they innovated brewing techniques and invented some beer styles we still enjoy today, like the dubbel and tripel. 

The vow of silence probably wasn’t too hard to keep with a decent brew in hand.

Reinheitsgebot: Boring But Crucial

Fast forward to 1516 AD, and we hit the German Reinheitsgebot, the beer purity law. 

It sounds dull, but stick with me. This law limited beer ingredients to water, barley, and hops. That’s like limiting a painter to three colors! Still, it led to a focus on high-quality ingredients and gave us the delightful lagers we know and love today.

Modern Beers: A Boozy Renaissance

Today, we’re in a golden age of brewing, with thousands of breweries around the world and a seemingly infinite array of styles. 

From the hoppy punch of American IPAs to the funky depths of Belgian sours, we’ve got it all. Beer has truly come a long way from its humble origins of damp, fermented grain.

Beer: It’s not just a beverage; it’s history in a glass. Cheers to that!

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Speaking of beer, it’s time to elevate your brew experience with our Beer to Go Gift Cooler. Outfitted with a rugged, waxed cotton canvas exterior and a comfy, adjustable shoulder strap, it’s packed with Chicago’s finest micro-brews. With a handy, retractable bottle opener and a slotted top flap for easy access, your favorite beer is always just a reach away. Enjoy freshness and convenience, all in one package!

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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Creating the Ultimate Fourth of July BBQ: Recipes, Decorations, and Games

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, there’s no better time to crank up the grill, slap on some shades, and prepare for a fiery, food-filled spectacle (that’s hopefully not followed by indigestion). 

Is it easier than it sounds to host a July Fourth barbecue? No. But we’re here to help, so read on you patriots, you so that you can elevate your gathering with mouthwatering recipes, cool decorations, and thrilling games.

Recipes to Remember

Any barbecue worth its salt (and pepper) starts and ends with the food. 

Stick to classic flavors, but don’t hesitate to get adventurous—this isn’t an audition for Masterchef after all. On the main course, we’re thinking a spice-rubbed brisket or ribs so tender they make a marshmallow feel like concrete.

Don’t let the sides feel left out, though. Let’s add a dreamy potato salad, corn on the cob, and a coleslaw with enough tang to start its own rock band. For the vegetarians, serve a grilled Portobello mushroom cap that’ll make even the meat-lovers green with envy.

And dessert? Easy peasy. Serve up a trifle that’s oozing with fresh berries or an apple pie that would make any mom proud. For a more chilled option, try red, white, and blue popsicles, because, you know, eating a flag has never been more delicious!

Dope Decorations

Great food needs an equally stunning stage. 

Start with the basics: American flags, buntings, and balloons in red, white, and blue. Consider creating a centerpiece with Mason jars, sand, and tiny flags or sparklers.

As the sun bids adieu, up the ante with your lighting. Fairy lights or candles in patriotically themed holders could just be the star-spangled sparkle you need. And don’t forget the table setting: red and white checkered tablecloths; star-shaped plates; and striped napkins. Not exactly Martha Stewart, but these aren’t the highest of stakes. 

Game Time

A Fourth of July barbecue without games is like a hot dog without mustard—bland and forgettable. Get the competitive juices flowing with traditional lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes, or badminton.

Feeling a bit more daring? How about a game of capture the American flag or a water balloon fight with red, white, and blue balloons. It’s time to show the kids that being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t play a mean game of three-legged race or sack race.

Remember, your ultimate Fourth of July barbecue isn’t just about achieving grill-master status or winning the decoration Olympics. It’s about those belly laughs, the friendly rivalries, and the food. Always the food. 

Bring it on, Fourth of July! Now, where’s that bottle opener?

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What’s the best way to thank your gracious host for putting on such a grand event? With golf! Duh. Behold our 19th Hole gift basket, featuring a golf ball and tee set, golf snack mix, pretzels, dipping mustard, and other fun snacks. 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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Soil and Smiles: The Health Benefits of Gardening

“Time spent in the garden is never wasted,” said every grandmother and hobbyist gardener ever. 

I mean, I don’t have actual proof of this, but I ask you, dear reader, to suspend disbelief for the next 500 or so words. 

Last time, we presented the health benefits of pretzels, and today I am about to water your mind with the flourishing health benefits of gardening, from a gardener’s vibrant rosy cheeks to the unspeakable joy of non-photosynthetic beings nurturing plants into life.

Heart-healthy and as Humble as a Compost Heap

Did you know that gardening is an excellent cardiovascular exercise? 

It is. 

According to some folks in white lab coats, gardening could lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, gardening is far more entertaining than the typical run-around-the-block, and honestly, less judgmental than a gym mirror. Have you ever tried wrestling with an uncooperative rose bush? If that doesn’t get your heart racing, I’m not sure what will.

Gardening Can Relieve Stress

Gardening is the original stress ball. 

It turns out that playing in the dirt isn’t just for kids. You get to vent your frustrations on those pesky dandelions (or whatever plant is on your hit list), and before you know it, voila, no more stress!

Studies have found that gardening significantly reduces cortisol levels (that’s the stress hormone for those of you who skipped Biology 101). So, every time you’re elbow deep in compost, just remember: you’re also neck-deep in tranquility.

You Bask in the Vitamin D Limelight

Unless you’ve learned the art of nocturnal gardening, spending time with your petunias generally means basking in the sunlight. 

As we know, sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, essential for bone health and a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of a good dose of sunshine. It can make your day brighter, your smile wider, and give your body the power it needs to help absorb calcium. 

But remember, wear sunscreen; you want to be a garden enthusiast, not a walking tomato.

It Does the Brain Good

Working in the garden demands skill and strategy,which can keep your cognitive functions sharp.

Research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. 

The next time your friends ask why you’re out in the garden talking to your plants, just tell them you’re in a high-level strategic meeting.

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And speaking of all this gardening, let us tell you about  our Gardener’s Delight Gift Basket, featuring: a Seed & Sprout garden set, including a colorful half apron, hand spade, and hand trowel; Garden Notes books; J&M cookies; Davidson tea; and more!

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks is a woman-owned gift basket company located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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Father’s Day Around the World: Exploring Global Traditions and Celebrations

Ah yes, Father’s Day, the unsung hero of the greeting card world that annually graces our calendars. 

This day, designated for our darling dads, is often synonymous with ties, socks, and (if they’re lucky) power tools. However, around the globe, the festivities are as diverse as dads themselves. 

A few weeks back we discussed Mother’s Day, and today buckle up, because we’re about to embark on a world tour of paternal partying…or something like that. 

Brazil: Food, Football, and Family

In Brazil, they say ‘Feliz Dia dos Pais,’ combining the three Fs of Brazilian culture: Food, Football, and Family. 

Feasts are prepared, games are played, and a day that starts with a barbeque could well end with a father-son football match. After all, what screams ‘I love you, Dad’ more than a slide tackle?

Germany: Their Day in the Sun (and the Bar!)

German fathers don’t just sit back and wait for the gifts to roll in. 

No, they take matters into their own hands with a tradition called ‘Männertag’ (Men’s Day). After a hearty breakfast, dads embark on a men-only wagon tour loaded with beer and regional food, effectively turning Father’s Day into an all-you-can-eat, drink-as-much-as-you-dare fest.

Responsibility? That’s tomorrow’s problem.

Mexico: The Race for Fatherhood

Father’s Day in Mexico is more than just breakfast in bed; it’s a 21-kilometer race in Mexico City known as the ‘Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan’. If your dad’s an athlete, this could be a dream. 

If not, well, there’s always next year.

South Africa: Braais and Bravery

In South Africa, many families celebrate with a ‘braai,’ or barbecue, where fathers are hailed as the king of the grill. 

Nothing says love quite like a perfectly charred steak, after all. They also celebrate brave and courageous deeds, so dads, it’s your time to shine with those legendary “When I was your age…” tales.

Thailand: The Sweet Scent of Fatherhood

Thailand takes a floral turn on this day. 

The flower of choice? Canna, chosen for its masculinity (we’ll save that debate for another day). These are given alongside the more traditional gift of, well, life insurance. That’s right, in Thailand, insurance policies fly off the shelves on Father’s Day. 

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving… or not.

From boisterous beer wagon tours to freezing parades, and from floral tributes to vigorous races, Father’s Day around the world is anything but boring. 

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