As most of my family members can tell you, I’m kind of obsessed with gift baskets. I love curating the perfect set of small presents for someone. To me, it shows a lot of thought, since it takes time and care to put together a series of items that are tailored to the personality of the recipient.
My mom worked a few different jobs when I was a kid, and one of them actually required her to put custom gift baskets together. I still remember all of the containers – big and round and oval and square – lined up in our hallway. She deftly maneuvered in that small space, stuffing them with seasonal items and fluffing up their filling. I’m not a big primper, myself, but something about the intentness of her gaze made a big impression on me.