There are number of occasions on our lives when food gifts are the most thoughtful gifts and are welcomed by the recipients.
1. Moving to a new home
If your friends or family are planning to move, you might be thinking of buying them a traditional ‘welcome to your new home’ gift. But what if they already have pretty much anything they want, and you don’t want to give them another keepsake? Why not treat your friends to a vintage bottle of wine, champagne or a selection of their favourite beers? Or a single-origin coffee beans from their favourite coffee shop?
2. When somebody passes away
When somebody close to you passes away, it’s always a very sad and difficult time for everyone involved. There are so many practical things to arrange around the funeral, and there is, of course, the grief that will make even the most straightforward daily tasks more challenging to perform than usually.
If you are thinking of sending a suitable present, why not choose a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical? Whilst flowers or cards are a traditional way of showing sympathy, food baskets like shiva baskets contain carefully selected food treats, such as various biscuits, baked goods or beautiful arrangements of fresh fruits.
At a time, when you don’t have the energy to cook or bake, a shiva basket is an excellent choice for a gift as each basket contains treats for everyone to share and bring everyone together at a very difficult time.
You can easily choose the right size of the basket from small, medium or large and send the basket with a personalised note if you cannot attend yourself or want to send the basket ahead of your visit.
3. Recovering from an illness
There is something about a homemade chicken or vegetable soup that is so comforting and ultimately good for the body and the soul! Next time, when your friend is ill, pop round with a pot of soup. I’m sure they will appreciate the gesture and will get better much sooner.
4. Going to university
Moving away to a college or university could be a stressful time. Everything is new, you don’t know anyone, and you are too busy trying to sort out your college lessons for the year. Food is probably the last thing on your mind. But a thoughtfully prepared food box with all the essential ingredients, few food staples and some homemade cookies or oat flapjacks is the perfect gift for a new student.
5. Show appreciation to your work colleagues
There are lots of ways to show your work colleagues that you care. Whilst pay rise, a longer holiday or less of a workload might be on most people’s wish list, it might be difficult to make it possible. But, what everyone will appreciate is a freshly baked muffin for a mid-morning coffee break, a fruit bowl in the break room or even just a better quality tea.
These are relatively inexpensive ways of making your colleagues feel appreciated, but because they require a bit of planning and time, your work colleagues will love these!
6. New baby in the family
When a new baby is born, it’s always a very busy time for the whole family and especially for the new mum. Nobody has the time or energy to do proper cooking and yet, it’s the time when everyone needs the right kind of nourishment. A homemade casserole dish or veggie pasta bake will be a much-appreciated gift for the new family and allow them to spend more time with their little one.