During the holiday’s, gift baskets are a great way to treat special loved ones as well as business associates. Finding that they are easy to send out and most appreciated by the recipients, gift baskets are available in a multiple of themes for shoppers including delicious gourmet foods, cheese and wines, cakes and cookies and children’s books, too. Most L.A. businesses feature pre-made gift baskets, but also welcome customers’ specific requests for personalized touches. Here you’ll find a short list of the best gift baskets in Los Angeles.
Fancifull Gift Baskets
5617 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Fancifull Gift Baskets helps to send holiday cheer to friends, family and business associates with fancy cheeses, imported chocolates and premium wines and champagnes. In keeping with the holiday spirit, baskets range from as little as $15 up to $650. For the wine enthusiast and foodie, Fancifull creates “The Gala,” a festive wooden chest filled with a 2003 Cain Concept, Colin Chassagne-Montrachet, 1999 Terricci, Michel Cluizel chocolates and an assortment of delicious foods including feta, Italian salami, Biscotti de Vino, feta cheesecake and more. For another option, treat families with a Nutcracker-themed basket featuring gingerbread and sugar cookies in shapes from the ballet, fancy mixed nuts, peppermint cocoa mix from Bellagio, Edinburgh shortbread cookies, peanut brittle and 479 Vietnamese cinnamon popcorn sent with fresh evergreen. Or, toast 2015 with an elegant basket of LaSalle Champagne, champagne soy candle and chocolate truffles delivered on a silver tray. Order online and save five percent.
The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills
419 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
It is always a treat for cheese lovers to visit the actual The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills store. However, when making a holiday list and checking it twice, it is more than easy to send delicious and gourmet cheese gift baskets from this L.A. favorite. The online boutique offers some of the shop’s most coveted cheeses, crackers and wines. Starting at $40, baskets like The Little Prince is simple but elegant, featuring a French red wine, the white Istara and chocolate. Gifts offered include a wine barrel cheese tray ($250) which features two wines, three assorted cheeses, three Saucisson Sec salamis along with cookies, truffles, plum paste and crackers set in a rustic wine barrel top, Cheese Store cheese cabinet filled with five assorted cheeses, salami, mustard, jam, half bottles of Italian Chianti and Sauternes, chocolates and other treats. Baskets are available with perishable or non-perishable cheese spreads, which can be sent via UPS ground anywhere in the United States.
Children’s Book World
10580 1/2 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Ready-to-go book gift baskets from Children’s Book World make a perfect gift for under the Christmas tree, birthdays and new families. This bookshop has more than 80,000 titles for book lovers, music, audio books and DVDs, craft kits and educational aids. The gift basket themes are endless and customized gifts can be created with specific age recipient specifications and may take 48 hours to be completed. For easy shopping, Children’s Book World has ready-to-go baskets available online with an assortment of themes including Dr. Seuss, children’s classics, storybooks, baby board books and many more.
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16573 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
Known for freshly baked desserts, Mrs. Beasley’s baskets are a sweet way to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and good news. Dessert baskets feature Mrs. Beasley’s signature cookies, mini muffins (the chocolate chocolate chip and lemon poppy seed are two favorites), brownies, truffle cookies and pecan squares. Dessert baskets range from $50 to $199. Under the Mrs. Beasley’s banner, customers will also find Miss Grace Cakes that they can send as gifts. The handmade cakes are available in an assortment of flavors including lemon, orange, gingerbread, pumpkin spice and chocolate fudge. Each cake serves up to 12 people.
Wally’s Wine & Spirits
2107 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
For over 40 years, Angelenos shop Wally’s for gifts as well as their own at-home collections. Every wine region is represented here as well as craft and imported beers, Scotch, vodkas, gins and tequilas. When shoppers want to send out a gift, Wally’s online boutique makes it an easy shopping process by featuring gift baskets available in several different categories. Wine baskets range from as low as $50 up to $5,000. Customers will also find specific Scotch (Macallan 18), vodka (Grey Goose), tequila (Casamigos) as well as whiskey (Jameson). Champagne gifts are also offered.
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