EASTER BASKETS MADE OF UPCYCLED GROCERY BAGS

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Do you want to make an eco-friendly gift basket this Easter? It begins with a paper grocery bag that you get free with your groceries from the supermarket. By recycling the grocery bag, one can weave a cute little basket to hold Easter goodies.

What do you need to make these Easter baskets?

nutsandfruitshamper-300x300• Grocery bag made of paper
• Pencil and Ruler
• Hot glue gun
• Scissors
• Clothes’ pins

Steps to make the Easter basket:

• Bring together your supplies.
• Take apart the grocery bag.
• Mark and measure strips which are 1.25 inch wide
• You require 18 strips for the basket and 2 for the braces
• Cut your strips using scissors.
• Glue together 6 strips to create 3 long strips
• Fold all strips except for four pieces set aside for braces in half length so that the bag prints are concealed inside.
• Wrap together the two bag handles to create a basket handle and use hot glue to tack the ends together.
• Glue to the brace six of the shorter folded strips keeping them touching the edges. Repeat the process with another six set.
• Weave together these two sets of strips to form the base of the basket.
• Bring to the centre and make the weave tight. Glue the additional two braces into the folded strips’ loose ends.
• Crease and fold all the weave’s four edges to start the outline of the basket’s shape.
• Cut away all unnecessary brace paper near the edges.
• Use three long strips to weave three rounds of the basket.
• Cut away excessively long strips as you proceed.
• Cut away each strip within the brace. Try to fold it and tuck the ends around the strip of the top row. Cut away outside strips of brace and fold by tuck in the end below the strip of the top row.
premium_fruit_basket-300x300• Release the handle’s tack and weave inside into the basket.
• Use a small square shaped paper to cover the handles inside the basket. Secure square and handle using hot glue.
• Weave together the long strips around the sides.
• Make tight weave utilizing clothes’ pins to hold as you proceed
• Cut the folded strip so that you have just adequate to tuck below top strip.
• Tuck all strips below top side and fold the final strips in the basket.
• Using clothes’ pins trim and secure leaving adequate material to tuck below top.
• Tuck in the final strips and use glue wherever needed for tight finish.
• Use the basket to fill with goodies and gifts that you can enjoy!

The Easter basket is ideal for filling with fresh fruits and fruit delivery in UK. But one can also experiment by filling it with cookies, flowers, toys and even as an organizer for your desk. The best part is that the basket is made from an up cycled, recycled paper grocery bag. You not only make very one happy with all the goodies, but also contribute towards improving the environment.

SOME OF THE WORLD’S STRANGEST FRUITS

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Tired of oranges and apples? Do you want to taste or gift exotic fruits from around the globe? Here, is a list of unusual fruits derived from different parts of the planet, but now available in special shops domestically and markets in foreign countries:

fruits•             The Kiwano: With a spiky exterior, this yellow fruit has earned the nickname- the African horned Cucumber or Horned Melon. It is found in the African desert of Kalahari and tastes like a blend of lemon, banana, cucumber and kiwi.

•             Physalis: It is similar to a gooseberry and develops inside a papery, long husk. It is related to the tomato, strangely enough. It has the same acidic flavour of a tomato and can be used for the same purposes like in salads.

•             Cherimoya: Tasting like a blend of strawberry, pineapple and banana, it has a sweet and sour taste. But its seeds are poisonous and consuming its bark can cause paralysis, so despite the unique flavour, many prefer to give this fruit a miss.

•             Synsepalum Dulcificum: This fruit is also nicknamed Miracle fruit. Wondering why? To begin with this fruit helps sour taste sweet. For example, if you eat these berries before you eat a lemon, the lemon will taste sweet.

•             Custard Apple: It is also called as ‘bulls heart” and is famous for its medicinal properties. Native fruit of Africa, it is now grown across the Americas.

•             Pitaya : Also called as Dragon fruit it has bright pink skin and white flesh inside and is noted for its unusual color and laxative properties.

•             Durian: Known as “King of fruits”, one may be repelled by its spiky shell and the strange smell of its flesh, but it tastes divine like almonds.

•             Carambola or Star fruit:  Noted for the star shape of its cross section, this fruit grows in tropics and has a tasty flavour, which is a blend of papaya, grapefruit and oranges.

•             Rambutan: Popular garden fruit in Asia, it resembles a Pom Pom. Flesh is pink or white, translucent and has a sweet taste. Each fruit contains a crunchy, soft seed that is poisonous when consumed raw.

•             Ugly fruit: Because of its appearance, the fruit has earned the nickname of Ugly. It is native of Jamaica. Having a citrusy, sweet flavour, it is available in markets worldwide.

•             Squared watermelon: These are watermelons grown in square containers, so they end up as square shaped fruit than the natural circular shape. Has the same taste but is more expensive.

•             Pomegranate: More common exotic fruit, it is sour, delicious and highly medicinal in content.

•             Ackee: It is the national fruit of Jamaica. Imported from West Africa, it is now an integral part of Caribbean cuisine. Only the fleshy, yellow, inner arils are edible. The red bits at the centre are poisonous.

•             Mango Steen: Also called Mangkut. It is the queen of fruits in Thailand with purple cover and soft white flesh inside covering seeds. This delicious fruit is found all over south East Asia especially Thailand.

•             Buddha’s hand: It is strange looking citrus fruit that has tapering yellow fingers joined to a base. Its lemony rind and pith are valued for its citrus taste.

westend-300x300•             Urucu: Grown copiously in the Amazon, it is a source of the pigment Annatto.

•             Screw pine: Fruit used for everything from food to dyes.

•             Atemoya: It is a hybrid fruit made of Cherimoya and apples. Tastes like Pina Colada spiked with Vanilla.

•             Snakeskin fruit: Name is due to appearance. Once the skin is off, fruit resembles garlic. Taste is a blend of acidic and sweet.

For gifting unusual fruits to near and dear ones, you can create or order fruit hampers containing a combination of any of these exotic fruits.

How to make a successful Halloween party?

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Fruit CakeHalloween is for all, but the kids are the ones who enjoy the most. With Halloween parties everywhere, it is a challenge to turn up with a fun and enjoyable package of snacks and gifts, which will excite the kids. Sugar filled treats and snacks are being prepared everywhere, and fruits will surely be the dominant element in it. People all over the world come with fun jack-o-lantern faces and ghosts and spirits engraved on fruit, to make them look fun and innovative. So here we present some fun fruit ideas for Halloween party.

Apple treat fruity fun snack

This is a recipe that mummy can surely try in this Halloween – mouth-spaced apple slice with studded almond pieces in them to make it look like teeth. This is a great idea, which is quite easy and yet fun. Keeping the spooky factor alive, children would surely love to have a bite in their apple treat.

Frankenstein and his bride

Using a few apples and grapes, to give shape to Frankenstein’s and his bride’s face. Innovation has never been this good. Cute looking apple faces with studded grapes in them, creating an uncanny resemblance to the monsters, will surely a hit with kids.

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Spooky ghost strawberries

Strawberries dipped with milk or dark chocolate, to bring in the appearance of Halloween ghosts is another of the wonders. Easy to make and great to eat, kids will surely have fun in eating up these delicious ‘ghosts’.

Special fruit-o-lantern

A jack-o-lantern carved in an orange gave birth to Fruit-o-lantern. Making quite a fruit box with this snack, it has some fruits stuffed within the orange’s body. This is a personal Halloween favorite for obvious reasons.

Pumpkin mandarins and ghost bananas

A bowl of Halloween fruits with bananas looking like ghosts and oranges like pumpkins! A refreshing new thought and a highly-loved one!

Special gifts for Halloween

What can be better than gifts fruit baskets to your friends and relatives, with these popular fruit snack recipes? Replete with the look and feel of Halloween ghosts, these fruits can surely light up one’s mood. There are several online shops, which provide the facilities to deliver these Halloween baskets full of nice themes, to your relatives place, for a great start to Halloween. These fruit snacks are quite easy to make, and one can surely prepare them at home for an enjoyable party. These frightening fruit boxes have attracted many and special orders are often given for these packages. Fresh fruits, chocolates, milk, butter and all healthy food are packed within these baskets and make them an appropriate gift for friends and relatives. Several recipes for more such fun snacks can be found all over the web, which are tasty, healthy and low on the calorie count. Therefore, one neither needs to start hitting the gym nor taking an appointment with the dentist after these sweet delicacies. Fruits and sweets trigger a fun and positive start to the coming year and make the Halloween party super successful, by their look, feel and taste!

Why this summer you should deliver a gift basket?

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There are several occasions for which one can send a gift basket to our relatives and friends. They can be a thank you, or a get well soon, congratulations or simply sympathy. In fact, fruit baskets are one of the top gift baskets as they are the best way to wish health and happiness to a person. They are perfect for all reasons and seasons and can appeal to the tastes of all. They are tasteful and nutritious.

 Why are fruit baskets the perfect gift?

Gifts can be many and varied, but somehow fruit baskets have a very different appeal about them. Why and for what other reasons do one like to choose fruit baskets above all other gifts. The first case is that often people send fruit baskets filled with fresh and nourishing fruit as a package while packing for a vacation. It surely is the best thing to carry when one is leaving for a vacation, and it is surely the best way for others to say ‘to have a safe journey’. Thus, whether the journey is short or long, there would always be a perfect supply of fresh fruits, and thus, hassles to finding a food store can be avoided.

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Earn brownie points with people

Did you ever think about the person working behind the front desk of your doctor’s office? Well, then, think of it. Sending a fruit basket to him/her can instantly better communication and relationship with this staff, which can come to your help during emergencies and health problems. It is also one of the greatest ways of showing admiration to one’s colleague or business partner, for their work. This improves the rapport and many referrals can come up in the future, due to these present endeavours.

Useful in strengthening family ties

Getting a fruit basket delivered to your nephew and niece’s place during the summer and wishing them a happy summer camp, can strengthen the bonds. Somehow if they are not really having a very good time there, a great gift basket with some nice edibles and other stuff with a small note inside them can easily light up the mood. Also, daughters and sons busy with summer internships and schools can make the house feel empty and lonely. Maybe they are missing the barbeque party thrown at home. A little basket full of small snacks and sweets can cheer them up amidst their work and study schedule. Also, for the old people staying at the nursing old or old-age homes, require a bit of sweet remembrances of family. Therefore, carrying a fruit basket or a basket packed with goodies can bring them genuine and heart-felt happiness. A little altruism won’t hurt. So, other old people there, who do not have access to home or family, would appreciate your company and a sweet gift of a fruit basket. This would definitely cheer them up and make their day. Therefore, the pleasure of giving enhances, once we start doing stuff like these. So, go ahead and get a fruit basket delivered to a loved one’s place!

Fruit basket- A nice father’s day gift to express your love

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Exchange of gift has been a tradition for human beings for a long time. It is the way of giving and receiving blessings, and love to your loved ones. Most of people find it difficult to choose a father’s day gift. It is good to discover some original and exclusive ideas for a nice Father’s day gift.healthyliving_fruit_basket-300x300Fruit baskets- a perfect gift

If you are looking for something exclusive to gift your father on father’s day this year, then, you should consider a nice fruit basket full of delicious, fresh and organic fruits along with some other treat to his taste buds. You can get a lot of options for father’s day gift baskets that are packed with delicious treats and some other stuff. Although you can get nice father’s day gift baskets at your neighbourhood stores, yet it is advisable that you search the online store for a better shopping experience. There are numerous online gift stores that offer nice variants of different father’s day gift baskets.

More than just fruits

While many people can think of gift baskets as just some wickers filled with fruits, but that is not totally true. A gift basket can be filled with a variety of other stuffs that are sure to be appreciated by your dad. Apart from fresh and organic fruits, you can choose to put some chocolate boxes in the basket to make it even more delicious. You can also put some of the utility gadgets that are useful for your father, for example, a Philips shaver kit will be a great idea to surprise your father. We all know that the chocolate and wine make a great pair. You can consider placing a bottle of a nice wine or champagne that will add a lot of taste and value to your gift.

Elegant appearance

When you are shopping at online gift stores, you can expect a great appearance to your gift basket. They have a wide range of designs available for fruit baskets. The professionals at the stores can suggest you various ideas to make your gift look more classy and beautiful. They can also provide you assistance and make alteration according to your needs. You can add a message card with a special message for your dad that expresses your feelings for him.  Apart from that, you can add a bunch of fresh flowers along with your gift basket so that it is not only a delicious treat, but also delight for his eyes.

Why online?

The main benefit of shopping online is that you get a lot of variety at ease. You can choose the best one from the options available online. The prices offered by the online stores are very reasonable and lower than the offline gift stores. Also, the online gift stores get your fruit basket delivered very easily. It is important that your fruit basket is delivered on time for the sake of freshness of the fruits. You can also get your gift baskets delivered overseas.

With elegant fruit baskets online, you get the best idea to express your love to your father on father’s day.

Gift your loved ones health in form of fruit baskets

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From centuries, we have been exchanging gifts as a traditional way of expressing love and care. Everybody loves to receive gifts. If we love our dear ones, then, we should gift something healthy to them. Fruit baskets are one of the best and healthiest gifts one can give or receive. The fruit baskets are elegant, as well as, classy gift options. You may consider various styles and types of fruit basket that are available in the market.
Numerous online gift stores offer diverse ideas for fresh and organic fruit baskets. You can also choose to design a fruit basket by yourself, but it is very time consuming and complicated. The best option is to buy a nice readymade basket from an online store with minimum efforts.
Where to buy: You can buy an organic fruit basket from both offline and online stores. While offline stores do not have many options to choose from, the online gift shops provide a wide range of fruit baskets to choose from. Apart from competitive prices and wide range of variety, the shopping from online stores requires very less efforts and time.
Things to consider while buying a fruit basket: There are many factors which are to be considered when choosing a fruit basket. The fruits included in the fruit basket must be fresh. There fruits included in the fruit basket must be of different variety. The online gift shops have numerous different variations of fruit baskets such as Hawaiian fruit basket, four season fruit basket etc. You can also find many theme based baskets according to the occasion such as Christmas fruit basket; get well soon fruit baskets, Valentine’s Day fruit baskets and many more. The professionals at the online store can suggest great ideas for the decoration of your fruit basket so that they look more elegant and classy. In order to add beauty to your basket, you can add some chocolate boxes, a teddy bear along with a bunch of beautiful fresh flowers.fruit_basket_gifts_
Delivery of your basket: The greatest concern, when thinking of sending an organic fruit basket to your loved ones at distant places, is to get it delivered. The online stores make sure that you don’t face any trouble in your fruit basket delivery. The online stores provide a global delivery service, which ensures that your fruit basket is delivered at the desired destination in time without any delay or damage to the basket. In order to deliver fresh fruits, they have an option of same day delivery. You can even get your fruit basket delivered overseas easily with online gift stores.
Selecting the best fruit basket for dear ones is very difficult, as the all the options are very nice and beautiful. It is so difficult to choose only one from many. But when you select one, you have a gift for them which will not only make them happy but also healthy.

Fruit Gift Baskets for All Occasions

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Fruits are nutritious and healthy food and can be consumed in various styles. Fruit gift baskets are therefore becoming a very popular gift item among people who want to get something unique yet refreshing for their loved ones. Fruits tend to be economical as well as healthy item and are loved by everyone. So getting fruit gift baskets delivered for someone you care will be a very fascinating idea. Fruits gift baskets can be sent on various joyous occasions so it is not limited to only patients anymore which is the common concept among the masses.

Corporate Fruit Baskets

You must be astonished to know that fruit baskets are also getting attention from the corporate sector as well. It is very cordial to send corporate fruit baskets to your colleague or your boss on any special event. Whether it is an official event or any special moment for a colleague such as his/her promotion, corporate fruit baskets always makes a good gift item.

Just Because Fruit Baskets

Thinking about someone special or missing your loved ones on a special day can make you emotional. However it is better to express your feelings through fresh and nutritious fruit baskets delivery. You do not need any occasion or a special moment to send fruit gift baskets but any moment can be made special.

Congratulations Fruit Baskets

Telling someone that you did well with a stupendous gift hamper will make them more proud feel special. So say congratulations with fruit baskets delivered to your loved one to appreciate their efforts. It is customary to send someone gift hamper and applaud their efforts for good performance. Therefore customary fruit gift baskets are available for delivery at various online stores with fabulous deals and offers to get your message across.

These are some of the rare occasions on which you can consider fruit gift baskets as a good option to send to the recipient.

Real speed in sending gifts by post!! Now throughout UK!!

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Special days come in our life that makes even your heart to dance. It is just because of the reason that you are going to celebrate it with the hearts you love. It brings great opportunity to meet and gather with the friends, relatives, family members and more. With excellent forms of decoration and other festive facilities, the entire venue makes you enjoy yourself. In these functions, there is one thing that you never like to miss out. Yes, they are GIFTS!  With wide collections and types of gifts, you will certainly fall in the pit of doubts and confusions when it is the time to select one.

What to gift

This is certainly a good question where everyone stands behind. Selecting gifts is something related with the feelings of your heart. If you need a gift that is more than a gift and suits all occasions, then, you can pick out fruit. There are online stores that bring excellent and exclusive collection of fruit hampers or baskets to select from. This is one of the best forms of gifts to express your love, and care since this is the best available form in delicious and healthy gifts.

Fruits for your various needs

There are fruit hampers that are available for all types of festivals, celebrations and special occasions. Getting fruit means not just taking it in a carrier bag. The best fruits are selected and are arranged in an artistic form in baskets or hampers to make it look like a real treasure, to shower the pleasure. Some of the of the important categories include Christmas fruits, Mother’s Day fruit baskets, Valentine’s Day fruit baskets, Get Well Soon fruit baskets, New Baby fruit baskets, Thank You fruit baskets and more.

My favourite fruit

Fruit baskets from reputed stores have kept something special for all. Choices are not limited when it comes to types of fruits you need.  You will certainly find your favourite fruit basket with the online stores of reputed gift stores. Some of the important types include Tutti Frutti fruit basket, orange fruit basket, crunchy apples and orange fruit basket, Tropicana fruit basket, bounty fruit basket, crunchy bar fruit basket, tea time fruit basket and more. You can find the best combination of your favourite fruits with all the hampers and baskets.

Need post to send your fruit

If you can’t attend the functions with your beloveds, then, don’t worry. You can send the fruit by post throughout UK! As before, the post doesn’t take days or a month to reach the destination. To add surprise, reputed online gift services assure you even with next day delivery. You can visit the online store to place your order for your fruit hamper. The hampers will be made with the freshest fruits in the market, and will be delivered to your recipient address in the time you need it. You can also add private message cards to add plus to the surprise.