Sometimes life throws us curveballs. We get sick, or we break our favorite makeup compact, or the rain ruins our day at the beach. Sometimes we get a parking spot right by the front door of a popular restaurant, and other times we get twice what we expected when trading in an old car for a new one (true story!).
Jacksonville is one of those cities where a lot of its residents come here for the military and other regional jobs. Sometimes couples and families stay here for a few years before moving on, others stay here indefinitely. Because they typically don’t have family here, their friends oftentimes are family, and so these friendships mean a lot more. Since we don’t have family nearby we get together with friends to unwind and have fun. My friend and I have a shared love for good food, shopping, wine, and now…silly videos.
Here is my very first experience with this popular social media channel. I had no idea what to expect and this particular filter had me a little speechless, haha! Needless to say, I had her teach me how to snap because moments like these are too hilarious not to have year round.
Through the good times and the bad, we get by with a little help from our friends. Good friends are hard to come by, so when you have good friends you want to make their special days a little extra special by reminding them how much you value their friendship. A good friend celebrates her birthday this week and I thought it would be fun to create a gift basket for her birthday.
If you’ve never put together a gift basket before, it’s really easy! You can find a basket at many craft and home décor stores, and all you need is some tissue paper and/or crinkle gift paper for effect. Here are some ideas for the perfect gift basket.
Does your friend love fashion or gossip columns? A magazine from the grocery store is a great backbone for the basket. Or, how about an adult coloring book or crossword puzzles? If your friend likes to read, perhaps a gift card for her favorite e-book reader would do the trick. If they love fitness, headbands or a cute workout top would be a great addition!
Chocolates are your friend because you can rarely go wrong with chocolate. Foodies will also appreciate artisanal cheeses or honey for a wine and cheese plate.
Of COURSE we can’t have a wine + cheese plate without wine! Santa Margherita is the perfect wine to enjoy at home, at a restaurant or give as a gift. My friend’s birthday is this week, and her favorite wine is Pinot Grigio, so I immediately thought of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio as the perfect addition to her birthday basket. Fun fact: my husband crafted a “wine tasting” night for me and my friend and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio was one of the wines he selected!
Nude nail polish is in this spring. So are almost-nude lips, so nail polish and nude lip glosses are a safe bet. Bath salts and candles are other great spa-related goodies to add.
Glass or Mug
A cute wine glass or coffee mug is always a welcome addition in a gift basket. The one I found says “hello beautiful” so I knew it was a keeper.
Santa Margherita is proud of their tradition as one of the leading premium wine brands, especially in the super premium white wine category. Their Pinot Grigio is one we enjoy often, but I think their Prosecco Superiore DOCG will be the next selection at my next shopping trip.
The most important thing to remember when creating a gift basket for someone is…make sure the basket really reflects the individual. With this particular one, I’m sure Santa Margherita will seal the deal.