Hello, I'm so glad you found our blog! Let me introduce myself and my company and share with you why we should be your favorite gift basket company!
I’m Paula Rosenthal, founder, and owner of Favorite Gift Baskets. We’re a family-owned business located in the heart of Long Island, New York, a place that was once nothing but potato fields. Now, it’s populated by thousands of small business owners, people, like me, who have a dream of creating something special, a business that will give its customers the best quality products and deliver exceptional customer service. For two years, we have proudly been doing just that.
Both of my grandfathers founded businesses on Long Island many years ago. I grew up learning about dedication and hard work from them. One of those companies still stands today, a true testament to the importance of being the best in your field. At a young age, I also learned how important it is to pay attention to every detail. From sourcing and choosing the best quality products, to properly marketing your business, and most importantly, taking great care of your customers, owning a company is no easy task. For me, being a business owner means long hours of hard work, often long after everyone else has quit for the day.
Even so, I still make time for life’s simple pleasures, spending time with family and friends, and expressing care and gratitude to those who are important to me. I believe one of the best ways to show genuine care is by sending personalized and handcrafted gifts. It is this belief that inspired me to create my gift basket company.
My promise to my customers is that we will treat you like a VIP whether you are ordering one gift or 100 gifts. Our team prides itself on getting to know our clients and consistently providing the highest quality products and outstanding customer service. In light of that, we will use this blog to share our insights on gift-giving, gift ideas, and the excellent products in our handcrafted gift baskets.
How I got started in the gift basket industry
Creating gift baskets marries my love of food with my flair for creativity. Discovering (and testing!) new products at trade shows and whenever we travel gives me great pleasure. Finding food and gift items we think our customers will love and curating them into collections that fit together are like the ingredients in a fabulous cake recipe. Discovering beautiful and unique containers to package these gifts in are the icing on the cake, a gorgeous feast for the eyes! It’s all in the details!
Why I love gift giving
The best part of gifting is that it leaves a memorable impression on the recipient in a way that verbal expressions of gratitude, sympathy or good wishes simply cannot. The whole experience of receiving a gift, unwrapping it, and either consuming or using it, makes someone feel cared for and thought of. They’re touched, and they remember those feelings long after the contents of the gift are gone. Many of our gifts are packaged in unique, reusable containers that can be re-purposed and used for years to come.
I love coming to work each day and building a business where we spread genuine joy. The more I give to the business and my clients, the more I receive. Our clients quickly learn that Favorite Gift Baskets treats them like family, and we do our best to leave a lasting, positive impression on both them and their gift recipients.
How our gift baskets are different
One thing that makes our gift baskets stand out is that we use full-sized, premium brand name products. Many of the items we carry are nationally and often, internationally recognized. We also seek out newer, artisan brands that we love to introduce to our customers. Every item in our gift lines is tested to ensure that it measures up to our high standards of quality, taste and freshness. You can trust that you are going to receive the best products we can find
Our gift baskets are designed and assembled by hand, one by one in New York in our own production facility, unlike other companies that use overseas labor and warehousing. Because of this, our time from production to delivery is much shorter than theirs, ensuring that your products will be super fresh when they are received.
We also create hand-tied bows for every gift and offer additional services like custom printed ribbons, labels and mugs. Our level of quality, service and customization cannot be matched by big box stores which are all about mass producing generic gift baskets as quickly and cheaply as possible.
How we select high-quality gift items
Selecting gift items we carry is serious business. Each year, we travel to several industry trade shows around the country to seek out new gourmet food and gift products. Everything is evaluated for its quality and presentation and in the case of food, its taste. We also look at the usefulness of the gifts and containers. We want our clients and their recipients to love, not just like, the gifts we create for them.
As firm believers in supporting our local community, we source and carry many items that are made on Long Island and around New York State.
For our customers who may have special dietary restrictions, we carry a variety of items that are nut free, dairy free, vegan and kosher.
Our ideal customers
We love working with individuals and corporate clients who know their time is valuable and trust us to design gifts they will be proud to send. We have a broad selection of gifts and gift baskets for every occasion that can easily be searched and ordered via our website.
For corporate clients, we consider ourselves an extension of your sales, marketing, and human resource departments. We help keep your company and brand top of mind with your customers and assist with employee retention. Our job is to make your job easier. For special orders, we are available by appointment in our Long Island showroom.
We only carry and design items that we would be proud to send to our own family, friends and business associates.
I hope this has given you a sense of our approach to gift-giving and that you can see that we are committed to providing you and those important to you, the very best experience. We truly want to be your favorite gift basket company!
Visit our gift gallery or contact us today to find out how we can help you with your gifting needs. Like and follow us on social media to be among the first to know about new products and receive access to special savings! I look forward to connecting with you!
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